The Lee Kuan Yew Endowment Fund was established in 1983 by friends and well-wishers of Singapore's former Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, on the occasion of his 60th birthday. This endowment is used to fund the Lee Kuan Yew Distinguished Visitors Programme.
The objective of the programme is to invite internationally eminent and outstanding academics and scholars to Singapore as Lee Kuan Yew Distinguished Visitors to make high level contributions to NUS, NTU and to Singapore in general. The Programme got off to an excellent start in January 1985 with the appointment of Dr Sydney Brenner, Director of the Medical Research Council Centre, Cambridge, as the first Lee Kuan Yew Distinguished Visitor. To date, a total of 66 Distinguished Visitors has come to Singapore under the Programme.