Supporter Stories: Spencer Phua and Julie Phua-Ng

Siblings Spencer Phua (1987, PPE) and Julie Phua-Ng (1991, Philosophy and Modern Languages) came to Exeter from Singapore and have fond memories of their student days in Oxford.  They were excited to hear about opportunities to support the development of Cohen Quadrangle when the site was purchased in 2011.  Together, they have made a donation which will see one of the building’s 90 student bedrooms named in their honour.

Spencer recalls: “In my first year at Exeter, l lived in the Back Quad in College, behind the Chapel.  Staircase 14, I think, on the second floor.  I liked it because it had a separate bedroom and study room.  For my second and third years, l lived out of College, up the Banbury Road.  They were private rental rooms in two of the large old houses on the road and so I didn’t really spend much time in Exeter-owned accommodation during my degree.”

Spencer and Julie are very happy to support Cohen Quad, particularly the residential spaces, because of the prestige the new facilities will bring the College: “Good housing conditions and more College-owned accommodation for students will help attract a strong application pool.  Graduates who speak well of Exeter’s facilities will then act as a strong advertisement to other potential students,” Spencer wrote in an email.

Spencer also feels a need to help Exeter and also Oxford more generally, saying that “Between my two alma maters, Oxford receives less funding than the US business school I attended for my MBA.  It therefore makes sense for me to support the College and University in their development efforts to offer an amazing education to students from all backgrounds and from all over the world.”

Exeter is grateful to Spencer and Julie for their enthusiasm for the new campus and for their generous support, helping us to create modern, comfortable facilities for our students to enjoy. We are looking forward to showing them Cohen Quadrangle on their next UK visit!

Spencer Phua photo cropped
Spencer Phua
Julia Phua-Ng photo
Julie Phua-Ng

Donations can still be made to name a student bedroom on Cohen Quadrangle; please contact the Development Office for more information.

To read more about the student bedrooms at Cohen Quadrangle, click here.

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