Issue 139, October 2014
Coming home to memories
NTU alumni return to their alma mater for an unforgettable homecoming

It was a memorable homecoming for close to 1400 alumni and their families, and guests, who ‘came home’ to NTU’s Yunnan Garden campus for this year’s NTU Alumni Homecoming. Held on 18 October, the event also featured the presentation of Nanyang Alumni Awards during NTU Alumni Night, where 31 outstanding alumni were honoured. Prior to the evening’s awards presentation ceremony, a campus tour and English and Chinese forums titled ‘Key recommendations for property and share investments’ and ‘Acupuncture and moxibustion for health care’ respectively, were also held.

During NTU Alumni Night, Guest-of-Honour, Minister for Education Mr Heng Swee Keat, and NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson presented trophies and certificates to the Nanyang Alumni Awards recipients.

Minister Heng congratulated the awardees and said: “I am very happy to see how over the years NTU has nurtured many students who have gone on to make important contributions in their respective fields. This is something that NTU should be very proud of.”

He said that just like Singapore, the University would not have been able to achieve its remarkable success if not for the hard work, commitment and the support of many people, including the students and alumni. Minister Heng then went on to share his thoughts on how NTU could continue to engage and develop its students and alumni – firstly, engaging students to combine both head and heart, and, secondly, how the university should encourage and support students’ learning, even after they graduate.

In his welcome address, Prof Andersson updated alumni and guests on the University's progress and developments. He also thanked the alumni, an important component of the NTU community, for their support and contributions.

“You play an important role in the University’s advancement. We want to continue engaging you because your commitment and support can make a huge difference to our University,” added Prof Andersson.

Alumni and guests were treated to entertaining musical and dance performances by NTU students during the concert after the awards presentation. One of the performances included a thrilling Wushu display by students from the NTU Cultural Activities Club (CAC)’s Wushu Club, which started with a group demonstration, transforming into individual displays of different fists and weapon routines. The concert ended with a grand finale featuring all performers back on stage singing along to two songs performed by the CAC Jazz & Blues – Stand by Me by Ben E. King and Happy by Pharell Williams. Alumni and guests were seen tapping their feet to and clapping along the catchy tunes.

There was a delightful treat in store for the attendees as the celebrations continued into the night at the University’s Quad area. Following the theme of Oktoberfest, alumni and guests were treated to delectable continental food and premium beer from Germany, Belgium and the US. A ‘Best Dance Contest’ was held on stage where four participants had to imitate solo free-style dance steps and moves by student dancers from MJ Hip Hop and Souk Funky, with the audience voting for their favourite. Through the night, alumni and guests continued to enjoy a wonderful array of performances by CAC Jazz & Blues, MJ Hip Hop and Soul Funky.

© Alumni Affairs Office