Issue 96, March 2011 
Welcome to ClassACT, a monthly e-zine by Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

As part of its NTU 2015 strategic blueprint, NTU has revamped the undergraduate experience to give its students the competitive edge to succeed in tomorrow’s global economy. The revamp covers broad areas, including student life and infrastructural changes. One unique initiative is the fully-residential Renaissance Engineering Programme, which aims to groom graduates to become engineering leaders such as Chief Executives and Chief Technology Officers. 

On the alumni front, we welcome the establishment of a new alumni chapter in China to cater to the growing number of NTU graduates living and working in Lanzhou City, Gansu Province.

Details in this issue!
  • Incoming freshmen can look forward to a new undergraduate experience offering more breadth, choice and flexibility; the revamped curriculum aims to give NTU graduates the edge in tomorrow’s world of work.
  • With its strengths in sustainability research, NTU teams up with two Austrian partners to study how the sun’s energy can be tapped to boost the energy efficiency of buildings.
  • China-focused hedge fund Rega Capital Management pledges the sum over three years for research on financial markets in China and elsewhere.
  • International experts discuss the impact of climate change on food and water security at a symposium organised by NTU’s Institute of Catastrophe Risk Management.
  • Delivering this year’s Chua Thian Poh Public Lecture, Mr Patrick Molle, Co-President of the World Entrepreneurship Forum, explains why all countries should support entrepreneurship.
  • X-5, a plane built by four NTU undergraduates from diverse disciplines, places first in the 2011 Taiwan Unmanned Aircraft Design Competition. Another student-built aircraft finishes third in a different category of the competition.
  • During his visit to the Yunnan Garden campus, Honduran President His Excellency Mr Porfirio Lobo Sosa learns more about Singapore’s education system, including how NTU uses technology to enhance learning.
  • NTU welcomes the province of Gansu to its expanding global alumni network.
  • Alumni, students and staff of NTU turn up in droves at the 17th Distinguished Alumni Forum to gain a better understanding of Budget 2011.
  • A fifth of the 452 newly qualified teachers from the National Institute of Education have at least a year of work experience.
  • The School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering gathers past and current members of the Leadership Development Programme for a joint celebration.
  • The NTU Alumni Association (Thailand) goes all out to help flood victims by delivering a message of love.
  • Members of the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Alumni Association wrap up the work week with a chill-out session.

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"The working world of the future will require T-shaped professionals with in-depth knowledge of one discipline and a broad knowledge base in adjacent areas or in general business or entrepreneurial fields." - NTU President-Designate and Provost Prof Bertil Andersson on the rationale behind the latest undergraduate education revamp