Issue 151, October 2015
Celebrating a grand homecoming
​​Members of the NTU community including alumni gather on campus for a special SG50 NTU Homecoming

A record crowd of some 2,200 NTU staff, faculty, students, alumni and guests gathered at NTU’s Nanyang Auditorium to celebrate a special SG50 NTU Homecoming. Held on 17 October, the event also featured the presentation of the Nanyang Alumni Awards to 31 outstanding alumni, and honouring of Pioneer Educators during NTU Alumni Night. Prior to the evening’s presentation ceremonies, a campus tour and a forum were also held.

 

During NTU Alumni Night, Guest-of-Honour, Minister in Prime Minister’s Office and Secretary-General of the National Trade Union Congress Mr Chan Chun Sing, and NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson presented trophies and certificates to the Nanyang Alumni Awards recipients. Over 120 Pioneer Educators who were recognised for their invaluable contributions to the University received a specially designed medallion from Minister Chan.

In congratulating the awardees, Minister Chan said: “I am very sure you are very outstanding in your respective careers. You have achieved much for yourselves and you have contributed much to our beloved country, Singapore.”

 
“We also celebrate the achievements and contributions of our pioneers. If we reflect back, there are many things we can be thankful for. Without the pioneers, there would not be modern Singapore today,” added Minister Chan in honour of the pioneer educators. ​

 
In his speech to the alumni and guests, Prof Andersson highlighted the University's progress and provided an update on new alumni relations initiatives which include t​he setting up of an NTU Alumni Council and Executive Committee, and identifying a facility within the campus to act as a focal point between the alumni and NTU.


After the presentation ceremonies, the attendees were treated to entertaining dance performances such as salsa and jazz, put up by students from the NTU Cultural and Activities Club (CAC). The evening’s highlight saw singing sensation Stefanie Sun, herself an alumna of Nanyang Business School, take to the stage to perform two songs to a rapt audience. There were loud cheers and thunderous applause as many were seen singing and waving along as Stefanie sang in her signature voice which has won millions of fans worldwide.

The celebrations continued into the night as attendees made their way to the University’s Quad area for some Oktoberfest fun. Exciting stage games were conducted which saw enthusiastic participation from the attendees. Throughout the night, everyone continued to enjoy a wonderful array of performances by students from NTU CAC. 

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