Issue 91, October 2010
United we stand

NTU’s Indonesian alumni demonstrate unity in spirit and unleash their hidden talents at a gathering held in their honour.

Not quite the "Indonesian Idol", but the NTU Indonesian Alumni Night was part talent show and part community bonding.

An evening with friends, the gathering had great camaraderie, observed Guest-of-Honour Chief University Advancement Officer Mr Chew Kheng Chuan. He urged the Indonesian alumni to keep up their spirit of camaraderie, for it reflects the kind of engagement the university wants with its alumni.

Mr Chew and the 120 or so present were entertained when the gathering culminated with a singing competition a lá “Don’t Forget the Lyrics”. Some among the Indonesian alumni rushed to participate, grabbing the microphone to belt out English, as well as Indonesian songs.

Those who didn’t get a chance to “perform” gave full and loud support on the sideline.

Some serious moments
Songs and songbirds aside, all present were given a formal address by Mr Chew, who apprised them of the university’s progress. He noted that Indonesians had made NTU their university of choice since the days of Nanyang University, with the first batch graduating as far back as 1962.

Citing NTU's 2,000-strong Indonesian alumni, Mr Chew said: “You (alumni) are our best ambassadors, evidence to the rest of the world of the high calibre of our graduates, and ultimately, the best spokespeople NTU has.” 

He went on to urge alumni to be as enthusiastic about and generous towards their alma mater as the alumni from Cornell, Stanford and Harvard are about theirs.

Of nostalgia and more
The evening, aptly themed “La Nostalgia”, provided the alumni the much awaited opportunity to catch up with fellow Indonesian friends.

Most that came for the gathering were recent graduates, although there were some who had left the campus almost 10 years ago.

Mr Hanky Bayugiri Taufan Guruh, better known as Giri, from the School of Materials Science & Engineering’s Class of 2007, found the evening a good platform to meet fellow alumni.

Mr Giri said: “I had lost touch with many of my friends so I am really glad to be here tonight to catch up. For future events, I hope that we will see more alumni from the different graduating classes attending. We should try to reach out to more alumni. I am definitely looking forward to next year’s gathering.”

Overall, NTU’s international alumni make up 20 per cent of the total alumni population of more than 144,000 spread all around the world.

The NTU Indonesian Alumni Night was organised by the Pelajar Indonesia NTU or PINTU club, with the 
facilitation of the university’s Alumni Affairs Office.  It was held at Hotel Rendezvous on 9 October.

© Alumni Affairs Office