Issue 94, January 2011
“Black Dragon River” takes the lead
NTU launches its first overseas chapter in 2011 in China’s Heilongjiang, a province known literally as the “Black Dragon River”.

The start of the year looks promising, with the latest set up of NTU Alumni Association in China, located at the most northern part of the country – Heilongjiang.

The NTU Alumni Association (Heilongjiang) was launched by NTU President Dr Su Guaning on 16 January 2011, at the Sofitel Wanda Harbin Hotel in Harbin.

“Heilongjiang is restructuring its pillar industries, such as petrochemical and energy to further strengthen its international competitiveness. With Singapore being a leading petrochemical hub and NTU’s expertise in energy research, the new association will play an active role in the exchange of ideas and creation of opportunities for networking between Singapore and China,” said Dr Su.

The home of China’s Ski and Ice Festivals, Heilongjiang is one of the gateways from China to Russia and Europe.

Strengthening relations and opportunities
What can the alumni based in Heilongjiang expect from the newly set up alumni association?

Sharing his plans, the President of the NTU Alumni Association (Heilongjiang), Mr Xu Feng said in his welcome speech: “My aim is to foster and strengthen the relationships among the 180 alumni who are residing or working in Heilongjiang, and provide assistance and support to alumni who wish to venture into Heilongjiang. My committee and I will be planning activities and networking sessions to connect the NTU alumni.”

Mr Xu is also Deputy Chief Editor of Heilongjiang Daily Newspaper Group and an alumnus from NTU’s Class of 2010 Master of Public Administration programme.

Also there at the launch were Prof Er Meng Hwa, Senior Associate Provost, Mr Chew Kheng Chuan, Chief University Advancement Officer, Assoc Prof Wu Wei, Director of the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration and Office of China Affairs, Mr Soon Min Yam, Director of Alumni Affairs, and representatives of the NTU alumni associations based in other provinces in China.

Strengthening Sino-Singapore ties
The setting up of the NTU Alumni Association (Heilongjiang) is evidence of the University’s deep links in China. The republic is among the countries that NTU has the strongest bonds with through six of its Master’s programmes conducted in Chinese and numerous short-term executive programmes from as early as the 1990s.

The University will be opening its first campus in China, the NTU Tianjin College in 2013, with the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Tianjin Municipal Education Commision and Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City. It will offer postgraduate courses in environmental and water technologies, digital animation, business and finance.

“NTU’s engagement with China is a natural route of progression. Our Chinese heritage and international standing as a global university make NTU a unique knowledge hub that combines the best of the East and the West,” explained Dr Su.

In conjunction with the launch, a forum on “China’s Economy in the Post-Crisis Era” was held, where Dr Liu Yunhua, Deputy Director of the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration, shared his insight with some 100 alumni and guests.

© Alumni Affairs Office