Issue 120, March 2013
NTU alumni network goes to Europe
Newly launched NTU AA (Europe) provides alumni there with networking platform

The special day 2 March marked another milestone in NTU's global efforts to strengthen its bond with its overseas alumni. Close to 60 alumni and guests from all over continental Europe and Singapore made their way to Zurich, Switzerland, to witness the launch of NTU Alumni Association (Europe). With an alumni population of more than 300, the NTU AA (Europe) becomes one of NTU’s biggest single chapters.

The event took place at lovely Uetliberg, one of Zurich city's mountains and highest peaks in the area, where alumni and guests had the opportunity to enjoy a slow walk in the snow. It was during the walk that many alumni were seen reconnecting with former classmates and getting acquainted with new friends. Committee members of the alumni chapter also organised a team-picture contest, which was very successful. The networking continued as alumni gathered around campfires drinking traditional European Gluehwein (a warm alcoholic drink) and baking bread together – a traditional custom in central Europe.

Dr Vinay Kalia (NBS/2003), Secretary-General of the European chapter, welcomed the participants to the gala dinner and Dr Marcel Thom (NBS/2002), President of the NTU AA (Europe), spoke about the importance of the chapter. NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson shared with the audience NTU’s tremendous growth momentum. 

The NTU AA (Europe) was launched with the presentation of the NTU flag to the Association’s committee by Prof Andersson. Two members of the NTU Board of Trustees, Ms Lien Siaou-Sze and Professor Alexander J.B. Zehnder, along with Director of Alumni Affairs Mr Soon Min Yam, were present to witness the ceremony.

Ms Natalie Hong (RSIS/2008) welcomed the presence of an NTU alumni chapter in Europe. She said: “Ever since I graduated from NTU and embarked on my further studies in Europe, I have been wishing to be closely linked with my beloved alma mater through such an alumni community.”

The official programme for the evening ended with a discussion session, ‘World-Café’, where participants took turns changing their seats, to meet as many alumni and guests present. The session, which was moderated by Mr Andreas Brenner (TIP/2010), NTU AA (Europe) Vice-President, had participants discussing NTU alumni presence in continental Europe for more than two hours.

Mr Marc Besserer (NBS/2004) said: “I hope that with my engagement, and the personal effort of many of the more than 300 alumni working in Europe, we can heighten the name of NTU. I am looking forward to meeting fellow alumni more regularly, to network and to seek career and business opportunities.”

© NTU Alumni Association (Europe)