Issue 140, November 2014
Tonight, we are young
Alumni from the Class of 1994 celebrate their 20th anniversary reunion over dinner with former classmates and lecturers

Meeting friends – both old and new – seemed to be the common agenda of the night for Class of 1994 alumni at their 20th anniversary reunion dinner held on 15 November. They had the opportunity to reunite and reignite friendships with former classmates and lecturers from 20 years ago. 

For Ms Amy Ser and Mr Osman s/o Abdullah, who went from being classmates at the National Institute of Education (NIE) to colleagues 20 years later, the event was the perfect occasion for them to catch up on a non-work related basis.

“Osman and I are now teaching in the same school but we rarely have much chance to speak to each other because of our busy schedules,” said Ms Ser. “Together with our other former classmates, some of whom we have not seen for years, we can finally have a proper catch-up over dinner and drinks tonight!”

Themed ‘Tonight, We Are Young’, the night also transported the Class of 1994 back to their university days – from lectures and tutorials to sports competitions and final year projects – as they chatted amongst themselves and remembered their days in NTU.

Reminiscing on the carefree days where they danced to the music of Pet Shop Boys in his opening speech, earned Mr Jimmy Han (EEE), Chairman of the reunion organising committee, a rapturous response from the crowd. Beyond remembering the past, Mr Han also highlighted the importance of living the present and appreciating the future. 

“Other than having a good time, it is also important to remember the less fortunate and serve our fellow citizens to make Singapore a better place,” he added. He also shared that his NTU degree had put his peers and himself in good stead so paying it forward by setting up the Class of 1994 Term bursary was a way to celebrate and to give thanks. 

Mr Han went on to proudly announce that the Class of 1994 has contributed $41,000 - a sum which would provide bursaries for up to 8 students from financially needy backgrounds. A student bursary recipient, Ms Madeleine Liou, a final year student at NTU’s School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, went on stage during the dinner to personally thank the Class of 1994 for generously supporting needy students like herself and to appeal to those who have yet to make a gift to consider doing so. 

Amidst endless conversations and laughter over dinner, the alumni also took part in stage games and were treated to an entertaining performance by a talented impersonator. The hilarious Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley impersonation sent the crowd into hysterics while the rendition of classic songs got several alumni off their seats to their own makeshift dance floor in the ballroom.

The Class of 1994 20th anniversary reunion held at the Alumni Ballroom at NTU’s one-north campus was attended by some 70 alumni and their partners and guests.

© Alumni Affairs Office