Issue 127, October 2013
Memories are made of these
Different generations of NTU alumni return to Yunnan Garden campus for a memorable homecoming

This year's NTU Alumni Homecoming, a key event in the University's annual calendar, was held on 12 October attracting some 1,300 alumni and guests. Twenty-three outstanding alumni were presented the Nanyang Alumni Awards during the NTU Alumni Night, in conjunction with the homecoming programme.

They received their awards and certificates from Guest-of-Honour Mr Lawrence Wong, Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information, and NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson.

Minister Wong congratulated the awardees and commended the University for encouraging the spirit of volunteerism and giving amongst its alumni. He believes that a great university must have strong identity and community spirit and that it must produce graduates who are proud to be associated with the university, and who feel a sense of mission to contribute to and better the society.

"Such giving makes NTU a caring community, with deep ties that extend across generations. In fact, this strong sense of community and mutual support is vital not just for universities like NTU, but also for our nation’s success," added Minister Wong.

In his welcome address, Prof Andersson updated alumni and guests on the University's progress and developments, and thanked the alumni for their support. "On behalf of the University, I would like to express our deepest appreciation to you, the NTU alumni, for your contributions in building this future together with us. Without your remarkable participation and advocacy, NTU would not be quite what it is today," said Prof Andersson.

Alumni and guests were treated to entertaining musical and dance performances by NTU students after the awards presentation. The celebrations continued into the night and the attendees were in for a delightful treat at the University's Quad area. Following the theme of Oktoberfest, the alumni were treated with premium beer from Germany, Belgium and the US. Games such as Beer Pong and a drinking competition that saw a battle between husband and wife added to the night's fun affair. Attendees were also treated to a wonderful array of performances into the night as a live band helped lighten the mood and NTU’s dance crews, Soul Funky and MJ Hip Hop, brought heart-pumping energy to the event with their energetic and smooth moves.

Prior to the Nanyang Alumni Awards presentation ceremony, a campus tour and English and Chinese forums on 'Raising children in the digital age' and 'Investing in your future' were also held.

© Alumni Affairs Office