Issue 92, November 2010
Celebrating NTU’s past, present and future
Generations of alumni converge at the Yunnan Garden campus for their homecoming held in conjunction with the university’s 55th anniversary.

The NTU Alumni Homecoming 2010 was the icing on a cake in a year of festivities and milestones as NTU celebrates its 55th anniversary.

During the annual event held on the weekend of 23 and 24 October, over 1,600 alumni and friends thronged the Yunnan Garden campus.

Many spent the Saturday, participating in a lively forum and soaking in the revelry of NTU Alumni Night 2010.

The more sporty alumni spent their Sunday taking part in friendly matches at the NTU Alumni Sports Competition, held at the university’s Sports and Recreation Centre.  

Culture of giving
For alumni Ms Myint Zu Myaing (MAE/Class of 2010) and Mr Khun La Win Myint (MAE/Class of 2009), NTU holds a special place in their hearts.

“We met at NTU, studied at NTU and even got married at NTU! The university is indeed our second home!” exclaimed Ms Myint. This year’s homecoming was the couple’s first.

Now that they are working adults and have the means, Mr Khun looks forward to giving back to their alma mater. “NTU has given much to us in so many ways,” he said.

When it comes to giving back, one could take a leaf from the book of the Chen family. They donated to NTU the proceeds earned from the sale of their family business, amounting to S$2m (with government matching).

For their invaluable support, the Nanyang Alumni Achievement Award was conferred by NTU on a family for the first time.

Applauding the importance of nurturing a spirit of generosity among alumni was Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister for Education and Second Minister for Defence and Guest-of-Honour at the NTU Alumni Night 2010.

Dr Ng took the opportunity to share with audience the record set by Class of 2010 in his speech. He highlighted that more than 70 per cent of Class of 2010 contributed about $97,000 to the University.

“We want to encourage alumni to contribute back to the parent institution,” Dr Ng urged the audience, adding that the Government will invest about S$4b over the next 20 years. Of the amount, S$2b will be set aside in a Singapore Universities Trust.

Of recognition and change
Homecoming is also about giving honour to alumni who have done their alma mater and country proud through service to society and mankind.

The Nanyang Alumni Awards – NTU’s equivalent of the Oscars – were presented to 31 luminary individuals who received the nod for their exemplary achievements or significant contributions to the university. It also marked a bumper crop of Nanyang Alumni Awards given out this year.

For Nanyang Distinguished Alumni Award winner Dr Chee Kheng Hoy (Science/Class of 1962), receiving this accolade from his alma mater is akin to the recognition a child receives from a parent.

Awash with pride, Dr Chee said: “Of all the awards I have received in my life, this is the one I treasure the most.”

Equally elated to receive her Nanyang Alumni Service Award was Ms Li Dongxia (HSS/Class of 2001). She had flown six hours from Beijing just for homecoming despite her busy schedule.

The deserving recipients were presented the awards by Minister Ng, alongside NTU President Dr Su Guaning. Sharing their glory was also a poignant moment for Dr Su.

Come next July, Dr Su will be handing over the reins of the university to current Provost Professor Bertil Andersson.

“Succession and renewal are vital stages in the life cycles of the universities and I have full confidence in the succession team that I have helped to assemble,” said Dr Su.

Professor Andersson expressed his delight at having the chance to get up close and personal with alumni at homecoming.

He said: “NTU is a university of international standing. At the same time, we must also honour its history and continuously strengthen links with the alumni.”

The university looks forward to welcoming alumni home again next year!

© Alumni Affairs Office