On 11 March 2014, NTU held the second edition of Celebrate NTU!, an annual event that brings together students, faculty, staff and alumni to celebrate the University’s achievements.
The event officially began with the State of the University Address by NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson at Nanyang Auditorium. Highlights of the past academic year such as the admission of the first cohort of students to LKCMedicine and NTU’s rise to #1 in Asia for research impact were shared by Prof Andersson, as well as the formation of the new Life Sciences and Biomedical Research Cluster comprising LKCMedicine, Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering, the new Institute for Structural Biology and the School of Biological Sciences. Prof Andersson also spoke about various campus infrastructure projects which will change the landscape of NTU’s Yunnan Garden Campus in the years ahead.
As part of the celebrations, Prof Andersson and NTU Provost Professor Freddy Boey launched the new Teaching Excellence Academy. The annual Nanyang Education Award (formerly the Nanyang Award for Excellence in Teaching) has been expanded into a multi-level award scheme to acknowledge exceptional teaching at the School, College and University levels. The College Award was presented to 12 recipients who also became life-long Fellows of the Teaching Excellence Academy.
Open to students, faculty and staff, the Nanyang Awards were presented to 35 individuals and three teams in recognition of outstanding achievements and contributions in the areas of research excellence, service to NTU, teamwork and humanitarian work.
Celebrate NTU! then moved to the Party at the Quad which kicked off with the song “Let it Be” by The Beatles performed by Prof Andersson and Prof Boey, much to the delight of the crowd. The party also featured live games and performances by student bands and dance groups, two of Timbre’s biggest bands 53A and Goodfellas, as well as DJs from The Butter Factory, an award-winning club co-founded by NTU alumna Celeste Chong.