Issue 99, June 2011
Rooted in Guizhou
NTU grows its international alumni network further by launching an alumni association in Guizhou, China.

Home to China’s most famous alcoholic beverage, Maotai liquor, Guizhou province located in the southwest of the country is considered as one of the cradles of ancient human beings. Gifted with rich natural resources, especially coals, Guizhou is also one of the provinces that have the most number of minority groups.

On 16 June, the University celebrated the launch of NTU Alumni Association (Guizhou), and the launch ceremony was officiated by NTU President, Professor Su Guaning.

Sharing through his welcome address, Prof Su said: “To date, NTU has more than 15,000 alumni residing or working in China. By setting up an alumni chapter in Guizhou, we wish to bridge the close ties between Singapore and China to establish further collaboration and development.”

Prof Su also took the opportunity to assure the alumni that Professor Bertil Andersson, NTU President-Designate and Provost, will continue to strengthen the University’s connection with China-based alumni when he takes over as NTU President this July.

NTU’s senior management who were present at the launch ceremony included Professor Er Meng Hwa, Vice President-Designate and Senior Associate Provost; Mr Chew Kheng Chuan, Chief University Advancement Officer; Dr Wu Wei, Director of the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration and Office of China Affairs; and Mr Soon Min Yam, Director of Alumni Affairs.

Also there to lend support at the launch were distinguished guests, Mr Ang Chay Chuan, Singapore Consul General in Guangzhou; Mr Wang Jianchu, Head of Cadre Training Bureau, Guizhou Organisation Department; Mr Chan Soo Sen, Executive Vice President of Singbridge International Singapore Pte Ltd; Dr Lan Weiguang, Founder and Chairman of Suntar International Group; as well as representatives of the NTU alumni associations from Beijing, Jiangxi, Jiangsu, Yunnan, Guangxi, Guangdong, Fujian, Chongqing and Hong Kong.

Stepping forward
Pride in their alma mater was also evident, as the alumni broke into spontaneous applause when Mr An Zhifeng, President of NTUAA (Guizhou) expressed his gratitude towards senior management staff from NTU, who travelled all the way to witness the launch.

He promised to serve the close to 80 alumni in the province with the association’s newly appointed committee members.

The launch was held at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel in Guiyang, the capital city of Guizhou province.

© Alumni Affairs Office