Issue 104, November 2011
Connecting Inner Mongolia
This autumn, Inner Mongolia alumni gained a new platform to stay connected to their alma mater, with the launch of the NTU Alumni Association (Inner Mongolia)

Well-known for its vast grasslands and impressive deserts, the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region is located at the northern region of China. Inner Mongolia is currently undergoing immense economic growth, creating more collaboration opportunities for Sino-Singapore relations.

On 30 October 2011, some 100 NTU alumni and invited guests gathered at the Inner Mongolia Hotel, the capital city of Hohhot, to witness the launch of NTU Alumni Association (Inner Mongolia). NTU senior management, distinguished guests and alumni representatives from Anhui, Shandong, Shanghai and Jiangsu alumni associations were also present to lend their support.

Professor Er Meng Hwa, NTU's Vice President (International Affairs) and Guest-of-Honour at the launch, informed alumni and guests of the University’s recent progress in his opening address. "The University needs to establish good connections with the region and other countries, in order to take the lead in the rapid urbanisation of the world. Under the NTU 2015 five-year blueprint, China programmes will still be regarded as part of NTU’s strategic programmes," said Prof Er.

Fostering partnership
Mr Liang Chun, President of the alumni association, shared his vision for the latest China chapter. “We believe that the setting up of the association will contribute positively towards the development of Inner Mongolia. As a platform to connect our alumni to their alma mater, the association will allow us to continuously receive knowledge, ideas and information from NTU, one of the top global universities, and help Inner Mongolia to keep pace with globalisation," he said.

"Current and future alumni in Inner Mongolia will have new opportunities for collaboration, information sharing and career advancement. Besides, the new set-up will also play a part in attracting investments from overseas and across the region, enhancing Inner Mongolia's cultural and economic development,” added Mr Liang.

Alumni at the launch were also treated to a forum, where Dr Liu Yunhua, Deputy Director of Nanyang Centre for Public Administration, NTU, shed light on the topic 'Inner Mongolia’s Regional Economic Development'.

To date, NTU has more than 16,000 alumni residing and/or working in China.

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