Issue 163, October 2016
Homeward bound
​NTU Alumni Homecoming 2016 was one big party for 1,500 alumni and guests

At this year’s NTU Alumni Homecoming, more than 1,500 alumni and their families as well as faculty, staff and guests, were treated to a campus tour, investment and health forums, and an Oktoberfest-themed dinner and drinks.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of this year’s Nanyang Alumni Awards, where a bumper crop of 36 outstanding alumni were recognised for their contributions to NTU and the community. 

In his welcome address, NTU President Bertil Andersson said: “This year’s Homecoming is a special one as we mark NTU’s silver jubilee. The achievements and contributions of our outstanding alumni reflect the university’s success in grooming our graduates to meet the challenges of this ever-changing global economy.”

The guest-of-honor at the event, Mr Ong Ye Kung, Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills), gave a poignant keynote address starting with NTU’s history. “I think part of the reason that NTU has such as strong sense of history is how it had begun. It was a university created by immigrants, literally through a gotong royong (cooperation in a community) approach, with a sense of what it means to make history, and to be part of something larger than itself.”

Minister Ong reflected on how NTU has an “interesting duality in its identity”, in that it is both a young university officially founded in 1991, but also one with a longer history stemming all the way back to the 1950s and intertwined with Singapore’s journey of nationhood. 

Minister Ong and Prof Andersson then presented the Nanyang Alumni Awards to the recipients. The Nanyang Distinguished Alumni Award - the highest honour for NTU alumni - is presented to xinyao (Singapore songs) pioneer Dr Liang Wern Fook (NIE/2000), Malaysian politician Y.B. Datuk Seri Ir. Dr Wee Ka Siong (CSE/1996) and businessman Mr Wu Hsioh Kwang (Commerce/1974).

Other award categories included the Nanyang Alumni Achievement Award with 11 recipients, Outstanding Young Alumni Award with eight recipients, and the Nanyang Alumni Service Awards with 14 recipients.

In honour of their alumni, NTU students came out in full force with performances ranging from an opening act by a group of energetic breakdancers called the NTU Breakers, to an acapella performance by the Harmonics, dance performances by Contemp{minated} and MJ Hip-Hop, and a two-song set by the Jazz and Blues.

After the auditorium programme, dinner was served at the Nanyang Auditorium foyer and Quad. In line with the event’s Oktoberfest theme, imported beer from Munich, Germany was available for the alumni and guests. The emcee engaged the audiences with stage games and ​participants snapped bookmark-sized photo souvenirs at free photo booths.

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