Issue 98, May 2011
First in the United States
The newly launched NTU Alumni Association (USA-West) will cater to the needs of some 120 alumni who are residing or working in the area.

For NTU alumni based in the west coast of the United States, they now have an overseas chapter which will be a constant contact point for them and their alma mater in Singapore.

The NTU Alumni Association (USA-West) was officially launched at a beautiful winery in the San Francisco Bay Area on 23 April 2011. Some of the distinguished guests who attended included His Excellency Mr Chin Hock Seng, Consul-General of Singapore in San Francisco, Mr Chew Kheng Chuan, NTU’s Chief University Advancement Officer and Mr Soon Min Yam, Director, Alumni Affairs, NTU.

It was interesting seeing how much the alumni had to share the moment they met each other and exchanged name cards. At the cocktail reception, they were seen busy chatting about the happenings, such as the General Election in Singapore, as well as stories about their good old days in NTU.

Ties that bind
Heading the new association is founding President, Mr Julius Chew Soon Ing, who is from the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering’s Class of 1990. In his welcome speech, Mr Chew highlighted the importance of maintaining close ties with one’s alma mater, networking with fellow alumni, and building a close knit community.

Guest-of-Honour Mr Chew Kheng Chuan, said in his speech: “At last count, the total number of NTU alumni based in the USA stood at 265, roughly half of whom are in the West Coast area. Although the figure represents a small proportion of our alumni body, your achievements and dedication to your alma mater resonate across the miles (8,500 miles, or 13,500 kilometres). Despite the formidable distance between Silicon Valley and Singapore, a common bond brings us together – the commitment to the vision and values of NTU.”

Following the address by Mr Chew, a video on the recent developments in the University, as well as within the alumni community, was shown. It was a trip down memory lane for the alumni, as they reminisced their glorious years as far as 20 years back. It was then time for the official launch ceremony, which was signified by the presentation of the NTU flag from Mr Chew Kheng Chuan to Mr Julius Chew.

The latest set-up serves as the beginning of a new era for NTU alumni in the West Coast of the United States – one that strengthens bonds and fosters collaboration between alumni and the University.

© Alumni Affairs Office