Issue 88, July 2010
NTU-Hebei ties get a boost
The university brings its longstanding links with Hebei to the next level with the launch of the NTU Alumni Association (Hebei).

The setting up of an overseas chapter in Hebei is long overdue. For, NTU and Hebei goes a long way back. Fifteen years, to be exact.

Today, there are over 500 alumni living and working in Hebei, which translates to 3 per cent of the total number of alumni in China. 

NTU President Dr Su Guaning explained: “Since 1995, Hebei has been sending its senior officials to NTU for higher education.” Dr Su made the point in his opening speech at the launch of the NTU Alumni Association (Hebei).  

The NTU Alumni Association in Hebei was launched on 26 June, at Zhongmao Haiyue Hotel. 

Ties that bind
And progressively from 2006 onwards, Hebei's Provincial Department of Education has signed an agreement for long-term cooperation with NTU. “It (Hebei's Provincial Department of Education) has been posting outstanding headmasters, principals and reserve school administrators to NTU to take up the Master Course in Educational Administration on a regular basis,” said Dr Su. 

Joining Dr Su in gracing the launch were other senior management staff of NTU, namely, Mr Chew Kheng Chuan, Chief University Advancement Officer; Professor Tan Kong Yam, Director,  NTU Asian Research Centre; Associate Professor Liu Yunhua, Associate Dean, Nanyang Centre for Public Administration; and Associate Professor Tan Kok Hui, Associate Dean, Nanyang Business School, and Mr Soon Min Yam, Director, Alumni Affairs.

Dr Su and company had the chance to meet with alumnus Nie Chenxi, Standing Committee Member of the Communist Party of China, Hebei Provincial Committee, who is also the Chief of its Propaganda Department. In attendance, too, was alumnus Song Changrui, Deputy Director of the Standing Committee of Hebei Provincial People's Congress. Mr Song is also the President of the NTU Alumni Association (Hebei).  

Fellow alumni from Beijing, Liaoning, Jiangsu, Shaanxi, Shanghai, Shandong, Tianjin and Yunnan attended the launch, as well.

Going forward
On plans for the newly set up chapter, Mr Song highlighted in his welcome address his goal to nurture a close-knit alumni community in the province.

Mr Song said: “I hope to enhance communication between alumni in Hebei and among alumni in the other provinces, strengthen ties with NTU, and encourage alumni to take part in activities organised by the association.”

Onto a good start, the launch was held in conjunction with a forum on “Global financial crisis and future trends: Challenges and opportunities for China”. The forum saw alumni participating actively, as they were taken up to speed on China's economy vis-à-vis the world, by speaker Professor Tan Kong Yam, Director, NTU Asian Research Centre. Mr Wang Dawei, Deputy Chairman-cum-Standing Deputy Secretary General of the NTU Alumni Association (Hebei) chaired the forum.

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