Issue 132, March 2014
Blend of cultures from around the globe
NTU alumni immerse themselves in diverse cultures at the annual NTU International Alumni Lunch

Close to 230 alumni, students and guests attended the NTU International Alumni Lunch to catch up with former classmates and forge new friendships with alumni of diverse nationalities. The gathering was made especially vibrant with keen participation of both junior and senior alumni, who took the opportunity to get to know one another over a casual get-together lunch.

Guest-of-Honour Professor Er Meng Hwa, NTU’s Vice-President for International Affairs, said: “For today’s event, our NTU alumni of different nationalities are able to come together for a pleasant time over lunch. You are able to exchange news and network with fellow alumni who bring along with them varied and vibrant cultures; allowing you the opportunity to widen your horizon and gain a global outlook.” Prof Er also shared some key developments of NTU, including the introduction of new academic programmes, as well as highlighting some achievements of NTU’s continuous pursuit for international excellence in its varied disciplines.

International alumni from Malaysia, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, the Phillipines, Laos, India, Iran and Singapore attended the lunch which featured performances from international students such as song and dance, musical instruments, as well as a live Chinese calligraphy demonstration accompanied by a student playing the ocarina.

The lunch gathering was spiced up with engaging games and the Best Dressed Competition. Nominees showcased colourfully embellished áo dài (Vietnam), intricate kebaya and batik shirt (Indonesia), and the subtle yet vibrant longyi (Myanmar). Ms Su Su Khaing (SCE/2012) from Myanmar and Ms Udaya Pinasthikaswasti (CEE/2013) from Indonesia even added modern touches to their traditional costumes.

Mr Valdy Oktafianza (EEE/2005) from Indonesia clinched the Best Dressed Award with his beautifully patterned batik shirt that won over the audience’s vote. Mr Valdy, who is the President of the Nanyang Alumni Association Indonesia had flown in from Jakarta just that morning and made his way to the venue to join in the lunch event.

Mr James Lee (NBS/1993) from Malaysia said that he has been attending the lunch gathering almost every year, and was pleased to see a good mix of senior and junior alumni attending the lunch. He volunteers as a mentor under the Nanyang Business School (NBS) mentorship programme and keeps regularly in touch with his former classmates from NBS via various social media platforms.

Ms Cherry Ye Aung (EEE/2010), Ms Yin May Htcen (EEE/2012) and Ms Su Su Khaing (SCE/2012), from Myanmar, who were attending the event for the first time, commented that Singapore was a good choice for them to further their studies. Although their time at NTU was challenging, it was fruitful nevertheless and they hope to stay in touch with their friends from NTU.

The NTU International Alumni Lunch organised by the NTU Alumni Affairs Office was held at SAFRA Jurong on 22 March.

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