Issue 93, December 2010
Connecting Guangxi
Guangxi is the latest to join NTU’s international alumni network, which is growing in reach and influence in China.

Rounding up a good year of growing its international alumni network is the formation of NTU Alumni Association (Guangxi) – the twenty-first and last overseas alumni chapter launched in 2010.

There to officiate the launch was NTU President Dr Su Guaning, who was charmed by the southern Guangxi autonomous region, which is the hometown of Liu Sanjie, the legendary Zhuang lady famous for her beautiful ballads.

The launch was held on 27 November, at the capital city of Nanning, alongside a banquet at the Red Forest Grand Ballroom.

Addressing the alumni, Dr Su said: “Among the 430 NTU alumni based in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, many of them are now senior and middle-ranking Chinese officials.” NTU is one of the two most important overseas partners for the training of senior Chinese officials other than Harvard University.

Its prime position is kudos to Dr Su’s leadership in developing a strong China agenda with executive programmes complementing six Masters Programmes, including the famed “Mayors Class”.

Many among the alumni present at the launch took the opportunity to gain assurance from Dr Su that NTU will continue its engagement with China-based alumni when he steps down in July. 

Cherished sentiment
Expressing his gratitude to his alma mater, Mr Zhang Ming, President of NTU Alumni Association (Guangxi) shared how NTU’s fine tradition and international imperative have left an indelible impression on him.

Mr Zhang hopes that the new set-up will become a “home” for fellow alumni in Guangxi.

Also present to lend support at the launch were: Mr Wei Gangqiang, Deputy Head of Department of Human Resources and Labour Protection, People’s Government of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region; Mr Sun Haichao, Deputy Secretary of CPC Working Commission for Institutions of Higher Learning, affiliated to the CPC Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Regional Committee; Mr Chen Jianlin, Inspector of Financial Affairs Office under the People’s Government of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region; Mr Hu Jianhua, Head of the United Front Department-cum-Standing Committee Member, CPC Nanning Municipal Committee, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region; and representatives from the other China alumni associations.

Valuable sharing
Prior to the launch, a forum was held, with the facilitation of NTU's Alumni Affairs Office.

Participating alumni and guests got a chance to hear Dr Liu Yunhua and Dr Zhang Zhibin, both of whom are NTU's Deputy Directors of Nanyang Centre for Public Administration, speak on the subject. The sharing gave them a unique perspective on the rapid development of China’s economy and the reform of Guangxi’s politics.

The newly launched NTU Alumni Association (Guangxi) looks set to cater to the current 430 NTU alumni based there. Guangxi aside, alumni chapters were also launched in Sha’anxi and Henan during Dr Su’s trip to China this round.

© Alumni Affairs Office