Issue 82, January 2010
NTU's global alumni network expands

The university sets up two overseas chapters in Vietnam to cater to the growing number of alumni living and working there.

While 488 Vietnamese students are currently in NTU pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, there are more than 500 NTU alumni living and working in Vietnam today. The number of alumni is on the rise, what with Vietnam ranks among the top five countries represented by NTU’s 4,000-strong foreign student population.

The two Vietnam chapters set up in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City replaced the sole NTU Alumni Association (Vietnam) which was formed in 2006. Adding the two, NTU now has 21 overseas chapters across six countries. 

NTU President Dr Su Guaning was present at the two cities to officiate the launch of the new alumni associations. “It (the launch) will certainly seal the bonds between our alumni and the university…I encourage each alumnus and friend of the university to be an NTU ambassador, by supporting our initiatives with your time, talents and resources,” Dr Su said in his speech. 

Hanoi chapter
The launch ceremony in Hanoi was graced by distinguished guests, including Mr Hguyen Hong Truong, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Transport, Vietnam; Dr Tran Duc Luong, Deputy Inspector General of the Government Inspectorate of Vietnam; Mr Simon Wong Wie Kuen, the Singapore Ambassador to Vietnam; and Dr Trinh Minh Thu, President of the NTU Alumni Association (Hanoi).  

In delivering his opening address to the alumni and guests, Dr Trinh said: “We came to NTU from all walks of life and benefited from the diversified people and knowledge that we garnered in NTU…Now, we will again benefit from the diversified network comprising alumni from various professions. We are very proud of our time in NTU which has provided us with not only expertise, but also friendship.”

The NTU Alumni Association (Hanoi) was officially launched on 11 January at Sofitel Plaza, Hanoi.

Ho Chi Minh City chapter
The 350 alumni, residing in Ho Chi Minh City, welcomed the setting up of an alumni body there.

During the launch ceremony, Dr Ha Nam Khanh Giao, the President of the NTU Alumni Association (Ho Chi Minh City), made his address. He said: “The launch this evening is extremely meaningful as the relationship has been strengthened on all sectors and fields. As NTU alumni, we belong to a growing community of all the NTU alumni associations. We hope that these associations will help to facilitate continued conversations, enhance people-people links and multilateral cooperation.”

The launch ceremony was also graced by Mr Jimmy Chua Tin Chew of the Singapore Consul-General and Mr Phan Long, Vice President of Ho Chi Minh City Union Friendship Organisation. It was held on 14 January at the Hotel Majestic Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City.

Fostering partnership
In addition to launching the two Vietnam chapters, Dr Su also witnessed the partnership between Singapore and Vietnam deepened with a Memorandum of Understanding with the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) Hai Phong Co. Ltd. NTU signed an agreement between its Nanyang Environment and Water Resources Institute (NEWRI) and VSIP, for collaboration in research, education and feasibility studies in VSIP. To read more, click here.

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