Issue 92, November 2010
Welcome to ClassACT, a monthly e-zine by Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

NTU has unveiled its five-year strategic plan, NTU 2015, which maps out how it will become a great global university by 2015.

Under this, NTU will build on its current strengths and heritage to excel in five broad areas, including sustainability, healthcare and new media. Being right where the action is, NTU students will enjoy many opportunities to join these interdisciplinary efforts led by world-class professors, to make a real difference in diverse fields.

In other news, the International Academic Advisory Panel has commended NTU for its “remarkable progress” in becoming a world-class research-intensive university. Our pioneering initiative to start a medical school with Imperial College London was also singled out for praise.
  • NTU unveils its five-year strategic blueprint – a comprehensive plan to make its mark globally in five areas: sustainability, healthcare, new media, the best of the East and West, and innovation.
  • NTU's Provost receives the prestigious Wilhelm Exner Medal for his work in biochemistry, joining 15 Nobel laureates among others since 1921 who have been accorded the honour for shaping the world through research.
  • NTU and the Tianjin government ink plans to set up a college offering research and graduate programmes in the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City.
  • The new Imperial College London-NTU Medical School aspires to be a role model in meeting Singapore’s future healthcare needs.
  • The International Academic Advisory Panel notes the “remarkable progress” NTU has made in becoming a world-class research-intensive university.
  • Two new CREATE centres with a focus on sustainability bring leading global partners and fresh synergies to NTU’s research drive.
  • College of Engineering Dean Prof Pan Tso-Chien receives a prestigious national defence technology award for pioneering the development and use of innovative underground technologies in Singapore.
  • NTU and the Action Community for Entrepreneurship have jointly become the third Founding Member of the World Entrepreneurship Forum, a global entrepreneurship think-tank.
  • Proceeds from the sale of a cookbook written by the daughter of former Singapore President Wee Kim Wee will benefit students of NTU’s communication and information school.
  • Green, “power-stingy” and accessible. The solar-powered I-slate, developed at NTU’s Institute of Sustainable & Applied Infodynamics, is everything a low-cost electronic notepad is supposed to be – and more.
  • A new PhD programme in immunology, jointly developed by NTU and A*STAR, could spell hope for cancer patients and sufferers of infectious diseases such as malaria and dengue fever.
  • Generations of alumni converge at the Yunnan Garden campus for their homecoming held in conjunction with the university’s 55th anniversary.
  • The university recognises outstanding alumni through the Nanyang Alumni Awards. A bumper crop of 31 awards is given out this year.
  • Participants learn to draw a fine line between being a friend and a parent to their teenagers at a forum held as part of the NTU Alumni Homecoming.
  • The Class of 1985 raises over S$3m for NTU’s needy engineering students through its Pioneer Fund.
  • The Cultural Activities Club Alumni Association is a new avenue for talented alumni to extend themselves for the good of fellow members and their alma mater.
  • NTU President Dr Su Guaning hosts a grand networking dinner, incorporating an evening talk, for our China-based alumni.
  • We congratulate and welcome 150 new alumni who completed NTU's executive programmes in October 2010.

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"We want to encourage alumni to contribute back to the parent institution... In all, the Government will invest about $4 billion over the next 20 years, of which $2 billion will be set aside in a Singapore Universities Trust." - Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister for Education and Second Minister for Defence, at NTU Alumni Night 2010