Issue 93, December 2010
Ushering in Sha’anxi
The newly launched NTU Alumni Association in Sha’anxi will harness the synergy between the university and its alumni there.

China’s central province of Sha’anxi extended its welcome to NTU last month. Sha’anxi played host to delegates from the university who were there to launch the NTU Alumni Association (Sha'anxi). It is located near neighbouring province Henan, which also had an alumni chapter launched on 20 November.

“NTU is swamped with “double happiness” these two days,” said NTU President Dr Su Guaning who arrived to officiate the launch of an alumni chapter there on 21 November, a day after Henan’s.

“I am thrilled to visit Xi’an (capital city of Sha’anxi). Not only is Sha’anxi the eastern terminus of the Silk Road, it is also one of the most important birthplaces of the rich Chinese culture,” said Dr Su. A key thrust of NTU’s five-year strategic blueprint to propel NTU ahead – New Silk Road – will stand to benefit from having an alumni chapter in Sha’anxi.

More than 100 alumni and guests were present at the launch of NTU Alumni Association (Sha’anxi) held at Shangri-La Hotel Xi’an.  

Alumni pride
Ms Qiang Linmei (Class of 2005, EMBA), President, NTU Alumni Association (Sha’anxi), shared with guests through her speech delivered at the launch how NTU had inculcated in her the pursuit of excellence. She and fellow alumni in the province are proud to be part of the Nanyang family.

“The new set-up hopes to play a role in connecting the universities in Sha’anxi with NTU so this combined force can lend intellectual support to the development of the province,” said Ms Qiang.

Also there to grace the launch ceremony were: Mr Liu Weilong, Deputy Director-cum-the Standing Committee of Sha’anxi Provincial People’s Congress; Mr Zhang Wei, Deputy Chairman-cum-Sha'anxi Provincial People’s Political Consultative Conference; and Mr Yang Xiwen, Head of Education Department, Sha’anxi Provincial People’s Government; as well as representatives hailed from Beijing, Fujian, Hunan, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Shanxi and Zhejiang.

Other senior officials present at the ceremony were: Mr Chew Kheng Chuan, Chief University Advancement Officer; Prof Alan Chan Kam-Leung, Dean of College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences; Assoc Prof Dr Tan Kok Hui, Nanyang Business School, Associate Dean, Chinese Programme; and Mr Soon Min Yam, Director of Alumni Affairs.

NTU expertise
As a prelude to the launch ceremony, alumni and guests were treated to a forum on “The Challenges and Opportunites of Central and Western China’s Development during Economic Transition”, organised in conjunction with NTU’s Alumni Affairs Office. 

Enlightening them on the subject was Dr Liu Yunhua, Deputy Director, Nanyang Centre for Public Administration, NTU.

The forum helped participants to gain an understanding of the potential challenges and trading opportunities in central and western China.

Expertise exchange
During his trip to Sha’anxi, Dr Su also met with Ms Wang Xia, Deputy Secretary of Sha’anxi Provincial Party Committee.

The meeting saw Dr Su expressing NTU’s wish to strengthen collaboration with the Sha’anxi province on areas such as the training of government officials and development.

Delighted, Ms Wang reciprocated by espousing her admiration for the university. She cited NTU as being one of the top universities in the world equipped with knowhow in innovating education and developing of disciplines. She hopes that NTU would continue to cooperate with the universities and research institutes in the province towards a complementary outcome.

© Alumni Affairs Office