Issue 90, September 2010
Welcome to ClassACT, a monthly e-zine by Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

In his recent National Day Rally speech, Singapore’s Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong, unveiled NTU’s plans to set up a medical school in partnership with Imperial College London, ranked among the world's top ten universities. To be established by 2013, the school at NTU will be a pioneer in marrying the fields of medicine, engineering and business to nurture doctors who can lead interdisciplinary teams in a variety of healthcare settings.

In other news, we’re pleased to welcome the newest members of the Class of 2010 - our China graduates from six high-profile Master’s programmes. There's a lot more happening on our campus. Read on!
  • NTU’s new medical school, a partnership with Imperial College London, will give more of Singapore’s best and brightest talents a chance to become skilled medical leaders who can meet new healthcare challenges.
  • Sunday, 19 September, was a red-letter day for NTU in Guangzhou, with the university honouring the newest members of the Class of 2010 and unveiling the first Asia-Pacific Mayors' Forum as well as a new public service excellence index for Chinese cities.
  • The new NTU-SGX Centre for Financial Education is Asia’s first live trading lab within a university and caters to the training needs of capital market professionals and regional investors.
  • The Nanyang Business School is working with the International Air Transport Association to develop executive programmes for the global aviation sector. One of these is a joint Executive Master of Business Administration programme for high-flyers.
  • The newly opened Wang Gungwu Library at the Chinese Heritage Centre has a prized collection of more than 50,000 books on the Overseas Chinese.
  • Students of three high-profile graduate courses – the Master of Arts in Contemporary China, Master of Science in Managerial Economics and Master of Public Administration programmes – can benefit from new scholarship options starting this academic year.
  • More than 5,000 teachers and 400,000 students will benefit from a financial literacy programme spearheaded by NTU’s National Institute of Education.
  • Not one, but two NTU scientists bag a prestigious national fellowship awarded to three exceptional women this year.
  • NTU President Dr Su Guaning formally welcomes the newest members of the NTU community – the Class of 2014.
  • More future stars of research will be groomed under the prestigious Nanyang President's Graduate Scholarship scheme.
  • Art, Design & Media students and their professors exhibit films and photographs capturing the plight of a rural Chinese village in the throes of modernisation.
  • The recipients of the 2010 President’s Award for Teachers have gone out of their way to nurture students holistically. They are an inspiration to fellow alumni from the National Institute of Education.
  • At the first Asia-Pacific Mayors’ Forum in Guangzhou, government officials from various Chinese cities and from around the world discuss public service excellence and the branding of modern cities.
  • Participants at a seminar on property investment in Australia get to know the latest trends and hot locations.
  • Alumni enjoy an idyllic weekend on the charming Indonesian isle.
  • Four graduates from the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information win accolades at the Crowbar Awards 2010, for their film “Epiphany”.
  • The School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering celebrates student and faculty excellence at a dinner for its new graduates.
  • True to the theme of "long live the party!", Class of 2010 graduates from the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering spend an entire night partying, as they celebrate their graduation.
  • A Nanyang Business School alumnus donates $100,000 to the NTU bursary fund in aid of future generations of university students.
  • We congratulate and welcome 133 new alumni who completed NTU's executive programmes in August 2010.

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"While the long-term goal of the new medical school is to boost the number of doctors here, more immediately, it will serve the purpose of helping our brightest young minds pursue medicine on our shores, instead of overseas." - NTU President Dr Su Guaning on the partnership between NTU and Imperial College London to set up Singapore’s third medical school