A new alumni chapter is launched in Jiangxi, China, to further strengthen the bond between the University and its alumni in the province.
A primary transport route for trade and communication within north-south China, Jiangxi has been strategically important throughout much of the country’s history. One of its biggest cities, Jingdezhen, is widely recognised for producing the best porcelain in China.
NTU President, Professor Su Guaning, officially launched the NTU Alumni Association (Jiangxi), making it the last overseas chapter to be launched, just before he steps down at the end of June this year.
Also the latest in the University’s China chapters, the association aims to provide new opportunities for the 1120 alumni who are currently living and working in Jiangxi, to keep in touch with their alma mater, as well as with other China-based alumni.Joyous celebration
Some 180 alumni and guests, including Ms Tee Bee Lock, Singapore Consul-General in Xiamen, and Mr Esmond Teo, Chairman of SingCham Jiangxi Chapter, were present. Other NTU’s senior management in attendance included Professor Er Meng Hwa, Vice President-Designate (International Affairs) and Senior Associate Provost; Mr Chew Kheng Chuan, Chief University Advancement Officer; Dr Wu Wei, Director of the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration and Office of China Affairs; Mr Soon Min Yam, Director of Alumni Affairs; Ms Annie Wang, Senior Assistant Director of Nanyang Centre for Public Administration; and Mr Tan Kian Chong, Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs.
Representatives of the NTU alumni associations from Hebei, Guangdong, Anhui, Hubei, Beijing, Shandong, Jiangsu and Shanghai also hailed from different provinces to join in the celebration.
Mr Xiong Junhong, President of the newly set-up association, highlighted his appreciation of the committee members’ efforts in organising the event. To mark the official launch of the chapter, Prof Su presented the NTU flag to Mr Xiong. This was then followed by entertaining performances by some Chinese ethnic groups.
The launch ceremony was held on Sunday, 19 June 2011, at the Binjiang Guesthouse in Nanchang, the capital city of Jiangxi province.
In conjunction with the launch, a forum on the topic ‘The Opportunities and Challenges of China’s Economy in Post-Financial-Crisis Era’ was held. Dr Liu Yunhua, Deputy Director of the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration, NTU, shared his views on the topic.
During the trip to China, Prof Su also met with Mr Mo Jiancheng, Standing Committee of CPC Jiangxi Provincial Committee and Minister of Organisation Department, Jiangxi Provincial Party Committee; Ms Feng Taolian, Deputy Minister of Organisation Department, Jiangxi Provincial Party Committee; and Mr Chen Feng, Head of Cadre Education Bureau, Organisation Department, Jiangxi Provincial Party Committee. Dr Zhou Wenbin, President of Nanchang University, extended warm welcome to Prof Su when he visited the University.
In an eventful week for NTU, two other NTU Alumni Associations in China were launched – Guizhou on 16 June and Anhui on 18 June. With the latest set up, the total number of NTU alumni associations in China is now 28.© Alumni Affairs Office