Issue 96, March 2011
Gansu is now family
NTU welcomes the province of Gansu to its expanding global alumni network.

The university launches another overseas alumni chapter in Gansu, an important province located geographically in the centre of China.

Officiating the launch taken place in Gansu’s capital city, Lanzhou, was NTU President Dr Su Guaning. Also present were NTU senior management staff, including Mr Soon Min Yam, Director of Alumni Affairs Office, Ms Annie Wang, Senior Assistant Director of Nanyang Centre for Public Administration, as well as representatives of NTU Alumni Associations from Shanghai, Beijing, Shandong, Fujian and Jiangsu.

Some 120 alumni and guests attended the launch held on 20 March 2011 at Landison Plaza Hotel Lanzhou.

Advancing Gansu’s development
In his opening address, Dr Su said: “The Gansu provincial government has focused extensively on international educational exchange. It had sent four batches of 134 leading cadres to NTU to receive training in business and finance from year 2005 to 2007.”

While applauding the rapid and healthy development of Gansu’s economy since China’s reformation, Dr Su encouraged NTU alumni in the province to make good use of the newly launched association as a platform to reinforce information exchange and contribute to the development of their alma mater.

Heading the new NTU Alumni Association (Gansu), is President Mr Li Peixing (MME/ Class of 2003) and his committee members. They were thrilled by Dr Su’s encouragement and looked forward to catering to the needs of the 200 alumni in Gansu, and also enhancing multilateral collaboration and continuing relationship with their alma mater.

As a prelude to the launch, alumni and guests were treated to a forum on “China’s Economy in the Post-Crisis Era and the Strategies of Western China’s Development”, organised in conjunction with NTU’s Alumni Affairs Office. 

Sharing his insight on the subject was Dr Cao Yong, Associate Professor at the Nanyang Business School.

Friendly sharing of knowledge
Whilst in Gansu, Dr Su also met with Mr Lu Hao, Party Secretary and People’s Congress Chairman of Gansu Province, Mr Bai Jizhong, Director-General, Education Department of Gansu Province, and other provincial leaders.

They had the opportunity to explore collaboration between NTU and the province.

During the meeting, Mr Bai expressed his wish for NTU to cooperate with the institutes and universities in Gansu through the sharing of former’s knowhow in new energy, new materials, water conservation, resources and environment, among others.

To date, NTU has a total of 145,000 alumni spread across the world. Of these, 15,000 are residing or working in China.

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