China-based alumni working or residing in Singapore get together for a lively Sunday lunch.
Jointly organised by NTU Alumni Affairs Office (AAO) and NTU PRC Students’ Union, the NTU PRC Alumni Gathering 2011 was held for the third time.
Professor Er Meng Hwa, NTU Senior Associate Provost, was there to grace the event in celebration of comradeship. As Professor Er delivered his welcome speech to kick start the get-together, he updated alumni of the University’s latest five-year blueprint, NTU 2015.
While urging China-based alumni to keep in touch with their alma mater, Professor Er said: "We welcome each of you to join NTU's overseas chapters, and also to stay connected with one another through gatherings like this. NTU and its Alumni Affairs Office will continue to support the setting up of Alumni Associations all over the world, to strengthen the bond between NTU and all alumni."
To date, the University has around 20,000 China-based alumni, which make up 13.1% of the total alumni population.
A joyous celebration
The get-together attracted as many as 407 alumni and guests. Some of them were happy to meet their country mates for the first time, whilst many others were busy mingling around with their long-lost friends.
Among the full repertoire of cultural performances prepared by the NTU Students’ Union, were a jazz dance, Chinese folk instruments performance, love duet, crosstalk and guitar performance. The alumni and guests were indeed amazed by the talents of the students.
The luncheon reached its highlight when Professor Er went on the stage to perform a song with Director of Alumni Affairs, Mr Soon Min Yam. The impromptu act won thunderous applause and led to another solo song performance.
Rounding up the event, participants enjoyed the interactive games ‘Scavenger Hunt’ and ‘Don’t forget the Lyrics’ and 6 lucky draw prizes were also given out.
We are family
Many who attended the lunch gathering found the event to be one of the more interesting ones they had ever attended.
"I enjoy the company of fellow alumni. I feel as if we are a family," said alumna Wang Junmin (EEE/2004).
Mr Sun Jin (MAE/2007) who was the emcee of the event said: "Many alumni have given their positive feedback on the get-together today. I think it helps to keep us updated on the University's latest development, and it also serves as a good platform for networking."
He went on to encourage fellow juniors to be actively involved in curriculum activities, to have a chance to cultivate and develop personal strengths.
The lunch was held on 10 April 2011 at Joy Garden Restaurant, SAFRA Jurong.
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