Issue 111, June 2012
Broadening the NTU alumni network
With the newly launched NTU Alumni Association (USA-East), more alumni in the country will now have an avenue to stay connected with the University

This milestone marked NTU’s continual commitment to provide its alumni a platform to connect, interact and leverage on one another’s expertise beyond the campus. The new chapter is the second to be launched in the US. The first, the NTU Alumni Association (USA-West), was launched in April 2011.

Professor Bertil Andersson, NTU’s President, said at the launch: “To attract the best students in Singapore, NTU has to be an international university. We have a cosmopolitan campus, with more than 80 nationalities and I can see our alumni connections reach even further around the globe in the near future.”

He highlighted that the birth of two alumni chapters in the US is an exciting development for NTU, as this represents a firm step forward to tap the talent pools and knowledge networks in North America, in its journey to become a great global university.

Leveraging on this momentum, the President of NTU Alumni Association (USA-East), Ms Raslyn Rasiah, set goals for alumni at the launch. An alumnus from the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information’s Class of 2010, she emphasised the importance of maintaining a strong bond amongst NTU alumni.

She shared new initiatives which the new chapter will work towards. One of these is a Maths exchange programme allowing final-year students to go to the US to offer teaching services for needy students. “Our intention is two-fold: To provide assistance to the local community which will eventually come to Singapore to further their education; and to provide Singaporean students the opportunity to broaden their horizons through cultural immersion,” she said.

The Association’s Vice President and Honorary Secretary are Mr Adamson Alagan and Dr Zhang Guanglan respectively.

Mr Alagan graduated in 2011 from NTU’s Nanyang Business School and is now the Chief of Staff at Wunderman. “It is always an honour to give back to NTU by way of such initiatives, to show my peers that there is more to NTU than just a certificate. NTU provides lifelong learning, but also lifelong friendships that have both personal and practical benefits to all,” he said.

Dr Zhang graduated with a Master’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2001 and obtained her PhD in Computer Engineering in 2009. Based out of Boston, she will be starting her stint as a lecturer in Boston University this September.

During the luncheon, alumni and guests discussed ideas and shared their experiences. Professor Alan Chan, Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences was also present to give his insights and revealed how NTU will be encouraging greater research in the field of Humanities. Mr Soon Min Yam, Director of NTU Alumni Affairs, shared that NTU alumni in various countries have expressed interest in connecting with peers working or residing in the same vicinity.

Thirty NTU alumni and staff attended the launch event held in Washington DC on 17 June.

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