Issue 140, November 2014
Rolling back the years at silver jubilee reunion

​Class of 1989 alumni gather on campus for a memorable 25th anniversary reunion

More than 140 Class of 1989 alumni and their partners, together with guests, made a trip to NTU on 8 November to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Class of 1989. This batch was represented by graduates from the Schools of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE), Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) and Nanyang Business School (NBS).

Prior to the evening’s programme, the alumni participated in a campus tour which brought them to a lab where they learnt more about NTU’s student-built eco-cars; as well as a 3D printing facility. They then proceeded to their respective schools for a special programme before settling in for dinner at the Research Techno Plaza.

The stories continued to flow throughout the evening, with the loudest applause reserved for Guest-of-Honour, Professor Cham Tao Soon, President Emeritus, NTU, who gave an engaging speech about the early days of the then Nanyang Technological Institute (NTI), in his characteristically forthright manner. Prof Cham was the founding President of NTI and NTU.

For Mr Lim Thian Fatt (CEE), Chairman of the organising committee, the class reunion was the culmination of six months of planning meetings and hours on mobile messaging applications, spent hunting down former CEE classmates and informing them of the gathering.   

One of them was fellow CEE graduate, Mr Siah Chee Seng, whose skills acquired as an undergraduate has seen him manage infrastructure projects in neighbouring Vietnam and Bangkok for the better part of the two decades since leaving NTU.

Flying in from Vietnam, where the father of three is now based, he said: “The twenty-fifth occasion of anything is definitely worth celebrating,” before adding with a grin, “who knows if we will be able to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary!”

The evening’s programme also included motivational sharing sessions by alumnus Mr Lim Nghee Huat (Commerce/1975) who spoke about his experience running various ultra-marathons; and by alumna Ms Eileen Chai (NIE/2005), an author who recently published her book ‘Teach a Life, for Life’, who shared about her growing up years as a national athlete and violinist.

In conjunction with the 25th anniversary celebration, the organising committee members wholeheartedly supported the idea of fundraising for the Class of 1989 Term bursary. Thanks to a very generous anonymous benefactor who pledged a $1,000 for each dinner attendee, as well as the Class of 1989 who generously contributed to the Class of 1989 Term bursary and Project Enkindle, a grand total of $140,460 was raised. Project EnKindle was founded in 2013 as a response for the growing need for energy in communities in the Philippines following the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan. It aims to provide mid-term to long-term renewable energy solutions to these communities to support them in their rehabilitation efforts.

Throughout the evening, alumni were busy seen catching up with one another, sharing stories of their days on campus and snapping photographs to capture the memorable occasion. They had a wonderful time meeting some of their former lecturers who were specially invited to the event. The evening concluded with a lucky draw which saw some alumni going home with attractive prizes.

© Alumni Affairs Office