Issue 150, September 2015
NTU’s pioneering batch of engineering graduates celebrate anniversary
​Double celebration for NTU as its Class of 1985 marks 30 years, and is ranked 6th globally in Engineering

To mark three decades since they graduated as the pioneering batch of the former Nanyang Technological Institute (NTI) – the forerunner to present day Nanyang Technological University (NTU) – the Class of 1985 held their 30th Anniversary Reunion dinner at the Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza on 18 September which was attended by more than 200 alumni and guests.

Also worthy of celebration was the announcement on 15 September that NTU is now ranked 6th globally in Engineering – a jump of three places – in the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2015. Overall, NTU is also ranked 13th in the world, a jump of 26 places from last year, and is now among Asia’s top two universities.

Gracing ​the event as its Guest-of-Honour was Prime Minister Mr ​Lee Hsien Loong. Also present were NTU Provost Professor Freddy Boey, NTU’s Board of Trustees member Mr Tan Chin Hwee, and ​NTU President Emeriti Professors Cham Tao Soon and Su Guaning. Class of 1985 alumni, Mr Inderjit Singh, a member of NTU’s Board of Trustees, and Er Dr Lee Bee Wah, Member of Parliament for Nee Soon GRC, are also co-chairpersons of the Class of 1985’s 30th Anniversary Dinner celebrations organising committee.

In his speech, PM Lee thanked the Class of 1985 alumni for their contributions in playing a role to build Singapore. He also mentioned some notable alumni who have done well in the field of engineering as well as some who have distinguished themselves in public service.

Whilst the Class of 1985 alumni have built successful careers, PM Lee was glad to note that they have continued to contribute to their alma mater and the engineering fraternity through various means, such as the launch of the Class of 1985 Pioneer Fund in 2005 to raise funds to give bursaries, scholarships and prizes to deserving NTU students. To date, the NTU Class of 1985 Pioneer Fund has now raised S$3.1 million with matching government grant.

While noting that NTU has come a long way since it started with just three engineering schools in 1985, Professor Boey stressed that the support of its alumni is a key reason why the University has progressed over the years.

“The University’s reputation is built not only upon its own achievements, but also through its alumni. You are indeed our exemplary pioneers. Our Class of 1985 is a sterling example I hope current and future students of NTU will strive to emulate.”


At the dinner, a new book ‘Thirty Years, Hundred Stories’ published by the Class of 1985, was presented to PM Lee. The 120-page book, which contains a foreword by Mr Lee, chronicles Singapore’s engineering accomplishments in the past 30 years that have made a contribution towards improving conditions in this country. 

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