Issue 87, June 2010
Charting China 
NTU adds Tianjin to its growing number of overseas chapters in China.

The NTU Alumni Association (NTUAA) (Tianjin) is the 16th and latest of the University’s chapters in China. It is also NTU’s 22nd one, internationally.

Tianjin joins 15 other overseas chapters already set up in China. They are in Beijing, Chongqing, Fujian, Guangdong, Hong Kong SAR, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jilin, Liaoning, Shandong, Shanghai, Sichuan, Yunnan and Zhejiang.

NTU plans to form more of these alumni chapters by the end of the year in Hebei, Guangxi, Shanxi, Jiangxi, Henan and Heilongjiang.

As many as 15,000 NTU alumni living and working in China will benefit from the University’s fast expanding global alumni network.

Besides China, NTU's alumni chapter has also found its way to India, Indonesia, Thailand, United Kingdom and Vietnam.

Deepening of ties
NTU President Dr Su Guaning flew to Tianjin to officiate the launch, as well as to connect with alumni there.

In his opening address, Dr Su said: “Great changes have taken place in Tianjin, the biggest coastal city in northern China to open up in the last 30 years. Through our connections in Tianjin, we hope to explore and open up even more opportunities for NTU to grow within China.”

The launch of the NTUAA (Tianjin) was also graced by Singapore’s Ambassador to China, BG Chin Siat Yoon, along with representatives from Beijing, Guangdong, Hunan, Jiangsu, Liaoning and Shandong. 

Helming the NTUAA (Tianjin) is Mr Zhang Weili who had previously attended the Executive MBA programme at the Nanyang Business School. Mr Zhang is also the President of the Nankai University Yungong Group.

So, what were the president’s plans and directions for the association? Mr Zhang said: “I shall work hand in hand with the committee members to foster communication, maintain close ties with each other and our alma mater, and fulfill our duties to keep the Nanyang spirit strong here in Tianjin. We hope to do NTU proud with our achievements!”

The newly launched association will cater to the current 149 NTU alumni based in Tianjin.

The launch was held on 31 May at Tianjin’s Hotel Nikko.

© Alumni Affairs Office