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NTU honours pioneer educators and outstanding alumni

Published on: 18-Oct-2015

Teo Ser Luck, Ng Joo Hee and Joanne Peh among those who receive Nanyang Alumni Awards in a star-studded evening where pop icon Stefanie Sun performs for her alma mater

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is honouring the achievements of its outstanding alumni and recognising the contributions of its pioneer educators in a ceremony tonight.

The Nanyang Alumni Awards is held each year to celebrate the achievements of outstanding NTU alumni.

NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson, said, “This year’s Homecoming is a special one as we mark Singapore’s Golden Jubilee. It is especially meaningful on this occasion that we pay tribute to our pioneer educators – faculty and staff from Nanyang University, Nanyang Technological Institute, National Institute of Education and NTU. They had laid the foundation of Singapore’s education system during the early days of nation building and today, Singapore is known internationally for its high standards of education.”

Over 120 pioneer educators from NTU and its predecessor institutions attended the ceremony, including several pioneers in their 80s. A video tribute was played and each of the pioneers received a specially designed and minted medallion from Guest-of- Honour, Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister in Prime Minister's Office.

“This evening, we are also celebrating the achievements of our alumni who have given so much not only to the university, but also to society. Alumni act as a bridge for the university and society, and they are also our ambassadors. They are the real “stars” of their alma mater,” said Professor Andersson.

In recognition of his role in helping SMEs innovate and go global, Minister of State for Manpower, Mr Teo Ser Luck, was conferred the Nanyang Distinguished Alumni Award – NTU’s highest honour for its alumni.

Mr Teo, a young star in the political scene, is one of 31 outstanding NTU alumni who was honoured in front of a record crowd of 2,800 at the university’s Alumni Homecoming this evening.

The 47-year-old accountancy graduate, who is a champion for entrepreneurship, sports and youth, also played a key role in Singapore’s successful hosting of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG).

He said, “NTU has never stopped striving to do better. From developing new schools, combining different courses to initiating innovative projects with industry partners, the university constantly challenges the status quo since the early days.

“It is about making a positive difference. I am proud to be an NTU alumnus and hope to uphold this spirit NTU has instilled in me in the role that I am in.”

Star-studded evening

NTU also honoured several celebrity alumni of the university who made an impact in their own unique way.

Mediacorp actress Joanne Peh received the Nanyang Alumni Achievement Award, for her achievements in the Singapore film and media industry. Already an actress even as an undergraduate, the communication student from NTU’s Class of 2006 actively participated in campus activities while at NTU where she was a member of her school committee and Cultural Activities Club.

Another star awarded tonight, from the sporting field, was national sailor Jovina Choo who received the Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award.  She won two gold medals for Singapore at the 28th South East Asian (SEA) Games this year, and also Singapore’s first-ever medal at the International Sailing Federation Nations Cup.

The sports science graduate from the class of 2013 said, “I am proud to be an NTU alumni and the knowledge and skills gained during my time in university have enabled me to stand alongside elites with confidence.”

Making waves in Singapore’s music scene, Mr Chester Tan received the Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award. The award winning composer has over 100 piano instrumental compositions under his belt, and published seven albums in the last 10 years.

Rounding up the evening was regional pop icon Stefanie Sun, who returned to the NTU campus to perform for her alma mater. The business school graduate from the Class of 2000 performed two songs – “Against the Light” and “Hand in My Pocket”.

The stellar singer who has amassed over 200 music awards, received the Nanyang Distinguished Alumni Award last year.

Distinguished alumni recognised for outstanding careers and community service

Besides Mr Teo, two other successful individuals received NTU’s top alumni award.

For his contributions in education, The Honourable Pehin Dato’ Abu Bakar Apong, Brunei’s Minister for Education was awarded the Nanyang Distinguished Alumni Award.

A passionate educator who started out as a teacher in 1972, Pehin Dato’ Abu Bakar said, “NTU has continuously progressed from strength to strength, emphasising the quality of teaching, learning, research and community services.

“I still consider what I learnt thirty years ago as one of the best models to prepare future teachers,” said the 67-year-old Minister who is a graduate from the Institute of Education’s Class of 1974 (now known as National Institute of Education at NTU).

Singapore’s top cop who brought crime to a 30-year low, Ng Joo Hee said that NTU’s education equipped him with the knowledge and skills to become a better manager and leader.

Currently the Chief Executive of PUB, the national water agency, Mr Ng who was from the Nanyang Business School’s Class of 1998, said, “Throughout my career, applying what I’ve learnt from NTU, has helped me resolve or at least bring clarity to the practical problems and issues that I encounter in my everyday professional life.”

Serving on numerous governing boards in a variety of public sector areas, which includes the Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (Islamic Religious Council of Singapore), Mdm Moliah Binte Hashim is a fervent public servant who always puts society ahead of her ambitions.

The former Chief Executive Officer of Yayasan MENDAKI, was conferred the Nanyang Alumni Achievement Award for her contributions to the Malay-Muslim community.

Launched in 2005, the Nanyang Alumni Awards honour alumni’s exemplary achievements in diverse fields, or their significant contributions to the betterment of NTU, the community or the society.

NTU today has more than 200,000 alumni from 148 countries. The university keeps in close touch with its graduates through events such as the annual Homecoming and via its 80 alumni associations in Singapore and around the world, including Malaysia, Indonesia, China, India, Europe, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam.


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Nanyang Technological University

About Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It has a new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI). 

A fast-growing university with an international outlook, NTU is putting its global stamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, and Innovation Asia. 

The University’s main Yunnan Garden campus has been named one of the Top 15 Most Beautiful in the World. NTU also has a campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

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