Published on: 10-Aug-2016
NTU boosts alumni connections with three new alumni houses
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is establishing three new alumni houses to bring its alumni closer to their alma mater.
The first one to open will be a 10,000-square-feet alumni house right smack in the heart of the city at Marina Square which will be ready by November 2016. The other two are at one-north and on NTU’s main campus.
These alumni houses will be open to all NTU alumni, faculty and staff. No membership fees need to be paid, and identification is made through their NTU alumni or employee card.
This year marks NTU’s silver jubilee since being inaugurated as a university in 1991. Its alumni family which includes the alumni rolls of its predecessor institutions, Nanyang University and Nanyang Technological Institute, has grown beyond the 200,000 milestone and cuts across 150 countries.
NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson, said, “Our students don’t just graduate from NTU and then close that chapter in their lives. All graduates have a lifetime NTU membership. The university will be with them at the various stages in their lives and we want them to continue to keep the precious bonds and friendships they have made at NTU.
“These new Alumni Houses will be gathering spaces where our alumni can meet and catch up with their friends, make new friends from different cohorts, and even reunite with their favourite professors. We are creating new environments for social interactions, to boost opportunities for collaborations with each other or with NTU, or just to relax with family members.”
Alumni House at Marina Square
Spread over 10,000 square feet – equivalent to 9 conventional five-room apartments – NTU’s Alumni House at Marina Square will feature amenities including a contemporary restaurant, bar and relaxing spaces for alumni to reconnect with each other.
The restaurant and bar will be managed by Sodexo, which has extensive experience in the education sector, partnering over 5,000 educational institutions globally, including universities such as Stanford University and the University of Nottingham. The French gourmet powerhouse is also behind the iconic Michelin-starred restaurants, Le Pré Catalan and Le Jules Verne in Paris.
Serving an international menu, the restaurant will also host top chefs from Sodexo’s global network of chefs in 80 countries who will share their authentic native cuisine and culture at the Alumni House at Marina Square. Diners can expect a gastronomic adventure, sampling diverse cuisines from around the world.
To complement the restaurant’s cosmopolitan cuisine, the adjacent bar will feature artisanal cocktails conceptualised by expert mixologists. The restaurant and bar will also host thematic nights which capture the diverse interests of the multinational NTU alumni community.
Colm O'Mahony, Chief Executive Officer, Education Asia Pacific at Sodexo, said, “Sodexo is delighted to partner with NTU in creating a vibrant and exciting new retreat for the alumni. We look forward to serving new and bold flavours from around the globe.”
Scheduled to open its doors at the end of this year, the Alumni House at Marina Square’s restaurant and bar can house more than 200 guests. The Marina Square facility will be an ideal venue for business meetings, parties and even family events.
Prof Lee Sing Kong, NTU’s Vice-President for Alumni and Advancement, said, “We have had extensive feedback from alumni on how they would like to engage with each other and with their alma mater. We have heard them and the three new alumni houses are designed to meet their needs.
“For example, we expect that the Alumni House at Marina Square place will be ideal for business meetings during the week and in the evenings; and over weekends, for alumni, their families and friends to get together for good food and conversation.”
Alumni House at NTU campus
The Alumni House at the NTU campus will likewise have a top-end Western restaurant managed by the 1-Group (formerly known as 1-Rochester Group), one of Singapore's leading lifestyle food and beverage (F&B) brands.
Located at NTU’s North Spine Plaza – the university’s latest F&B hot spot – alumni and their guests can relax in a pleasant and friendly atmosphere with delicious cuisine.
Alumni House at one-north
The third Alumni House at one-north is slated to open next year following the refurbishment of the university’s Executive Centre. While plans are still in development, the establishment is also expected to become a special attraction for alumni.
In addition to new alumni amenities, improvement works currently underway at the Executive Centre include technology-enhanced rooms that can be used for training and meetings, as well as upgraded wellness and recreation facilities, and a new gym extension.
Growing alumni privileges
All NTU alumni are entitled to various privileges including a free Alumni Card that comes with benefits from participating merchants, and a free lifelong email account. For a small fee, they can also use the university’s sports and library facilities, and apply for professional and personal development courses or graduate programmes offered by NTU. Many of the short courses are offered to alumni at discounted rates.
Besides patronising the retail and F&B outlets on campus, alumni can also enjoy discounts and promotions in more than 60 participating merchants spanning shopping, dining, leisure, sport and entertainment, and hotels and resorts in Singapore and abroad.
NTU has 80 Alumni Associations worldwide, with 35 based in Singapore and 45 overseas.
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Feisal Abdul Rahman
Senior Assistant Director (Media Relations)
Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University
Tel: (65) 6790 6687
About Nanyang Technological University
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 for 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).
Ranked 13th in the world, NTU has also been ranked the world’s top young university for the last two years running. The University’s main 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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