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​NTU honours outstanding alumni for stellar achievements and contributions to society

Published on: 15-Oct-2016

At today’s Nanyang Alumni Awards by Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore), 36 outstanding alumni were honoured at the University’s annual Homecoming event.

Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Mr Ong Ye Kung, presented the awards in front of 1,500 alumni and guests.

Among them, composer and educator Dr Liang Wern Fook and businessman Mr Wu Hsioh Kwang were conferred the Nanyang Distinguished Alumni Award – the highest honour for NTU alumni.

Dr Liang is known for his pioneering work in xinyao, a genre of Mandarin songs unique to Singapore. Releasing his first album in 24 years recently to very positive response, he has written over 200 musical compositions for Asian superstars in his career which include the likes of Andy Lau, Jacky Cheung, Kit Chan and Stefanie Sun.
Mr Wu is a visionary businessman and tourism mogul who not only spearheaded the growth of tourism between Singapore and China but also revamped the S$140 million Singapore Flyer into a tourist icon after it went into receivership.
NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson, said, “This year’s Homecoming is a special one as we mark NTU’s silver jubilee. Many of our alumni are prominent people in business and industry who not only make waves across the world in their respective fields but also continue to contribute and give back to society. The achievements and contributions of our outstanding alumni reflect the university’s success in grooming our graduates to meet the challenges of this ever-changing global economy.”

Dedicated public servants

Malaysian politician Y.B. Datuk Seri Ir. Dr Wee Ka Siong also received the Nanyang Distinguished Alumni Award for his efforts to help small and medium enterprises (SME) succeed in their businesses.

A 1996 graduate from NTU’s Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Dr Wee, a Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, is tasked with SME and micro-credit development. He was also Malaysia’s Deputy Education Minister from 2008 to 2013.

Stalwart public servant, Police-General Dr Muhammad Tito Karnavian, Chief of Indonesian National Police, will receive the Nanyang Alumni Achievement Award for leading his country’s fight against terrorism since 1999.

Among his career highlights is the capture of one of Indonesia’s most wanted fugitives, Noordin Mohammad Top, as well as Azahari Husin, the man believed to be behind the 2002 Bali bombings.

Another recipient was Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State at the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, and Ministry of Trade and Industry, who has been serving the community since 2002.

The 2006 graduate in Translation and Interpretation chairs the inaugural term of the National Translation Committee.

She said, “In today’s highly globalised environment, bridging cultural differences is key in forging strong relationships among people from different backgrounds. I thank NTU for equipping me with a foundation in translation and interpretation, which are skills that I still draw on today.”

Impactful contributions locally and globally

Mr Von Lee Yong Miang, also conferred the Nanyang Alumni Achievement Award, is the person behind some of Singapore’s iconic landmarks such as the 12 giant Supertrees at the Gardens by the Bay and the Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade.

A civil engineering graduate from NTU’s Class of 1995, he strongly believes in giving back to the University -- recently donating S$ 1 million to NTU to start a new endowment to benefit needy engineering students. The gift was matched by the Singapore Government, bringing the total endowment to S$2.5 million.

He said, “I received financial help from NTU during my university days. Now as an NTU alumnus, I’m motivated to help my juniors in a similar situation, so they can focus on their studies and go on to contribute and serve society.”

Another alumnus, Mdm Tham Yew Chin was honoured for her contributions to the Chinese literary scene. Better known by her pen name You Jin, she is a popular international writer, publishing over 180 books in Singapore, China, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

The arts graduate from the Class of 1973 had won multiple awards for her work, most notably the Cultural Medallion – Singapore’s highest arts accolade – in 2009.

On being conferred the Nanyang Alumni Achievement Award, she said, “This award not only serves as a recognition of our constant effort in our chosen field, but also strengthens the long-lasting relationship between alumni and their alma mater. The award reminds all alumni that no matter where you are, in which field you are working now, NTU always cares about you and supports you.”

Mr Ted Chen Chiu-Hao received the Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award, for his efforts to help companies and factories around the world cut as much as 30 per cent of their energy bills.

Co-founder of an NTU-incubated company, Evercomm Singapore, Mr Chen has various clients in Singapore and Taiwan, including GlobalFoundries, the world's first full-service semiconductor foundry.

He said, “Being recognised for your efforts in helping reduce energy usage is a humbling experience. I’m thankful for the support NTU has provided me and it is with no doubt that future startups from NTU will benefit greatly from the resources the university has to offer.”

Ms Choo Jing, Sarah, a prolific local photographer who is already going global with her works being exhibited in Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom, was also conferred the Award.

Clinching Singapore’s most coveted photography award, the ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu, she was also the 2013 Photographer of the Year at the 4th International Pollux Awards (Fine Art Photography) in the United States.

Although inaugurated as a university in 1991, NTU has a rich heritage with 210,000 alumni from 157 countries including alumni from Nanyang University and Nanyang Technological Institute.

Please see Annex A for the full list of Nanyang Alumni Award winners for 2016.


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Nanyang Technological University
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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 joint medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up with Imperial College London.

NTU Singapore 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). 

Ranked 13th in the world, NTU Singapore 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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