News Details | 14-Oct-2017

​NTU alumni to receive $1,600 worth of course credits to take up courses

Media veteran Chang Long Jong and economics professor Ng Yew Kwang honoured by their alma mater in annual alumni homecoming

From next month, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) alumni will have $1,600 worth of course credits that they can use to apply for more than 120 skills-based courses offered by the university.

This was announced by NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson at the annual Homecoming event for alumni today.

At the event, media veteran Chang Long Jong and economics professor Ng Yew Kwang were among 37 alumni who received the Nanyang Alumni Awards from Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, to mark their achievements and contributions to society.

Course credits for alumni

All 222,000 NTU alumni can use course credits to take up courses covering a wide variety of disciplines ranging from business finance and leadership skills, to graphic design and engineering. They include courses that are in line wit​​​h the latest industry trends such as data analytics, cloud computing, nanomaterials and immunology.

Prof Andersson said, “Lifelong learning is critical for the future of Singapore’s society in a dynamic, globalised economy. Any individual is likely in the future to change his or her competence profile to remain employable. NTU’s new initiative will equip our alumni with the latest industry-relevant skills so they can remain globally competitive and advance in their chosen careers.”

More than 5,000 places will be offered each academic year and alumni can attend up to two courses per year.

Alumni will have the flexibility to choose from 63 short courses running from a day to a week, or 55 semester-long courses spanning 13 to 15 weeks. In addition, eight semester-long postgraduate courses will be available for those interested in advanced subjects.

Some of these courses will be delivered via the flipped classroom pedagogy where students learn through specially designed lessons online before coming to class for problem-based learning. This would be a boon to working adults as it reduces the time needed for them to be on campus.

See Annex A​ for examples of courses offered to alumni.

Distinguished alumni lauded for their sterling achievements

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Mr Masagos Zulkifli, presented the Nanyang Alumni Awards this year to 37 alumni who are honoured for their achievements in front of over 1,500 alumni and guests.

Among the award recipients, media veteran Mr Chang Long Jong and top economist, Professor Ng Yew Kwang were conferred the Nanyang Distinguished Alumni Award – the highest honour for NTU alumni.

Mr Chang Long Jong, a civil engineering graduate, had spent the last three decades in Singapore’s media industry. From a fresh graduate in Singapore Broadcasting Corporation in the 1980s, he went on to become MediaCorp’s Deputy CEO where he oversaw major assets including television, radio, newspaper, magazines and spearheaded its online service, Toggle.

Currently the Group Chief Executive Officer for entertainment company MM2 Asia, Mr Chang shared that his engineering degree gave him an edge in his career.

He said, “As engineers we were all trained to be very process-driven and focused on cause and effect, and actually these are good perspectives and frameworks for thinking about solutions to challenges. For example, the process of getting things done in the media industry, end-to-end, from the concept of a production all the way to execution and final production – knowing how to address the efficiency of workflow helps.”

Globally renowned in welfare economics, Prof Ng Yew Kwang has authored and co-authored more than 30 books, 40 academic chapters, and published over 250 articles in leading academic journals.

The economics don who is the Albert Winsemius Chair Professor at NTU’s division of economics, said, “I took eight years to complete six years of primary education, repeating twice. I hope that many people know this so that they will not give up on themselves or their children too easily. Even if a person apparently has bad failures, excellence may yet be achieved in the future.”

His contributions sparked novel ideas in economics, and he was awarded the Economic Society of Australia’s highest honour, the Distinguished Fellow Award in 2007, the first non-European award recipient.

Prof Andersson said, “Our honourees are outstanding examples of graduates who have achieved excellence and made a positive impact in broad-ranging fields – from engineering, science and technology, to business, humanities, the arts and public service. Their achievements and contributions are an inspiration for everyone, and they reflect the university’s success in preparing graduates for the challenging and rapidly evolving global economy.”

Taking passion and dedication to the next level

Among the recipients of the Alumni Achievement Award is Dr Hoan Beng Mui Dora, who successfully grew her business into Singapore’s first public-listed direct selling company.

She continues to inspire emerging business leaders by sharing her insights at public talks and conferences. A staunch believer in contributing back to the community, Dr Hoan was previously the Vice Chairperson of Radin Mas Citizens' Consultative Committee (CCC).

Her business acumen and dedication to society have won her multiple accolades, including the Public Service Medal at the 2014 National Day Awards and the prestigious ASEAN’s “Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs” award in 2008.

A recipient of the Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award, Dr Victor Sim Siang Tze, is recognised for his research innovations.

He had developed a “canary cell” which reduces the energy and chemicals used to clean membranes that filter seawater, potentially saving desalination plants millions of dollars.

His discovery clinched the American Water Works Association Academic Achievement Award in 2015, making NTU the first university outside the US to win the award in about half a century.

Currently a Deputy Director at NTU’s Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), he said, “I have been fortunate to turn my passion into a career that supports other countries in their quest to save their environment, and it is something that I do not take for granted. At the end of the day, we must remember that the environment is a legacy that we leave behind for our children. As a father of two kids, I want my family to inherit this garden city in a pristine state.”

Another recipient of the Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award is Dr Nuraliah Bte Norasid, who is recognised for her contributions to literature.

Her works clinched various awards including the S$25,000 Epigram Books Fiction Prize for her debut novel “The Gatekeeper”.

An alumnus from NTU’s first cohort of English Literature undergraduates in 2009, she said, “On a personal level, the education I received at NTU made me more resilient and sharper in discerning the issues that affect the larger society. It also groomed me into a creative problem solver, which benefits my current occupation.”

Please see Annex B for the full list of Nanyang Alumni Award winners for 2017.

For more info about the courses please visit NTU's CoPACE website. For course application enquiries, please drop an email to

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About Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It also has a 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 11th in the world, NTU has also been ranked the world’s top young university for the last four 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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