NTU holds its 8th annual China Convocation in Shanghai
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) today marked the achievements of the 2013 cohort of graduates from its seven China-related Master’s programmes and the Lien Fellows programme.
Held annually in different Chinese cities, this year’s ceremony is held in Shanghai, China’s economic, commercial and financial centre. More than 140 graduates from different parts of China will receive their degrees and certificates on stage at the Shanghai International Convention Centre Auditorium.
“September 2013 will be fondly remembered by the NTU community as the month we celebrated two joyous milestones – our continued rise in the 2013 Quacquarelli Symonds world university rankings and our China-based graduates completing our 2013 Masters’ programmes,” said NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson.
“In three years, NTU has risen 33 notches – no mean feat for a young university like ours. As one of only two young global universities and also the fastest-rising Asian university in the Top 50, we will continue to keep the momentum going, fully committed to research and teaching excellence, aimed at bringing NTU to new heights. As our newest graduates, our China-based graduates can be proud that their NTU degree is a valuable asset.”
Since 1992, NTU has trained over 16,000 Chinese senior officials in diverse areas including public administration, economic management, urban planning and the management of higher education institutions.
“The significant number of senior officials trained at NTU reflects the Chinese government’s confidence in Singapore’s public policy and administration, and the quality and effectiveness of the University’s programmes. Today, our China-based graduates are growing into an important and influential group of decision-makers with established ties to Singapore,” said Professor Andersson.
Ms Zhang Ying Jing, a native Shanghainese and valedictorian of the NTU 2013 China Convocation who graduated with a Masters in Educational Administration, said the programme provided deep, holistic insights into Singapore’s successful education system. The principal of Shanghai East China Normal University Affiliated High School IV believes the course will be useful in her career as an educator.
“The Masters programme provided valuable perspectives into Singapore’s education policy and also allowed me to gain deep insights into the public administration and resource allocation of Singapore schools as well as the education systems in differing political structures,” said Ms Zhang.
“The enriching course contents and open learning culture coupled with NTU professors’ rigorous delivery have broadened our horizons and laid a stronger foundation to our exposure to new education theories. Indeed, I am now clearer on the responsibility, philosophy and direction of how to better manage a school.”
The first NTU China Convocation was held at Qinhuangdao City in 2006. Since then, this highly-anticipated annual event has become a tradition for the university where the China-based graduates commemorate this special day with their loved ones and their alma mater.
NTU establishes 30th Alumni Association for China
To promote close fellowship among its alumni and strengthen their ties with the University, NTU has established 42 overseas alumni associations, 30 of which are in China. NTU’s first alumni association in China was formed in June 2007 in Shanghai which has proven to be the most active and committed of its alumni.
NTU’s 30th Alumni Association for China was most recently established last month, representing those in Ningxia, Qinghai and Xizang. There are now about 180,000 alumni in more than 120 countries. Of these, over 18,000 live and work across many regions in China.
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About Nanyang Technological University
A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and 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.
Besides the main Yunnan Garden campus, NTU also has a satellite campus in Singapore’s science and tech hub, one-north, and a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.
For more information, visit www.ntu.edu.sg.