News Details | 15-Jan-2010

NTU welcomes home Sophia Pang – the first Singaporean woman and NTU alumna to conquer the South Pole

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) welcomes home Ms Sophia Pang today after she created history by being the first Singaporean woman and NTU alumna to ski to the South Pole. A delegation of NTU staff and well-wishers gathered at the Singapore Changi Airport’s Terminal 3 this afternoon to give a rousing welcome to the heroine.

Ms Pang was among six other participants from Commonwealth countries (Cyprus, Ghana, India, Brunei, New Zealand and the United Kingdom) who completed the gruelling journey to the southern-most point on Earth. The group had set off for the South Pole from the Antarctic coast on 22 Nov 2009. The triumphant women faced biting temperatures of up to minus 40 degrees Celsius as they skied over 900km on the arduous expedition to mark the 60th anniversary of the Commonwealth.

Ms Pang graduated in 1994 from the Nanyang Business School, NTU, with a degree in Accountancy.  

“We are very proud of what Sophia has done. She has shown tremendous grit and tenacity in overcoming the extreme conditions in the Antarctic. This is the kind of spirit that we want to nurture in the young men and women who study in NTU,” says Dr Su Guaning, President NTU.     

The Kaspersky Commonwealth Antarctic Expedition is supported by Kaspersky Lab, Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Commonwealth Foundation, Lee Foundation, Royal Commonwealth Society and about 60 other organisations, including NTU. 

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