News Details | 13-Oct-2012

Nanyang Alumni Awards honour NTU’s outstanding graduates in annual homecoming

- Water scientist and photojournalist among 7 young outstanding recipients
- Prominent Singaporean Chinese literature activist and Singapore table tennis chief honoured with NTU’s highest alumni accolade

One’s a gifted water membrane researcher, whose burden for less-developed regions gave birth to a non-governmental organisation focused on solving water issues in Indonesia, Cambodia and Myanmar. The other’s a budding media entrepreneur whose notable work in photojournalism has been featured in the Associated Press, Bloomberg, and the New York Times. And here’s what’s more impressive - they are both under the age of 40 and recipients of the Nanyang Outstanding Alumni Award.

In an annual homecoming, 26 alumni, both junior and senior, are recognised by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) today in the Nanyang Alumni Awards for their outstanding achievements in their respective fields, to the betterment of the university, community or society.

From clean water advocate Dr Adrian Yeo (Class of 2002 and 2007, Engineering) to award-winning photojournalist Sam Kang Li (Class of 2009, Communication Studies), and from Chinese literature activist Yap Koon Chan (Class of 1959, Arts) to Singapore’s table tennis chief Er Dr Lee Bee Wah (Class of 1985, Engineering); these are some of the success stories that had passed through the halls of the University.

Er Dr Lee, who is also a Member of Parliament (MP) for Nee Soon GRC, graduated as the pioneer batch from the then Nanyang Technological Institute with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Structural) in 1985. Under her presidency at the Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA), the national women’s team captured a Silver medal at the Beijing Olympics – Singapore’s greatest sporting achievement since 1960. A passionate alumna, she initiated the Class of 1985 Pioneer Fund, which raised $3 million for student bursaries and scholarships at NTU. She is one of two recipients of the Nanyang Distinguished Alumni Award this year, the highest honour bestowed upon the alumni of the University.

Mr Yap, who is best known by his pen name Luo Ming, is known for placing Southeast Asia on the map of the Chinese literary world. He receives the Nanyang Distinguished Alumni Award for gaining national, regional and international recognition for his pioneering work in Chinese literature.

“The Nanyang Alumni Awards is an important event for the University, as we recognise and honour our best ambassadors and advocates. These alumni are a testament to what NTU has to offer the world,” said NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson.

For gaining national standing due to the achievements in their profession, five alumni members are honoured with the Nanyang Alumni Achievement Award, including Supervising Editor at Singapore Press Holdings’ Toh Lam Huat (Class of 1976, Arts), prominent Indonesian business leader Dato’ Sri Dr Tahir (Class of 1976, Commerce) and Malaysian Deputy Education Minister Datuk Ir. Dr. Wee Ka Siong (Class of 1996, MSc Engineering). Also walking up the stage is Nie Chenxi, Vice-Governor of China’s Hebei Province (Class of 2001, MSc Science).

Also, seven former students below the age of 40 are given the Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award, including new MP Sim Ann (Graduate Diploma in Translation, 2006).

Meanwhile, another 11 graduates are honoured with the Nanyang Alumni Service Award, which recognises their dedication to the university’s cause, including former TV news presenter Serene Loo (Class of 1999, Communication Studies), whose career highlights include her reports on the SARS outbreak and Nicoll Highway collapse.

Prof Andersson has made it a point to connect with the alumni. Earlier this year, he attended the biggest ever Nantah reunion on campus. "It was interesting to interact with these senior alumni who experienced firsthand the early development of this campus and the higher education landscape in Singapore," he said. Prof Andersson was also in Washington, DC to witness the opening of a new NTU Alumni chapter, represented by Singaporean alumni building promising careers in New York, Washington and Boston.

The Nanyang Alumni Awards were launched in 2005 when NTU celebrated her 50th anniversary. Nominations are accepted in four categories – the Nanyang Distinguished Alumni Award, the Nanyang Alumni Achievement Award, the Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award and the Nanyang Alumni Service Award.

These awards are presented to alumni who have attained exemplary achievements in their field of specialisation nationally, regionally or internationally, or have contributed significantly to the betterment of NTU, the community or the society.


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Nanyang Technological University
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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. In 2013, NTU will enrol the first batch of students at its new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, which is set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to four 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 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 is setting up a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

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