Nanyang Alumni Awards honour NTU’s finest graduates in triumphant homecoming
Politicians, a pop idol, a top newspaper editor, a former beauty queen, world-class researchers and various industry leaders amongst 34 alumni honoured for their achievements
It may have been years ago since they had received their scrolls and tossed their mortar boards at the Yunnan Garden campus before embarking on successful careers.
But they have never forgotten their roots and are back.
In a triumphant homecoming, 34 alumni are recognised by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) today in the Nanyang Alumni Awards for their exemplary achievements in their respective fields to the betterment of the university, the community or the society. This is the most number of alumni awards ever given in a single year by NTU.
From politicians Teo Ser Luck and Low Thia Khiang to former Lianhe Zaobao editor Lim Jim Koon and from singer Stefanie Sun to beauty queen turned etiquette expert Teo Ser Lee, these are some of the success stories that had passed through the halls of the University.
Mr Lim, who graduated with a degree in Arts in 1972 and retired in July as the chief editor of Singapore’s flagship Chinese daily newspaper after 18 years at the helm, is one of the four recipients of the Nanyang Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honour bestowed upon the alumni of the University for gaining national, regional and international recognition for his work in journalism.
Under his watch, Lianhe Zaobao grew into a respected and trusted source of Chinese-related news and also revitalised the Chinese press and community in Singapore. He joins NTU Board of Trustees member and current Member of Parliament (MP) for Ang Mo Kio GRC Inderjit Singh in receiving NTU’s top alumni award. Mr Singh, who is also Chair of the NTU Board of Trustees’ Enterprise Committee, received his honours degree in engineering in 1985. The other recipients are former MPs Phua Bah Lee (Class of 1960, Communications) and Yu-Foo Yee Shoon (Class of 1971, Communications; Class of 1996, Master in Business)
For gaining national standing due to the achievements in their profession, seven alumni members are honoured with the Nanyang Alumni Achievement Award, including MPs Low Thia Khiang (Class of 1980, Arts) and Teo Ser Luck (Class of 1992, Accounting). Also walking up the stage is Stefanie Sun, not to belt out one of her hit singles but to receive recognition for releasing 11 albums and chalking up 10 million copies in record sales.
Minister of State for Trade and Industry Teo Ser Luck was one of the driving forces in Singapore’s successful bid to host the inaugural Youth Olympic Games last year. He still looks back fondly on his time in the Yunnan Garden campus, where he graduated with a business degree in 1992.
Mr Teo said: “Young people hold the key to the future of our nation. It is important to engage them, work with them and support them to shape the future of this nation. NTU has very much provided me with that same opportunity to be heard and play a part when I was an undergraduate”.
After his inauguration as NTU’s third President in July, Professor Bertil Andersson has made it a point to connect with the alumni. He emphasised this point again during the awards ceremony, saying: “Alumni feedback is important to NTU. I encourage you to come forward with ideas. Your relationship with your alma mater is a lifelong one, and your alma mater needs and values your support.
“I am delighted to report that we have been noticing among our younger alumni a growing and robust sense of identification with NTU. This year, the Class of 2011, our newest alumni, set a new record in Graduation Giving, with 8 out of 10 in this class making a graduation class gift to NTU. This is a fantastic achievement, far higher than any corresponding record in Singapore and also very high by any international standard. And we look forward to such wonderful support from NTU alumni of all age groups.”
Also, eight former students below the age of 40 are given the Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award, including new MPs Dr Intan Azura Mokhtar (Postgraduate diploma in Education, 1996; PhD in Information Studies, 2008) and Ms Low Yen Ling (Class of 1996, Business). Meanwhile, another 15 graduates are honoured with the Nanyang Alumni Service Award, which recognises their dedication to the university’s cause, including former beauty queen turned expert in etiquette and protocol Ms Teo Ser Lee, who is also noted for chairing The “Business and Community Partners Programme”, an outreach effort organised by the NTU Development Office to attract corporate sponsorship to NTU’s bursary fund and has raised over $1 million for needy NTU students.
The Nanyang Alumni Awards was 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 specialization nationally, regionally or internationally, or have contributed significantly to the betterment of NTU, the community or the society.
Wang Meng Meng
Assistant Director (Media Relations)
Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University
Tel: (65) 6790 6681
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) and Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N).
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.
For more information, visit www.ntu.edu.sg