Parents go to NTU to stay engaged
More than 1,300 parents, family members and students of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) are expected to be in Yunnan Garden campus for the university’s Parents’ Day today, 16 January 2010. The Parents’ Day gives parents of first-year students the opportunity to become familiar with the campus, academic programmes and undergraduate life at NTU. This is the first time that NTU is organising the event. It is also a first for a publicly-funded Singapore university.
Parents’ Day is a popular activity in universities and colleges in North America. It traditionally aims to showcase to parents the full spectrum of student life at these institutions of higher learning. NTU’s Parents’ Day hopes to start a similar tradition at a Singapore university. The event is being held in the second semester to allow the first-year students time to settle into campus life, so that their parents can better appreciate the ins and outs of a residential education at NTU.
Professor Er Meng Hwa, Senior Associate Provost of NTU who is in charge of undergraduate education, says, “Parents’ Day is the first of many opportunities for parents to explore, experience, engage and be an active stakeholder in their sons’ and daughters’ education in NTU. Parents are our partners in education and important stakeholders for the University to achieve its academic mission. The event is designed to provide parents with a valuable insight into all aspects of their sons’ and daughters’ university life, as they immerse themselves in the holistic intellectual, social and recreational environment at NTU. For some parents, this may be the first time their son or daughter is living away from home. It is important that they feel fully informed about the facilities, services and range of support mechanisms which are in place enrich their child's university experience.”
On Saturday, parents will be welcomed by NTU President Dr Su Guaning and senior university officials at a special presentation at the Nanyang Auditorium on Saturday morning. The presentation will cover a broad spectrum of student life, from facilities and accommodation to career coaching and pastoral care. Parents will also have the option to tour the garden campus, attend seminars and student performances in the afternoon.
They will also get to visit the various Colleges, Schools and Halls of Residence for a taste of life in NTU, as well as meet with NTU faculty members, staff and other parents to learn more from one another. They will also find out more about the teaching and research facilities, and technology available to students and the variety of career options open to their sons and daughters through interactions with faculty and alumni. In schools such as the School of Chemical and Biological Engineering, parents will get a glimpse of examples of high-tech facilities, such as the Centre for Advanced Nanosystems, and bioinstrumentation and biomechanics laboratories. Other highlights include exhibits on the university’s rich heritage and complimentary Traditional Chinese Medicine consultations.
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Feisal Abdul Rahman
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