News Details | 01-Nov-2008

NTU's Class of 2008 celebrates graduation in Chongqing, China

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) will be holding its third convocation in China on 1 November 2008 to celebrate the academic success and outstanding achievements of the China-based graduates from the Class of 2008 who have successfully achieved the following Master’s degrees:

Master of Science in Managerial Economics
Master of Public Administration
Master of Business Administration (Nanyang EMBA)
Master of Science in Technopreneurship and Innovation
Master in Educational Administration
Master of Science in Finance

The ceremony will be held in Chongqing, one of the largest industrial and commercial hubs in southwest China.  Mr Chandra Das, Pro-Chancellor of NTU 南洋理工大学名誉副校长詹达斯先生, will be presiding at the convocation ceremony.

The convocation will see a total of 233 graduates from these China-focused programmes. This China-based group includes the pioneer intake of the Master of Science in Finance programme.  Targeted at executives in finance, business and management fields, the programme focuses on developing analytical skills in formulating and implementing financial solutions.  The other graduates hail from NTU’s high-profile Master of Science in Managerial Economics (MME) and Master of Public Administration (MPA) programmes, the Nanyang EMBA, a collaboration between NTU and Shanghai Jiatong University, the Master of Science in Technopreneurship and Innovation Programme (MSc TIP), as well as the Master in Educational Administration (MEA) programme offered by National Institute of Education.

NTU President Dr Su Guaning 南洋理工大学校长徐冠林博士shares, “Our China-based graduates are experienced, up-and-coming professionals in government, in industry and in education. They ventured out from their comfort zones to become students once more, coming to our Yunnan Garden campus to gain new knowledge and exposure.  Their determination, persistence and hard work have paid off. Their NTU education stands them in good stead to advance their careers and fulfil their potential. Bringing back to China the multi-cultural education at a top science and technology university, they also bring back experience of Singapore society, the Singapore system and new ways of looking at problems.”

He adds, “Through our China programmes, NTU plays a leading role in building bridges to China.  Our China-based graduates are developing into an important and influential group of decision-makers with established ties to Singapore.  We will continue to foster and maintain these strong ties with our alumni.”

As part of the celebration in Chongqing, a get-together dinner will be held for NTU’s China-based alumni.  The dinner, hosted by Dr Su Guaning, will see some 300 China-based alumni and guests networking with one another.  They will also witness the launch of the NTU Alumni Association (Chongqing) at the gathering.

To meet the growing number of alumni members in China that totals more than 10,000 from NTU’s 120,000 alumni strong global network, NTU will be launching another alumni association in Hubei on 2 November.   In tandem with the university’s thriving global network, the two new alumni associations in Chongqing and Hubei, catering some 500 members, will join eleven others – Beijing, Shandong, Shanghai, Jilin, Liaoning, Guangdong, Indonesia, India, Thailand, United Kingdom and Vietnam – which have been formed. Together, the network aims to strengthen connections with overseas alumni by providing more benefits, business collaborations, networking opportunities as well as alumni-related activities. As invaluable points of contact for NTU alumni overseas, these will also help NTU alumni maintain an active interest in the development of the university and its activities.

The first among the Singapore universities to hold a convocation abroad, NTU has been organising convocation ceremonies in China since 2006.  This gives its sizeable group of China-based graduates the chance to commemorate their special day with their families and their alma mater.  A large number of these graduates are senior officials who spend up to a year studying in Singapore.  To date, a total of 639 senior and middle-ranking Chinese officials from diverse provinces and cities across China have graduated from the highly-regarded MME and MPA programmes. 

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