Double celebration in Xiamen- NTU holds its fourth China Convocation and launches alumni association in Fujian
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) holds its fourth China Convocation on Saturday, 19 September 2009 at the Xiamen International Conference Centre, Fujian Province, to commemorate the achievements of the 2009 cohort of graduates from the following China-focused Master’s degree programmes:
Master of Science in Managerial Economics
Master of Public Administration
Master of Science in Technopreneurship and Innovation
Master in Educational Administration
Master of Science in Finance
A total of 288 China-based graduates completed these Master’s programmes this year. More than 135 of them are present at the convocation ceremony, with NTU Pro-Chancellor Dr Wee Cho Yaw (南洋理工大学名誉副校长黄祖耀博士) presiding.
Distinguished guests at the event include Mr Cao Yi, Deputy Director General (Inspector), Senior Officials Training Bureau of the Organisation Department of Central Committee CPC (中共中央组织部干部培训局副局长曹毅先生); Mr Wei Tingfang, Member of the Organisation Department of Fujian Provincial Committee CPC (福建省委组织部部委委员危廷芳先生); Ms Huang Xiaoying, Standing Member of the Xiamen Municipal Committee and Director of the Organisation Department of Xiamen Municipal Committee (厦门市委常委、厦门市委组织部部长黄笑影女士) ; and Ms Tee Bee Lock, Singapore Consul-General in Xiamen (新加坡驻厦门总领事郑美乐女士).
Among the 288 graduates this year are 25 Fujian officials from NTU’s highly-regarded Master of Science in Managerial Economics (MME) and Master of Public Administration (MPA) programmes. To date, the MME and MPA programmes have benefited 765 senior and middle-ranking Chinese officials from diverse provinces and cities across China, enhancing their effectiveness as public administrators, and enabling them to apply best practices to bring about positive transformation in China, both socially and economically.
NTU President Dr Su Guaning (南洋理工大学徐冠林校长) shares, “Over the past thirty years, China has stunned the world with its dramatic transformation and economic progress. Today, the rise of China is no longer disputed. Throughout this process, the “Singapore experience” has been highly valued by Chinese government, and NTU has had a major role to play in the sharing of this experience. Since 1992, the university has conducted master’s programmes and short-term training programmes for more than 8000 mid- and high-level Chinese officials. Together with Harvard University, NTU is listed as one of the two most important overseas partners for the training of senior Chinese officials.”
“Through our China-focused programmes, NTU plays a leading role in building bridges to China. Looking ahead, NTU is expanding the capacity of its China Affairs Office to further enhance the development of our China programmes and initiatives. This will enable us to reinforce the teaching and research capacities for our existing Mayor Classes in Managerial Economics and Public Administration. The university is also looking into the feasibility of establishing an Institute of China Studies, an interdisciplinary graduate school that will allow NTU to tap into the growing market of China, pushing for more active collaborations with the 12 schools under the Colleges in Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, Science, Engineering and Business. We will also expand and reinforce the China immersion programmes targeted at our undergraduate students.”
NTU also launches a new alumni chapter in Fujian to support the university’s growing net work of China-based alumni. The NTU Alumni Association (Fujian), catering to more than 160 members, is launched in conjunction with a get-together dinner, hosted by Dr Su Guaning after the convocation ceremony. More than 350 alumni and guests are present at the dinner, which serves as a great platform for networking and strengthening ties. NTU now has 15 alumni associations in China – Beijing, Shandong, Shanghai, Jilin, Liaoning, Guangdong, Chongqing, Hubei, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Sichuan, Hunan, Yunnan, Hong Kong and Fujian – supporting more than 10,000 China-based alumni across the country. This broad network enables the university to keep in touch with its overseas alumni while nurturing networking and business opportunities.
NTU is the first university in Singapore to hold a convocation abroad. So far, the university has held convocation ceremonies in Beidaihe, Dalian, Chongqing and Xiamen. The highly-anticipated annual event gives NTU’s China-based graduates – many of whom are senior officials – the chance to commemorate their special day with their families and their alma mater. Over the years, these graduates play a significant role as NTU ambassadors in China, forging better understanding between China and Singapore. Many of them have also provided internship and immersion opportunities for NTU undergraduates who are keen to gain a better understanding of the Chinese economy and market conditions.
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