NTU launches 21st alumni association at Heilongjiang
Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU) will launch a new alumni association in China – at Heilongjiang, the home of China’s Ski and Ice Festivals. This is the 21st alumni association that NTU opens in four years, an evidence of NTU’s deep links in China, with more than 15,000 China alumni throughout the country. The new alumni association will create more networking and business opportunities for NTU alumni, and provide assistance to alumni who wish to venture into the province.
NTU President Dr Su Guaning will launch the new association at a dinner event held at the Sofitel Wanda Harbin Hotel in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, China, on 16 January 2011.
“Heilongjiang, located at the most northern part of China, is one of the main gateways from China to Russia and Europe. In line with the central government’s policy to revitalise the Northeast, Heilongjiang is restructuring its pillar industries, such as petrochemical and energy to further strengthen its international competitiveness. With Singapore being a leading petrochemical hub and NTU’s expertise in energy research, the new association will play an active role in the exchange of ideas and creation of opportunities for networking between Singapore and China,” said Dr Su.
NTU has 180 alumni in Heilongjiang currently. The Heilongjiang NTU Alumni Association is headed by Mr Xu Feng, Deputy Chief Editor of Heilongjiang Daily Newspaper Group. He graduated from the one-year Master of Public Administration (MPA) programme from NTU in 2010.
Sharing his plans for the new alumni association, Mr Xu said, “My aim is to foster and strengthen the relationships among the 180 alumni who are residing or working in Heilongjiang, and provide assistance and support to alumni who wish to venture into Heilongjiang. My committee and I will be planning activities and networking sessions to connect the NTU alumni.”
NTU has about 144,000 alumni in different parts of the world. With the launch of the Heilongjiang Alumni Association, NTU now has 30 alumni associations internationally, of which 22 are in China.
Drawing on its deep engagements with China, India and Southeast Asia, and a strong alumni network spanning these regions, NTU aims to be a vital knowledge hub that combines the best of the East and the West. NTU has unveiled the New Silk Road as one of the five Peaks of Excellence under its five-year strategic plan to become a great global university by 2015. The other Peaks of Excellence include Sustainable Earth, New Media, Future Healthcare, and Innovation Asia.
Among the countries that NTU has the strongest bonds with is China through its six Master’s programmes conducted in Chinese and numerous short-term executive programmes since the early 1990s.
Building on its strength in China, NTU signed a memorandum of understanding with Tianjin Municipal Education Commission and Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City to set up the first campus in China, the NTU Tianjin College. To open in 2013, it will offer postgraduate courses in environmental and water technologies, digital animation, business and finance. There are plans to have an international summer school and an international immersion programme.
“NTU’s engagement in China is a natural route of progression. Our Chinese heritage and international standing as a global university make NTU a unique knowledge hub that combines the best of the East and the West. Although NTU is starting with China as the principal focus, the intention is to extend our efforts to Vietnam and India and develop the ‘New Silk Road’ peak of excellence as part of our strategy,” added Dr Su.
In conjunction with the launch event, Associate Professor Liu Yunhua, Deputy Director for NTU’s Nanyang Centre for Public Administration, delivered a lecture on “China’s Economy in the Post-Crisis Era” to some 100 NTU alumni and guests.
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