News Details | 23-Jul-2009

NTU celebrates the graduation of its Class of 2009

NTU celebrates the graduation of its Class of 2009
• Largest graduating cohort; pioneer graduates from 15 bachelor degrees
• Two honorary degrees conferred
• 26 Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medals and 20 University Scholars Awards presented

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) celebrates the graduation of 7,983 students from its Class of 2009 in 16 ceremonies held over a six-day convocation period, from Thursday, 23 July to Thursday, 30 July 2009. The Class of 2009 adds to NTU’s alumni strength of some 130,000 graduates.  A total of 112 gold medals are awarded to top graduates this year.

This year’s Convocation marks the graduation of the pioneer cohorts from The School of Art, Design and Media, The School of Humanities and Social Sciences and The School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences.

The School of Art, Design and Media will see the pioneer cohort of graduates from six Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programmes – Digital Animation; Digital Filmmaking; Interactive Media; Photography and Digital Imaging; Product Design; and Visual Communication.

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences celebrates its pioneer cohort of graduates in four Bachelor of Arts degree programmes – Chinese; English; Psychology; and Sociology.

The School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences will also welcome its pioneer cohort of graduates from four Bachelor of Science degree programmes - Applied Physics; Chemistry and Biological Chemistry; Mathematical Sciences; and Physics.

Graduates from higher degree programmes include the first cohort of 341 in-service teachers from the Professional Development Continuum Model (PDCM) graduating with a Master’s degree. This is a significant achievement as it marks another milestone in the successful partnership between NIE/NTU and the Ministry of Education.

Presiding at this year’s convocation ceremony will be His Excellency, President S R Nathan, who is also Chancellor of NTU and Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister for Education and Second Minister for Defence, will also be attending the ceremony.

Distinguished luminaries join ranks of NTU alumni

This year, honorary degrees are conferred on:

• Professor Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Docommun Professor of Education at Stanford University, United States
- Degree of Doctor of Education (honoris causa)

• Dr Lee Seng Gee, Chairman, Lee Foundation
- Degree of Doctor of Letters (honoris causa)

Professor Linda Darling-Hammond will be receiving her honorary degree at the first Convocation ceremony on 23 July 2009.  Dr Lee Seng Gee was not able to be present at the Convocation and a separate ceremony was held earlier to honour Dr Lee.

These distinguished luminaries are honoured for their outstanding contributions in the field of education, business and philanthropy, and for their strong ties with the University which have helped strengthened the academic standing of NTU in the global arena.

NTU honours inspiring teachers with the University Scholars Award

At the first ceremony, 20 outstanding University Scholars of the Class of 2009 will receive the University Scholars Award from His Excellency, President S R Nathan.

Launched in 2007, the NTU University Scholars Award ranks only after the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medals, recognises the achievements of these all round student achievers in the graduating class, while honouring the teachers and faculty members who have been an inspiration to them.  A one-time cash grant of S$5,000 is set up in the name of each teacher nominated by the University Scholars.  The teacher in turn nominates a prospective student from his/her college or polytechnic (or equivalent) who will receive the S$5,000 grant on admission into NTU.

The teachers and NTU faculty members nominated by the University Scholars are also presented with certificates of honour.

A University Awards dinner, hosted by NTU President, Dr Su Guaning, will be held on the evening of the 23 July 2009 to celebrate the achievements of award and honorary degree recipients. The Guest-of-honour is Mr S Iswaran (Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry, and Ministry of Education).

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About The Professional Development Continuum Model (PDCM)
The Professional Development Continuum Model (PDCM) was developed after consultations between MOE and NIE/NTU, and formally introduced in 2005. It offers serving teachers an opportunity to earn a Master’s degree by attending evening classes either at NIE or at designated external venues.  Under the PDCM, MOE subsidises the course fees and provides serving teachers time off from work to study. Teachers can obtain a Master’s degree in 3 years by balancing work, professional development and personal lives.

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