NTU honours outstanding alumni as it celebrates 55th anniversary
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is honouring its outstanding alumni with the Nanyang Alumni Awards for their achievements in their respective field of specialisation and contributions to the betterment of the University and society.
A total of 31 awards in four categories will be presented to NTU alumni who have excelled in areas such as academia, research, public service, sports, science and technology. This is the largest number of recipients for the Nanyang Alumni Awards since it was first introduced five years ago when the university celebrated its 50th anniversary.
The awards will be presented on Saturday, 23rd October, at the NTU Alumni Night 2010, held in conjunction with the university’s Homecoming and 55th anniversary celebrations. Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister for Education and Second Minister for Defence will grace the event as guest-of-honour.
This year marks the first time a family is being presented with the Nanyang Alumni Award for their contributions to the university. The Chen family led by Mr Chen Mong Tse, his wife Madam Chai Chu Chun and his sister Ms Chen Mong Sing are being awarded the Nanyang Alumni Achievement Award for their long-standing contributions to NTU.
The family’s latest contribution is a $1 million donation for the advancement of Chinese studies in the university. The donation was made from the proceeds from the sale of the family-owned Shanghai Book Company, one of Singapore’s oldest home-grown 2
bookstores, having been around for 83 years. The Shanghai Book Company was the leading Chinese language bookstore that Nanyang University undergraduates and graduates patronised in its early years.
The Shanghai Book Company served an entire generation of Nanyang University students and now its endowed scholarships and bursaries will continue to support future generations of NTU students. Coupled with a matching grant from the government, a $2 million scholarship and bursary programme has been created for NTU students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Chinese.
Nanyang Distinguished Alumni Award
The Nanyang Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honour bestowed upon NTU alumni, is being conferred on Mr Chai Chong Yii, former Senior Minister of State for Education, Dr Chee Keng Hoy, Deputy Chairman of the Agriculture and Primary Industries Committee of The Associated Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM) and a world expert on rubber tree diseases and Dr Teh Hoon Heng, a notable Mathematician accorded the Academic Achievement Award by the President of France (in 1997) and an innovator in the teaching of tertiary level-Mathematics and Computer Science in Singapore.
Nanyang Alumni Achievement Award
Besides Mr Chen Mong Tse and family, other recipients of the Nanyang Alumni Achievement Award include sports enthusiasts Mr Yong Yuen Cheng, Singapore’s fastest male runner in the nation’s longest 218km ultra-marathon and Mr Stephen Lim, seasoned ultra-marathon runner and Editor at MediaCorp Chinese Current Affairs. They are honoured for demonstrating immense willpower and perseverance in their athletic endeavours and overcoming physical and mental anguish in Run Round Singapore, Singapore’s longest ultra-marathon, an equivalent of five marathons, in March this year.
Mr Ng Joo Hee, Commissioner of Police is recognised for his outstanding service to Singapore’s Home Team in a career spanning a quarter of a century. Another recipient, Ms Sophia Pang, is lauded for being the first Singaporean woman to conquer the South Pole.3
Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award
In this category, seven young alumni are awarded for their outstanding achievements in their respective fields. Dr Lee Hui Mien, now an A*Star graduate scholar, successfully co-developed the world’s first spectacle frame from recycled materials.
Dr Joel Yang, a research engineer with A*Star’s Institute of Materials Research and Engineering did ground breaking work in the field of nanotechnology. His research has resulted in more efficient detectors for use in long-distance optical communications and the technology is currently being used in NASA’s 2012 Lunar program.
Promising young journalists Ms Lynette Khoo, a correspondent with the Business Times and Mr Loh Chee Kong, News Editor of the TODAY newspaper will also be receiving the Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award in recognition of their impactful commentaries and sharp reporting instincts. Both journalists were former students of NTU’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information and are no strangers to receiving accolades for their work.
Ms Khoo was named the Most Promising Journalist of the Year in 2009 at the 10th Investors Choice awards, besides bagging awards from Singapore Press Holdings including the ‘Special Award for Excellence’ in 2009 and ‘Commentary/Analysis of the Month Award’ first in June 2007 and later in January 2008.
Mr Loh, is the youngest journalist ever to be appointed news editor at TODAY, had won TODAY’s ‘Commentary of the Year’ for two consecutive years in 2008 and 2009 and won the ‘Story of the Year with Public Participation’ at the MediaCorp News Awards in 2006, just after eight months into his job.
Other Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award recipients include teachers Ms Cardoza Sharon Ann and Wong Lai Fong who are recognised for going beyond the call of duty to instil in students a sense of moral responsibility and inculcate all-round development. Their dedication and commitment to education and student development was recognised nation-wide when both were honoured with the 2009 President Award for Teachers.
Past recipients of the annual Nanyang Alumni Awards include Mrs Yu-Foo Yee Shoon, Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Members of 4
Parliament Mr Inderjit Singh and Mr Zaqy bin Mohamed, multi-talented artist Dr Tan Swie Hian, international singer Stefanie Sun and humanitarian Dr William Tan.
NTU’s expanding alumni family now stands at more than 144,000. Currently, there are 28 NTU alumni chapters established worldwide. In China alone there are 22 NTU alumni chapters with the latest to be launched next month in Henan, Sha’anxi and Guangxi. NTU also has alumni chapters in India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the United Kingdom, with the US chapters in the pipeline.
Adding to the alumni family, a record number of 8,526 students graduated earlier this year from NTU’s Class of 2010. This latest cohort of graduates created a new milestone with seven out of 10 participating in the annual Graduation Class Gift.
Over the weekend, some 1,000 alumni are expected to gather at the University’s Yunnan Garden Campus for the annual Homecoming celebrations. Homecoming activities will kick off with two forums organised by NTU’s Alumni Affairs Office. More than 400 alumni are expected to attend the forums conducted in both English and Mandarin. A sports competition will be held on 24 October, Sunday as part of the Homecoming celebrations. About 200 alumni are expected to participate in the sporting events which include 3-on-3 basketball, badminton, tennis and soccer.
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For a full list of the Nanyang Alumni Award recipients, please refer to the Fact Sheet.
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