News Details | 12-Aug-2013

NTU unveils official university mascot Lyon

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) got off to a roaring start today – the start of a new academic year – by unveiling the official university mascot.

Designed by students, the winning entry was chosen from amongst 80 entries received. The winner, Mr Chia Yan An, a final-year Computer Science undergraduate, emerged tops despite strong competition from the 10 finalists which included six entries from the School of Art, Design and Media. He received the grand prize of S$5,000 from NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson.

The NTU mascot named Lyon made its debut at Welcome Week earlier this afternoon, greeted by about 500 students, faculty and staff.

Symbolising the university’s values of strength, courage and fearlessness, Lyon was selected from more than 80 student entries, which included futuristic-looking robots and animal hybrids. The ten shortlisted designs were earlier put to the vote by members of the NTU community, with over 6,000 votes being cast.

“I chose the lion, a symbolic animal mascot, as it is already present in NTU’s Crest. I also incorporated the university’s colours, red and blue, into Lyon’s mane for a distinctive look,” explained Mr Chia. “I’m honoured by this opportunity to leave a legacy in NTU before I graduate.” 

Speaking at the Welcome Week launch ceremony earlier today, Professor Bertil Andersson said, "Our new mascot is a welcome start of a new tradition at NTU, and an icon that all of us should be proud of. As the embodiment of our NTU spirit, it not only brings our community together, but will also inspire our teams to give their best performance during inter-varsity and other competitions."

The adoption of “Lyon the lion” as the official mascot will provide a rallying point for the university community. Besides appearing at sports and other inter-varsity competitions, Lyon is also expected to make regular appearances at NTU’s major campus events, such as the annual Open House, Convocation, and the launch of major University initiatives.

Mr Lim Yow Renn, a representative of the NTU Students’ Union and organiser of the mascot unveiling ceremony, said, “NTU has been undergoing several dramatic changes in recent years, by swiftly rising up the international rankings, embracing new approaches to education, and pushing the frontiers in research and innovation. It is therefore imperative that NTU’s new visual identity embodies these changes.”


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About Nanyang Technological University

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences. It has a new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).

A fast-growing university with an international outlook, NTU is putting its global stamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, and Innovation Asia.

Besides the main Yunnan Garden campus, NTU also has a satellite campus in Singapore’s science and tech hub, one-north, and a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.
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