News Details | 04-Sep-2009

NTU's alumni donate RMB1 million to rebuild Sichuan school

The alumni of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) will be in Sichuan province, China this weekend for the Nanyang Business School’s China Business Forum, and a ceremony to re-name the “Shuangdong Nanyang Primary School”. The school is being rebuilt after the devastating earthquake in May 2008, with the support of a RMB1 million donation from the "Nanyang Love and Care Fund for Education" set up by the Nanyang Executive Master in Business Administration (EMBA) (Chinese) alumni in July last year.

Nanyang Business School Forum held in Chengdu for the first time

NTU's Nanyang Business School (NBS; 南洋理工大学商学院) will host its biennial Business Forum on 5 September, focusing on "The New World Economic Order and its Implications for Businesses".  Two hundred alumni of NTU are expected to attend the forum, which is being held for the first time in Chengdu.  The forum aims to foster dialogue and exchange of views between academics, government and industry leaders, and other professionals on major issues affecting businesses and corporations in the rapidly growing western region of China and beyond.

"We hold this forum as a platform to bring together NTU alumni in China, so that there continues to be a vibrant link between the University and our alumni. I hope they will make full use of this rare opportunity to acquire new knowledge, exchange views with the experts and network," says NBS' Interim Dean, Professor Gillian Yeo (南洋商学院代院长杨贤卿教授).

Seven distinguished speakers from academic institutions, government, as well as business and industrial sectors, will be addressing this year's forum – five from China and two from Singapore.  Among the speakers are Professor Tan Kong Yam, Director of NTU’s Asian Research Centre (南洋理工大学亚洲研究中心主任陈光炎教授), Dr Lee Boon Keng, UBS’ Singapore Chief Investment Strategist (瑞士银行首席投资策略师(新加坡) 李文庆博士), Dr Chen Dongqi, Director of Institute of Economic Research of the State Development and Reform Commission, China (中国国家发展与改革委员会宏观经济研究院副院长陈东琪博士), and Mr Wang Hang, Vice President of New Hope Group and Director of China Minsheng Banking Corporation Ltd (新希望集团董事兼副总裁兼中国民生银行董事王航先生).

As the capital city of Sichuan Province and one of the most important commercial hubs in western China, Chengdu has become a major focus of the economic and business development of this region in recent years. Chengdu itself boasts of a significant graduate population, relatively low operating costs, good government support in science and education, and forward-thinking policies on technology and related areas. Hence, it offers enormous potential for future growth.

The last forum, held two years ago in Shanghai, was well-received, with Nobel Economics Laureate Finn E. Kydland and other prominent academics and industry leaders discussing the development of the emerging economy and financial markets in China.

NBS alumni donate RMB1 million to Sichuan school, to be re-named “Shuangdong Nanyang Primary School”

On Sunday 6 September 2009, NTU President Dr Su Guaning (南洋理工大学徐冠林校长) with a group of alumni from EMBA (Chinese) programme will be attending a special re-naming ceremony of the “Shuangdong Nanyang Primary School” (双东南洋小学). They will be joined by officials from Deyang municipality and the school administration.

The school, formerly known as “Shuangdong Primary School”, is being rebuilt after the Sichuan earthquake in May 2008, with support from the "Nanyang Love and Care Fund for Education" (南洋爱心教育基金) set up by the EMBA alumni in July last year. The school will be re-named “Shuangdong Nanyang Primary School” following the decision by the Fund to donate RMB1 million to the school.  The school is the Fund's first beneficiary.  In addition to financial support, the Fund will invest in manpower to assist with the physical development and improvement of teaching standards and management of the school.

Immediately following the Sichuan quake, the NTU EMBA alumni, decided to pool together their resources and embarked on the redevelopment of the education infrastructure of the quake-stricken region. The alumni approached the Red Cross Society of China to manage the "Nanyang Love and Care Fund for Education". In the process of contributing to the school, they also received the support of media celebrity Miss Qu Ying and international model Miss Lu Yan, who kindly consented to be the "charity ambassadors" of the sponsored primary school.

“As the President of NTU, I am proud of what our Nanyang EMBA students and alumni have accomplished.  As successful executives and entrepreneurs, they have fulfilled their social responsibilities, and in doing so, they have brought great honour to their alma mater.  With them spearheading the efforts, the ‘Nanyang Love and Care Fund for Education’ will continue to provide the software support for the running of the primary school. We will be sharing with the principal and teachers the latest management philosophies, with the hope of upgrading the management and pedagogy in the primary school.  We eagerly await the day Shuangdong Nanyang Primary School becomes the model school in Deyang and even in the whole of Sichuan province,” says Dr Su Guaning.

Located in the Jingyang district of Deyang city (Sichuan), the primary school is a public, full-day school for children of local farmers and immigrant farmhands, under a voluntary rural education scheme. The school is about one and a half hours' drive from Chengdu. It sits on a 5,370 square metres plot of land, with a built up area of 1,477 square metres. It is currently staffed by 31 teachers and administrative workers, catering to 318 students in 10 teaching classes. According to the post-disaster redevelopment plan of the Jingyang district, the school will see an expanded build-up area of 4,373 square metres, an expansion of three times the current area. Upon completion, the school can accommodate 12 classes, for up to 540 students.

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