PharmD 10th Anniversary Dinner and “Last Lecture”
The NUS Pharmacy Department's Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) 10th Anniversary Dinner and "Last Lecture" held on 7 December 2019 was a night of multiple celebrations. Firstly, PharmD alumni and friends, faculty, lecturers, preceptors, pharmacy managers and many who made the PharmD programme possible gathered to celebrate the anniversary and, secondly, to attend the last instalment of the Last Lecture series. The series was organised in conjunction with NUS Science 90th anniversary celebrations this year.

The third celebration was that of thanksgiving – to give thanks to everyone who has brought the profession to where it is today. A key person leading this is none other than Associate Professor Lita Chew (Science' 90), to whom the Department is truly grateful for the many years of her contributions as the Chief Pharmacist in shaping the pharmacy landscape in Singapore. Assoc Prof Chew delivered the “Last Lecture” where she shared stories about her personal journey from her humble origins to where she is today, drawing parallels from the poem Ithaka by C.P. Cavafy.
End of Year Networking Drinks in Melbourne for NUS/NTU/SMU Alumni
The networking event was held in collaboration with Singapore Global Network on 29 November 2019. The evening started straight after work on a Friday, and more than 50 alumni from three Singapore universities caught up in a relaxed environment ahead of the Christmas break. The NUS Alumni Melbourne Chapter had a really good turn-out with 26 alumni at the event.

The event brought together alumni from different professional backgrounds and cohorts in Melbourne (from just two weeks ago to several decades!), all with the common experience of having lived and studied in Singapore. The evening invoked a wave of nostalgia as alumni discussed news from home and the usual discussion of where is the best local restaurants. Many lingered past the event session and ended up at supper together.

Thanks to the alumni presidents/representatives from NTU Australia (Mr Abhimanyu Bhola), SMU (Mr Yangxiang Lim) and Regional Director Singapore Global Network (Ms Leanne Lim) for partnering and making this possible!
Dialogue session with young alumni
The NUS Chinese Studies Alumni Association organised a dialogue session on 8 November, for young alumni from the NUS faculty of Arts and Social Sciences class of 2014 to share with current students on the multiple career pathways available ahead. The candid and insightful session attracted about 20 undergraduates who heard the perspectives and experiences of alumni in the media industry, in academia and enterprises.

Besides sharing on how they landed their first jobs, and moving on to pursue their careers and passion, the alumni also shared on relevant topics such as managing people dynamics and achieving work-life harmony. The discussion panel include alumni Ms Amarylis Chen Yanxi from Amazon; Ms He Yingshu from Yale-NUS; Ms Sow Lei Wei and Ms Zhang Jingyu from Mediacorp; and Moderator Ms Celeste Chew.

Submitted by Mr Frank Fu (Arts and Social Sciences '06)
SDE Celebrates Golden Jubilee with International Accolade
NUS School of Design and Environment (SDE) celebrated its 50th anniversary at its SDE50 Gala Dinner on 2 October at Resorts World Ballroom. The event was graced by President of the Republic of Singapore and NUS Chancellor Madam Halimah Yacob (Law '78). Close to 1,200 alumni and guests attended the dinner includingNUS Chairman Mr Hsieh Fu Hua (Business '74), NUS President Professor Tan Eng Chye (Science '85)and NUS Provost Professor Ho Teck Hua (Engineering '85).

To add icing on the cake, the newest SDE building SDE4, Singapore’s first new-build net-zero energy building, was awarded the WELL Certification at the Gold level by the International WELL Building Institute. This makes it the first university building in the world, and the first building in Singapore to achieve this prestigious certification in recognition of features that support and advance human health and wellness.

“The theme for tonight’s dinner is “Well and Green”. I am heartened that SDE and NUS have also moved beyond the focus on going “green”, to concurrently embrace “wellness” in your mission,” said Madam Halimah Yacob.

SDE started in 1969 as the Faculty of Architecture at the then University of Singapore, offering degree programmes in Architecture, and Building and Estate Management. Over the years, SDE’s more than 17,000 alumni have made significant contributions to Singapore’s nation building, and played important roles in innovative and iconic projects such as Kampung Admiralty and Our Tampines Hub.

As Dean of SDE Professor Lam Khee Poh said, SDE is earnestly pursuing the twin-prong “Well and Green” strategic approach in all its educational and research programmes to support Singapore’s national agenda of creating “an endearing home and a distinctive global city”. "As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, I sincerely invite our alumni, staff, students, colleagues from other academic units and the health care and building industries to join in this next phase of our exciting and challenging journey, to continue to build a well and green future for our community,” said Prof Lam.

Several SDE alumni and staff were presented with tokens of appreciation for their contributions to SDE’s 50th anniversary celebrations. They are Mr Choo Meng Foo ('88), Professor Heng Chye Kiang, Associate Professor Hans Tan (’05), Dr Teo Ho Pin (’85) and Ms Tia Boon Sim (’79). Professional baritone Mr Alvin Tan (‘14)  serenaded the gathering with four operatic songs.

Submitted by Ms Genevieve Lee, SDE.
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