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.
NUS Accountancy Networking Night
The 6th NUS Accountancy Networking Night was held on 13 September. Jointly organised by NUS Business School Alumni Association (NUSBSA) and Business Accountancy Network (NUS BAN), it was held at a very conducive venue graciously hosted by CPA Australia.

The event started with a sharing by an industry speaker – this year’s featured Ms Goh Xin Ying, Head of Business Development at fintech startup Funding Societies. Ms touched on the topic “Adapting to Industry 4.0” and gave the students in-attendance insights into the wide new world of fintech. She also shared her career journey starting out in a traditional fund management role to heading up business development in a startup, which she had never expected given her accounting background. Another living example of how accounting graduates have endless possibilities when it comes to charting out their career paths!   

Thereafter, the highlight of the event commenced – networking! With the abundance of alumni who turned up to support for this year, the event had a very comfortable student-to-alumni ratio of approximately 2:1. The alumni’s backgrounds spanned from the typical such audit, tax and banking, to more fascinating ones such as cloud accounting, forensic accounting, and more. 

Interestingly, the freshmen had few questions and were generally curious, preferring to hear the alumni share anything and everything they thought might be relevant. In comparison, the students in their penultimate and final years had a much better idea of what direction(s) they wanted to explore their careers in (and also not!), and came with very specific questions which the alumni were more than happy to address.

The event thanks appreciate faculty members Prof Chng Chee Kiong (Business '86), Prof Stephen Lynn and Ms Susan See Tho who took time out to support the event and gamely joined in to share their own insights with the students. Special thanks also goes to Mr Chua Hung Meng (Business '81), vice-president of NUS BSA who was also present at the event.

It was great to see a new team of students from BAN putting together the event, and some of them taking up new roles like being an emcee for the first time.
Faculty of Dentistry 90th Anniversary Gala Dinner
The NUS Faculty of Dentistry held its 90th Anniversary Gala Dinner on 31 August at Suntec Convention Centre. Over 470 alumni, faculty, students and supporters came together to celebrate the Faculty’s journey since it began as a Department of Dentistry within the King Edward VII College of Medicine in 1929. Among the guests were the Minister for Education, Mr Ong Ye Kung, Chief Executive of the National University Health System Professor John Eu-Li Wong (Medicine '81), and NUS President Professor Tan Eng Chye (Science '85).

Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, Professor Patrick Finbarr Allen delivered the opening welcome address, thanking guests for their contributions and continued support of the Faculty. “We are very fortunate to have the contribution and support of many who give generously of their time to train future generations of dentists. There is an unbroken line going back many generations of caring dentists contributing back to the Faculty by our alumni, and for this, we are very grateful,” shared Professor Allen. The Dinner was the Faculty’s capstone event for the year, rounding off events such as the Oral Health Awareness Roadshow in March and the official opening of the Faculty’s new campus at the National University Centre for Oral Health, Singapore in August.

Guests were treated to a dance by the Faculty’s most recent intake of first-year students who had recently clinched the coveted NUSSU Rag & Flag 2019 Gold Award. Performing their award-winning dance, the students amazed the crowd with their energy and tight choreography.

As part of the celebrations, awards recognising excellence and contribution by students, faculty and alumni were presented. Postgraduate Awards were presented to residents who had displayed excellence in their respective fields of study. Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards were presented to recognise the contributions of Faculty members who have contributed significantly to the education and training of the next generation of oral healthcare professionals. The Faculty was also proud to recognise two of the Faculty’s senior staff members, Professor Chew Chong Lin ('71) and Dr Keng Siong Beng ('72) for being awarded the Emeritus Professorship and Honorary Fellowship respectively.

In addition, a special Senior Alumni Award was presented to senior alumni, Dr Lim Kheng Ann ('52), Adjunct Associate Professor Lee Woon Oi Teresa ('63), Dr Chan-Liok Yew Ai ('61) and Dr Yip Wing Kong ('64) who had served the Faculty for more than 15 years during its early years. Minister for Education, Mr Ong presented the awards to the alumni who were present at the dinner.

To round off the night, a cake-cutting ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of the Faculty was held, with distinguished guests and past deans coming on stage to the Faculty’s anniversary cake.

The event ended on a high note with a cheque presentation by Coden Specialists, a multi-disciplinary dental speciality centre, who had generously donated $225,000 to the Faculty. The gift will be used to establish an endowed scholarship to a student pursuing their final year in the Bachelor of Dental Surgery course and a prize for the Most Distinguished Final Year Student in the Bachelor of Dental Surgery course. The Singapore Dental Association also gifted a generous donation of $90,000 to commemorate the latest milestone of the Faculty.
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