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A Time for Celebration!

Since 2020, NUS Alumni Sing-Along (ASA) has celebrated National Day online over Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Alone in their homes or with a few invited friends, members sang along with the song leader while muted on zoom.

On Monday, August 15th this year, ASA members all decked out in red and white were able to celebrate National Day on-site at Shaw Foundation Alumni House. Guest speaker for the day, Mr. Desmond Moey (Engineering ’84), more commonly known as Dezz, Managing Director of Serendip Showbiz Pte Ltd and Board Member of Musical Theatre Ltd, an Arts Charity with IP status; kicked off the celebration with a talk on Why Write Songs?.  As a songwriter, show producer and vocal coach, Dezz highlighted different reasons why people write songs – for entertainment or to express one’s feelings, values and beliefs. In addition, he highlighted how songs could be structured, and how with different series of notes, chord patterns or musical phrases, songs could grab the listener’s attention. For example, the “hook” – a repetitive musical phrase which captures our attention – was often said to be what makes a song popular. Needless to say, Dezz was also able to “hook” the attention of the audience, leaving them hungry for knowledge on music creation.

Following the talk, ASA members led the sing-along by belting out local national favourites such as “Home”, “Count on Me Singapore”, “Stand Up for Singapore”, “Bunga Sayang”, “Voices of the Heart (小人物的心声)” and many more. The ASA Ukulele Group and members also gave their renditions of the evergreens and pop songs like “My Way”, “The Young Ones” and “Una Paloma Blanca”, while the audience sang their hearts out to these upbeat tunes.

For the first time since the pandemic, refreshments were also served on-site. What would a birthday celebration be without a birthday cake? To the delight of everyone present, Mrs Jenny Gan-Kwa Siew Eng (Arts and Social Sciences ’96) wheeled in the birthday cake to celebrate the occasion. The celebration rounded off with everyone getting on their feet doing a line dance to the song “Y.M.C.A.”

ASA’s next sing along session will be the “Christmas Celebration Concert” in December, and they look forward to welcoming members to join them in closing 2022.

Submitted by Ms Joanna Loo (Science ’71)
NUS BIZAlum Reunion on Kent Ridge Alumni Family Day

NUS BIZAlum organised its first in-person reunion since COVID-19, in conjunction with Kent Ridge Alumni Family Day, on Saturday, 13 August. The reunion brought together alumni from eight different programmes and graduating cohorts, and was supported by Professor Jochen Wirtz, Vice Dean of MBA Programmes and Professor of Marketing, and Associate Professor Sam Yam, Head of the Department of Management and Organisation at NUS Business School. NUS BIZAlum would also like to thank sponsors Mr Kang Puay Seng (Business ’14), CEO of Gong Cha (Singapore) Pte Ltd, and Mr Bartholomew Ting (Business ’01), Founder of butterNmilk.

The reunion’s success was not possible without support from the volunteers of NUS MBA Programmes Office: Ms Catherine Xiang, Ms Megan Wang and Mr Paul Yong; the MBA Alumni Association: Mr Janesh Janardhanan (Engineering ’04), Mr Tan Jun Wei, Year 2 Computer Science student, Ms Andrea Coello (Business ‘22); and Mr Chua Hung Meng (Business ‘81) from NUS Business School Alumni Association. Thank you also to Ms Loh Hui Xian (Business ’09) for showcasing NUS BIZ School's mascot Tycoon – who was such a big hit with the NUS community, as many grabbed photo opportunities with the mascot to post on social media! Attendees of the reunion also received balloon sculptures and tried their hands at folding a Teddy coin box made out of cardboard, symbolising an intention to save one’s precious thoughts and cultivate them into innovative ideas for the good of tomorrow.

View a recap of the reunion
here, or check out more photos of the session here!

Submitted by Ms Linda Gouw, NUS BIZAlum.
NUS College's Alumni Gathering on Kent Ridge Alumni Family Day

NUS College (NUSC) counts among its alumni graduates from University Scholars Programme and Yale-NUS College. In support of Kent Ridge Alumni Family Day, members of the NUSC deanery, faculty and staff warmly welcomed these alumni back to campus for a cosy gathering and to learn more about the College. More than 120 alumni and their families attended the event, which was also accompanied by a tour to the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum led by Ms Julienne Tan (Chemistry ’12). At the gathering, Professor Philip Holden launched a Guided Autobiography course for alumni to reflect on milestones and memories – a good practice to adopt, given people's fast-paced lives.

It was important for the new College to still be able to extend alumni services and benefits, including opportunities for interactions with various groups in the community. In her welcome remarks, Vice Dean (Outreach) Prof Quek Su Ying thanked the many alumni who stepped forward to conduct admissions interviews. Faculty members who attended the gathering, including Associate Professor Barbara Ryan (Affiliate Alumnus ’19), Associate Professor Low Boon Chuan (Affiliate Alumnus ’19), Dr Leung Wing Sze, Ms Anne Yeo (Arts and Social Sciences ‘88) and Ms Tan Sin Yee (Arts and Social Sciences ’11) were happy to see alumni doing well in both their careers and with their families. The College was also heartened to hear alumni were keen to pay it forward; by offering their assistance in areas such as internships, career advice and more.

The gathering concluded with how alumni could expect to be kept updated about the exciting start for NUSC. Associate Professor Kang Hway Chuan (Affiliate Alumnus ’19), who will be taking on a new role as Master of West Wing residences, also encouraged alumni to stay connected and to know they are always welcome to drop by and say hello.

Submitted by Ms Yeap Su Phing (Arts and Social Sciences ’06)

Pixel Art with Bricks workshop

Thank you to the Pharmily who attended the Department of Pharmacy’s Pixel Art with Bricks workshop on Saturday, 13 August, in conjunction with this year’s Kent Ridge Alumni Family Day! It was a splendid afternoon spent with Pharmacy alumni and their family members. Kudos to all for creating their own beautiful pixel art within the short hour, and the department hopes that everyone made wonderful memories at this year’s annual homecoming event! The workshop was conducted by fellow alumnus Mr Jeffrey Kong (Arts and Social Sciences '03) from Artisan Bricks. 

Submitted by Ms Ng Shi Ying.  

NUS Alumni Manila Chapter Attends Singapore’s 57th National Day Celebration in Manila

Members of NUS Alumni Manila Chapter attended a reception hosted by the Singapore Embassy in Manila at the Grand Hyatt Ballroom in Bonifacio Global City, to celebrate Singapore’s 57th National Day. Around 25 alumni were present in the first major event that the Singapore Embassy in Manila has hosted since 2019. The alumni in attendance represented six faculties and schools, including the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, NUS Business, College of Design and Engineering, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Faculty of Law. More than 800 guests, including government officials, the Diplomatic and Consular Corps, the business community, and Singaporeans in Manila filled the ballroom to capacity.

The Guest of Honour for the event was Hon. Sara Duterte, Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines and the Secretary of the Department of Education. The formal event started at 7pm, with a welcome remark by Vice President Duterte. She highlighted the importance of Singapore as a partner in developing the Philippines’ human resources through capacity building programs such as the Singapore Cooperation Programme, and expressed her hope that Singapore-Philippine relations will continue to flourish with increased cooperation in education and other related areas during the current administration. Ambassador Gerard Ho (Arts and Social Sciences ’97), who was also present at the event, noted the warm friendship between Singapore and the Philippines, and expressed his gratitude for the contributions of the Filipino community in Singapore during the COVID-19 pandemic. Buffet-style dinner featuring popular Singaporean food was served, including familiar dishes such as nasi lemak and Hainanese chicken rice. Guests stayed until about 10pm, enjoying both the food and company.

Submitted By Mr Nestor Precioso (Science ’06)
NUS Alumni Tokyo Chapter Gathering

Three years after the COVID-19 pandemic, NUS Alumni Tokyo Chapter was finally able to hold an in-person gathering in Tokyo. Most participants who showed up were MBA graduates, while some were alumni from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP), showing the depth and breadth of the NUS alumni network. During the gathering, each participant shared recent developments and discussed how they could assist in each other's work and careers, and how they could contribute to Japan and its economy. The Chapter believes that the gathering was a good respite for all, and hopefully an inspirational experience for participants who were steadily developing their careers after graduating from NUS.

Submitted by Mr Nobuo Fujii (Business ’18)

Faculty of Dentistry’s Commencement and Welcome Dinner 2022

The Faculty of Dentistry (FoD) hosted its recent graduates from the Class of 2022 at the Commencement and Welcome Dinner, which was held at NUS Society’s Kent Ridge Guild House on Wednesday, 27 July. Graduates from the Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Master of Dental Surgery, Master of Science and PhD programmes attended the dinner. Acting Dean and Vice Dean (Academic Affairs), Associate Professor Wong Mun Loke (Dentistry ’99) kickstarted the dinner with an opening address where he congratulated the Class of 2022, as well as welcomed them to the FoD Alumni Family. Certificates were then presented to the Class Ambassadors by Associate Director of Alumni Relations, Dr Betty Mok (Dentistry ’81). Graduates enjoyed the rest of the evening bonding and catching up over a sumptuous buffet dinner as smiles and laughter filled the function room.

Submitted by Ms Tiffany How.

NUS Lifelong Learning Festival 2022: Helping alumni and Singapore’s workforce meet the demands of the future workplace

Thank you for making NUS Lifelong Learning Festival 2022: FutureWork a roaring success! Organised by the NUS School of Continuing and Lifelong Education (SCALE), the Festival was part of the ongoing SkillsFuture Singapore Festival, aimed at promoting and supporting lifelong learning as the future of work continues to evolve. The event was graced by over 30 experts, industry leaders and academics, including Minister for Education Mr Chan Chun Sing. Out of over 1,000 participants, around 400 NUS alumni attended the event, which was held at Shaw Foundation Alumni House.

To mark NUS’ commitment to supporting its alumni in their career advancement, transition, and lifelong learning goals, the University announced a new alumni benefit: an automatic 15% tuition fee rebate on over 60 Masters by Coursework programmes which are not subsidised by the government.

On top of the tuition fee rebate, NUS also unveiled a refreshed Career+ mobile app, an AI-powered learning and career development tool designed exclusively for NUS students and over 330,000 alumni. The new enhancements help identify the relevant skills required for the user’s career aspirations, and match skills gaps to courses offered by various Institutes of Higher Learning.

News of these initiatives was well-received by NUS alumni. Ms Pavita Puansari (Design and Engineering ‘22), an Operations Executive who recently graduated with a Bachelor of Technology in Industrial and Management Engineering, said, “With the tuition fee rebates, NUS has addressed a concern of many who intend to pursue postgraduate studies, myself included – the financial impact and potential return on investment in upgrading ourselves. These new initiatives are beneficial and will give many an extra push to pursue further studies.”

Are you ready to thrive in the future workplace? Learn more about lifelong learning benefits for NUS alumni here.

Submitted by Mr Jared Lai.

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