$641,000 Raised for New NUSS Bursary

A newly endowed bursary, named the NUSS Bursary, has been established at National University of Singapore (NUS) with an initial funding of $641,000. This amount was raised through the NUSS Charity Golf 2022, organised by NUS Society (NUSS) on 1 September 2022, with a matching contribution of $100,000 from the Tote Board – the highest amount raised at NUSS’ charity golf events. The golf flights were played at the Tanah Merah Country Club and ended with a dinner held at NUSS’ Kent Ridge Guild House. The Guest of Honour for the dinner was NUS President, Professor Tan Eng Chye (Science ’85). During the dinner, a cheque for the amount raised was presented to Prof Tan by NUSS President, Mr Edward Tay (Law ‘92).

The establishment of the NUSS Bursary is another fundraising initiative, aimed at supporting the NUS Alumni Bursary Fund (ABF) Campaign. The ABF campaign, led by NUS alumni, was launched in 2013, with an annual gift pledge of up to $250,000 by NUSS. The campaign aims to cultivate the spirit of giving among NUS alumni and friends, and provide financial assistance to NUS’ needy students. To date, NUSS has donated $2.25 million in fulfilment of this pledge. With the collective efforts and strong support of the NUS alumni community, the ABF campaign has raised in excess of $25 million since its inception.

The NUSS Bursary, like the previously established NUSS Golf Section Bursary, as well as all the other named bursaries established under the ABF campaign, is an endowed bursary. The capital on these bursaries will not be drawn upon. Instead, bursaries will be awarded from investment income generated by the amounts contributed and matching contributions from the government. Every $25,000 donated to NUS, will enable the University to award perpetual bursaries of around $2,500 per year.

An additional amount of $40,000 was raised from the NUSS Charity Golf this year, which will go towards supporting two of the NUSS adopted charities, namely, Children’s Wishing Well and Dover Park Hospice. Each of these organisations will receive $20,000 in donation – reflecting NUSS' resolve to ensure the accessibility of education to all students, and also champion comfort care, a cause close to the NUSS' community's hearts. NUSS President Mr Edward Tay, also shared, “NUS has shown its commitment to meritocracy and equality of opportunity through the financial support schemes it has recently announced. NUSS is honoured to be able to support this initiative with its pledge and annual fundraising efforts”.

Submitted by Ms Teo Kuan Yee (Arts and Social Sciences ’94).

Networking Lunch at Qingdao Enma Villa

On 21 August, a group of NUS Alumni in Qingdao gathered for a networking lunch hosted by Mr Ma Hao (Business '18) at Enma Villa in Qingdao. Kudos to Mr Ma, who is the Chairman of the Shandong Enma Group and Founder of Qingdao Enma Boai Charity Foundation, for hosting the networking lunch at his clubhouse. Attendees first went through a round of self-introduction and networking, before enjoying a sumptuous lunch prepared by the chefs from the clubhouse. The networking lunch involved Mr Wang Chun (Business '16), Liu Zong Guo (Public Policy '15), Yang Zhuan Yi (Public Policy '12), Ms Li Wei (Business '19), Ms Zhang Yan (Business '04) , Mr Qin Lu Tao (Business '07), Mr David Lye (Business '95) and Ms Wang Yu from the Bank of Qingdao.

Submitted by Mr David Lye (Business ’95)

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)
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