Issue 131 | Oct-Dec 2022

Celebrating Milestones and Memories

Decked out in their grooviest digs, close to 800 alumni returned to NUS’ Bukit Timah Campus on 2 July for a Disco Fiesta full of fun, laughter and joyful reminiscence. Organised by NUS Alumni Relations and co-hosted by NUS Law and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP), this year’s Bukit Timah Homecoming was graced by Guest-of-Honour, NUS Chancellor President Halimah Yacob (Law ’78).

The photobooth was a great hit with alumni. 
The evening’s programme brought alumni down memory lane with lively performances of nostalgic 1970s disco hits by the University’s musical talents, Raffles Hall Family and Friends, NUS Alumni Sing-Along, and Silver Jam. Amid the reunions and catch-ups, one of the evening’s highlights was when a group of gorgeous NUS Senior Alumni strutted the runway dressed in glittering creations by local designers.

The homecoming event also took on an additional significance due to the combined celebrations of three milestone anniversaries – the 70th anniversary of Dunearn Road Hostels, 65th anniversary of NUS Faculty of Law and 50th anniversary of NUS Class of 1972. 
In his address at Bukit Timah Homecoming 2022, NUS President Prof Tan Eng Chye expressed his appreciation to NUS’ alumni community for continuing to give back to the University.
Located just a short walk from NUS’ Bukit Timah Campus, Dunearn Road Hostels (DRH) opened in 1952 to provide accommodation for overseas undergraduates of the then-University of Malaya. Luminaries such as former President of Singapore, the late Mr S. R. Nathan (Arts ’54), once stayed at DRH. DRH was renamed Sheares Hall in 1982 when it was relocated to NUS Kent Ridge Campus. The site housing the former DRH has since been converted to College Green, a hostel for LKYSPP graduate students.
Members of NUS Alumni Sing-Along led the audience in a rousing group rendition of popular 70s tune ‘Y.M.C.A.’. 
NUS Chancellor President Halimah Yacob and NUS President Prof Tan Eng Chye enjoying the evening’s programme at Bukit Timah Homecoming 2022.
The roots of NUS Faculty of Law lie in the establishment of the Department of Law in the then-University of Malaya in 1956. The pioneer class of law students graduated in 1961, counting among its most illustrious members Emeritus Professor Tommy Koh, Singapore’s Ambassador-at-Large and former Dean, former Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong, former Dean Thio Su-Mien, and Emeritus Professor Koh Kheng Lian.

The NUS Class of 1972 is a notable cohort that called the Bukit Timah Campus home, and the prominent alumni in this cohort continue to give back to the NUS community, 50 years after their graduation. In 2005, the Class of 1972 Bursary Fund was established to award bursaries to needy undergraduate students at NUS. As part of its 50th Anniversary celebrations, the Class of 1972 raised more than $470,000 to bring total Bursary funds to over $2 million in 2022.
From left: NUS Senior Deputy President and Provost Prof Ho Teck Hua (Engineering ‘85), NUS Chancellor President Halimah Yacob, NUS President Prof Tan Eng Chye (Science ’85), and Dean of NUS Faculty of Law Prof Simon Chesterman, joined alumni on stage for a celebratory toast and cake-cutting ceremony to mark the three milestone anniversaries.
Our fashionable alumni took to the stage for a dazzling catwalk and dance performance. 
Alumni took part in an entertaining Bingo session for a chance to win prizes. 
Mr David Ho, an alumnus from the Class of 1972 involved in fundraising efforts for the Bursary, said: “As the first NUS alumni cohort to form a bursary fund, we hope our efforts will encourage other NUS alumni cohorts to pay it forward and start their own fundraising initiatives as well. Education is the best platform for levelling the playing field and ensuring everyone has a good start in life regardless of their family background and financial status. The Class of 1972 is humbled to play a small but significant part in this direction.”

In his speech at the event, NUS President Professor Tan Eng Chye (Science ’85) also recognised the role of alumni in strengthening the NUS community. “As generations of graduates return here to celebrate, I would like to thank the alumni for their continued and invaluable contributions,” said Prof Tan.
“The alumni-alma mater relationship is a lifelong one, and I am proud of how our alumni are helping to build a richer, stronger NUS community, as evidenced in the numerous alumni-led initiatives, projects and events,” he added.
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