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A walk down Bukit Timah Campus' memory lane

11 July 2012

Members of the Class of 1962 sharing the stage with (from left) Prof Chesterman, Prof Mahbubani, Prof Tan and Assoc Prof Lim Meng Kin (far right), Director of the Office of Alumni Relations

On an evening filled with warmth, fellowship and high spirits, alumni of NUS' Bukit Timah Campus came together to reinforce bonds and friendships that had been forged decades before.

Once home to Raffles College, the University of Malaya and the University of Singapore, the Campus now houses the NUS Faculty of Law and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

This year's Alumni Day at the Bukit Timah Campus, organised by the Office of Alumni Relations, fell on 8 July. It saw a record 900 alumni and guests, with some returning to Singapore specially for the reunion. Among the many leading lights present were Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong; NUS Board of Trustees members Mr Edward D'Silva, Ms Chong Siak Ching and Mr Abdullah Tarmugi; and Professor Wang Gungwu, Chairman of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Governing Board.

Alumni and guests were warmly received by NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, as well as Alumni Day co-hosts Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, and Professor Simon Chesterman, Dean of the Faculty of Law.

An exhibition themed "Walk Down Memory Lane" featured photographs of the campus submitted by alumni, while evening programmes showcased performances by alumni talents.

One highlight was the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Class of 1962, the ranks of which included President Tony Tan Keng Yam and former Supreme Court Justice Mr Goh Joon Seng, now a member of the Council of Presidential Advisers.

In his opening address to alumni and guests, Prof Tan paid tribute to the Class of 1962 and their many achievements. "They were the first cohort to receive degrees from the University of Singapore," he said, "and [they] continue to play leading roles in Singapore society."

The evening closed with those present raising their voices together in songs, demonstrating once more the unique quality that distinguishes the alumni of Bukit Timah Campus, one that Prof Tan had also noted in his opening remarks. "This campus is a mosaic of memories and milestones, successes and joys," he said, "and I know it will have a special place in our hearts."