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Family fun at Alumni Day

01 August 2011

(From left) Prof Tan Chorh Chuan and Assoc Prof Lim chatting with attendees outside the concert hall

Posing for pictures with LiNUS the NUS mascot

A warm welcome back to NUS was extended to all participants of Alumni Day @ Kent Ridge on 30 July 2011. They were greeted by a variety of fun-filled activities specially planned for them at the Shaw Foundation Alumni House, which included a musical concert, aboriginal art exhibition, hawker fare buffet, self-discovery talks, hands-on workshops for children, and campus tours around University Town (UTown).

Like a huge family gathering, involving young children and elderly grandparents as well, the event was also attended by recent graduates and faculty staff.

NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan, who graced the event, encouraged the participants to take the opportunity to visit UTown. He said that UTown is open to the entire NUS community, including alumni, faculty and students, and that at steady state, UTown will see some 10,000 students from all around the campus using its facilities every week.

Thanking the alumni community for their strong support for the UTown project, he said: “Over the last few years, we’ve received many generous contributions from alumni, and we’ve decided to make use of some of these donations to create an Alumni Bursary @ University Town. This year, we’ll be using these funds to support four students at S$5000 each, with more to come in the future.”

Also speaking at the opening concert of Alumni Day, Assoc Prof Lim Meng Kin, Director of the Office of Alumni Relations, sought the participants’ feedback on how NUS could better serve their needs. He said that the alumni form an important part of the NUS community and that the University seeks to reconnect with them, be of service and value to them, and foster a lifelong and mutually beneficial relationship.