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Making sure all alumni matter

14 August 2012

Dr Balakrishnan (4th from left) was among the alumni leaders in the panel discussion

Among the participants at the forum were (from left): Mr Lai Kim Seng (Engineering '71), former member of the NUS Alumni Advisory Board; Prof Tan; Assoc Prof Lim Meng Kin, Director, NUS Office of Alumni Relations; and Mrs Tan Suan Imm (Arts and Social Sciences '60), member of the NUS Alumni Advisory Board

With its focus on forging a personal connection to alumni and placing them at the heart of all engagement efforts, the second NUS Alumni Leaders Forum turned the spotlight on one of the critical pillars of the university's success and growth - its global alumni family.

Held at the Shaw Foundation Alumni House on 11 August, the forum with the theme "Making Sure U Matter" saw more than 130 alumni leaders coming together to share new ideas to better serve NUS' alumni.

In his opening address to the assembly, NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan paid tribute to the efforts of the University's alumni leaders. "All of you are a vital part of NUS and you truly exemplify the spirit of giving back to our community," he said. "Your work and actions will inspire our students and also encourage all of us at the university to work even harder."

Sharing their expertise at the meeting were Mr Andrew Shaindlin, Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations & Annual Giving and Associate Vice President for Advancement at Carnegie Mellon University; and Mr Chris Vlahos, Vice President of Alumni Relations at Case Western Reserve University. They spoke on the leadership challenges for alumni relations and how alumni leaders can get the best from their communities, respectively.

A panel discussion featured eight alumni champions: Mr David Ho, Member of the NUS Alumni Advisory Board and President of the NUS Society; Dr Lee Soo Ann, President of NUS Economics Alumni; Mr Oliver Tian, President of the Computing Alumni Association; Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources and former President of the NUS Students' Union (NUSSU); Associate Professor Chin Wee Shong from NUS Faculty of Science; Associate Professor David Chua from NUS Faculty of Engineering; and Mr Clovis Tan, Director for Alumni Relations and Internal Relations with NUSSU. The discussion was led by Associate Professor T C Chang from NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

The forum closed with a vigorous Q&A session that saw panelists sharing their ideas for fostering even closer ties between alumni and NUS. With an exciting slate of events and programmes for the rest of 2012, alumni relations at NUS looks set to reach new heights.

By Office of Alumni Relations