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Strengthening ties and sharing aspirations at inaugural NUS Alumni Leaders Forum

10 October 2011

Mr Peter YB Tay (left) , Member of the NUS Alumni Advisory Board and Chairman of the Organising Committee for the Inaugural Alumni Leaders Forum, and Assoc Prof Lim Meng Kin delivering their welcome remarks

(From left) Assoc Prof Lim Meng Kin, Director of Alumni Relations at Oxford University Ms Christine Fairchild, and Executive Director of the Association of Yale Alumni Mr Mark Dollhopf fielding questions from participants
Themed "Sharing aspirations, forging the future", the first NUS Alumni Leaders Forum was held on 8 October 2011. An initiative of the NUS Alumni Advisory Board, the event aimed to bring together alumni and student leaders as well as volunteers from across the world to forge a common NUS identity and promote passion in advancing NUS' aspirations.

On the Forum, NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan said "It provides a wonderful opportunity for us to network, to renew and strengthen ties, and to share lessons on the challenges of reconnecting with fellow alumni and engaging them in aspirations of our alma mater."

At the event, some 270 participants had the opportunity to learn how alumni relations were being managed at other renowned universities and schools such as Harvard Business School, Oxford University and Yale University. During a panel discussion, the participants raised issues which included use of technology to reconnect with alumni, engaging with foreign alumni and exchange students, and building the alumni spirit during the undergraduate years. There were also breakout sessions where the participants discussed alumni needs and aspirations, engagement with different alumni groups and service to the community in greater detail.

Assoc Prof Lim Meng Kin, Director of the NUS Office of Alumni Relations, stressed that the alumni are important to NUS, providing the inspiration, wisdom and support that are critical to the University's mission and vision. At the same time, the alumni would naturally wish the prestige and standing of their alma mater to grow from strength to strength. "The relationship between alumni and their alma mater is thus mutually beneficial, but cannot be taken for granted. Like all relationships, they need to be nurtured and cultivated with care," he noted.

NUS has a 200,000-strong alumni body with 51 local alumni groups and 15 overseas alumni chapters.