NTU formally inaugurates Bertil Andersson as third President

Published on : 25-Jul-2011

Two-thirds of graduating class have found a job and 4 in 5 of them make a gift to NTU, setting a new record in class giving

At the first ceremony of Nanyang Technological University’s annual convocation this morning, Professor Bertil Andersson was officially installed as its third President, taking over from Professor Su Guaning who was conferred the title of President Emeritus.

Presiding at the Convocation is His Excellency, President S R Nathan, who is also Chancellor of NTU. President Nathan presented 29 Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medals to the top graduate in each programme as well as 22 recipients of Koh Boon Hwee Scholars Award and their teachers.

One award recipient of the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal is Mr Su Weixiang, 25, a first-class honours graduate in Maritime Studies, a programme jointly offered by the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Nanyang Business School. Weixiang has started work at leading international shipping firm J. Lauritzen as an Assistant Operations Manager. He was offered the job as early as one year before his graduation.
Like last year, two-thirds of the Class of 2011 have found a job, according to a preliminary study conducted by NTU’s Career and Attachment Office.
For Ms Sylvia Lim, 22, and Mr Jonathan Fang, 24, both from Nanyang Business School, they had already received their job offers six months before their final examinations. Jonathan received job offers from three multinational organisations and has chosen to build his career as a Project Accountant with Exxon Mobil.

For Ms Sharifah Bte Mohamed Nasser, 22, a graduate of the School of Art, Design and Media, her internship with Asus in Taiwan has paved the way for her to establish herself as a product designer there. She so impressed Asus, one of world's leading computer providers known for innovative designs, that they decided to offer her a full-time position in Taiwan.

“I’m grateful to NTU for the internship that has given me a head-start in building my career in product design,” said Sharifah.

For Mr Aaron Chiang, 24, from the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, his eight-week internship at the Istana was something that has changed his life. He was the first Istana intern and counts amongst the high points of his internship tea with President Nathan and the opportunity to bring his parents for a tour around the hallowed corridors of the Istana.

“Initially, I’d wanted to pursue a career in the finance industry, but the Istana internship and my participation in the Public Policy Challenge greatly increased my interest in the public sector,” said Aaron, who has accepted a job with the Ministry of Finance’s International Relations Directorate.

“During the Istana internship, I got a better understanding of some of the work that the Civil Service does, and I think that helped me in making a commitment to serve. It was NTU that gave me the opportunities to discover and chart my career path,” he added.

Class of 2011 Graduation Class Gift campaign breaks new record

This morning’s convocation ceremony is the last presided by President Nathan as Chancellor of NTU, following his decision not to contest in the upcoming Presidential Election.

It was a fitting farewell gift for President Nathan as the Class of 2011 set a new record in class giving. Last year, NTU set a record for class giving when 7 in 10 in the graduating class made a gift to the university. This year, the Class of 2011 did even better, with 4 in 5 graduates making a gift to their alma mater.

“That is an unprecedented record – far higher than any corresponding participation in Singapore and also very high by international standards.  This is absolutely fantastic – with graduates like that NTU cannot go wrong,” said Professor Andersson. 

Professor Bertil Andersson inaugurated as NTU’s third President

At this morning’s ceremony, Professor Bertil Andersson was officially inaugurated as the third President of NTU. He joined NTU as Provost four years ago and has played an instrumental role in raising the university’s international profile and transforming it into one of the fastest-growing research-intensive universities in the world. 

An acclaimed biochemist who enjoys a long association with the Nobel Foundation and has an international network of contacts who are the world’s best scientists, Professor Andersson’s lifelong passion for research is a good fit for NTU’s future in the university’s pursuit to be a world-class research-intensive university.

Professor Andersson took over the helm of NTU from Professor Su Guaning, who was conferred the title of President Emeritus. Under his watch in the last nine years, Professor Su transformed NTU into an autonomous university and also the youngest ranked among the QS Top 100 World Universities. 

Honorary degree conferred on Professor Michael Graetzel, Swiss pioneer of artificial photosynthesis

This year, NTU also conferred an honorary Degree of Doctor of Engineering (honoris causa) on the Swiss pioneer of artificial photosynthesis, Professor Michael Graetzel.  Professor Graetzel is honoured for his outstanding contribution in the field of energy research, and for his strong ties with the University, particularly in sustainability research.

Professor Graetzel has been serving as the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board at the Energy Research Institute@NTU (ERI@N) since it was established in 2009.  One of the 10 most highly cited chemists in the world, Professor Graetzel is an eminent scientist on solar cells who developed the "Graetzel cell" as a cheaper way to harness solar energy. He won the prestigious Millennium Prize in 2010.

NTU honours inspirational teachers with Koh Boon Hwee Scholars Award

NTU also gave out the Koh Boon Hwee Scholars Award to 22 well-rounded top students this year – the highest number of recipients in a year since the Award was introduced in 2007.  The Award honours teachers and NTU professors for their inspirational teaching as part of this Award.  
A one-time cash grant of $5,000 is set up in the name of each teacher nominated by the Koh Boon Hwee Scholars.  The teacher in turn nominates a prospective student from his/her college or polytechnic (or equivalent) who will receive the $5,000 grant on admission into NTU. 

One winner is Mr Zeke Gao, 26, a Sociology honours graduate from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, who nominated his Economics teacher Mrs Ho Dai Hwee from Anderson Junior College and NTU Assistant Professor Teo You Yenn. 

Zeke said, “Mrs Ho is more than a teacher. She goes out of her way to know more about her students, even though she may not be their form teacher.  For me, Mrs Ho has always understood that I was weak in economics, and I’m grateful to her for coaching me on the subject.  She has also spent time knowing me as a person and guided me in my life choices. For example, she saw my passion in sociology through my strong interest in General Paper, and suggested that I pursue sociology, even though it wasn’t related to what I was studying in JC. Mrs Ho has taken precious time to invest in my life, and this is something that I remember till this day.” 

Mrs Ho said, “I was pleasantly surprised to be given this Award.  I strongly believe that we should thank those who help us by helping others. So this cash grant is a good way for us to pay it forward, to benefit another potential university student from AJC.” 

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