• Kelly Poon and local celebrities to light up the night
• NDP host, Edgar the robot, leads showcase of made-in-NTU innovations
Fresh from his recent appearance welcoming the spectators at the National Day Parade, Edgar the robot will have another public engagement tomorrow – this time welcoming freshmen at NTU Fest which is organised by students of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) as part of the annual Freshmen Welcome.
Edgar will greet visitors up close at the mega event – comprising a day-long carnival, walkathon and concert – and to also assist them with directions around the festival grounds.
Held on campus against the backdrop of The Wave, NTU’s iconic new sports hall made from engineered timber, NTU Fest marks the start of the university’s new academic year, and aims to bring together the university and the community.
NTU Fest is a public event that is not only open to freshmen, but also to students, professors, staff, residents of Jurong and their families and friends.
Mr Gan Rui Yun, President of the NTU Student’s Union, said: “NTU Fest promises everyone the chance to experience NTU’s vibrant and exciting campus life, with engaging activities for the whole family. It is also an opportunity for us to showcase some of our university’s best talents from diverse disciplines and backgrounds.”
The student organisers have lined up some 50 carnival booths, 500 walkathon participants and a raft of student talents and local artistes to entertain the crowd.
Commenting on the students’ efforts, Professor Kwok Kian Woon, NTU’s Associate Provost (Student Life), said: "Our students have truly stretched their limits by putting together an impressive and diverse day-long programme, capped by live performances. NTU warmly welcomes the public to our campus. Many have heard about the Wave and here’s an opportunity to see why it is much raved about.”
Celebrating the best of NTU students’ talents
The students worked with the university to put together an art, science and technology showcase.
The exhibition will feature more than a dozen made-in-NTU inventions that have made an impact. Besides EDGAR, also on show is the Nanyang Venture 8, NTU’s award-winning 3D-printed electric car designed and built by engineering students. Visitors can also play the classic ‘Feed the Snake’ game on a 3D LED cube, another interactive project by NTU students.
Earlier in the afternoon, a 2.7km walkathon will take participants across NTU’s lush garden campus, giving them a close-up view of NTU's key landmarks, such as The Hive, the centrepiece of the university's new learning pedagogy known as the flipped classroom and the School of Art, Design and Media school building, with its iconic sloped grass roofs.
Star-studded line-up to wow the crowd
Performing at NTU Fest tomorrow evening is a star-studded line up headlined by Project Superstar alumna and regional pop star Kelly Poon. She is set to perform some of her biggest hits, including No More Tears (說不哭), Heartbeat and Thinking Out Loud.
The concert will also feature a host of local stars, including twin starlets Hayley and Jayley Woo, and MediaCorp artiste James Seah. Indie singer Aman Wadhwa and his band, Sons of Ben, will also be entertaining the crowd. NTU’s homegrown talents, including District XII, Harmonix and Astronauts will perform earlier in the afternoon.
Carnival full of treats and attractions
The carnival booths run by NTU students and vendors will feature a wide range of cuisines, games and fun activities for the whole family.
NTU Fest sponsors – FRANK by OCBC and Great Eastern – will also have booths at the NTU Fest carnival.
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Mr Feisal Abdul Rahman
Senior Assistant Director
Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Tel: (65) 6790 6687
About Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It also has a medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.
NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).
Ranked 11th in the world, NTU has also been ranked the world’s top young university for the last three years running. The University’s main campus has been named one of the Top 15 Most Beautiful in the World. NTU also has a campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.