The Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI) at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) is celebrating its 25th anniversary today with an alumni reunion to mark the successes of its over 6,000-strong alumni and recognise the contributions of its donors and industry partners.
At the event at the National Gallery’s Supreme Court Terrace, the WKWSCI Impact and WKWSCI Emerging Star awards will be launched to recognise the achievements of its alumni.
In addition, the school’s first Alumni Advisory Board will be unveiled, comprising professionals in various fields, from news and the creative sector to healthcare and technology.
Established in 1992, the school has grown in stature to rank among Asia’s top communication and media schools today, and the world’s top 14 according to Quacquarelli Symonds.
Singapore's only full-fledged communication school, it offers an undergraduate programme in communication studies covering journalism, broadcasting, public relations, advertising and communication research, in addition to graduate programmes in communication studies, information studies and systems as well as knowledge management.
Professor Charles Thomas Salmon, Chair of WKWSCI, said, “The media landscape is ever-evolving, and as we stand at the crossroads of communication and technology, WKWSCI has kept up with the times with an exemplary programme to provide an unrivalled learning environment. Just as we celebrate the success of our school and alumni tonight, we also appreciate donors and industry partners whose continuous support has enabled our alumni to reach the heights they have achieved.”
WKWSCI communicators in various fields commended
In honour of alumni who have made a distinct positive impact in their professional fields or for a social cause, the school is presenting its inaugural WKWSCI Impact Awards to Tiffany Ang and Clarence Au.
Tiffany Ang, a producer with the Al Jazeera Media Network who graduated in 2007, has received numerous accolades including English Broadcast Grand Prize at the 2016 Human Rights Press Awards for her investigative journalism work.
On receiving the WKWSCI Impact Award, Ms Ang said, “I'm grateful that my work is recognised for this award. It comes at a time when strong, impactful journalism is under threat – from shrinking newsrooms to 'fake news' sources and algorithm-driven news feeds. The school’s GO-FAR (Going Overseas For Advanced Reporting) course set me on the path to becoming a journalist and gave me an opportunity to tell stories that made a difference.”
Clarence Au, from the Class of 2001, is currently a Special Assistant in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), providing strategic counsel and support on projects. He also serves as a spokesperson, as well as formulates and recommends strategies to communicate policies and announcements.
Additionally, the WKWSCI Emerging Star Awards, which recognise the meritorious achievements of alumni in the early stages of their career, is presented to Chiang Wei Liang and Nur Syahidah Alim.
A budding filmmaker, Chiang Wei Liang graduated from WKWSCI in 2012 and has since received multiple awards at film festivals across the world – Berlin, Singapore and Taipei – for “Anchorage Prohibited”, a 17-minute documentary about the harsh realities of migrants in Taiwan.
The other WKWSCI Emerging Star – Nur Syahidah Alim – is well-known for defending her gold medal at the ASEAN Para Games 2017. Singapore’s top para-archer, her passion for sports goes beyond the physical practice, extending to her work in the Corporate Strategy department at Sport Singapore. She pursued a Master of Science degree in Knowledge Management at WKWSCI, which she attained in 2013.
Commenting on the School’s award and impact on her life, Ms Syahidah said, "I'm proud and honoured to be receiving this award. I believe that this will inspire more persons with disabilities to pursue their passion and create a positive impact on society.
“It was during my time at WKWSCI that I truly learned to lead an independent life – from living at the Graduate Hall for two years, to organising Knowledge Management networking events, and leading my own research work. Besides enabling me to learn through discovery and the art of strategic communications, WKWSCI has instilled in me the values that made me a stronger person, a skilled archer and an advocate for the vulnerable."
First WKWSCI Alumni Advisory Board installed
The dinner will see WKWSCI introduce its first alumni advisory board, comprising graduates who represent the creative, government, news, public healthcare and technology sectors. Presenting knowledge from diverse experiences, these individuals will work closely with the school management to shape its programmes and curriculum.
The nine members of the WKWSCI Alumni Advisory Board are:
• Wong Voal Voal, Managing Partner, IN.FOM (Class of 1997)
• Chua Chin Hon, Supervising Editor, TODAY (Class of 1998)
• Angeline Poh, Assistant Chief Executive (Industry Development), Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore (Class of 1999)
• Eugene Wee, Editor, The New Paper (Class of 1999)
• Joanne Yap, Group Chief Operating Officer, Jurong Health Services (Class of 2002)
• Linda Lee, Head of Communications, Southeast Asia and North Asia, LinkedIn (Class of 2004)
• Adrian Yeap, Creative Director, Saatchi & Saatchi (Class of 2007)
• Sam Kang Li, Co-founder & Director, Little Red Ants Creative Studio (Class of 2009)
• Sarah Thiam, Events Lead, Central Marketing Operations, APAC, Microsoft (Class of 2015)
WKWSCI partners recognised
The WKWSCI 25th anniversary event also brings together key donors and industry partners, whose support – in the form of scholarships, funds and internship programmes – has enabled deserving students to realise their dreams and gain exposure through overseas practicums, as well as jump-started WKWSCI students’ careers.
Professor Charles Salmon said, “As WKWSCI looks to the next 25 years, we envision a highly competitive and radically different landscape for the communication and information industries. To effectively groom leaders of various communication field, like-minded partners will be key, as we design innovative and challenging new academic programmes and opportunities.”
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Mr Feisal Abdul Rahman
Senior Assistant Director (Media Relations)
Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
About Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,500 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 four 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.
About the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
Established in 1992, WKWSCI is the only school in Singapore that offers a comprehensive and full-fledged curriculum in Communication Studies, producing graduates with a strong balance of traditional and new media skills.
To nurture trailblazers and innovators for the media industry and information services in Singapore and the region, WKWSCI’s curriculum blends theory with practice that develops independent, creative and critical thinkers.
Ranked amongst Asia’s top communication and media schools, the school focuses on research that generates empirical and humanistic analyses of communication topics and policy issues important to Singapore and the region, and WKWSCI faculty members publish their research and showcase their creative works in international journals and forums.
WKWSCI also establishes and maintains an international network of educators, researchers, and info-comm professionals through collaborative projects, conferences and other exchanges.