NTU honours 23 alumni

NTU honours 23 alumni

From a president's son and a Singapore minister to movers and shakers in business and television, outstanding alumni of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) were honoured by their alma mater.

At its annual Alumni Night, the university gave out awards to 23 former students who have excelled in their respective fields.

Receiving the highest accolade - the Distinguished Alumni Award - was Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs Masagos Zulkifli and Dr Wong Meng Voon, a Chinese author and Cultural Medallion winner.

"It was in NTU where I learnt how to build a social organisation from scratch and the effort needed to gel people with diverse interests," said Mr Masagos, who studied engineering.

Other award recipients included Taiwanese-born television host Lee Teng, winner of the Best Info-ed Programme Host at MediaCorp's Star Awards last year, and Chinese business leader Thomas Chua, chairman and managing director of printing and packaging firm Teckwah Industrial.

Major Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, the son of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who graduated in 2006 with a master's from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, received the Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

Over the last 57 years, nearly 180,000 students have graduated from NTU. Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong, the event's guest of honour, said the university's achievements were made possible by its continued focus on quality research and teaching. He highlighted an initiative where students are provided with online materials beforehand, so they can delve deeper into the subject during class.

"More importantly, it encourages students to develop inquisitiveness and to actively engage in learning," said Mr Wong, who is also Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information. 

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