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Table of Contents

2 President’s Message

4 Director’s Message

8 AlumSTATS 2019

15 Connecting Through...

42 2019 A Year in Reflection

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President’s Message Dear fellow alumni and friends, Looking back at 2019, I am heartened by the strong support and proud of the achievements of our alumni in Singapore’s Bicentennial Year. 21 outstanding alumni from diverse backgrounds were honoured at the biennial NUS Alumni Awards, which recognise alumni who have excelled locally or internationally, as well as made significant contributions to the University and society. Their dedication to achieve excellence in their chosen professions and contribute to society truly embody the NUS values of innovation, resilience, excellence, respect and integrity. NUS has a strong tradition of service and one of the alumni-led initiatives is the NUS Day of Service that takes place every first Saturday of September. On this day, the entire NUS family comes together and work alongside one another to help those less fortunate among us as well as to care for our environment. Now in its fourth year, the event continued to garner increased support from our alumni, students and staff who championed or volunteered across a diverse range of meaningful community services. Singapore’s first net-zero energy building, SDE4, is located in NUS School of Design and Environment (SDE) and alumni and their family had the opportunity to learn about the building’s architecture and features on a guided tour during NUS Alumni Weekends. This series of events is part of the NUS Office of Alumni Relations’ efforts to help alumni stay connected to your alma mater and to complement the University’s drive for lifelong learning. In today’s volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world, we need to continually reskill and upskill to stay competitive and to thrive. In academic year 2019/20, the number of alumni who enrolled in courses in the first semester nearly tripled the initial enrolment across two semesters in 2018. I am encouraged by our alumni’s active pursuit of lifelong learning and hope that even more of you will embark on this fruitful journey to better yourselves and make even greater contributions to our society, nation and beyond. Last but definitely not least, I am thankful to our alumni leaders and volunteers who selflessly share their precious time and invaluable experience with the University. The concerted efforts and steadfast support of the NUS community have steered us to where we are today. I am confident that together, we can continue to thrive as #OneNUS! Professor Tan Eng Chye Science ’85, NUS President

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I am encouraged by our alumni’s active pursuit of lifelong learning and hope that even more of you will embark on this fruitful journey to better yourselves and make even greater contributions to our society, nation and beyond.

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Director’s Message Dear fellow alumni and friends, 2019 has been a busy, exciting and fulfilling year for the NUS Office of Alumni Relations (OAR). U@live: Lifting Thought Leadership series was re-launched after a year’s hiatus, with a new format that features prominent panellists to spark discussion and generate revolutionary ideas to address issues that are significant to Singapore and beyond. We were honoured to have Minister for Education Mr Ong Ye Kung for the inaugural session on “Education - Still a Social Leveller?” and Senior Minister of State for Law and Health Mr Edwin Tong (Law ‘94) for the second session titled “Islamophobia – Do Two Wrongs Make a Right?”. Both sessions received strong support and enthusiastic response from our alumni and students, as well as students from other institutes of higher learning, who participated in the essay competition and voiced their views on the respective topics. The 51st UM-NUS Inter-University Tunku Chancellor Golf Tournament is a testament to the strong and longstanding ties between NUS and the University of Malaya. I am honoured to be appointed as Golf Captain and proud of Team NUS for bringing back the trophy at this year’s tournament. Well done, Team NUS! OAR continues to engage and provide meaningful platforms for our alumni to stay connected with our alma mater and one another. New events and initiatives – Seeds of Good @ NUS, NUS Alumni Weekends, Philippine Film Festival, and NUS Alumni Travel Programme – were introduced to meet the diverse needs and interests of our large alumni family of 311,600. Flagship events such as Bukit Timah Homecoming, Kent Ridge Alumni Family Day, NUS Day of Service, and the various film festivals, networking events and lifelong learning programmes continue to be well received and supported by our alumni. At every alumni event, I enjoy meeting each and every one of you and am encouraged by the enthusiastic participation by fellow alumni who value their bond with the University and the friendships they have forged on campus. Alumni constitutes the largest group in the NUS family, and I look forward to your continued support in our efforts to nurture mutually beneficial and lifelong relationships with you so that you may join us in achieving NUS’ aspirations. Mr Bernard Toh Architecture ’84, Director, NUS Alumni Relations

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I look forward to your continued support in our efforts to nurture mutually beneficial and lifelong relationships with you so that you may join us in achieving NUS’ aspirations.

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NUS Alumni Advisory Board The NUS Alumni Advisory Board (AAB) provides strategic guidance and counsel on all alumni-related matters, including collaborating with NUS senior management to build and enhance relationships with alumni and friends of the University. Seated: (Centre) AAB Co-Chairman Mr Johnny Tan (Science ‘82) with NUS President and AAB Chairman Professor Tan Eng Chye (Science ‘85). (Left): Ms Janet Ang (Business ‘82). (Right): Mr Edward D’Silva (Architecture ‘75).

Not in photo:

Dr Intan Azura Mokhtar (Science ’98) Standing (from left): Mr Benjamin Tan (Business ’00); Mr Eddie Lee (Law ’81); NUS Alumni Relations Director Mr Bernard Toh (Architecture ’84); Mr Jeremy Ee (Engineering ’05); Mr Viswa Sadasivan (Arts and Social Sciences ’83); and Dr James Geng (Public Policy ’11). Mr Seah Cheng San (Engineering ‘82)

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NUS Alumni Student Advancement Committee The NUS Alumni Student Advancement Committee (ASAC) was established by the NUS Alumni Advisory Board to spearhead the NUS Alumni Bursary Fund Campaign. The Committee is led by NUS alumni to nurture alumni-led initiatives to raise funds to support bursaries for deserving NUS students. Since its inception in 2013, the Committee has raised a total of $21,092,470 (as at 31 January 2020). Front row (from left): Mr Yeo Keng Joon (MBA ‘85) and ASAC Chairman Mr Seah Cheng San (Engineering ‘82). Back row (from left) Mr Wong Jin Kok (Engineering ‘85); NUS Alumni Relations Director Mr Bernard Toh (Architecture ’84), Mr Soh Yi Da (Arts and Social Sciences ’14); and Mr Chua Hung Meng (Business ‘81).

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AlumSTATS 2019

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Population and Demographics

Alumni Population: 2017

288,600

311,600 2018

300,000

2019

311,600

Demographics by Age Above 81 71-80

Age

61-70 51-60

4,396 10,038 22,647 45,701 71,177

41-50

95,501

31-40

64,758

30 and Below

Number of Alumni

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Correct as at January 2020.

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Distribution by Faculty

Duke-NUS Medical School

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Faculty of Dentistry

Faculty of Engineering

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Science

476

60,170

2,395

63,294

11,667

47,673

Institute of Systems Science

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Multi Disciplinary Programme

NUS Business School

NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering

5,832

3,095

808

38,386

888

Risk Management Institute

Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health

School of Computing

School of Design and Environment

Singapore–MIT Alliance

Temasek Defence Systems Institute

1,055

374

15,971

16,027

796

765

The Logistics Institute – Asia Pacific

Yale-NUS College

Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine

Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music

205

454

17,802

618

Others*

33,216

*Includes graduates from Nanyang University, exchange and post-graduate programmes etc.

Correct as at February 2020.

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Events nus.edu.sg/alumnet/events

80

Local Events

23

Overseas Events

97

16,763

Event Days

Attendees

(Local & Overseas)

New Events

Signature Events

May and November March and October

1st Saturday of July

June

3rd Saturday of August

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1st Saturday of September

November

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Facilities nus.edu.sg/alumnet/alumnihouse

543

bookings

Food and Beverage Outlets • The University Club by Privé Grill • Reedz Café Complimentary Amenities • Hot-desking spaces • Usage of computers • Meeting and activity rooms • Usage of massage equipment • Newspapers and magazines

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45,745 visitors

Venues Available for Hire nus.edu.sg/alumnet/alumnihouse/venue

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298-seater Auditorium Benefactors’ Foyer Concourse 5 seminar rooms 1 boardroom

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Communications nus.edu.sg/alumnet/publications

Quarterly Magazine - The AlumNUS

The AlumNUS won the APEX 2019 Award of Excellence - Magazine, Journals & Tabloids (Design and Layout) and Magazine, Journals & Tabloids (Print).

nus.edu.sg/alumnet/thealumnus

Average circulation:

44,027

print magazines

128,176

AlumNET nus.edu.sg/alumnet

e-magazines

Update particulars and subscription preferences at alumnet-login.nus.edu.sg

Monthly e-Newsletter AlumNEWS

Social Media and Network nusoar

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nus_alumni

nusalumni

+65 8698 5131

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Benefits and Privileges The Digital AlumNUS Card nus.edu.sg/alumnet/alumnuscard

The digital AlumNUS Card launched in 2019 replaces the physical card and is available to all NUS alumni. Alumni may download the NUS Card app from Google Play or the App Store to enjoy a host of benefits and privileges on campus, island-wide and online.

82 AlumNUS Card Merchants

Categories • Beauty and Wellness • Education and Self-enrichment • Fashion and Retail • Food and Beverage • Healthcare

• Home and Living • Lifestyle • Privileges on Campus • Sports and Outdoors • Travel and Accommodation

Awards and Bursaries nus.edu.sg/alumnet/awards_bursaries

The NUS Alumni Credit Cards allow alumni to give back to the University and support their juniors with no hassle. Each time alumni use their NUS Alumni Credit Cards, the banks – DBS and Standard Chartered – will make a contribution to support students through awards and bursaries.

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Supported 53 students, through:

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NUS Alumni Bursary Awards at $2,250 each

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NUS Alumni Student Exchange Awards at $2,500 each

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NUS Alumni Overseas Colleges Awards: 11 at $1,000 each, 6 at $500 each

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...Recognition

NUS Alumni Awards November 27 nus.edu.sg/alumnet/alumniawards

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21 outstanding alumni from diverse backgrounds were honoured at the NUS Alumni Awards 2019. The biennial NUS Alumni Awards was established on the occasion of NUS’ Centennial Celebrations in 2005 to honour alumni who have distinguished themselves through significant and impactful contributions to their alma mater, society and the world. NUS OAR ANNUAL REPORT 2019


EMINENT ALUMNI AWARD Dr Chan Sek Keong, Law ‘61

Ms Guan Dian, Computing ‘10 Co-Founder and Vice-President, PatSnap

Former Chief Justice and Pro-Chancellor of NUS

Dr Li Jingmei, Science + USP ‘06 Mr Ngiam Tong Dow, Arts ‘59

Breast Cancer Researcher

Former top civil servant and former Pro-Chancellor of NUS

Dr Mustafa Izzuddin, Arts and Social Sciences + USP ‘05 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI SERVICE AWARD Mr Herman Ronald Hochstadt, Arts ‘58 Former senior civil servant

Research Fellow, NUS Institute of South Asian Studies

Mr Muhammad Shamir Bin Abdul Rahim, Science + USP ‘08 Founder and CEO, VersaFleet

Ms Indranee Thurai Rajah, Law ‘86 Minister, Prime Minister’s Office; Second Minister for Finance and Education

Professor Liew Mun Leong, Engineering ‘70 Chairman, Changi Airport Group and Surbana Jurong Private Limited

Emeritus Professor Lim Chong Yah, Arts ‘55

Ms Selly Amalina Muzammil, Arts and Social Sciences ‘09 Regional Government Partnerships Officer, United Nations World Food Programme

Mr Soh Yi Da, Arts and Social Sciences + USP ‘14 NUS Alumni Student Advancement Committee Member and Assistant Vice-President of Investor Relations, UOB

Economist and Academic

Ms Kirsten Tan, Arts and Social Sciences ‘04 Emeritus Professor Edwin Thumboo, Arts ‘57 ‘70

Film Director

Poet, Scholar and Academic Leader

Mr Veerappan Swaminathan, Engineering + USP ‘11 Mrs Ann Wee, Affiliate Alumnus ‘19 Former Head of Social Work Department, NUS

OUTSTANDING YOUNG ALUMNI AWARD Mr Jeremy Ee Jian Wen, Engineering ‘05 NUS Alumni Advisory Board Member and NUS Day of Service Chairperson

Founder, Sustainable Living Lab

TEAM AWARD Mr David Pong, Business ‘14 Mr Lim Chong Tee, Engineering ‘16 Mr Vincent Loka, Engineering ‘15 Co-founders, WateROAM

Ms Goh Yiping, Design and Environment ‘05 Partner, Quest Ventures

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*USP: University Scholars Programme

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...Thought Leadership

Education - Still a Social Leveller? March 27 Panellists:

U@live

Mr Ong Ye Kung

The revamped U@live features a panel of subject matter experts who are able to contribute diverse views and perspectives on a particular topic of global significance, as well as an essay competition that is open to all students of institutes of higher learning in Singapore, and alumni of NUS. The student winner of the essay competition will form part of the panel.

Mr Andreas Schleicher

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Minister for Education, Singapore Director for Education & Skills, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Professor Tan Tai Yong (Arts and Social Sciences ‘86) President, Yale-NUS College

Mr Ng Qi Siang Student, National University of Singapore

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Islamophobia - Do Two Wrongs Make a Right? October 30 Panellists: Mr Edwin Tong (Law ‘94) Senior Minister of State for Law and Health

Associate Professor Maznah Mohamad Head, NUS Department of Malay Studies

Ms Farah Pandith Former US Government’s Special Representative to Muslim Communities

Ms Victoria Birrell Student, Singapore Management University

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Committee Chairperson: Mr Viswa Sadasivan (Arts and Social Sciences ‘83)

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...Service

NUS President Professor Tan Eng Chye (Science ‘85) with volunteers collecting ‘ugly’ but still good-to-consume vegetables and fruits at Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre for distribution to needy families and charitable organisations.

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NUS Day of Service September 7

Seeds of Good @ NUS March 20

The fourth NUS Day of Service saw the highest number of volunteers comprising alumni, students, staff and family members working together for the common purpose of helping those less fortunate and doing our part for the environment. This meaningful event reinforces the University’s strong tradition of service and giving back.

Jointly launched by NUS Student Affairs and NUS Alumni Relations, this new community development learning programme seeks to empower and inspire NUS students and alumni to collaborate with the community, social service organisations and corporations to promote social causes or address issues faced by communities both within NUS and beyond.

nus.edu.sg/alumnet/DOS Committee Chairperson: Mr Jeremy Ee (Engineering ‘05)

2019

2018

2017

2016

Beneficiaries

5,500

6,130

5,000

4,500

Volunteers

2,411

2,050

2,000

1,400

Activities

54

57

42

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Students helping to clean homes, courtyards and gardens at Kampung Durian on Pulau Ubin.

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The launch featured various inspiring elements such as exhibitions, film screenings and a panel discussion.

NUS Board of Trustees Chairman Mr Hsieh Fu Hua (Business ‘74) addressing students, staff and alumni at the launch.

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...Lifelong Learning

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NUS Alumni Weekends A new event series supported by NUS Departments, Faculties and Schools that aims to reach out to alumni who have lost touch with the University and help them keep abreast of the latest campus happenings and developments; as well as acquaint alumni with opportunities to reskill and upskill through NUS’ enrichment workshops. May 4 @ The Terrace canteen and Shaw Foundation Alumni House November 2 @ NUS SDE4 - Singapore’s first new-build net-zero energy building

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1. Alumni on a guided tour of SDE4. 2. “Next please!” – The famous words of Mr Edward at the Western food stall. Equally famous is his amazing memory for taking a long string of orders! 3. Children of all ages had fun learning to play musical instruments at the “musical petting zoo”. 4. Business alumni Ms Jocelyn Chng (’12) (left) and Ms Noor Quek (’72) (centre) shared their stories on career transitions, with Mr Alvin Low Mingzhong from the Centre for Future-ready Graduates as moderator. 5. Session on ‘Navigating Through Fake News in Everyday Life’ by NUS Libraries. 6. Attendees checking out the autonomous wheelchair by NUS Engineering. 7. Sharing/Engagement Sessions jointly conducted by the Building and Construction Authority, Land Transport Authority and Urban Redevelopment Authority. NUS OAR ANNUAL REPORT 2019

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...Lifelong Learning

Tech Talk The Fourth Industrial Revolution is characterised by the role technologies play in blurring the lines between physical, digital and biological spheres. The series explores emerging technology breakthroughs and how it could impact or disrupt our lives. February 20 – For the Love of RobotsTM Ms Janneke Ritchie

August 21 – Creating Machines That Can See Dr Tian Jing

Founder and CEO, Orange Gate

Lecturer & Consultant, Artificial Intelligence Practice, Institute of Systems Science, NUS

May 22 – How Conversational AI Transforms the Way We Work Mr Wong Hong Ting (Science ‘10) Founder and Director, Botbot.AI

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November 20 – 5G Development & Use Case Mr Justin Saw Solution Architect, Wireless Network, Huawei Singapore

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SkillsFuture Advice Workshop Launched in partnership with NUS School of Continuing and Lifelong Education (SCALE) and SkillsFuture Engage Office, this series of workshops aims to help alumni learn how they can reskill and upskill to stay ahead in the workplace through the NUS Lifelong Learners (L3) programme and SkillsFuture initiatives. January 15 – Industry 4.0: Historical Overview & Current Trends Associate Professor Goh Puay Guan, NUS School of Continuing and Lifelong Education (SCALE) and Department of Analytics & Operations, NUS Business School

April 16 – Applying Data Analytics to Human Resource Management Mr David Hufton, Adjunct Lecturer, Institute of Systems Science, NUS

July 16 – SkillsFuture for Businesses Ms Adeline Ang, Principal Manager, Enterprise Engagement Office Ms Sumadi R Sivasamy, Associate Facilitator, SkillsFuture Advice

NUS Lifelong Learners (L3) scale.nus.edu.sg/programmes/lifelong-learning/alumni

Administered by the School of Continuing and Lifelong Education (SCALE), NUS L3 seeks to equip NUS alumni with the latest knowledge and skills demanded in today’s digital workplace. Eligibility All graduates who have completed their degree at NUS are automatically eligible. Wide Array of Relevant Courses NUS L3 programme offers a comprehensive, curated catalogue of skills-based, industry-relevant courses necessary for upskilling or reskilling, to stay competitive in today’s digital age.

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...Lifelong Learning

Breakfast / Lunch Dialogues This casual and interactive talk series, co-organised with NUS Society, is designed to engage younger NUS alumni professionals in executive and middle management positions. The series creates a platform for the exchange of ideas, led by alumni who are experts in their respective fields and industries. January 25 Mr Martino Tan (Public Policy ‘09), Deputy Managing Director and Managing Editor, Mothership.sg Insights into the Singapore New Media: Developing the Mothership.sg Sensibility in the Era of Fake News April 26 Dr Jade Kua (Medicine ‘03), Consultant, Department of Emergency Medicine, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital How to Cope Thrive July 26 Mrs Bernadette Giam (Arts and Social Sciences ‘09), Director of Corporate Affairs and Human Resources, Creative Eateries The Only Constant is Change – From a Corporate Career to Entrepreneurship October 25 Ms Glenda Chong (Arts and Social Sciences ‘07), News Anchor/Executive Editor, CNA, Mediacorp Pte Ltd Mr Steven Chia, Member of the NUS Communications & New Media Industry Advisory Council, Presenter/Senior Editor, CNA, Mediacorp Pte Ltd Media Disrupted!

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...Arts and Culture Movies On The House Boasting state-of-the-art audio visual equipment, Movies On The House offers alumni as well as other members of the NUS community the opportunity to catch up on movies with friends and family on campus. More than 1,600 alumni, staff, students and guests enjoyed these complimentary blockbusters and family favourites: January Johnny English Strikes Again March Mission: Impossible – Fallout April Bohemian Rhapsody May Aquaman

June Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse July Creed II September Shazam! November Alita: Battle Angel

Aquaman - ©2018 Warner Bros. Ent. All Rights Reserved. ™ & © DC Comics Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - ©2019 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved. MARVEL and all related character names: © & ™ 2019 MARVEL Alita: Battle Angel - ©2019 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

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...Arts and Culture Film Festivals The inaugural Philippine Film Festival joined the popular Indian, China and Mexican Film Festivals this year to bring acclaimed films showcasing the respective countries’ cultures to alumni and friends at Shaw Foundation Alumni House. The director of Mr and Mrs Cruz, Ms Sigrid Andrea Bernardo attended the opening night of the Philippine Film Festival and shared with the audience her inspiration and journey making the film.

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Feature Films Indian Film Festival March 12, 13, 14, 15 Films screened: Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi Naal Raazi Anandi Gopal Mexican Film Festival June 4, 10, 11, 12 Films screened: Museum Eddie Reynolds and the Iron Angels Tigers Are Not Afraid Single and Fabulous in Her Thirties

Feature Films presents quality Singaporean films, infused with a familiar local flavour and telling a uniquely Singapore story. NUS alumni Janice Koh and Desmond Tan each specially recorded a video greeting that was screened before the film. They shared their experiences in making the film and gave advice to aspiring actors. February 28 Crazy Rich Asians Actress: Ms Janice Koh (Arts and Social Sciences ’96) August 29 The Big Day Actor: Mr Desmond Tan (Design and Environment ’11)

China Film Festival October 23, 24, 25, 31 Films screened: Shadow The Wandering Earth How Long Will I Love You The Captain Philippine Film Festival November 12, 13, 14, 15 Films screened: Mr and Mrs Cruz Seven Sundays Bakwit Boys Siargao

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...Arts and Culture

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NUS Alumni Travel Programme June 8 to 12 Memories of mystical Myanmar – The inaugural NUS Alumni Travel Programme brought alumni and friends on an enjoyable and educational trip to ‘The Golden Land’, and provided the opportunity for them to connect with fellow alumni residing in Myanmar.

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1. Group photo at Shwedagon Pagoda. 2. Bagan, an ancient city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 3. Htilominlo Temple. 4. Reclining Buddha at Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda. 5. Mount Popa, an extinct volcano over 1,500m above sea level.

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...Networking

President’s Dialogue Lunch President’s Dialogue Lunch enables interactions between alumni from different faculties and schools and the NUS President on a more personal and deeper level, with an objective to foster closer ties between alumni and alma mater. January 17 February 13 March 22 April 25 May 29 July 23 July 25

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College of Alice & Peter Tan Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine School of Computing Institute of Systems Science School of Design and Environment Duke-NUS Medical School Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies

August 22 September 19 October 29 November 29 December 5

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering Tembusu College University Scholars Programme Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music

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Thirsty Thursdays This popular social event for young alumni provides networking opportunities for them to meet and hear from guest speakers who share their professional experiences, as well as lifelong learning journeys and career progressions. March 7 | Sabai Sabai Guest Speaker: Associate Professor Titima Suthiawan Director, NUS Centre for Language Studies

June 6 | Taste of Taiwan Guest Performer: Mr Alexander Yuen (Arts and Social Sciences ’12) iPad Magician and Creative Consultant, Meta Illusions

September 5 | Speakeasy Night Guest Speaker: Ms Tan Shui-Min (Computing ’91) Director (Applications), NUS IT

December 5 | Networking with the Stars Guest Speakers: Mr Steven Chia Member of the NUS Communications & New Media Industry Advisory Council; Presenter/Senior Editor, CNA, Mediacorp Pte Ltd

Ms Chang Hong (Music ’07) Co-founder of Hitmaker Global Academy

Bunz (Mr Bao Ercong) (Arts and Social Sciences ’14) Actor, Singer and Music Producer, Sentang Entertainment

Yokez (Ms Yap Yoke Ling) (Arts and Social Sciences ’17) Singer-songwriter

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...Sports and Wellness

51st UM-NUS Inter-University Tunku Chancellor Golf Tournament April 23 to 24 NUS and the University of Malaya (UM) reaffirmed our close and longstanding ties at the 51st edition of this golf tournament. An official dinner reception was held at the Istana, hosted by President of the Republic of Singapore and NUS Chancellor Madam Halimah Yacob (Law ’78), and graced by UM Chancellor His Royal Highness Sultan Dr Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah, the Sultan of the State of Perak. About 100 golfers from both universities participated in the tournament, with Team NUS emerging as the winner.

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NUS Golf Captain & Alumni Relations Director: Mr Bernard Toh (Architecture ‘84)

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28th NUS Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament October 10 142 alumni and friends participated in this annual tournament organised in collaboration with NUS Society, and spent an afternoon pitting their skills against one another on the golf course then celebrating their wins at the Prize Presentation Dinner.

Health and Wellness This talk series by medical specialists aims to help alumni better understand common medical conditions, unravel medical jargon and debunk myths behind seemingly complicated diseases. March 22

Heart Conditions and Their Treatments Dr William Kristanto (Medicine ‘10)

June 22

Demystifying Childhood Fevers – When to See a Doctor? Dr Christelle Tan (Medicine ‘10)

September 22

Functional Mobility and Enabling Techniques Associate Professor Wilson Wang

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...Homecomings

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Bukit Timah Homecoming July 6 Alumni who studied at the NUS Bukit Timah Campus returned for ‘A Garden Party’ organised by NUS Alumni Relations, and co-hosted by NUS Law and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY School). Activities held before the garden party included a campus tour and panel discussion by NUS Law and LKY School on De-Globalisation, Global Governance and Singapore. The Homecoming also celebrated the 90th anniversaries of NUS Arts and Social Sciences and NUS Science, the 50th anniversary of NUS Design and Environment and the Class of 1969, as well as the 15th anniversary of the LKY School.

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...Homecomings

Kent Ridge Alumni Family Day August 17 More than 4,000 alumni, students, staff and their families and friends turned out for NUS’ biggest annual homecoming event themed ‘Fiesta on the Green’. In addition to reconnecting with fellow alumni and their alma mater, alumni also enjoyed a host of activities and performances. Highlights: • A Futuristic X-perience • Alumni Networking Booths • Bicentennial Food Challenge • Movie-on-the-Green

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• Objects of Our Memory and Heritage • Performances by Alumni and Student Groups • Picnic-on-the-Green • Student Life Fair

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...Appreciation

Chinese New Year Appreciation Dinner February 12 An annual appreciation dinner hosted by NUS President and NUS Alumni Relations to thank alumni leaders, volunteers, partners, colleagues and students for their support and contributions towards the University’s efforts to engage alumni.

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NUS’ Celebration of Love and Appreciation Dinner February 21 The dinner event was organised by NUS Alumni Relations, NUS Development Office and NUS Campus Couples Alumni, to celebrate love on campus and appreciate alumni donors and friends of the University who have raised over $374,000 for undergraduate bursaries.

NUS Alumni Complex Year-end Party December 13 Occupants of NUS Alumni Complex – NUS Alumni Relations, Development Office, Global Relations Office, Institute of Systems Science and NUS Society – had a ‘White Christmas’ party with fellow colleagues from other NUS departments. It was a meaningful opportunity for colleagues to celebrate a fruitful and productive year!

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2019 A Year in Reflection

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JANUARY

JULY

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SkillsFuture Advice Workshop: Industry 4.0: Historical Overview & Current Trends President’s Dialogue Lunch: College of Alice & Peter Tan Breakfast Dialogues: Insights into the Singapore New Media: Developing the Mothership.sg Sensibility in the Era of Fake News by Mr Martino Tan (Public Policy ‘09) Movies On The House: Johnny English Strikes Again

Bukit Timah Homecoming: A Garden Party SkillsFuture Advice Workshop: SkillsFuture for Businesses President’s Dialogue Lunch: Duke-NUS Medical School President’s Dialogue Lunch: Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies Movies On The House: Creed II Breakfast Dialogues: The Only Constant is Change – From a Corporate Career to Entrepreneurship by Mrs Bernadette Giam (Arts and Social Sciences ‘09)

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Chinese New Year Appreciation Dinner President’s Dialogue Lunch: Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine Tech Talk: For the Love of RobotsTM NUS’ Celebration of Love and Appreciation Dinner Feature Films: Crazy Rich Asians

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Kent Ridge Alumni Family Day: Fiesta on the Green Tech Talk: Creating Machines That Can See President’s Dialogue Lunch: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Feature Films: The Big Day

SEPTEMBER Thirsty Thursdays: Sabai Sabai Indian Film Festival Seeds of Good @ NUS President’s Dialogue Lunch: School of Computing Health & Wellness: Heart Conditions and Their Treatments U@live: Education - Still a Social Leveller? Movies On The House: Mission: Impossible - Fallout Class Ambassadors’ Investiture

APRIL 16

SkillsFuture Advice Workshop: Applying Data Analytics to Human Resource Management 23-24 51st UM-NUS Inter-University Tunku Chancellor Golf Tournament 25 President’s Dialogue Lunch: Institute of Systems Science 25 Movies On The House: Bohemian Rhapsody 26 Lunch Dialogues: How to Cope Thrive by Dr Jade Kua (Medicine ‘03)

MAY 4 22 29 30

AUGUST

NUS Alumni Weekends Tech Talk: How Conversational AI Transforms the Way We Work President’s Dialogue Lunch: School of Design and Environment Movies On The House: Aquaman

5 7 19 20 26

Thirsty Thursdays: Speakeasy Night NUS Day of Service President’s Dialogue Lunch: NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering Health & Wellness: Functional Mobility and Enabling Techniques Movies On The House: Shazam!

OCTOBER 10 28th NUS Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament 23-25, 31 China Film Festival 25 Lunch Dialogues: Media Disrupted! by Ms Glenda Chong (Arts and Social Sciences ‘07) and Mr Steven Chia 29 President’s Dialogue Lunch: Tembusu College 30 U@live: Islamophobia - Do Two Wrongs Make a Right?

NOVEMBER 2 12-15 20 27 28 29

NUS Alumni Weekends Philippine Film Festival Tech Talk: 5G Development & Use Case NUS Alumni Awards Movies On The House: Alita: Battle Angel President’s Dialogue Lunch: University Scholars Programme

DECEMBER JUNE 6 8-12 4, 10-12 21 27

Thirsty Thursdays: Taste of Taiwan NUS Alumni Travel Programme: Mystical Myanmar Mexican Film Festival Health & Wellness: Demystifying Childhood Fevers – When to See a Doctor? Movies On The House: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

5 5 13

President’s Dialogue Lunch: Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music Thirsty Thursdays: Networking with the Stars NUS Alumni Complex Year-end Party: White Christmas

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Alumni Pillars

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NUS Alumni Groups nus.edu.sg/alumnet/community

76

Alumni Groups

41

Faculty-, School-, Department-based groups

29

Interest-based groups

6

Hall-based groups

1 New Alumni Group NUS Alumni Indian Ensemble

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NUS Alumni Overseas Engagement nus.edu.sg/alumnet/community

Visits by NUS Alumni Relations Director to overseas alumni... February: Manila April: Sydney May: Beijing, Xiamen, San Francisco June: Toronto, Vancouver August: Manila October: London November: Melbourne, Perth

19 Overseas Chapters

1 Global Ambassador

Formalised committees with Chairpersons approved by NUS President and appointed by Alumni Relations Director

Well-connected individuals keen to reconnect with NUS and fellow alumni

Australia Melbourne Perth Sydney

Canada Toronto Vancouver

China Beijing Chengdu Hong Kong

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Shanghai Xiamen

New Zealand

Myanmar

Auckland

Yangon

India

The Philippines

New Delhi

Indonesia Jakarta

Japan Tokyo

Malaysia Kuching

Manila

United Kingdom London

1 Alumni Circle Formalised committees endorsed and appointed by Alumni Relations Director

Vietnam

United States of America Boston San Francisco

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Students nus.edu.sg/alumnet/class-ambassadors

Class Ambassadors Class Ambassadors are people-magnets who have the ability to build good rapport with others, and have demonstrated the desire to contribute back to the University. They help to ensure that their cohort continue to keep and even strengthen their ties with their Faculty, School, Hall or Residential College and alma mater after graduation. 165 new Class Ambassadors were appointed from the Class of 2019, and their appointments were formally conferred at the Class Ambassadors Investiture held on 29 March.

New Alumni Commencement

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NUS Students’ Union and Graduate Students’ Society Dialogue October 15 NUS Alumni Relations engages student leaders to foster closer ties and to explore collaboration opportunities.

No. of attendees:

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Associate Directors for Alumni Relations nus.edu.sg/alumnet/community

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Associate Directors:

New Graduates Graduands received • AlumConnect – a starter kit for new alumni • ‘Proud to be an AlumNUS’ gown bag

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Responsible for engaging alumni from their respective Faculty, School, Hall of Residence, Residential College and Department, to strengthen and deepen their relationship with their alma mater.

NUS Alumni Relations held 4 meetings with the Associate Directors, in January, April, July and October, to update one another on alumnirelated matters, and to discuss opportunities and challenges.

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NUS Alumni Relations Directorate Provides strategic direction for the office in its outreach efforts in line with NUS’ aspirations. Mr Bernard Toh Director & Head of Department, Office of Alumni Relations Ms Maureen Oliveiro PA to Director

Alumni Communications and Engagement

Administration

Strengthens bonds with alumni through programmes and activities; and develops branding and communications strategies to better reach out to alumni.

Manages SFAH Operations and provides Information Management, Finance, Human Resource, and Administrative support.

Ms Florence Neo Director & Head, Alumni Communications and Engagement

Ms Hamidah Salleh Senior Associate Director & Head, Administration

Information Management Ms Khine Zin Thet Senior Executive

SFAH Operations Ms Tan Lily Manager

Mr Lau Zhen Wei Senior Executive

Mr Samuel Tan Senior Manager Ms Josephine Chng Manager Ms Gabriella Nyam Assistant Manager Mr Ng Shan Jun Senior Executive

Mr Kenneth Phang Executive Ms Althea Tan Executive Ms Noreen Kwan Management Assistant Officer Ms Susan Ng Operations Associate

Ms Niki Chong Executive Ms Hamidah Bte Ithnin Management Assistant Officer

Finance Ms Avelyn Chung Assistant Manager Human Resource and Administration Ms Amy Wu Assistant Manager Ms Wendy Ng Operations Associate

Correct as at March 2020.

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