NUS Engineering Appreciation Dinner 2018

NUS Engineering Appreciation Dinner 2018

NUS Engineering Dean Prof Chua Kee Chaing (standing, second from right) with guests from his table.

The Faculty held its annual appreciation dinner at the Kent Ridge Guild House on 19 January 2018. The dinner saw a turnout of about 110 guests from the industry and alumni.

NUS Engineering Dean Professor Chua Kee Chaing, in his opening address, thanked the guests for the gifts received in 2017. He shared that the Faculty received a total of 1,282 gifts amounting to $3.41 million. He informed that the Engineering Alumni has contributed 1/3 of the gifts, totalling $1.04 million.

Majority of the gifts were given towards supporting our needy students in the form of bursaries. With 8 out of 10 gifts coming from the alumni, Prof Chua expressed appreciation for their continued support.

Mr Tan Keok Boon, alumnus Class of 1976 sharing his fundraising experience

Prof Chua hopes we can raise funds to help needy students go overseas as our students need to be trained in their global perspective.  And a timely new gift, sponsored by Mr Hoong Yik Luen, alumnus (Class of 1990), will help us accomplish that.

China companies are doing well in technology; with mobile payment being in the limelight recently.  Mr Hoong’s gift to send 20 students and several professors to China to visit top companies will broaden their experience in  rapidly growing China.  Prof Chua encourages those present to discuss their gift ideas with the Faculty.

Two bursary recipients  shared their challenging learning journey, which brought tears to many guests.  Some recipients, who were unable to attend the dinner, penned their appreciation via a slide presentation.

More display of gratitude from two other bursary recipients who performed onstage keyboard renditions of their favourite pieces.  Their soothing music filled the room and guests were delightedly entertained.

Mr Tan Keok Boon, alumnus from the Class of 1976, shared his fundraising experience and how he  found joy and satisfaction in giving to his alma mater.  Mr Tan spoke of his class efforts and how they make it a point to meet regularly over walks and coffee, and how at such gatherings, a stronger bond was forged, resulting in more giving to NUS.  He also urged those present to continue giving.

Partners from various industries and prominent companies, as well as supportive alumni who have given generously to the Faculty – each in their own unique way- left knowing that their gift has made an impact in someone’s life.

Mr Hoong Yik Luen (centre), alumnus Class of 1990 and alumni donors

NUS Engineering Appreciation Dinner 2018