Interesting story about NTU and its efforts to boost fundraising and brand itself effectively.
Thu, Jun 18, 2009
The Straits Times
He aims to boost NTU brand
By Leow Si Wan
NANYANG Technological University (NTU) has a new point man for fund raising, engaging the university’s alumni and strengthening its ties with the community.
He is Mr Chew Kheng Chuan, 51, who now assumes the title of chief university advancement officer.
The newly created post is aimed at giving oomph to NTU’s fund-raising capability, developing its base of supporters and champions and building its brand, so it can become a ‘great global university’.Mr Chew, a committee member of the Singapore chapter of the Association of Fund-raising Professionals, is no greenhorn in this game.
He comes to NTU after five years of leading fund-raising efforts at the National University of Singapore (NUS).
It has been reported that on his watch, NUS raised $1.5 billion – more than four times what it raised in the previous 12 years.
Before the NUS job, he and his wife, Dr Chia Kwok Ying, ran their own business producing publications, annual reports and designing identities for brands such as the Banyan Tree and Channel NewsAsia. He has his work cut out for him at NTU.
If you have excellent STPM results and you are contemplating a degree in engineering in Singapore, please do apply to the Engineering Faculty at NUS or College of Engineering at NTU.
The deadlines for applications to Singapore Universities are drawing close. For STPM holders with good results, please put in an application. You never know where UPU will send you e.g. some unknown university in Trengganu. For an overview of studying in Singapore, you can read my post here.
NUS is 28 March 2008. Apply here http://www.nus.edu.sg/oam/apply/catd/instru.htm
NTU is 31 March 2008
SMU is 8 April 2008 http://www.smu.edu.sg/admissions/apply_smu/apply_international_applicants.html
KONG WAN YEE, the youngest of three girls, was brought up single-handedly by her mother, Yam Kee Tin. Her father had died when she was just seven months old.
On Tuesday, Wan Yee did mum proud by scoring 5As in her Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) examination.
Wan Yee (left) getting a congratulatory hug from her proud mum.
In addition to that, the former SMK Katholik, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, student emerged as one of the 18 top STPM scorers in the country.
At the results announcement ceremony held on Tuesday by the Malaysian Examinations Council in Kuala Lumpur, Wan Yee said: “I didn’t expect it. After some of my papers, I felt sad because I had made some careless mistakes.”
Wan Yee, who took General Paper, Mathematics T, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, had her own method of studying for each subject.
“For example, in Biology, I’d read a chapter once and then restructure the whole chapter to make it easier to study the next time around.
“For Maths and Physics, it was all about practice. Concepts are also very important in physics.”
For some strange reason, a lot of Malaysian students are interested in being an actuarial scientist. I think that there is a rumour (since I was a student many years ago) going around that you can earn a lot of money being an actuarist.
Anyway, Singapore universities do have programmes in actuarial science. NUS’ joint programme with ANU is found here. More information on NTU’s programme is found here. SMU also offers a second major in actuarial science. See here and here. The Singapore Actuarist Society’s Resources website is found here.
This looks like an extremely quantitative programme. So unless you are a maths whiz, you better not take this course.