Thirty-five years after they graduated, the Class of ’76 from the Faculty of Engineering gathered at the Kent Ridge campus of their alma mater, the National University of Singapore (NUS), for a reunion. Shaw Foundation Alumni House, where the reunion was held, rang with the voices of classmates greeting one another, some after decades. Much had changed – including the wide collars and the flared trousers.
The conviviality started with a cocktail reception and continued through speeches, dinner, a performance by members of the Class of ’76 and a guitar solo by Professor Andrew Nee, Director of Research Administration, and a quiz.
But the Reunion was more than just an opportunity to meet old friends and catch up. The cohort came bearing a gift for current and future NUS students. The Faculty-mates contributed generously to set up the Class of 76 Engineering Bursary to help deserving engineering students along the path to success. The Bursary aims to support 10 student bursaries in every Academic Year.
As alumni Leong Yue Wing, who championed the establishment of the Bursary, said, “The knowledge acquired through a university education has enabled us to do well in life. Tonight, while we enjoy the company of familiar faces and relive fond memories, we would also like to do something meaningful and with a greater purpose. Every year, many qualified youths with strong potential are denied a university education due to financial difficulties. We would like to help them by setting up the Class of 1976 Engineering Bursary.”
Faculty of Engineering Deputy Dean, Prof Lim Seh Chun, said, “We continue to have students who are in need of financial help as NUS practices a ‘needs blind’ admission policy. This Bursary will allow these capable students to complete their university education and to contribute to society at large.”
Guests received a booklet with photos of their days at University and their classmates, then and now. The booklet, Prime Mover – 35 Years On, was named after the Faculty of Engineering publication of that time. In the booklet, one of the cohort, Ho Nai Choon, is quoted as saying, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. I treasure that act when we played together.”
Now the Class of ’76 is ensuring that the next generation of Engineering students ‘play’ and live with as much enjoyment and success.
For more information on making a gift to NUS, please call Ms Ho Yuen Kwan at 6516 5755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org