China and Singapore’s historic ties and tradition of friendship were underlined at the National University of Singapore’s China Ambassador event held at the Ngee Ann Kongsi auditorium at NUS University Town. His Excellency Mr Wei Wei, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Republic of Singapore was the Guest of Honour. The event was attended by distinguished members of the Chinese community, business leaders, diplomats and academics.
Welcoming His Excellency Mr Wei Wei, NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan said, “This evening is a celebration of the close ties that link NUS to partners within China. It is also a celebration of the opportunities for further collaboration.”
Prof Tan spoke of NUS’ student exchange programmes with universities in China, NUS Overseas Colleges in Shanghai and Beijing, which offer students the opportunity to experience internships at start-ups and take entrepreneurship courses, and the establishment of a research institute at Suzhou Industrial Park.
He added, “Given the centrality of China’s role in Asia, China plays a very important and critical part in the origin and development of this University.”
Ambassador Wei Wei said, “NUS, as a world-renowned university, plays an important role in education exchange between the two sides. Reviewing the past and looking ahead, we have every confidence in the future of China-Singapore relations.”
Prof Tan also introduced the guests to NUS University Town, a residential learning experience new to Singapore, and the upcoming Yale-NUS College, which will offer a US liberal arts education but adapted for Asia and the 21st century.
The speeches were followed by student musical performances on the yangqin, guzheng and dizi as well as a Malay dance. Dinner was served on the lantern-decked roof deck.
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