Eight Ambassadors and High Commissioners from the ASEAN nations joined two hundred National University of Singapore (NUS) friends, faculty, students and staff, at a cultural evening to mark the spirit of collaboration of ASEAN. NUS President, Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, and Mr Edward Lee, the former Singapore Ambassador to Indonesia, hosted the celebration.
In his welcome speech, Prof Tan Chorh Chuan underlined NUS’ role in ASEAN. He said, “NUS boasts 25,000 alumni from ASEAN. These graduates are our Ambassadors as they build bridges between our community and our sister communities in ASEAN.” He also pointed out that Yale-NUS College, which will open in 2013, will have positive implications for future generations of ASEAN students as they will no longer need to leave the region to enjoy a liberal arts education.
Mrs Kenssy Dwi Ekaningsih, Indonesian Chargé d’Affaires, joined Prof Tan in welcoming the guests. In her speech, she explained that the evening’s celebration served to strengthen the spirit of community and togetherness which exists between the ASEAN nations.
The ASEAN Ambassadors’ event was attended by the Ambassadors and High Commissioners from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Thailand and was held at Tembusu College, one of the two Residential Colleges at the newly-opened NUS University Town.
The evening featured traditional entertainment from ASEAN including a Gamelan performance by the NUS Singa Nglaras Gamelan Ensemble, a Rum Deed Hai Thai folk dance and songs and dances from Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. Guests were also treated to a feast of specialty dishes from ASEAN such as Pad Thai from Thailand, Wedany Ronde ginger and lemongrass tea from Indonesia and Natin crispy rice crackers from Cambodia.
The ASEAN Ambassadors’ event was the third in the NUS Ambassador Series. It follows a Japanese Ambassador event with His Excellency Mr Makoto Yamanaka and a Thanksgiving celebration with American Ambassador Mr David Adelman. Future events in the series include a Chinese and an Indian Ambassador event.
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