NUS Economics Alumni Annual Dinner 2012 at 2 Goodwood Hill

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It was the grandest event of the year for the NUS Economics Alumni, which is the annual dinner event that was held to great success! This was the 5th annual dinner and the biggest turnout ever of about 100 people came to share in this joyful event. We have the privilege of Professor Julian Wright, the new Head of NUS Economics Department as our Guest of Honor. He graced the event sharing profound information about NUS Economics department success so far in worldwide education rankings and latest insights on happenings undertaken by the department. Dr Lee Soo Ann, Chairman of NUS Economics Alumni also shared the formation of the Alumni and the upcoming events to entice graduating students as well as Alumni to join in the fun. We also have the support of OAR for our event with Mr Wang Peng Meng, Associate Director of OAR who spoke about OAR activities and so graciously donated the goodies for our goodies bags, we especially love the Linus — the NUS Lion!

The event was also bittersweet for the graduating economic students as the dinner was a swansong event for them. There were Alumni members from various cohorts, NUS Economics department staff and students as well as guests from SMU Economics Society. We hosted five guests from SMU Economics Society which helped build the relationship among economics cohorts of SMU and NUS. Besides the sumptuous buffet, there were entertaining games such as Bingo & Treasure Hunt which had the crowd entertained. Also, an Economics Quiz to test everyone’s economics knowledge which was quickly answered by the participants! In the end, everyone went home filled up with the good food and wine as well as knowing more about NUS. Economics Alumni, the new department head — Professor Wright and future activities. NUS Economics Alumni is one of the most active Alumni — always. organizing events, talks and trips to cater to all Alumni. Lastly, we had a final group picture to remember the joyful, entertaining night, full of camaraderie amongst the Economics greats!


First published in 2012

Economics Alumni Ride Trishaws to Raise Funds (2012)

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On November 30, 2012, the NUS Economics Alumni Association and the NUS Department of Economics collaborated on their biggest joint event yet—a trishaw tour of the Bugis area. This unique and exciting fundraising event raised $15,000 for the NUS Economics Alumni Bursary Fund, which provides financial aid to students in the department.

A lively group of 56 alumni, professors, and students, all clad in the Economics Department’s collegiate T-shirts, met at the Trishaw Station near the Bugis MRT station at 6 pm. Mr. Daniel Lo and Mr. Chan Kok Hoe kicked-off the event with a short reminder about the event’s purpose. The 45-minute ride covered a route thal included parts of Little India, Selegie Road, and City Hall. The participants, in a grand convoy of 30 trishaws, were treated lo some of the area’s must-see sighs, such as the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, the Berseh Food Centre, and Raffles Hotel. The convoy passed by landmarks of Singapore’s history such as antique shop-houses and hawker centers. Mr. Chan Kok Hoe, alumnus and instructor in the department, jogged the entire route, taking pictures of the participants. The event was a great success, and many of the attendees left with smiles on their faces after an evening of fun and good company. One of the participants commented, “All [of them] seemed to enjoy it. And that is an achievement.”

The 30 trishaws were sponsored by various alumni at $500 per trishaw, and the rental of the trishaws was funded by the department. As a result, the event raised a significant amount for the Bursary Fund. The NUS Economics Alumni Bursary Fund disburses three annual awards of $2,000 each to financially needy students in the department, who have a per capita household income of $500 a month or less. The $15,000 raised will provide for the education of many financially disadvantaged students. Mr. Chan Kok Hoe said, “We in the Economics Alumni are glad to have received the support of fellow alumni, the department, friends, and family in raising funds and participating in the Trishaw event. We have many students who need help to lighten their financial burdens so thay they can focus on completing their university education, so every dollar donated is precious.

There were many symbolic aspects to the event. By taking the department’s alumni around the city’s most cultural and historic spots, past shop-houses, narrow lanes, and rustic bridges, the event reminded participants of their youth and transported them back to their past. In the process, their youthful energies and memories of university and the friendships they formed there were awoken, and the true giving spirit of the participants was roused. Mr. Daniel Lo said that “As an NUS alumnus, giving back lo my alma mater comes as a natural response.” This truly unique event was a great opportunity for the older and newer alumni of the department to bond and to strengthen their identity with and sense of belonging to the university.


First published in 2012