Tsinghua SEM Southeast Asia Alumni Association and Singapore Chapter Established

On November 16, 2014, Tsinghua SEM Southeast Asia Alumni Association and Singapore Chapter, Singapore MBA Alumni Chapter, and Singapore EMBA Alumni Chapter held the inaugural ceremony at the auditorium of Singapore Management University. School officials who attended the event included Professor QIAN Yingyi, Dean of Tsinghua SEM, Professor LI Jiaqiang, Secretary-General of Tsinghua University Education Foundation, and TAN Zhiyong, President of Tsinghua Alumni Association (Singapore). The guests included Teo Ser Luck, Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry of Singapore, ZHENG Chao, Minister-Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Singapore, YU Yunfeng, Counselor of Education of the Chinese Embassy in Singapore, etc. More than 200 Tsinghua SEM alumni in Southeast Asia attended the event from various programs including undergraduate, master’s, doctoral, MBA, EMBA, training, and so on. The meeting was presided over by Professor LI Jinliang, Associate Dean of Tsinghua SEM, and LIANG Meng, Deputy Secretary-General of Tsinghua SEM Southeast Asia Alumni Association and the Singapore Chapter.  

The Inaugural Ceremony

Mr. Teo Ser Luck, Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry of Singapore, made the opening speech by introducing the Singapore-China relationship and stating the close relationship between Singapore and China in all aspects of Singapore’s economic development. He then congratulated on the inauguration of Tsinghua SEM Southeast Asia Alumni Association and Singapore Chapter and said he was looking forward to the acceleration of the economic development in both Singapore and China by this alumni association through attracting more talented professionals and driving the economic and trade cooperation between the two countries.

Address by Teo Ser Luck, Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry of Singapore

After that, Professor QIAN Yingyi, Dean of Tsinghua SEM, introduced situation of the School by first appreciating participation of the alumni from various geographic locations and programs. According to him, the Southeast Asia Alumni Association and Singapore Chapter were the first overseas alumni association established by Tsinghua SEM, with special meaning. Dean QIAN then elaborated on recent development of Tsinghua SEM to the alumni and guests there, covering ten major aspects including the 30th-year anniversary of Tsinghua SEM, the Advisory Board, undergraduate education, post-graduate education, innovation in education, instructors and research, the new school building, the chair professor foundation, students’ activities, and alumni network. The alumni and guests present there watched a video titled “Review of the 30th-year Anniversary Activities”, while the Dean introduced the grand occasion of the 15th Advisory Board Meeting convened in October 2014, where those attending celebrities included Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc., Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba, and Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO of Facebook. They had also subsequently learned about the undergraduate education reform awarded National First Prize, the fruitful and effective progress of the Tsinghua x-lab – a platform of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship – in one year and a half, the fundraising and planning of the new school building, and the alumni associations the school had established by teaching program and geographic region. Dean QIAN concluded his speech by restating his remarks used in the reunion of Tsinghua SEM instructors and alumni at the 30th-year anniversary: “The next couple of years will mark the economic restructuring in China and changing of the world. As long as the School seizes the opportunities, it will continue to make significant progress. We look forward to the even better next decade and next 30 years!” All the participants at the event had been excited and moved by the remarkable results Tsinghua SEM achieved in recent years.

Dean QIAN Yingyi reports on the State of the School

Then, LI Jinliang, Associate Dean of Tsinghua SEM, announced commencement of the event. The first stage was the opening ceremony and official launch of the Southeast Asia Alumni Association and Singapore Chapter, in which LI announced the list of the alumni association members and Dean QIAN issued certificates to the first session of the President, Vice President, Secretary-General, Deputy Secretary-General, Executive Directors, and Honorary Members.

Opening Ceremony of Tsinghua SEM Southeast Asia Alumni Association and Singapore Chapter
 
 
LI Jinliang, Associate Dean of Tsinghua SEM, announces list of the alumni association members
 
 
Dean QIAN Yingyi issues the letter of appointment to Honorary President of Tsinghua SEM Southeast Asia Alumni Association, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, former President of Indonesia and Honorary Doctor of Tsinghua University (accepted by Sudrajat, former Indonesian Ambassador to China, on his behalf)

GUO Ningning, inaugural President of Tsinghua SEM Southeast Asia Alumni Association and Singapore Chapter, addressed the event after issuance of the certificates. Firstly, she expressed warm welcome and gratitude to the attending guests and alumni. According to GUO, the thirty years of Tsinghua SEM is also a miniature of the thirty years of reform and opening up of China, through which the school has cultivated numerous talented people through reform, innovation and constant growth and advance. Meanwhile, those alumni based in Singapore and Southeast Asia at large are bringing their talent and expertise into full play in almost all professions, contributing significantly to the prosperity of Singapore and other Southeast Asian countries. Ms. GUO appreciated the concerted efforts from those who built this first-ever overseas alumni association for Tsinghua SEM. According to her, this association will connect Tsinghua SEM alumni in Southeast Asia with Tsinghua University and the school as a bridge, thus strengthening friendship and powers, facilitating the alumni, and contributing to the school.
 
 
Address by GUO Ningning, President of Tsinghua SEM Southeast Asia Alumni Association and Singapore Chapter

The following speech was given by TAN Zhiyong, President of Tsinghua Alumni Association (Singapore). Mr. TAN congratulated on establishment of the Southeast Asia Alumni Association and Singapore Chapter. He introduced overview of Tsinghua Alumni Association (Singapore) and the experience learned about. According to Mr. TAN, this alumni association of Tsinghua SEM was unprecedented and one of the most comprehensive alumni associations from Tsinghua University. Establishing such an association and its Singapore Chapter will definitely step up the engagement of Tsinghua University and Tsinghua SEM.
 
 
Address by TAN Zhiyong, President of Tsinghua Alumni Association (Singapore)

CHEN Dong, Vice President and Secretary-General of Tsinghua SEM Hong Kong Alumni Association, made the following speech. Mr. CHEN expressed warm congratulations on the establishment of the Southeast Asia Alumni Association and Singapore Chapter. According to him, the Hong Kong-based association was the first alumni association of Tsinghua SEM outside of mainland China, whereas the Southeast Asia Association was the first ever outside of China. The two alumni associations, therefore, are supposed to keep close communications and cooperation. As a member of the Hong Kong-based association, Mr. CHEN felt deeply about the importance Tsinghua SEM attached to the alumni and expressed that the Hong Kong Alumni Association was looking forward to working together with the Southeast Asian counterpart by creating more opportunities for exchanges and cooperation for alumni on both sides. 
 
 
Address by CHEN Dong, Vice President and Secretary-General of Tsinghua SEM Hong Kong Alumni Association
 
After the inaugural ceremony for the Southeast Asia Alumni Association and the Singapore Chapter, there came the opening ceremony for the Singapore MBA Alumni Chapter and the Singapore EMBA Alumni Chapter under Tsinghua SEM. Dean QIAN Yingyi also issued certificates to the Presidents, Vice Presidents, Secretary-Generals, Deputy Secretary-Generals and other relevant members of the two organizations.

Opening Ceremony of Tsinghua SEM Singapore MBA Alumni Chapter
 
Opening Ceremony of Tsinghua SEM Singapore EMBA Alumni Chapter

Following the inaugural ceremony for the Singapore MBA Alumni Chapter was a speech given by QIN Minghan, first President of the Chapter. Mr. QIN appreciated the opportunity the Singapore Government extended to him for the study at Tsinghua SEM, where he was fortunate enough to become attached to Tsinghua SEM and those MBA alumni. He also expressed gratitude to the vigorous support he ever received from the school and those alumni from Singapore, without which this alumni chapter would never have been established so successfully and smoothly. Mr. QIN sincerely hoped that the Singapore MBA Alumni Chapter was going to work closely with all other alumni associations under Tsinghua SEM, assisting the Singapore-based alumni to a greater extent and contributing largely to Tsinghua SEM.
 
 
Address by QIN Minghan, President of Tsinghua SEM Singapore MBA Alumni Chapter

Upon the inaugural ceremony for Tsinghua SEM Singapore EMBA Alumni Chapter, WEI Feng, first President of the Chapter, made his opening address. According to Mr. WEI, establishing the Southeast Asia Alumni Association and the Singapore EMBA Alumni Chapter symbolized a harbor for the EMBA students and alumni in this region that they could depend upon, bringing about numerous opportunities for them to learn from each other. Aimed to serving the general alumni group, this alumni chapter is supposed to be a home for the alumni communications and a bridge that bonds alumni to the school.

Address by WEI Feng, President of Tsinghua SEM Singapore EMBA Alumni Chapter

The last activity was the alumni forum. Those celebrities who made a presentation on behalf of the alumni included: CHENG Qiang (bachelor in economics, 1989; master in economics, 1994), Vice President of Tsinghua SEM Southeast Asia Alumni Association; CHEN Zhong (MBA, 2008), Executive Director of Tsinghua SEM Southeast Asia Alumni Association and Singapore Chapter; Yu-Foo Yee Shoon (training program graduate), Honorary Adviser and former Minister in the Singapore Government; and former Indonesian Ambassador to China (training program graduate). The forum was concluded by a keynote speech themed “Internet Startup and Globalization” given by ZHANG Xiangdong (EMBA, 2003), an EMBA alumnus in Singapore.

Presentation by CHENG Qiang (bachelor in economics, 1989; master in economics, 1994)
 
Presentation by CHEN Zhong (MBA, 2008)
 
Presentation by Yu-Foo Yee Shoon (training program graduate), former Minister in the Singapore Government
 
Presentation by former Indonesian Ambassador to China (training program graduate)
 
Keynote Speech by ZHANG Xiangdong (EMBA, 2003)

A group photo was taken to mark this successful occasion at the venue for all the participants upon conclusion of the inaugural ceremony for Tsinghua SEM Southeast Asia Alumni Association and Singapore Chapter. 

Group Photo