Celebrating 15 years of the Singapore Alumni Association

The University of Manchester celebrated the 15th anniversary of its Singapore Alumni Association this week with a gala dinner hosted by Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell.

Celebration of Singapore Alumni Association

The University has a long history with Singapore, first established in the 1990s through the formerly known Manchester Business School. This partnership continued with our legacy institutions, the Victoria University of Manchester and UMIST and continues to this day.

Professor Rothwell toured the new premises of The University of Manchester Worldwide Southeast Asia Centre, and met with a number of alumni, stakeholders and partners including the National University of Singapore (NUS). She also participated in an In Conversation event alongside Nobel-Prize winning physicist, Sir Konstantin Novoselov, to discuss the impact of graphene and how Manchester is shaping the world of science and innovation. Sir Novoselov recently joined NUS as Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering,

Professor Rothwell said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to visit Singapore and to celebrate with our esteemed alumni. The University of Manchester prides itself on being a truly international university. This visit presents an invaluable opportunity to consolidate and build our links in Singapore for mutually beneficial relationships to support the University’s aspirations where they align with those of our Singapore partners.”

At the event, Mr Teo Chee Hean, Singapore’s Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security, spoke about the importance of maintaining an open multilateral trading system, promoting lifelong learning, and building networks. Mr Teo also thanked alumni members of The University of Manchester for their contributions to Singapore, and encouraged them to work together to create new opportunities.

The event welcomed a number of special guests including Her Majesty’s High Commissioner for Singapore, Ms Kara Owen.