Ling Dang Literature Prize Gift Agreement Signing Ceremony
7 August 2019
The Ling Dang Literature Prize was established by Dr Sun Xia with a generous gift of S$200,000 on Saturday, 3 August 2019 at the NTU Alumni House at One-North.
A proponent of Chinese Literature, Dr Sun Xia is an accomplished literary writer of more than 10 books under the pen name of Ling Dang. Not only is she a committed alumni leader and winner of various alumni awards, Dr Sun Xia is the President of NTU Alumni Association in Beijing from 2014, since its founding in 2007.
Presently, there are about 27,000 China alumni spanning across a total of 30 provinces, municipalities, autonomous regions and special administrative regions. In September 2018, the China Alumni Campaign was officially launched to support initiatives that include Bursaries, the NTU International Summer School in China, the NTU China Alumni Advancement Fund and the Named Professorship in China Studies.
These initiatives seek to enable deserving individuals with boundless learning opportunities while building on the long-established relations between our Alumni in China and NTU. Believing in the spirit of the campaign, Dr Sun Xia made the first major gift of $200,000 in support of the China Alumni Campaign, the Ling Dang Literature Prize Fund.
The Ling Dang Literature Prize will be awarded to winners of published literary works in genres of poetry, essay and fiction. The prize is vital in promoting the study, values and appreciation of the Chinese language and culture. As we live in a world that constantly challenges our ideas and perspectives about what it means to be human, culture and the arts are relevant in affirming our identity, remembering our roots and driving socio-economic development.
While NTU is renowned for its merits in engineering, medicine and business amongst its diverse disciplines, it is also globally recognised for its strengths in the humanities and the arts. The comprehensive learning opportunities offered in NTU and the enduring support from partners and donors have nurtured our humanities students to make immense positive impact in both industry and society.