Published on 17 Sep 2021

NTU Singapore celebrates its 30th anniversary

NTU is celebrating its 30th birthday with a rich array of special events planned for the year that will showcase the University’s achievements. Titled “30 years of Momentum. Pioneers Always”, the anniversary’s theme centres on NTU’s spectacular growth in the brief span of three decades and its vision for the future as it gathers pace to take on fresh challenges.

Inaugurated in its current form in 1991, NTU has a rich legacy that goes back to 1955. NTU stands on the grounds of the former Nanyang University, or Nantah in short, which was the campus for Nanyang Technological Institute when it was set up in 1981. In 1991, NTI merged with the National Institute of Education to form NTU.

NTU President Professor Subra Suresh paid tribute to the pioneering spirit of the Nantah alumni and the transformation of NTU into its current status and stature as one of the leading global research in the world.

Congratulating NTU for “30 memorable and successful years”, Minister for Education, Mr Chan Chun Sing, said: “Over the years, NTU has evolved far beyond its original charter, expanding the learning experience for students across disciplines and continuing to push the boundaries of innovation in teaching and learning.  NTU has been conducting cutting-edge and impactful research that benefits not only Singapore but the rest of the world… I look forward to NTU’s continued evolution in the coming years.”

The start of the celebrations is marked by the launch of a digital time capsule intended to hold the NTU community’s most impactful memories of their time at the University. To be opened on the occasion of NTU’s golden jubilee, the first item deposited in the time capsule is a letter from Mr Chan addressed to the Class of 2041.

Other activities commemorating the university’s milestone include an exhibition, a book titled "NTU 30 Perspectives", a virtual run to raise funds for deserving students and the opening of Academic Block South slated to be Asia’s largest wooden building with a Green Mark Platinum Certification.