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​NTU Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information celebrates 25 years of success

Published on: 03-Nov-2017

The Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI) at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) is celebrating its 25th anniversary today with a dinner event to mark the successes of its over 6,000-strong alumni and recognise the contributions of its donors and industry partners.

At the event at the National Gallery’s Supreme Court Terrace, the WKWSCI Impact and WKWSCI Emerging Star awards will be launched to recognise the achievements of its alumni.

In addition, the school’s first Alumni Advisory Board will be unveiled, comprising professionals in various fields, from news and the creative sector to healthcare and technology.

Established in 1992, the school has grown in stature to rank among Asia’s top communication and media schools today, and the world’s top 14 according to Quacquarelli Symonds.

Singapore's only full-fledged communication school, it offers an undergraduate programme in communication studies covering journalism, broadcasting, public relations, advertising and communication research, in addition to graduate programmes in communication studies, information studies and systems as well as knowledge management.

Professor Charles Thomas Salmon, Chair of WKWSCI, said, “The media landscape is ever-evolving, and as we stand at the crossroads of communication and technology, WKWSCI has kept up with the times with an exemplary programme to provide an unrivalled learning environment. Just as we celebrate the success of our school and alumni tonight, we also appreciate donors and industry partners whose continuous support has enabled our alumni to reach the heights they have achieved.”

WKWSCI communicators in various fields commended

In honour of alumni who have made a distinct positive impact in their professional fields or for a social cause, the school is presenting its inaugural WKWSCI Impact Awards to Tiffany Ang and Clarence Au.

Tiffany Ang, a producer with the Al Jazeera Media Network who graduated in 2007, has received numerous accolades including English Broadcast Grand Prize at the 2016 Human Rights Press Awards for her investigative journalism work.

On receiving the WKWSCI Impact Award, Ms Ang said, “I'm grateful that my work is recognised for this award. It comes at a time when strong, impactful journalism is under threat – from shrinking newsrooms to 'fake news' sources and algorithm-driven news feeds. The school’s GO-FAR (Going Overseas For Advanced Reporting) course set me on the path to becoming a journalist and gave me an opportunity to tell stories that made a difference.”

Clarence Au, from the Class of 2001, is currently in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), assisting Minister in the PMO as his Special Assistant, providing counsel and supporting the Minister through driving critical projects, as well as developing and monitoring plans. In his other role as Press Secretary, Clarence serves as the Minister’s spokesperson, as well as formulates and recommends strategies to communicate policies and announcements.

Additionally, the WKWSCI Emerging Star Awards, which recognise the meritorious achievements of alumni in the early stages of their career, is presented to Chiang Wei Liang and Nur Syahidah Alim.

A budding filmmaker, Chiang Wei Liang graduated from WKWSCI in 2012 and has since received multiple awards at film festivals across the world – Berlin, Singapore and Taipei – for “Anchorage Prohibited”, a 17-minute documentary that portrays two migrant workers navigating the consequences of an unplanned pregnancy.

The other WKWSCI Emerging Star – Nur Syahidah Alim – is well-known for defending her gold medal at the ASEAN Para Games 2017. Singapore’s top para-archer, her passion for sports goes beyond the physical practice, extending to her work in the Corporate Strategy department at Sport Singapore. She pursued a Master of Science degree in Knowledge Management at WKWSCI, which she attained in 2013.

Commenting on the School’s award and impact on her life, Ms Syahidah said, "I'm proud and honoured to be receiving this award. I believe that this will inspire more persons with disabilities to pursue their passion and create a positive impact on society.

“It was during my time at WKWSCI that I truly learned to lead an independent life – from living at the Graduate Hall for two years, to organising Knowledge Management networking events, and leading my own research work. Besides enabling me to learn through discovery and the art of strategic communications, WKWSCI has instilled in me the values that made me a stronger person, a skilled archer and an advocate for the vulnerable."

First WKWSCI Alumni Advisory Board installed

The dinner will see WKWSCI introduce its first alumni advisory board, comprising graduates who represent the creative, government, news, public healthcare and technology sectors. Presenting knowledge from diverse experiences, these individuals will work closely with the school management to shape its programmes and curriculum.

The nine members of the WKWSCI Alumni Advisory Board are:

1. Wong Voal Voal, Managing Partner, IN.FOM (Class of 1997)

2. Chua Chin Hon, Supervising Editor, TODAY (Class of 1998)

3. Angeline Poh, Assistant Chief Executive (Industry Development), Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore (Class of 1999)

4. Eugene Wee, Editor, The New Paper (Class of 1999)

5. Joanne Yap, Group Chief Operating Officer, ‎Group Chief Operating Officer, Group Director, Institutional Community Care, National University Health System (Class of 2002)

6. Linda Lee, Head of Communications, Southeast Asia and North Asia, and Internal Communications Lead, APAC, LinkedIn (Class of 2004)

7. Adrian Yeap, Creative Director, Saatchi & Saatchi (Class of 2007)

8. Sam Kang Li, Co-founder & Director, Little Red Ants Creative Studio (Class of 2009)

9. Sarah Thiam, ‎Events Lead, Central Marketing Operations, APAC, Microsoft (Class of 2015)


WKWSCI partners recognised

The WKWSCI 25th anniversary event also brings together key donors and industry partners, whose support – in the form of scholarships, funds and internship programmes – has enabled deserving students to realise their dreams and gain exposure through overseas practicums, as well as jump-started WKWSCI students’ careers.

Professor Charles Salmon said, “As WKWSCI looks to the next 25 years, we envision a highly competitive and radically different landscape for the communication and information industries. To effectively groom leaders of various communication field, like-minded partners will be key, as we design innovative and challenging new academic programmes and opportunities.”

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