Food Science and Technology alumni activities
Since its inception in 2009, the Food Science and Technology (FST) Programme Alumni Group has sought to create a community that enriches the lives of its 550 members. To do this, the group organises talks by industry leaders, says Mr Daniel CHIA (FST '03), who was elected its president in 2015.
Sessions are designed to be innovative and professionally relevant to members. "We understand that (some members) are very involved in their careers. Therefore, recent talks were related to the latest updates in food science research and trends in the halal food industry, which naturally attracted many participants," says Mr Chia, who is currently Carlsberg Singapore's Head of HR & Administration. Notable academics - such as Professor SHEN Zuowei, Dean of NUS' Faculty of Science - also attend the events, giving members valuable networking opportunities.
The group also gets together for sports meets and various community outreach initiatives, such as a charity event to be held on the upcoming NUS Day of Service on 3 September. This will see nearly 50 FST members 'adopting' an old folk's home for the day and serving residents a nutritious meal.
While the group is dedicated to forging strong bonds among alumni, it has also engaged with current students by setting up two bursaries for them in 2010. "It's our way of supporting FST and paying tribute to the programme's first director, Associate Professor PJ BARLOW," says Mr Chia, referring to the PJ Barlow Book Prize. The award is presented annually to top-performing and needy students.
NUS FST Programme Alumni Group's inauguration ceremony on 12 February 2015. A professional talk was also held on the day.
Article credits to NUS Office of Alumni Relations
Original article can be found at The ALUMNUS, Jul - Sep 2016 / Issue 106