QIU celebrated a landmark achievement in its history by holding its first alumni gathering at the elegant Envee fine-dining restaurant last Saturday.
It was a homecoming for more than 30 of our brightest stars, who returned to their old stomping grounds years after graduating.
Old friendships were rekindled while new bonds were forged, as we welcomed a diverse crowd of graduates – all the way from the very first convocation batch in 2015 to last year’s batch in 2018.
On hand to welcome them was QIU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dato’ Dr Raman Narayanasamy, QIU Chief Operating Officer Nicholas Goh, QIU Registrar Muhammad MG Omar, as well as our deans and deputy deans.
During his welcoming speech, Dr Raman lauded the pioneering group of alumni for being a part of this important day in the university’s history.
“Without you, there would be no alumni. This is the first of many events to come and we hope this spirit continues in the future,” he said.
“Without wasting this opportunity today, form a pro-tem committee and a constitution. Take this as a beginning and make it grow from here,” advised Dr Raman.
The alumni committee is already taking shape, as Computer Science graduate Kanahavalli Mardamutu and MBBS graduate Dr Rakesh Rampal were appointed Alumni Association President and Secretary respectively.
Our alumni were also treated to a nostalgic walk down memory lane in the form of a video presentation, before embarking on a tour of the university’s latest facilities.
The tour included visits to our BuzzHub recording studio, the Envee kitchen, and the Biotechnology farm.
In his address, Goh outlined the new developments and changes to their alma mater, while also calling for a strong affinity between the University and its alumni.
“You are all important stakeholders in QIU, and we would love to hear how we can improve the university and increase the value of your certificate,” said Goh.
“Our responsibility is to make your degrees worth more and more every day. We are committed to making QIU better, and we are all in this together.”
The day proved to be a proud one for our educators and staff, many of whom watched these students blossom into the talented professionals they are today.
More exciting alumni-related developments are in the pipeline, so watch this space!