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Important message to all Nantah friends
(updated May 1, 2003)
Objective:Stop NTU from using the exact name "Nanyang University" in 2005.
Reason:To protect and preserve the integrity of the true legendary history of our alma mater Nanyang University.
How to help:Please endorse the one page on "Only One Real History of Nanyang University" and be a supporter by sending your Chinese name with a note of intent ("I want my name posted on One-NU-History web page") by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to:
6577 Parkdale Drive,
Burnaby, B.C., Canada V5B 2X4.
Your name will be posted in http://www.geocities.com/ntuNotnu.
The following rules will apply to the web site:
(1) The name list in the web site will be updated frequently from now to December 1, 2004.
(2) The only change on the content of the web site is the update of the names of supporters.
(3) Information in your email or mail will be kept confidential. Only your name is posted.
(4) You can delete your name by the same way as you got it posted.
(5) The content of the web site will be published as a permanent record (e.g. in some book or local newspaper).
Facts and Observations
Fact 1. NTU's Chinese name is already changed to "Nantah" since March 1995.
Fact 2. The list of NU graduates was officially transferred from NUS to NTU in August 1996.
Fact 3. NTU's president Dr. Su announced the likely intention of using "NU" (January 8, 2003 ZaoBao).
Fact 4. NTU's 21 years of history and its 60,000 graduates can not be totally deleted.
Observation A.NTU intends to take over the identity of Nanyang University, not just the name.
Fact 5. NU was established miraculously in 1953 and ceased in 1980 after its merger with Singapore University. Its true history is from 1953 to 1980.
Fact 6. The good achievements of NU alumni have confirmed that NU has fulfilled it main mission of educating Southeast Asia Chinese high school graduates.
Fact 7. NU is now a very proud unparallel success history in Southeast Asia Chinese education.
Fact 8. The legendary name of NU is infringed if NTU changes its name to exactly "NU" in 2005.
Observation B.The good name of NU is in danger and we must stop NTU from changing its name to exactly "Nanyang University" in 2005.
What can we do?Simple truth and usual ethics may not stop NTU's plan. We need to inform all Nantah alumni and Southeast Asia Chinese. The historical fact is "NU's true legendary history is from 1953-1980 and it definitely does not include NTI and NTU".
Only One Real History of Nanyang University
February 12, 2003
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is a legal entity created by the NTU Government Act which has nothing to do with Nanyang University (NU). From a legal point of view, NU and NTU are two totally unrelated legal entities.
Historically, Mr. Tan Lark-Sye originated the proposal of building a Chinese university in 1953. It was passionately supported by Southeast Asia Chinese communities. NU was officially built in 1955. After it was merged into National University of Singapore in 1980, NU has ceased in name and in reality. According to the history compiled by the Malaya Nantah Alumni Association, NU's life span, from its birth to its demise, started in 1953 and ended in 1980.
In 1981, Singapore Government constructed Nanyang Technical Institute (NTI) on YunNanYuan, the old campus of NU. In 1991 NTI was expanded and became a full university. In 2001, NTU celebrated its 20 years anniversary. The history of this university began in 1981.
NTU's predecessor NTI was started one year after NU was merged and ceased to exist. The two universities are unrelated and do not share any overlaps. All the institutional changes in YunNanYuan since 1980 are facts that are known to general public and are not denied by Singapore Government.
In an interview with LianHe Morning News (ZaoBao) on January 8, 2003, NTU's president Professor Su Guaning indicated that restoring and rectifying the name of NTU to NU in 2005 is a likely and natural event. As NU alumni and NU supporters, we sincerely hope that NTU will never use the exact name of NU under any circumstances. NTU should not inject its own history into the history of NU. The two histories are totally unrelated. Combing them will smother the different reputations and traditions achieved by the two universities at different times.
More importantly, NU has already fulfilled its original historical mission. It has bestowed a great NU history to the Southeast Asia Chinese. This history is full of true feelings and also full of bitterness. It recorded the fearless, unified and persevering spirit of oversea Chinese in protecting and nourishing the right of mother tongue Chinese language education. It also recorded the glorious ending of NU. It is an invaluable legacy in human history of education. As a renown and prestigious university, NTU has the obligation to help protect this precious heritage and should not rename itself to NU.
NU has already ceased for 23 years. Its true history was already cast in stone to be passed on forever. It can not allow any party, including the alumni of NU and NTU, to alter its history arbitrarily. It is irrational and not at all necessary for NTU to "revert" its name to NU. There is only one NU and only one real history of NU. It started in 1953 and it ended in 1980.
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2003年02月13日首版 Created on February 13, 2003
2005年06月11日改版 Last updated on June 11, 2005