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NTU plans to kick off school year with festival at Padang

Public event to be held at the Padang includes a concert and a 4.8km run

Published on Jul 3, 2014 10:00 AM

The Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is organising a day-long carnival for the first time to kick off the new academic year for 6,400 freshmen.

Instead of the usual freshmen orientation camp, the university's students have organised for the incoming juniors a festival with highlights such as a concert and a 4.8km run through Singapore's Civic District. It will also raise funds for needy ITE students.

The NTU Fest will be held from 2pm to 9pm at the Padang on Saturday, Aug 16, about two weeks after school opens next month.

By having a common event instead of separate faculty and co-curricular activities, the festival aims to unite students and alumni across NTU, said organising chairman Wu Guo Yi, 22.

"I also thought of a close friend in university and how she struggled to pay her school fees at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE)," said the final-year chemistry undergraduate.

Based on her suggestion, the event will raise funds for needy ITE students.

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