Oxford Alumni Weekend Asia, 24-26 March 2017


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Oxford University’s Alumni Weekend in Asia will take place in Singapore 24-26 March 2017. Alumni and their guests are warmly invited to a range of social and academic events, including talks highlighting Oxford’s latest research, a black tie gala dinner and brunch at the British High Commissioner’s residence.

Below is an overview of the activities that will take place over the weekend. Click on the right hand banner to view each of the events.


Alumni Dinners
Evening activities in locations around Singapore

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Academic Programme
8.30am-5pm, Marina Bay Sands, Expo & Convention Centre, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
A full day of academic sessions and lunch, starting with an optional continental breakfast.

University Gala Reception and Dinner
7.30-11pm, Flower Field Hall, Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Black tie dinner in the Flower Field Hall overlooking the Marina Bay skyline and the colourful displays of one of the largest glass greenhouses in the world. Guests are welcome to enjoy the Flower Dome before the start of the reception from 6.45pm.



Brunch at the British High Commissioner’s Residence
11am-1pm, Eden Hall, 28 Nassim Road Singapore 258403
Set in tropical gardens, Eden Hall was built in 1904 in the late Edwardian-classical Revival style and has been the Residence of the British High Commissioner since Singapore’s Independence in 1965.

Comedies, Histories and Tragedies: An Exhibition of the First Folio
1-5pm, National Library of Singapore, 100 Victoria St, Singapore 188064
This is an opportunity to view first hand one of the Bodleian’s two copies of William Shakespeare’s First Folio. Admission is free.

The Row for Hope Oxford and Cambridge Alumni Boat Race
2.30-6pm, Passion Wave @ Marina Bay (Marina Barrage Channel)
The annual boat race in Singapore between Oxford and Cambridge alumni, organised in partnership with the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS).

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Row for Hope 2017

Sunday, 26 March 2017
2.30pm-6pm, Passion Wave @ Marina Bay (Marina Barrage Channel)

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The annual Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge alumni in Singapore will take place during the Oxford Alumni Weekend Asia (24-26 March 2017) this year. The event is organised by The Oxford and Cambridge Society of Singapore in partnership with National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) as a charity fund-raising event with the objective to raise awareness and funds to benefit cancer care and survivorship of those affected by cancer.

Oxford University’s Chancellor Lord Chris Patten and Vice Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson will be special guests at the Boat Race, which will feature an array of refreshments along with live music and an awards ceremony.

Cancer is still the No. 1 killer in Singapore, accounting for 30% of all deaths in 2014. This is 5 times more than deaths caused by accidents, violence and poisoning put together. Last year, NCCS attended to more than 145,000 patient-visits and treated close to 70% of cancer cases in the public sector. The cost of cancer treatment has also increased significantly.

The Oxford and Cambridge Society of Singapore is partnering NCCS to raise funds through this event in aid of patient care programmes to improve the quality of life of cancer patients in the hope that less will suffer from this terrible disease. From this event, we hope to raise $100,000.

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There is no need to book to attend this event, which is open to the general public.

Call for rowers : those who are keen to participate in the Boat Race may contact the Society’s Boat Club Captain Ng Yeau Chong (+65 9188 8817 or Vice-Captain Mark Nelligan (+65 9633 1353


Check out the highlights from last year’s race!

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Launch of the Oxbridge Singapore Boat Club (19 November 2016)

Oxbridge Singapore member rowers enthusiastically participated in the BNY Mellon Singapore Boat Races on 11 April 2015 and the NCCS “Row for Hope” Boat Races on 27 August 2016, in which crews representing alumni from Oxford and Cambridge respectively contested each other down the Marina Channel (old Kallang River) in coxed 8s.

Given the success of these races, a flippant comment by our Hon Sec suggesting the creation of Oxbridge Singapore’s own Boat Club was latched upon by our energetic President. With that, the Oxbridge Singapore Boat Club (“OSBC”) was born on Sat 19 November 2016 with an appropriate “royal blessing”.


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Ng Yeau Chong, Hon Sec, and Mark Nelligan, committee member, were duly appointed Boat Club Captain and Vice-Captain respectively and charged with proposing a governance and membership structure. It was also agreed that until a suitable Boat House is found, the residence of the Vice-Captain be recognised as OSBC’s official clubhouse.

OSBC’s first ever outing was on Sat 4 March 2017 when the inaugural Oxbridge Singapore Bumps races took place as part of Singapore World Water Day festivities organised by the PUB along the Marina Channel. With mixed crews, Oxford headed the first race but were bumped by Cambridge after 400 metres. With Cambridge heading the second race and rowing over, they were declared winners. Being a typically hot Singapore morning, the rowers’ liquid loss was replenished with appropriate measures of what has become OCBS’s official isotonic drink, Bolly.

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Oxbridge Rowers at the NCC Gala Dinner, 12 November 2016