Alumni meeting

Alumni event - Singapore - 12 September 2019

All alumni of WUR in Singapore were invited to the alumni get-together organized on the occasion of the visit of Prof. Arthur Mol, Rector Magnificus and member of the executive board WUR, to Singapore.

The alumni get-together was kindly hosted by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The interesting programme also offered ample opportunity for alumni to meet with and hear experiences from other Wageningen Alumni.

Date: Thursday 12 September, 2019

Location: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
541 Orchard Road #12-01| Liat Towers | Singapore 238881

The programme for this event can be found below. A summary of the evening can be found below as well.


19:00 Welcome with drinks and appetizers
19:45 Welcome by the Embassy
19:55 Speech by Rector Magnificus Arthur Mol 'Challenges for the 30 for 30 vision'
20:15 Introduction on the WUR Alumni Network Singapore by alumnus Matthijs van Wagtendonk
20:20 Short pitches by 2 WUR alumni
20:40 Networking with drinks
21:30 End of programme


12 and 13 September 2019, Professor Arthur Mol, Rector Magnificus and member of the executive board WUR, visited Singapore. As part of this visit a WUR Alumni Network Singapore get-together was organised and hosted by the Dutch Embassy in Singapore.

After the informal welcome with drinks and nibbles, Hajo Provo Kluit, deputy ambassador of the Dutch Embassy in Singapore, kicked off the formal part of the evening.  It is always nice to hear an ambassador tell the story of how well known WUR is in the foreign world compared to almost all the other Dutch things.

The main act was Arthur Mol’s speech: Challenges for Singapore’s ‘30 by 30 strategy’. For those not in the know of this strategy, Singapore wants to produce 30 percent of their nutritional needs locally by 2030. The speech gave a great insight in the challenges the Singaporeans face to achieve their goal. Arthur also made clear how the WUR can be of help to the Singaporeans to accomplish their mission. Only the future will tell but accepting challenges has made Singapore what it is today.

The second act of the evening was a pitch by Amanda Voo. Amanda, a Nanyang Technological University (NTU) graduate, explained how the collaboration between WUR and NTU regarding the food technology programme works. She also told about her brief experience in Wageningen. She concluded by sharing how her WUR experience will help her finishing her PhD in food technology.

The get-together concluded how it started, with drinks and nibbles. It was great to see a balanced mix in age, gender and cultural background between the alumni present. For most, if not all, a first time meeting each other.  All in all a very nice and informative evening.

Last but not least a big thank you very much to the Dutch Embassy in Singapore in general and to Sabine Poelman, agricultural policy officer in particular for hosting WUR Alumni Network Singapore.

Kind regards,

Matthijs van Wagtendonk, coordinator WUR Alumni Network Singapore