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NanyangGateway Arch (part 2)

In the previous Re-trievia, I mentioned that the Nanyang University Arch is located near the junction of Upper JurongRoad and JurongWest Street 93 near a Caltex petrol station. One colleague asked why the Arch was not on campus. [There is a replica on campus and that is in the garden in front of the Chinese Heritage Centre.]

In the old days, meaning the 1950’s and 1960’s, one would get to the campus by the old Upper JurongRoad. It would be a long and tiring bus ride and if there were no sign/ Arch, one could easily miss the correct bus stop to get off. After getting off the bus there would be a 2-3 kilometrewalk/cycle ride/drive along a quiet road before reaching the campus. What has happened is that the PIE has cut through this ‘quiet road’ and that is why the Arch is not on campus.

Another question that was put to me was why there is no road/ street/ lane/ building in NTU named after Mr Tan Lark Sye who gave much of his time, effort and money to establish Nanyang University. I do not know the reason.

Another question asked about the names of the roads in the original Nanyang University. Again I must confess my ignorance. Perhaps, one of the alumni can shed light on this question.

Re-trievia recalled: Excerpts from Year 2001
Tan Wee Kiat


Written by Ivan Chew

15 October, 2007 at 10:10 pm

Posted in Year 2001