Ahead of WKWSCI's 25th anniversary next year, step back in time for a glimpse of the school's past years through a photo slider.
by Krystal Chia
1995: Construction of the School of Communication Studies’ new $22.6 million building. Equipped with TV studios, computer laboratories and editing suites, it was vastly different from the school’s temporary premises at the Chinese Heritage Centre. When completed, the building was the only one in NTU that was blue and not grey. The school moved into its new premise the following year and the building was officially opened on May 10, 1997 by then Minister for Information and the Arts George Yeo.
1997: The fluid waves of the sculpture “BC-AD” by Singapore artist Sun Yu-Li symbolise the ever-changing nature of communication. Commissioned by the school, the sculpture was installed in May 1997. In August the same year, the faculty celebrated the graduation of the first class of undergraduate students who completed the school's four-year honours degree curriculum.
2002: Official launch of Nanyang Spectrum, a student-run broadcast station producing TV programmes shown on screens in NTU. On Jan.17 that same year, the faculty was renamed the School of Communication and Information, reflecting the inclusion of the Division of Information Studies, which was previously part of the School of Computer Engineering.
2006: Mrs Wee Kim Wee visits the school in 2007 to look at its facilities and talk to faculty members. On Dec. 5 the previous year, the school was officially renamed the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information. At the time of its launch, the Wee Kim Wee Legacy Fund had already raised $27.3 million, exceeding its initial target of $25 million.
2012: A student reviews her broadcast news script before a demo at the media preview of Newsplex Asia, a $0.5 million interdisciplinary news laboratory. Jointly set up by NTU and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), it is the first of its kind in Asia and fourth globally.