LinkedIn’s University Page update gives institutions a social boost

NUS highlighted alumni includes founders of Prezi and Kiip as LinkedIn launches University Pages to help students explore their college options better.

NUS Linkedin University Page

According to the official blog post, currently there are more than 200 academic institutions, including NYU, the University of Michigan, INSEAD and many more adopting LinkedIn University page. The pages provide information about the schools such as its homepage and its latest update. More interestingly, LinkedIn University page allows students to identify and even contact other students and the university’s alumni.

Following this, LinkedIn also lowered its minimum age requirement for users to 14 in certain countries.

“We believe University Pages will be especially valuable for students making their first, big decision about where to attend college. Therefore, beginning on September 12, we will be making LinkedIn available to high school students* who can use LinkedIn to explore schools worldwide, greatly expand their understanding of the careers available, and get a head start on building a network of family and friends to help guide them at every milestone.” – LinkedIn Official Blog.

In Singapore, while the University page is still available for both the Singapore Management University and the Nanyang Technology University, the LinkedIn university page of the National University of Singapore is currently active, where students can explore careers of over 80,000 alumni.

Read also: LinkedIn celebrates reaching milestone of 1M members in Singapore

Here are some of the notable NUS Alumni whom are highlighted by the NUS University Page:

1. Brian Wong, Founder and CEO at Kiip

A speaker of e27′s Echelon 2012, Brian did an exchange at NUS back in 2008. He took up Business and Political Science during his time here. At age 20, Brian is believed to be one of the youngest person ever to have received VC funding for his mobile rewards startup Kiip back in 2010. The company has to date raised over US$15 million in multiple rounds of funding. And Brian just turned 21.

2. Peter Arvai, CEO and co-founder at Prezi

According to his LinkedIn profile, Peter spent a semester in NUS for exchange back in 2001, taking up economics. Peter is later known for founding Prezi in 2009, a cloud based presentation software, aiming to revolutionize the way presentations are done. Prezi has raised a total of US$14 million in funding to date.

3. Emmanuel Daniel, Founder, The Asian Banker

Emmanuel Daniel is the founder of The Asian Banker, the most respected financial services industry intelligence provider in the emerging markets. Established in September 1996, The Asian Banker has today become the most authoritative repository of benchmarking and evolving best practices in  the financial services industry with a strong reputation worldwide. The Asian Banker Summit, which he launched in 2001 has become the largest annual meeting for commercial banks in the region. Emmanuel pursued his studies in NUS back in 1982.

4. Tan Min Liang, Founder, CEO and Creative Director of Razer

Min Liang is the most respected figure amongst the gaming community. Min Liang studied in the NUS Faculty of Law before pursuing his passion in the gaming industry. He was previously a speaker for TechVenture Singapore, organized by the National Research Foundation under the Prime Minister’s office.

5. Bernard Cheong, Owner, Lifeline Pte Ltd

Other than being the partner of Lifeline Medical Group, one of the largest medical groups in Singapore, Cheong is more popularly known among high society circles as an eclectic and esteemed watch collector and horologist. In 2003, Cheong was listed in Asia Tatler’s Top 300 list. Cheong became a medical doctor in 1982 after receiving his medical degree (double degree in Medicine and Surgery) from NUS.

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Jacky Yap

Having spent one year abroad in Shanghai under the NUS Overseas College Programme, Jacky has an avid interest in entrepreneurship and web based startups. Jacky used to run N-House, Singapore's first entrepreneurial themed residence in NUS, and was also part of the organizing team for Startup Weekend Singapore 2012. You can reach him at jacky [at] e27 [dot] co

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