Nanyang in Chinese means “south seas”¾a reference to the Southeast Asian region. Back in the 1940s and 1950s, many Chinese from mainland China ventured south to seek their fortunes in new lands. Malaya¾now Singapore and Malaysia¾was then known as Nanyang to the Chinese. After World War II, a university was founded in Singapore that would provide tertiary, comprehensive education in Chinese. On March 23, 1953, 523 acres of donated land helped expand the new Nanyang University (known as Nan Tah in Chinese). The modern Nanyang Technological University (NTU, www.ntu.edu.sg) originated from Nan Tah. NTU occupies a large, beautiful campus with hilly terrain in Jurong, located in the western part of Singapore. Many of the campus buildings have sophisticated, futuristic architecture, some designed by Kenzo Tange, the famous Japanese architect.