British Council: A Bridge to a UK Education

For one polytechnic student, the British Council helped make her dream of studying in the UK come true.

By Nabilah Husna A. Rahman

Growing up, Tee Ting Hui harboured a fascination with the UK, especially after seeing photographs of her cousins taken while they were there. Thus began her dream of studying in the UK, home to one of the world’s richest historical backgrounds and a plethora of cultures.

Known as an international cultural relations body for Britain, one of the British Council’s aims is to help bring students all over the globe together in an effort to strengthen cultural ties. For Ting Hui, the British Council assisted in making her dream a reality.

“British Council gave me the most useful advice, especially on module exemptions and culture in different parts of the UK. British Council has information on a wide range of universities, from which it is easier to choose the university that meets my criteria, academically and financially,” she recalls.

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A Rewarding Road

One LTA scholar shares his zeal for contributing to the improvement of Singapore's transport system.

By Lim Yan Wen

As a child, Ho Chin Ning had always been fascinated with the notion of transport. “I always wondered who determines the duration for the green man to appear and change, and now I know it's my colleagues at the Land Transport Authority (LTA),” says the 26-year-old.

Chin Ning's deep curiosity for all things related to transport turned out to be a major driving force behind his career choice. After being selected for the LTA scholarship, the Raffles Junior College alumnus proceeded to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Cornell University, followed by a Master of Science in Transportation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the space of four years.

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Do More, Learn More

Before you shudder upon hearing the word 'taxation', hear what two scholars from IRAS have to say about the organisation – it definitely offers more than just taxing work!

By Lim Yan Wen

If your knowledge about taxation is limited to the Benjamin Franklin quote “In this world, nothing is certain but death and taxes”, it might come as a pleasant surprise that there is much more to the business of taxation in a modern economy such as Singapore's.

Just ask Accountancy graduate Linda Cheng. The 23-year-old, who graduated from the Nanyang Business School in Nanyang Technological University (NTU), chose the course based on advice from her cousins. “I have cousins who are auditors and they suggested that I could try this field, and I do not regret my choice,” the Raffles Junior College alumnus says.

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Secure Retirement, Stable Finances

Conceptualising policies, strategic planning and affecting lives – these are all in a day’s work for CPF Board scholar Mr Desmond Chew.

By Nabilah Husna A. Rahman

Every month, 34.5% of an employee’s salary is saved in their Central Provident Fund (CPF) account, from which they can withdraw from the age of 55. This retirement savings scheme has been allowing workers to seamlessly transit into retirement with financial stability.

Before the CPF Board was set up in 1955, Singaporean citizens did not have a mandatory savings scheme, putting the nation in the vulnerable position of possibly turning into a welfare state. Now, the much familiar CPF scheme has been developed to become the backbone of Singapore’s healthcare, housing and retirement systems, and is a key instrument for overall national growth.

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A Challenging Career

One scholar attests how an EDB career has given him a diverse and challenging work experience.

By Joyce Lin

If there’s one thing an education in Engineering can give you, it’s being able to understand things better and gaining a strong foundation in analysis and logic, says Mr Ralph Foong, 33, Head of Transport Engineering at Economic Development Board (EDB).

After the ‘A’ levels, Ralph took up the EDB scholarship to further his studies in Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and completed his master’s degree at University of California, Berkeley.

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Shelton: Stepping onto the Global Stage

Three students share their rewarding experiences at Shelton, where they are exposed to a cosmopolitan student population and internship opportunities in preparation for the real world.

By Becky Lo

From a very young age, Vanessa d/o Sundrasagar has always known that she wanted to work in the media industry. Thus, when she was looking through her options in furthering her studies, the diverse and challenging mass communications modules offered at Shelton College International immediately caught her eyes.

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A Cultural Experience

The FIREfly scholarship has opened many doors for Yvonne, one of which is the chance to attain her university education in Japan.

By Nabilah Husna A. Rahman

Japan is known for its vibrant tourism landscape, attracting over eight million foreign visitors annually. This is just one of the reasons why the chance to observe firsthand the high hospitality standards in this Asian country is so appealing. For Yvonne Sim, the choice to pursue her tertiary education in this distinctive location has been made possible through the FIREfly scholarship.

Amongst the six different agencies offering scholarships under the FIREfly Scholarship Programme, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) stood out as the best option for the chatty and friendly 21-year-old.

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In Service of the People

After studying and working in the US, Japan and China to broaden his horizons, PSC scholar Eugene Lim returns with a vast spectrum of knowledge and experience to serve the public.

By Nabilah Husna A. Rahman

The Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) has been a cause for celebration for many Singaporeans, seeing how this inaugural event is set to be held locally in August this year. Together with the champions, the men and women in the Singapore YOG Organising Committee (SYOGOC) are the people who work hard to make this first-of-its-kind Olympic event a success.

At the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS), heavy involvement in the YOG is inevitable. Since the organisation plays the role of building a cohesive society in Singapore, the YOG serves as an ideal opportunity to encourage and promote this through sports.

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Secure Retirement, Stable Finances

Conceptualising policies, strategic planning and affecting lives – these are all in a day’s work for CPF Board scholar Mr Desmond Chew.

By Nabilah Husna A. Rahman

Every month, 34.5% of an employee’s salary is saved in their Central Provident Fund (CPF) account, from which they can withdraw from the age of 55. This retirement savings scheme has been allowing workers to seamlessly transit into retirement with financial stability.

Before the CPF Board was set up in 1955, Singaporean citizens did not have a mandatory savings scheme, putting the nation in the vulnerable position of possibly turning into a welfare state. Now, the much familiar CPF scheme has been developed to become the backbone of Singapore’s healthcare, housing and retirement systems, and is a key instrument for overall national growth.

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