Farhan Shah

The Chancellor Comes To Town

UC Berkeley is responsible for discovering 16 chemical elements, more than any other university in the world, and at least 66 Nobel laureates have been affiliated with Berkeley – as alumni, faculty or researchers. We talk to the Chancellor when he dropped by Singapore for the Spring Reception at the Ritz Carlton.

By Farhan Shah

Established in 1868, the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) is one the world’s most renowned academic institutes for producing distinguished and talented graduates.

Recently coming in at fourth spot in the 2011 Times Higher Education University Ranking, UC Berkeley continually attracts some of the brightest minds to its campus despite experiencing cuts in funding from the state of California.

We talk to Robert Joseph Birgeneau, Chancellor of UC Berkeley, and find out more about the university, its numerous collaborations with Singapore, and what he plans to do after he finishes his term.

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Inspiring The Next Generation

Singapore’s education system is lauded around the world for producing top-notch students with excellent results. Meet the man who is responsible for influencing the education landscape in Singapore through his work in MOE.

By Farhan Shah

From the classrooms of Anderson Junior College to the upper echelons of the Ministry of Education (MOE), 32-year-old Planning Officer Loh Chih Hui has experienced how it’s like to educate the future leaders of our country and to formulate policies that will shape the future of an entire generation.

He sits down with us and shares his thoughts on the education sector, a career in MOE, and how he still has the same fire for teaching despite having worked for seven long years.

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Shaping The Future

One handshake is all it takes for these officers to change the lives of Singaporeans instantly. Meet two scholars who share how working in EDB can change your life and the people around you.

By Farhan Shah

Imagine conceiving and implementing ideas that will shape Singapore’s economic future and her economic landscape as well as impact the lives of millions of citizens.

The Economic Development Board (EDB) is the lead agency responsible for creating sustainable economic growth whilst optimising resource utilization and minimizing environmental impact.

These naturally aid in the creation of jobs and opportunities that meet the needs of Singapore and fulfil the aspirations of our people.

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Housing for the People

In land-scarce Singapore, the HDB plays an important role in optimising the use of land and building affordable homes for Singaporeans. Find out from an HDB scholar how her work makes a difference to our lives.

By Farhan Shah

Formed in 1960 to address rampant housing woes, the Housing & Development Board (HDB) has progressed from meeting Singaporeans’ basic housing needs to fulfilling their housing aspirations. For HDB, 2010 marked not just 50 successful years of public housing, but also other major milestones – HDB was conferred the prestigious 2010 United Nations (UN) Habitat Scroll of Honour award for improving the country’s living conditions and providing one of the world’s cleanest and most socially conscious housing programmes.

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Those Who Can, Teach

Being a teacher is usually one of the most common aspirations of a child when growing up. Meet a scholar who took that dream and turned it into a career of a lifetime.

By Farhan Shah

When Ruth Yong was in Primary Three, she was already conducting classes from the comfort of her home. She would teach origami from a book and make her student read. Granted, she only had one pupil in her class, namely her younger sister.
“If she didn’t do anything the way I liked, she would either leave willingly or I would throw her out of the class,” Ruth reminisces with a laugh.

“But not to worry, I do not treat my students this way now,” she remonstrates jokingly.
Her love for teaching never diminished throughout her growing years as she drew inspiration from her educators throughout different stages of her life.

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The First Line of Defence

A myriad of opportunities and a dynamic work environment are some of the standards most fresh graduates look for in an organisation. One scholar shares with us how she found these after receiving the Defence Merit Scholarship.

By Farhan Shah

Watching her male junior college classmates enlist for National Service reminded Shirin Ong of the central role defence plays in Singapore’s growth.

“I’ve always been fairly interested in Singapore’s public policies. Going into the field of defence-related policymaking, which has and continues to be an integral aspect of Singapore’s development, seemed like a good fit,” the 23-year-old says.

Being invited to the Defence Merit Scholarship (DMS) tea session and interacting with various personnel from MINDEF helped affirm her decision to pursue a career in the defence of Singapore.

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A Healthy Future With NUHS

By Farhan Shah

Singapore’s healthcare industry model is widely lauded and copied throughout the world due to its efficiency and cost-effectiveness. One of the flag bearers in this field is the National University Health System (NUHS), which groups the National University Hospital (NUH) and the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry under a common governance structure to create synergies to advance its tripartite mission of excellence in clinical care, research and education. This vision cannot be achieved without its team of healthcare professionals. .

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Guarding the Skies for Singapore

The ingredient that makes any organisation become a world-class entity is its people. The RSAF understands this more than most with its practices and policies.

By Farhan Shah

The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) possesses some of the most cutting-edge equipment on the planet but the core engine that keeps the RSAF flying is its people.

The RSAF understands how important its people are in its efforts to transform the organisation into a third-generation Air Force. In line with this, the RSAF had sought feedback from all the different levels to come up with a vision that defined the role of the RSAF in the new era.

A defining choice
The result is this – “World Class People, First Class Air Force.”

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Beyond The Classroom

There is more to education than just classroom lessons. Two students from NTU share how the myriad opportunities that the school offers are a stepping stone to greater things in life.

By Farhan Shah

One is a second-year Mathematical Sciences student with an intense passion for numbers while the other is an Interactive Media fresh graduate who has an independent game titled Warpy Boy in the works.

Both of them are poles apart subject-wise but the one common thread that binds them together is the National Technological University (NTU) educational experience. Through a broad-based tertiary education, NTU aims to develop students’ creativity, entrepreneurship, leadership, and interpersonal skills.

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Moving People With Passion

With excellent career progression for its staff and a close-knit working culture, MTU Asia with a passion for moving people is a dream come true for three employees.

By Farhan Shah

Melody Han, Helmi Sedik and Emmanuel Sin come from wholly different backgrounds but the trio are currently living out their dreams under the flag of MTU Asia.

As part of the Tognum Group, MTU Asia is the Asian arm of German-based company MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH, the third largest global manufacturer for off-highway diesel engines and complete drive systems.

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