Jannelle Lau

Behind the Scenes

The CAAS was restructured in July 2009 with more focused roles to develop Singapore as a global air hub and aviation centre of excellence.

By Jannelle Lau

Aviation plays a key role in Singapore’s economic development. Singapore is renowned for the world’s most awarded airport, an enviable air-safety record, a respected centre for aviation training and a strong aviation industry. The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has an integral part to play in all the above. The authority’s raison d’etre is to develop the air hub and aviation industry in Singapore, expanding Singapore’s links to the rest of the world.

To ensure that it is well placed to meet the challenges of tomorrow, CAAS takes a pro-active approach in ensuring that policies are aligned with international best practices, and that safe and efficient aircraft operations is a top priority. CAAS also aims to contribute actively to the development of international aviation and promote Singapore as a centre for aviation capabilities, knowledge and talent.

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NUS University Scholars Programme

NUS University Scholars Programme

The University Scholars Programme (USP) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) is one of the most flexible, interdisciplinary academic programmes offered to undergraduates across Asia and beyond.

Integrated across six-faculties in NUS - Arts and Social Sciences, Business, Design and Environment, Computing, Engineering, and Science, USP invites the brightest, sharpest, most curious minds at every annual University intake to be a part of its select, 180-strong cohort.

Students who gain admission to USP are concurrently enrolled in one of these faculties and at the USP. They do a direct-honours programme with their faculty where they earn 70% of their academic credits and an exciting USP curriculum that fulfils 30% of their graduate requirements. Through a vibrant and dynamic multi-disciplinary programme, USP students are nurtured to be the next generation of dynamic leaders, thinkers and trail-blazers for Singapore and the world.

The USP Cornerstone

Launched in September 2000, the University Scholars Programme provides students with an environment for exploration, collaboration, and creative discovery with unique modules designed to develop interdisciplinary and critical thinking.

Pedagogical approaches at USP focus on fluid learning for students at every level. The curriculum incorporates different modes of inquiry with lateral-thinking modules, independent-study initiatives, and interactive classroom settings where peers and professors argue ideas freely and passionately. USP students and professors come from different faculties, and together at the USP, they create a naturally stimulating environment where modules incorporate various fields of study, and where teaching and learning inspire students to consider perspectives larger than their own.

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Spring Singapore: Engineering the Economy

SPRING’s main focus may be oriented towards small-medium enterprises. But there’s nothing small about Evan Foo’s and Johnny Teo’s dreams.

By Jannelle Lau

Evan Foo first heard about the SPRING Executive Development Scholarship (EDS) in an email with the subject line “Be your OWN boss”. It described one of his goals so precisely that he read on, and what he saw appealed to him. He learnt that as part of SPRING, he would be able to participate in and contribute to the growth of local SMEs - a niche industry that accounts for 60% of the Singapore workforce and 50% of our GDP.

Experiencing a different culture
With his desire to contribute to this meaningful mission, Evan applied for EDS and went through four rounds of selection before he was selected as a mid-term scholar. Other than being sponsored for his final two and a half years at the National University of Singapore (NUS), he was also funded for his one-year overseas programme at the Silicon Valley in the United States.

“SPRING believes in a holistic and global education and encourages their scholars to gain overseas experiences by going for student exchange programmes and to take up foreign languages,” the mechanical engineering student says.

Evan’s experience at the Silicon Valley in United States had been eye-opening. Under the National University of Singapore Overseas College programme, he worked in an American start-up for one year while studying technopreneurship and engineering modules at Stanford University.

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The Application Essay - Demystified

The UK and the US are among the most popular overseas destinations for Singaporean students, and the application processes for both countries require essays. For prospective students, writing a good application essay is an important hurdle to getting into the school of their choice.

By Janelle Lau

For most overseas universities applicants, the most daunting part of the application is the personal essays required. In fact, personal statements can make or break an application. Yet, whether you are applying to a school in the US or the UK matters as there are differences in the style of writing personal essays for both. We delve into the world of both the UK and US universities and show you how to follow the unwritten guidelines for both countries. This will help you immensely during your application process.

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The Overlooked Portfolio

Most students prefer to concentrate on the all-important academics, and tend to oversee the fact that the portfolio is becoming increasingly important. When adequately prepared, the portfolio can be the key to setting you apart from the other university or scholarship applicants.

By Janelle Lau

As the student population becomes more competitive, academic grades are no longer the only consideration for scholarship and university applications. In fact, local universities are setting aside 10% of their places for discretionary admissions, that is, admissions based on students’ achievements besides grades.

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