Joyce Lin

Scholars With A Heart

Four SNCF scholars share with us how helping people and changing lives is the greatest good anyone can do in the world.

By Joyce Lin

Many young people and even working adults may not know what a co-operative is. In fact, it is all around you.

From the stationery shop in your secondary school to the ubiquitous supermarket chains in every neighbourhood, the mark of a co-operative is clearly visible everywhere.

Established in 1980, the not-for-profit organisation Singapore National Co-operative Federation (SNCF) is one of the largest grassroots movement in Singapore and is affiliated to 71 co-operatives today.

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When Nature Calls

Dr Anna Wong shares how her work at AVA keeps our animals and food free from disease.

by Joyce Lin

Interestingly, animal lover Dr Anna Wong, 31, assistant director of the Surveillance and Inspection Division (Animal Section) at the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), does not own any pets,

She explains: “Having a pet is a lifelong commitment and I'm still thinking about it.”

However, despite not having her own pets, Dr Wong's love for animals is undeniable. It motivated her to take an unconventional route from the usual 'A' levels.

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Building A Sustainable Environment

If you’re passionate about making the building industry green, BCA provides ample opportunities.

By Joyce Lin

By 2030, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) projects that 80% of all buildings in Singapore will achieve the Green Mark Certified rating.

Launched in 2005, the BCA Green Mark Scheme aims to push the country’s construction industry into a more environmentally-friendly future, starting from conceptualisation all the way to construction.

The Green Mark Scheme was a subject matter that Wang Lei felt passionately about and it compelled him to try out for the BCA scholarship.

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Making A Difference

Since starting in 1955, the CPF Board has continually worked to help Singaporeans in all aspects of their lives. Find out from two CPF scholars how being in CPF has helped changed their lives and the lives of Singaporeans at the same time.

By Joyce Lin

From a simple retirement savings scheme conceptualised in 1955, the Central Provident Fund (CPF) has evolved into a comprehensive social security system that helps Singaporeans to plan for their retirement, housing, and healthcare needs.

Over the years, the CPF Board has adapted to meet the ever-changing needs of its CPF members with the launch of new programmes like the CPF Life scheme in 2009 and more recently, the Workfare Training Support scheme on 1 July 2010.

As Singapore moves into a more competitive world environment, it has become even more imperative for the CPF Board to have the capabilities to make social innovations that enable Singaporeans to plan for their retirement and financial needs.

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Planning a better future

Being a part of URA gives you a say in shaping the future landscape of Singapore.

By Joyce Lin

When you look around you and enjoy the comforts of Singapore as a modern city-state, realise that it is the outcome of thousands of people at work.

One such agency involved in shaping Singapore’s landscape is the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).

For Yam Yujian, being able to marry his passion for economics with the ability to influence the direction that our Republic heads towards was an irresistible opportunity he could not pass up.

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Keeping you safe

Two public officers at PUB and NEA share how they ensure you have a safe environment to live in.

By Joyce Lin

The next time you drink a glass of clean water from the tap, or feel safe from radiation hazards, take a moment to reflect.

Often taken for granted, these conveniences are made possible by hardworking teams of officers from national water agency PUB and the National Environment Agency (NEA).

Two officers from these agencies attest to how much more goes on behind the scenes, with exciting and unusual job scopes that make every single work day unique.

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New Kid On The Block

Keep your eyes peeled for the exciting opening of Singapore’s fourth university, SUTD. Professor Pey Kin Leong tells us what to expect when it opens.

By Joyce Lin

Singapore is buzzing with excitement after it was announced that a fourth university is set to open its doors in April 2012. Focusing on design-related engineering and architecture, the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) is collaborating with top universities, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Zhejiang University.81 students have already signed up to be the first historic intake of the university and many more are expected to join in the future.

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On The Path To Greatness

SIM GE student Michelle Tan tells us more about her enjoyable undergraduate experience.

By Joyce Lin

You may find Michelle Tan’s face familiar. The undergraduate from the SIM Global Education (GE) recently appeared in its posters as part of her school’s publicity campaign. Indeed, the pretty, eloquent student aptly represents the young, vibrant learning institution.

Michelle is currently in her final year majoring in business management programme awarded by the University of Birmingham. She graduated with a diploma in molecular biotechnology from a polytechnic before enrolling for her undergraduate studies at SIM GE.

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Back To The Books

Two polytechnic graduates who have joined the corporate world share with us why they decided to return to their books and made SIT their choice in the pursuit of their degrees.

By Joyce Lin

You are never too old to learn. Two undergraduates from the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) are shining examples of this age-old adage.

Despite working for more than seven years, Eugene Lee and Ore Yi Liang decided that the time is ripe to upgrade themselves to remain competitive. Both of them have enrolled in SIT in pursuit of their degrees.

The two men feel that a degree is important in today’s society as it provides you with the required skills and qualifications for career advancement, hence the decision to pursue further studies.

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Going Green

Two NUS BSc (Project and Facilities Management) undergraduates share their dream of creating a sustainable, greener environment through buildings.

By Joyce Lin

Imagine a city landscape with buildings that will never get dirty and contribute to a lower carbon footprint at the same time.

This is the vision that Tok Chuan Tiong has for the future when the final-year student graduates from his BSc (Project and Facilities Management) (PFM) programme at NUS Department of Building.

Similarly, Seah Kai Wei, an undergraduate in the same department, is equally intrigued by one of her modules where the final-year student learnt how to design a sustainable environment with “green” buildings.

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