Education

Keeping It Real

As a leading energy, water and marine group, Sembcorp continues to attract some of the best talents as well as deliver its promise to develop its people. Two of Sembcorp scholars share their stories.

By Yvette Lim

“Working with Sembcorp, is giving myself the chance to work with one of the most established players in the engineering industry and it also encompasses the opportunity to work with some of the most dynamic and creative people in the company and industry,” says Lee Chern Ern. Chern Ern’s search for the perfect career started after he completed his ‘A’ levels at Tampines Junior College. He wanted a career that would best fit his interests and personality.

“I've always been more of a problem-solving kind of person, especially in areas of Math and Science. Engineering seemed like a natural choice for my interests,” Chern Ern shares.

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Achieve Your Dreams at TMC

TMC Academy offers its students an unparalleled education experience. With its host of accolades and extensive faculty experience, the school ensures that it takes every step with you.

By Nabilah Husna A. Rahman

TMC Academy is one of the top 10 private schools in Singapore according to AsiaOne People’s Choice 2009. The Academy has been awarded the ISO9001 status and the Singapore Quality Class for Private Education Organisations (SQC-PEO) status in 1997 and 2004 respectively. On top of that, TMC Academy was also accorded the 4-year EduTrust certification by the Council for Private Education, a statutory board under the Ministry of Education.

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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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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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Achieving The Perfect Balance With NUS

Juggling work, study and family is no easy feat, but both Chan Ubol and Sukarmin Bin Salamun managed to find that perfect balance with NUS.

By Cheryl Tay

Chan Ubol knew juggling work and studies would be tough. However she felt the benefits she would gain from receiving a degree would far outweigh the trials and tribulations she would suffer during the process.

With that in mind, she decided to pursue a part-time degree in Chemical Engineering while working full-time.This will not only allow her to continue having a good income from employment but also gain working experience while studying.The Singapore Polytechnic alumnus had joined a chemical plant as a Project Engineer after completing her diploma in Chemical Engineering.

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Fast Track Your Ambitions

For students who are looking for a real Australian University to continue their education, JCU Singapore is a great place to fast-track your ambitions.

By Yvette Lim

Derrick Tan is passionate about psychology. This is evident from the way he talks about it. “Psychology gives me insights into life. I learn about everything from emotions, to thinking, to cognition and to behaviour, (what causes people to react the way they do)” says the 23-year-old who majors in Psychology at JCU Singapore.

Doing national service immediately after graduating from Junior College, gave Derrick time to think about his future. The Psychology course offered by James Cook University Australia at the JCU Singapore campus appealed to him. “The program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), and the campus in Singapore is a real campus, not a partnership with an external university. So we're not dealing with agents or middle-men,” he says. “You know you're paying for quality.”

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Food Guardians

The fish and vegetables at your dinner table came a long way before they’re served fresh – and safe for your consumption.

By Ashley Choo

While you were frowning at images of oil-slicked birds affected by the Gulf oil spill earlier this year, Nathaniel Tay was dealing with an oil spill of a different scale. A collision of vessels off the East Coast of Singapore in May created an oil slick big enough to threaten the livelihoods of 51 fish farms off the Changi coast.

When the news hit, the Senior Inspector for the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) was put on a 24-hour rotational duty. “I had to ensure our fish farmers were well prepared with the necessary aids and tools to battle the oil spill,” he explains. For him and his colleagues at AVA’s Surveillance & Inspection Division, they were doing all they can to prevent a disaster that happened just five months earlier - a plankton bloom in December last year that led to a loss of about 400,000 fishes.

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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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