Education

CIMA – The Choice

Backed by a reputation forged through 90 years, respected by contemporaries and renowned for its comprehensive syllabus, the CIMA stands out as a brilliant choice for leaders and professionals to get ahead.

By Azhar Jalil

“I think it’s important to have varied experiences, so that you come across as an interesting and well-rounded person during interviews,” Xie Jiayin says.

As a finance professional with Barclays Capital, the 23-year-old believes in higher and broader learning to upgrade her practical skills and improve on current knowledge.

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TMC: A Name You Can Trust

With its established reputation and comprehensive syllabus, TMC trains its students for challenges in the real world.

By Becky Lo

Like many students who are furthering their studies in private education institutions, Dayalan Panneer Selvam’s main concern when choosing a school is the credibility of the academy and the recognition of its programmes.

Hence, when the 26-year-old first heard about TMC Academy, he researched on it and came away very impressed. “I have many friends who spoke well of TMC. They said that the teachers here are good and the school is also more reliable than others because it’s been around for very long,” Dayalan says.

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NUS University Scholars Programme

The University Scholars Programme (USP) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) is an interdisciplinary academic programme for NUS undergraduates. Involving students from six different faculties and schools at NUS - Arts and Social Sciences, Business, Computing, Design and Environment, Engineering, and Science, USP students are concurrently enrolled in one of these faculties or schools (their home faculty) and at the USP. They earn 30% of their academic credits in the USP, and 70% in their home faculty or school. Upon successful completion of USP requirements and an honours programme, USP students graduate with an honours degree from their faculty or school, and a certificate that recognises them as University Scholars.

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New scholarship for the curious

Professor Winston Koh, programme director of the USP@SMU, tells us more about the new scholarship programme to be launched this August.

By Joyce Lin

In his seven years’ of teaching at Singapore Management University (SMU), Professor Winston Koh, who teaches economics and finance modules there, took into consideration the feedback from some of his top students. The current Interim Dean of SMU’s School of Social Sciences says, “Many of our top students are capable of doing a lot more. They want to be challenged to do more than what is available to them in the curriculum. That was the starting point.”

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Putting the “Cool” into Scholar

Two NTU scholars let us in on their memorable experiences as recipients of the Nanyang Scholarship.

By Joyce Lin

If your perception of a scholar is that of a nerd with thick glasses or a loner quietly studying in the library all day, think again. Eugene Zhuang and Leong Wenyan, two Nanyang scholars, are fine examples of scholars who have successfully balanced both their academic and social lives with aplomb, and are eloquent and passionate about both their academic and personal interests.

Eugene, 23, is a third-year Accountancy undergraduate pursuing a Second Specialisation in Banking & Finance. This Nanyang Scholar has made it to the Dean’s List for two consecutive years (2008 and 2009) and has a stellar résumé listing numerous awards, student activities and internships, placing him ahead of his peers. However, when asked about his achievements, Eugene remains modest and attributes everything to “learning how to prioritise”.

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DBS: Study with a peace of mind

Consider the POSB Further Study Assist to finance your dream of getting a degree.

By Everlyn Lee

As the adage goes, “it is never too old to learn,” and Yue Li Li is the perfect example of a Singaporean who embraces this spirit of lifelong learning. Li Li, currently 38 years old, may be older than many of her peers who are pursuing a Bachelor’s degree, but that did not deter her from going back to school.

In response to the Government’s call for skills upgrading, Li Li, under the encouragements of her supervisors, enrolled in Kaplan Singapore this year to pursue a part-time Bachelor of Science degree programme in Management that will be awarded by the National University of Ireland, Dublin. She has been working tirelessly in the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) for the past ten years and currently holds the position of a clerical officer within the organisation. A degree, she hopes, will open doors for career advancement in the future.

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More Than Just Management

The Project and Facilities Management programme at the Department of Building in NUS may be relatively new, but its students are set to make a difference to the urban landscape of Singapore and beyond.

By Ong Kai Ling

“Project management is a skill and construction of buildings can be one of the most complex projects. So if you can handle a building, you can handle anything else,” Grace Lee quotes her professor confidently when asked if an interest in construction is necessary for her course of study. The 23-year-old is a final year student studying Project and Facilities Management in the Department of Building at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

This is a far cry from the girl who confesses that she “freaked out” when she attended her first lesson in NUS and realised that the Project and Facilities Management programme is not the business management programme she envisaged.
Thankfully, Grace adjusted her perceptions accordingly and now feels that the programme has broadened her horizons. “I see the world in a more multi-dimensional perspective now,” she reveals.

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Young but flourishing

SMU offers opportunities for the go-getters who charge after what they want from life.

By Everlyn Lee

The Singapore Management University (SMU) may be young with only ten years since its incorporation, but it is certainly charging ahead in the tertiary education arena. Modelling its style of education after The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, SMU prides itself on pioneering an interactive pedagogy in Singapore that remains its unique hallmark today.

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Making the Best of Yourself

After taking a leap of faith and choosing to study Law, one third-year undergraduate is now absolutely certain that she has chosen the right degree.

By Cheryl Tay

Faced with the common dilemma of choosing a university and degree programme after the ‘A’ levels, Magdalene Lie found herself at a fork in the road, uncertain of which path to take.

Eventually, after seeking advice from her family, teachers and seniors, Magdalene decided that pursuing a Law degree would best fit her strengths in argumentative writing, critical thinking and debating.

“No one else in my family had studied law and I was initially considering Business or Arts. But after two and a half years of studying Law, I have no regrets about choosing it,” says the former Anglo-Chinese Junior College student.

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Programming success

Nathekumar s/o Tamilselvan and Koh Meng Hui explain why NUS School of Computing is their school of choice.

By Joyce Lin

Computing isn’t all about computers, as recent graduate Nanthekumar s/o Tamilselvan, and current undergraduate, Koh Meng Hui from the School of Computing at National University of Singapore (NUS) can attest to. More than just machines and numbers, computing is a field of study that opens up many doors to exciting and meaningful careers and is a good choice for paving a way for a bright future.

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