Organisation Profiles (Govt)

Sketching the Blueprint for Singapore’s Economic Future

Establishing good relationships with overseas clients is key to Singapore’s economic development, and one EDB scholar shares how he has been on the frontline of this mission.

By Benjamin Lim

From a per capita GDP of $500 in the 1960s, to more than $50,000 today, Singapore’s economy has come a long way.

As a small country without natural resources, Singapore depends heavily on foreign investments to bolster its economy.

Companies with the confidence to invest in Singapore have helped it evolve from a labour-intensive one five decades ago, to one that is capital-, knowledge-, and innovation-driven.

The Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), established in 1961, has been a galvanising force in developing our economy and attracting foreign investment, and has the vital role of charting our economic future.

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An Education Of A Lifetime


Meet Josephine Yang and Sarabjeet Singh, two students from the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. They share with us their thoughts and views on why choosing FASS was the best decision of their lives.

By Yvette Tan

Meet 26-year-old Sarabjeet Singh and 25-year-old Josephine Yang, flag bearers of the National University of Singapore’s (NUS’s) Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS). Displaying a confident outlook towards life, the duo credits their time in NUS FASS for grooming them into the vibrant young people that they are today.

"Every NUS FASS student will have something called the 4Cs ingrained in them. Each student is Curious, eager to learn and find out more and to question the boundaries of our knowledge. We are confident in what we do and with that Confidence comes the Conviction in what we believe in. However, these factors cannot shape a successful student without the presence of Compassion,” Sarabjeet explains.

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Lifelong Learning


In recent years, SMU has established itself as one of Singapore’s premier universities; taking a new approach to higher education with its interactive teaching pedagogy and broad-based curriculum that emphasises compulsory internships and community service. We catch up with Alicia Teng, a second-year student from SMU as she shares more about her contributions to the school and her dreams for the future.

By Yvette Tan

Meet Alicia Teng, a scholar from the Singapore Management University’s (SMU’s) University Scholars Programme (USP).

Despite her impressive academic achievements, the 20-year-old wants to be known for her body of work in community service. Alicia reveals another side of her to us – a girl who carries a strong passion for service, a deep love for her family and friends and a promise to make her contribution to the world.

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Pioneering a Difference

While many quake at the thought of joining a new university that is not tried and tested, two students daringly embark on a different route, to be the pioneering batch of Singapore’s fourth public university – the Singapore University of Technology and Design.

By Wendy Ng

Being the pioneers of change is an opportunity that not everyone can experience in their lifetime.

However, this is the opportunity that Matthew Chan Chun Hin and Jie Hanson have been given. As part of the pioneer batch of the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), the two of them will be at the forefront of change.

With classes officially starting in 2012, SUTD is currently in the midst of reviewing and finalising its curriculum, recruiting its faculty, and designing and building its new campus grounds.

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Not Just About Numbers

Rather than just a number-crunching organisation, IRAS offers many career opportunities for people with varied backgrounds. We speak to two scholars who have taken the road less travelled and are now elated to be contributing to the nation’s taxation body.

By Benjamin Lim


Taxation might be an obscure and complicated subject to some but the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) hopes to make it more accessible to taxpayers with its hassle-free filing systems and its commitment to social responsibility.
31-year-old Shirley Ng and 22-year-old Sophia Gao reveal how IRAS has supported and moulded them to become who they are today.
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Leaders of Men


The SAF has constantly evolved throughout the years to meet the needs of the nation. We speak to two SAF officers who share with us how being in the Army has groomed them to be the men that they are today.

By Farhan Shah

“Satisfying,” Major (MAJ) Pang Lead Shuan, a Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Merit Scholar, says with a smile, describing his 12 years of service in the SAF.

From working at the headquarters at the Ministry of Defence to training overseas in the United States, MAJ Pang has experienced sights and sounds that not many people would be able to experience in their entire lifetime.

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Blueprint Of The Future


In the hustle and bustle of our island, many take for granted the city Singapore has transitioned into. Meet Janice Tan and Ho Li Ann, two scholars from the URA, who have a hand in shaping the way you live, work and play in your everyday life.

By Yvette Tan

A beautiful skyline of bright lights and soaring buildings will greet you if you ever have the opportunity to venture to the top floors of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Centre.

Settling down on a plush chair overlooking the magnificent landscape, I turned my attention away from the view to the two lovely ladies seated in front of me on a couch.
The two women are Janice Tan and Ho Li Ann.

From our conversation, I could sense the passion that they have for the work they do in URA.

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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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Building A Better Tomorrow

To many, HDB just deals with the building and management of housing estates. However, there is a lot more to HDB than meets the eye. A HDB scholar takes us behind the concrete walls and brings us into a world filled with diversity and challenges.

By Benjamin Lim

One year into his job at the Housing & Development Board (HDB), 25-year-old Lin Shi Lei still possesses the same enthusiasm that he had when he first walked through the doors of the organisation upon his graduation from the National University of Singapore.

The Electrical Engineering alumnus who graduated with first-class honours tells us what it is like to be part of an organisation that shapes the urban fabric of Singapore’s heartlands.

Why did you choose the HDB Undergraduate Scholarship?
Shi Lei: I chose HDB because of its brand name – HDB is very close to our hearts since everybody is familiar with the organisation’s role in Singapore.

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Building The Future

Max Xu shares with us how he managed to land a scholarship with the BCA and reveals the interesting challenges that the job brings.

By Rachel Chan

Mention the term “building and construction industry” and images of men in safety helmets and drab overalls are bound to pop up in people’s minds.

However, 25-year-old Max Xu defies the archetypal stereotype of a person working in the industry.

Striding into the room clad in a light pink long-sleeved shirt and grey pants, Max does not look like your typical Engineer.

However, his enthusiasm for his work is plain to see when he shares with us what he does with the Building and Construction Authority (BCA).

“I am exposed to many different types of challenges which I wouldn’t expect,” Max reveals, gesticulating excitedly with his hands.

More than just bricks and mortar
One of these challenges is to understand the importance of regulation and how it works in tandem with construction.

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