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.
Securing an SIA scholarship and an opportunity to work for the airline is something that many dream of achieving. In the volatile and massive aviation industry, one needs versatility and an open mind to survive. Two SIA scholars tell us all.
By Cheryl Tay
When he first entered junior college, Anand Chandran took a triple science subject combination to keep his future study options open. He was leaning towards studying medicine at that time, but towards the end of his days in Raffles Junior College, Anand was not prepared to commit to a five-year medicine course. He then made the decision to study economics instead.
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.”
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”.
A Sime Darby scholar chooses to study overseas to prepare for a career on the global scale.
By Cheak Hong Ian
Cheong Si Jian is one energetic young man who has chosen to leave the familiarity of Singapore to see the world through new eyes.
“I find the Singaporean education system a bit too results-driven. I want to develop my social, leadership, management and communication skills as well,” the 21-year-old declares.
Flying is often said to be safer than driving – Ang Eng Kiat’s job is to ensure it stays that way.
By Azhar Jalil
Mix high passenger volumes with a crowded airspace and it is easy to appreciate the part Ang Eng Kiat plays in keeping the sky over Singapore safe. In the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Eng Kiat is an assistant airworthiness manager responsible for the oversight on safety issues related to aircraft operations and maintenance activities.
“We’re the people who conduct audits and inspections on aircraft and organisations to ensure high levels of safety, while Singapore continues to grow as a vibrant air hub and civil aviation system,” the 26-year-old explains.
They have taken the first, brave step to pursue a degree in the relatively obscure field of Maritime Studies. Now let the SMF scholars tell you more about their passion for the sea and the maritime industry.
By Lim Yan Wen
While her wide-eyed innocence may initially trick you into believing that she behaves her age, Guan Yifei's quiet determination to succeed and her firm belief in the industry she has chosen reveals a kind of maturity that is beyond her years.
The 20-year-old is currently a first-year student in Nanyang Technological University (NTU), pursuing a double major in Maritime Studies and Business. Born in China, Yifei has been studying in Singapore for the past six years. She enrolled into secondary three at Xin Ming Secondary School, before entering the Hwa Chong Junior College. Her decision to enter the field of Maritime Studies with a Business Major stemmed mostly from her self-understanding.
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.
One local scholar talks about how an education in NUS is just as fulfilling as an overseas university experience.
By Philip Tnee
She has just turned 19 this year, but Phoebe Lim is already being put through the paces of the working world in the National University of Singapore (NUS). The Arts and Social Sciences undergraduate is not only a scholar with the NUS Global Merit Scholarship programme, but is also an active member of NUS University Scholars Programme (USP).
Just one semester into her university life and Phoebe has already immersed herself with a multitude of activities such as the NUS’ Rag & Flag Parade where students build super-sized floats made entirely out of recycled materials.
The unique position of SGX as an Asian gateway to the global finance industry is certainly appealing to graduates who are keen to dive into the exciting world of business and finance. SGX scholars John Lim and Wong Yun Zhen can testify to that.
By Lim Yan Wen
Since joining Singapore Exchange (SGX) in August 2004, Senior Associate Wong Yun Zhen has gained considerable maturity and confidence. “I came in wanting to get diverse exposure to different work experiences, and I have gotten that through job rotation,” Yun Zhen says.
The 28-year-old graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the National University of Singapore (NUS), after taking on the SGX Scholarship following her 'A' levels. “At that time, we were one of the pioneer batches for the scholarship,” the bubbly young lady recalls.