ike any other bright students who achieved stellar GCE ‘O’ Level results, Thng Kai Yuan, a former student of Gan Eng Seng Secondary School, applied to join a junior college. But after three months, he decided that the subjects he took were too rigid for him. With his parents’ blessings, he chose to take up the Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering in Singapore Polytechnic (SP) with his aggregate score of just five points. He believed that SP could offer experiences beyond classroom that would enrich his learning journey, highly affirmed by his brother who graduated from SP in the same course. Now, three years later, his choice was more than just a right decision.
Kai Yuan graduates from SP with a perfect GPA in both his Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering course and the additional Certificate in Engineering Mathematics under the Diploma-Plus programme that he had taken up. His excellent performance earns him the Lee Kuan Yew Award, topping off a string of other awards, including the Model Student Award that he achieved during his three years at SP.
Based on his good grades during his secondary school, Kai Yuan was selected for the SP Outstanding Talent (SPOT) programme that nurtures bright students to be future leaders. Under this programme, Kai Yuan experienced the holistic journey of education. Besides attending leadership camps, he also participated in several high-level events such as the Temasek Dialogue 2010 where he met and discussed issues with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, Teo Chee Hean.
Outside of SP, he is an active volunteer in his Kampong Glam ward where he helps needy children. His service to the ward, plus his academic excellence, earned him the Kampong Glam CCC Scholarship (Polytechnic Award) two years in a row. Till now, he still returns to his secondary school to tutor final year students in Physics.
Kai Yuan’s vision was considerably broadened with his overseas trips as an SP student. These include an internship in Beijing with Pratt and Whitney, a leading manufacturer of aeroplane engines; and a community service trip to Timor Leste to teach basic information technology skills to the kids.
Now that he has topped his class and achieved one of the highest graduation honours, Kai Yuan is aiming higher. He has already been offered a place at the local universities but he hopes to be selected for the Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Scholarship. He has his future all mapped out - to be a leader in the army, an excellent husband, a role model for his children and a good friend to others.
Yes Sir, we are confident that you will be one.
Lee Kuan Yew Award
SIA Engineering Aeronautical Engineering Gold Medal
Alfred Robert Edis Prize
Eurocopter SEA Merit Award
Shell Companies in Singapore Prize
The Diploma-Plus Book Prize
The Institution of Engineers, Singapore Prize