Singapore’s first polytechnic reaches a key milestone with
graduation of close to 5,900 students
Singapore, 18 May 2015 – Singapore Polytechnic (SP) today kick-started its 55th Graduation Ceremony with Minister for Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), Mr Lawrence Wong as the Guest-of-Honour. The ceremony will see close to 5,900 graduates receiving their full-time diploma, advanced diploma, specialist diploma and certificate over the next 16 sessions. This will bring the number of SP graduates to a record high of more than 184,000 since its inception in 1954.
Outstanding students with strong values
Exhibiting academic excellence along with good character and values, three SP graduates have been conferred the Lee Kuan Yew Award. This award reflects Founding Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s philosophy in nurturing well-rounded students with deep skills and values, which underpin the future success of Singapore.
Among the Lee Kuan Yew Award recipients this year is Diploma in Biomedical Science graduate Tan Fong Xin. Besides topping her course, Fong Xin is also an active volunteer with the Singapore Heart Foundation. She regularly conducts health mapping exercises for the elderly living in rental flats.
In SP, Fong Xin devoted a large amount of time to community service. With a heart for the elderly, she pioneered Project St Luke’s where she planned activities and served the elderly from St Luke’s Eldercare Centre. She was also involved in a year-long project at MINDS helping the beneficiaries to acquire social skills. For her deep involvement in community service, she was selected as a Youth Community Leader and awarded the SP Outstanding Contributions Award. She is also a Youth Corps aspirant, championed by MCCY and National Youth Council.
Reflecting on her achievements, Fong Xin said, “At the age of 14, I witnessed the death of a school senior and I was helpless as I was not equipped with the skills and knowledge to help her. With the knowledge and skills I have now, I can try to do my part to help the less fortunate within the community.”
Volunteerism is also in the blood of Toh Chin Chye Gold Medallist Amanda Chia since young. As the top G.C.E. ‘O’ Level student from the ‘N’ level cohort, the avid health advocate chose to study the Diploma in Nutrition, Health and Wellness course in SP. She wanted to acquire the skills and knowledge to motivate people towards a healthier lifestyle. While in SP, she also participated in health mapping exercises for senior citizens and blood donation drives.
As a volunteer with the Singapore Association for the Deaf, Amanda recognised how costly sign language courses were and how her peers lacked the skills to communicate with the deaf. She decided to set up the Sign Language Club in SP, where she single-handedly designed the course structure, developed the syllabus and trained the early batch of instructors.
Today, the club has over 100 members and continues to create an inclusive society for the deaf by actively offering sign language lessons and participating in community service programmes.
Pioneer graduates set out to be business change agents
This year’s ceremony will also mark the inaugural graduation of 45 pioneer students from the first and only Diploma in Business Innovation and Design (DBID). This industry-centric course hopes to produce the next generation of change agents to transform and prepare businesses for the future.
During their course, a group of students worked on a project to address the challenges faced by caregivers of the elderly. They created six innovative concepts to enhance long term elderly care, one of which is “Mappiness”, a mobile application that aids seniors with mobility challenges to navigate to their healthcare destinations and find services for their health needs.
Recognising their capability to solve business problems from a fresh angle, over 25% of the DBID graduates had their internship extended by their organisations. These range from statutory boards like the Land Transport Authority to banks like OCBC and research centres such as A*STAR.
DBID graduate Winona Wang, who has secured a job as a Junior Experience Consultant with experience design and research firm Voilax after her internship, recounted her SP journey, “SP has made it possible for me to combine my passion for business and design in a creative way. This course constantly challenged me with real-world issues and hence, drove me to develop innovative problem solving skills that could go a long way.”
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SP Institutional Medalists 2015 with SP Principal and Chief Executive Officer Tan Choon Shian and Guest-of-Honour Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Lawrence Wong
From left to right:
- SP Principal and Chief Executive Officer, Tan Choon Shian,
- Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering graduate and Tay Eng Soon Gold Medal winner, Goh Jia Hui,
- Diploma in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics graduate and Tan Kay Yong Gold Medal winner, Chew Keng Hao,
- Diploma in Business Information Technology graduate and Low Guan Onn Gold Medal winner, Sally Chin Si Ying,
- Diploma in Nutrition, Health and Wellness graduate and Toh Chin Chye Gold Medal winner, Amanda Chia Siew Hui,
- Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Lawrence Wong,
- Diploma in Maritime Business graduate and Chua Chor Teck Gold Medal winner, Aaron Goh Zhao Rong,
- Diploma in Civil Engineering with Business graduate and Lee Kuan Yew Award winner, Jonathan Peh Zhuang Sheng,
- Diploma in Mechanical Engineering graduate and Lee Kuan Yew Award winner, Chin Guan Wei,
- Diploma in Biomedical Science graduate and Lee Kuan Yew Award winner, Tan Fong Xin
Diploma in Biomedical Science graduate, Tan Fong Xin, receiving her Lee Kuan Yew Award and certificate from Guest-of-Honour Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Lawrence Wong
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About Singapore Polytechnic (www.sp.edu.sg)
Established in 1954, Singapore Polytechnic (SP) is Singapore’s first polytechnic. It has 10 schools that offer 49 full-time diploma courses for close to 16,000 students. SP adopts a proven creative teaching and learning framework and offers students a holistic, authentic and industry-relevant curriculum, innovative and vibrant learning spaces, and enriching overseas programmes.
The Polytechnic is committed to producing competent and versatile graduates who are also imbued with sound values, so that they can be work ready, life ready and world-ready. SP has more than 184,000 graduates and among them are successful entrepreneurs, top executives in multi-national and public-listed corporations, and well-known professionals across various industries and leaders in government.
SP is the first polytechnic to be awarded the President’s Award for the Environment in 2010 and the President's Social Service Award in 2011.
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