SP brand of education helps normal stream student win prestigious IDA' National Infocomm Scholarship.
Doing well academically was not always the case for Augustin Chan I-Yann. Describing himself as a rebellious child in his Primary School days, he scored an aggregate of 180 for his PSLE which saw Augustin being posted to the, normal stream in St Gabriel's Secondary. After his 'O' Levels, Augustin was posted to Outram Institute.
After his 'A' Levels, Augustin was drafted into the SAF. Augustin did well in the SAF and become a commissioned officer and a platoon commander.
After completing his National Service Augustin decided to enrol in Singapore Polytechnic as he did not want to "waste" the time he had put in studying 'A' Level Commerce.
At Singapore Polytechnic, Augustine led the team that won the NETS Innovator Series Competition with a business plan that incorporated bioinformatics to power the next generation of cashless and card less e-transactions.
Augustin graduated this year with a Business Information Technology Diploma (with merit) amassing a total of nine distinctions and eight As in his course of studies.
What changed in Augustin's life? In his own words, "Singapore Polytechnic forced me to be more mature as the lecturer will teach and it is up to me to complete the assignments. They treated me with care as a friend and respect as an adult. I had to manage my time well as there were a lot of projects that all ending at the same time. The poly also helped me to apply and improve myself as there were presentations for almost every project."
"Nothing comes easy. But with determination I will be able to achieve what I want if I put in the effort," shared Augustin.
Which lecturers from the School of Info-Communications Technology made an impact on Augustin's life? Augustin singled out Mr Chong Chee Seng, Mr Vernon Tan and Mrs Virginia Boo of which he said, "She is very motherly, and sincere. She makes you feel that she is part of the team but leaves you to do what you need to do. She gave me valuable contacts for information on marketing and promotion, media etc and even got other lecturers to help vet our business proposal for the NETS Innovator Series Competition.
A fairy tale ending?
Augustin is the first Singapore Polytechnic student to receive the prestigious IDA National Infocomm Scholarship (NIS).
Augustin was awarded his scholarship on 16 Sep 06 by Mr Chan Yeng Kit, Chief Exectuive Officer, IDA, at the 22nd National Software Competition held at Singapore Polytechnic to pursue a degree in Information Systems Management at the School of Information Systems, Singapore Management University.
This year, the NIS also received overwhelming response with 567 applications, which is 4 times more than the previous year's number of 135. Given out by the Infocomm Development of Authority of Singapore (IDA), with support from the industry, the NIS aims to ensure that the infocomm industry continues to attract the best and brightest talent to drive future growth and to groom a pool of future leaders to contribute to Singapore's continued competitiveness in infocomm.
Augustin will be given the opportunity to do a six-month attachment and mentorship with his sponsoring infocomm company, Frontline Technologies, at their overseas offices or research facilities in the final year of undergraduate study. These industry-sponsored attachments will give Augustin a wider exposure, international working experience and industry guidance even before he graduates.