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Captain Of Industry In The Making

Business has been in Aaron Goh Zhao Rong’s blood ever since he helped out at his family’s shop as a child. Seeing the long hours that his parents had to put in just for a small business, he decided to pursue a business course after his G.C.E ‘O’ Level examinations so he could learn more about running businesses efficiently.

Aaron visited Singapore Polytechnic (SP) during the Open House and nailed down the Diploma in Maritime Business as his first choice. He saw possible opportunities to sail the world and collect artefacts in the future if he joined the maritime industry. After all, he had a secret ambition to become a historian or an archaeologist.

The Greenridge Secondary School alumnus had an adventurous SP journey which brought him to Indonesia, Nepal, South Korea and Taiwan under various overseas programmes.

The innate leadership quality in him was further honed when the SP Scholar and Model Student went to Indonesia and Taiwan under the SP leadership programme. To make his SP journey a holistic one, Aaron went to a rural village in Nepal to teach English and Mathematics to native students there, as well as to build two classrooms. He returned with a changed mindset that made him a more down-to-earth and pragmatic person.

Attending the Harvard World Model United Nations (UN) Conference in Seoul during his final year was another eye-opener for Aaron. The conference provided him with insights on the political, economic and social issues faced by the world, and together with delegates from other foreign institutions, he worked on resolutions to tackle the problems in a mock UN General Assembly.

Aaron completed his internship with a subsidiary under the Swiber Group - a global company in the offshore industry. He was first assigned to a department to improve the company’s marketing systems and processes. He subsequently transferred to another department but at the same time found out about the leadership camp in Taiwan. Determined not to miss the trip, he initiated a proposal to his company that would allow him to continue his internship while taking a 10-day break to go to Taiwan. Upon his return he was left with three weeks to set up a new processing system with the new department but he completed his task dutifully and on time. His dedication impressed the company and earned him the Best Initiative Intern Award from the company.

Aaron plans to pursue a business degree after his national service with either a local university or pursue a maritime degree at Plymouth University in United Kingdom under the Singapore Maritime Foundation scholarship.


  • Chua Chor Teck Gold Medal
  • Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore Gold Medal
  • Jardine Shipping Services Prize
  • Singapore Maritime Employers' Federation Prize
  • Singapore Maritime Officers' Union Prize