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Cult beauty label Chantecaille hits Singapore in April

Article featured the opening of beauty guru Sylvie Chantecaille's make-up and skincare brand in Takashimaya. Ms Sarah Lim, senior retail lecturer at SP’s Business School, opined on the benefits for brands to have a store in Singapore. [The Straits Times – Life, pD1]

23-02-2018

Financial Literacy Curriculum

Newsclip featured the new financial literacy curriculum that will be piloted by the Ministry of Education to all polytechnics and Institute of Technical Education later this year. Experts including SP’s Institute of Financial Literacy Director, V Maheantharan, opined on the importance and relevance of financial education for youths. [Channel NewsAsia]

21-02-2018

Students hope new financial literacy curriculum will not have exams

Article featured the new financial literacy curriculum that will be piloted by the Ministry of Education to all polytechnics and Institute of Technical Education later this year. It aims to help youth manage their finances and build up their financial knowledge. SP student Xiao Yu Jia opined that the course will be useful to help heighten the financial knowledge of students. She also hopes that the module will not have any exams so that students can enjoy it better. SP’s Institute of Financial Literacy Director, V Maheantharan, also opined on the importance and relevance of financial education for youths. [Lianhe Zaobao, p6]

21-02-2018

Gap, Banana Republic to exit by end Feb

Article highlighted that American clothing chains Gap and Banana Republic will close their remaining stores in Singapore by the end of this month. SP’s Business School Senior Lecturer and Section Head of Marketing and Retail Amos Tan opined on the reasons behind their closure. [The Straits Times, pC3]

19-02-2018

More than 30 percent of poly lecturers to teach adult learners

Article featured the increased emphasis on continuous learning and how it will change the way polytechnic lecturers teach. Adult learners come from diverse backgrounds which make teaching more challenging. All five polys commented that lecturers are given the necessary training to equip them with skills to teach adult learners. SP lecturer and course chair of the diploma in mechanical engineering Dr Daniel Lim, who has eight years of teaching experience, is one of the lecturers teaching adult learners. Daniel shares how interacting with adult learners provides him with industry and real life examples which he can share with the younger pre-employment students. [Lianhe Zaobao, p2]

19-02-2018

Researchers in Singapore discover protein in human cell aids HFMD in infecting the brain

Article highlighted that a research team from the National University of Singapore's Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine have uncovered how enterovirus 71 attacks and infects the central nervous system. The virus is the main cause for many hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) cases here and the only one that can infect the brain. The team includes PHD student and research assistant Isaac Too Horng Khit, who is also an SP Diploma in Biotechnology graduate. [The Straits Times Online]

14-02-2018

SP aerospace student overcomes gender stereotypes, ‘terrible maths’ as she aims for the skies

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Aerospace Electronics (DASE) student Sim Jia Ren, who shared her passion for engineering and the challenges she has faced in her academic journey. Jia Ren also shared how the DASE course gave her opportunities to pick up new engineering skills and knowledge through competitions and coursework. [Shin Min Daily News, p4]

12-02-2018

Young Tampines Talents

Article featured SP’s first-year student Irfan Najeeb, who has joined Tampines Rovers and will be competing in the S-League and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) cup. Article also featured TP student Ryhan Stewart, who is the youngest player in the Tampines Rovers. [Berita Minggu, p18]

12-02-2018

Moving to the aerospace sector after being laid off in the oil sector

Article featured Abu Bakar Kastubi, who was laid off after more than 20 years in the oil and gas sector. He managed to get a new job as a technical engineer in the aerospace industry, where he repairs engine components. As part of his job transition, he is undergoing a Professional Conversion Programme (PCP) for Engine Repair Technicians, which sees him undergoing training at his workplace and attending classes at TP. [Berita Harian, p3]

12-02-2018

Phubbing affects romantic relationships most: Poll

Article mentioned the SP survey on phubbing, or the act of ignoring one's companions while using mobile devices. According to the survey which involved 785 Singaporean and permanent resident respondents, aged 15 to 35, phubbing affects romantic relationships the most, compared to that of family and friends. In the article, counsellors shared the negative impact of phubbing and how they have seen an increase in phubbing-related conflicts between couples in recent years. [The New Paper]

12-02-2018

Bad grades in secondary school but scholar in Polytechnic

Article featured SP’s scholarship recipients Gideon Tay and Wilfred Wong. Gideon shared that he was not interested in his studies when he was in lower secondary and always came in last in class. In secondary 4, he realized that the N levels was his last chance and decided to work hard. He scored 5 points and entered SP via the Polytechnic Foundation Programme. Wilfred Wong is another recipient of the SP scholarship. He graduated from a junior college a few years ago but his A levels score was not ideal to enter a local university. He decided to enlist in the army first and started work in a local start up after his national service. Through his job, he was exposed to engineering and developed a passion for it. Both students scored perfect GPAs in their first semester and were awarded the SP scholarship. [Shin Min Daily News, p4]

03-02-2018

S'pore may get small satellites to do the work of big ones

Article featured the Singapore Space and Technology Association’s (SSTA) memorandum of understanding signed with the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) to support Singapore’s burgeoning space sector. SSTA also plans to launch a six-month accelerator programme for space start-ups here. One start-up that could benefit from the programme is MakerFoundry, comprising SP Engineering students Julian Kang, Goh Qian Zhe and Pan Ziyue. The trio won a competition, organised by the SSTA and aerospace firm Airbus, on the use of space technology for disaster relief. They developed an app that allows people to access satellite networks to report their location after a disaster. [The Straits Times, pB2]

02-02-2018

Creating perfume blends from childhood

Article featured Faridah Yusuf, perfume designer and co-founder of home-grown label Freda'D. Faridah is a graduate of SP’s Diploma in Property and Facilities Management. She recognised that perfume customisation was not widely available in Singapore and started her own label offering bespoke services. [The Straits Times – Life, pD4]

02-02-2018

Some women on alert for hidden cameras in changing rooms

Article featured the case of Ali V. P. Mohamed, the founder of a voyeuristic video group, who was found guilty of being in possession of 801 obscene films for the purpose of distribution. Many of these obscene films were taken with cameras in fitting rooms. Ms Sarah Lim, senior retail lecturer at SP’s Business School, opined on the importance of customers’ safety, especially since the key advantage of brick and mortar stores over online competitors is the fitting room. [The New Paper, p2]

01-02-2018

Help for kids with ADHD heartening

Opinion article by Sec 4 student Hai Ou Fan shared about his friends in school who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). He is heartened to know that SP’s Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering students have developed a robot-cum-mobile application to help children with ADHD to focus better and learn better. He also mentioned that our education system must be praised for enabling innovative students to start inventing at a young age. [The Straits Times, pA19]

31-01-2018

Gearing up for the workforce on social media

Article mentioned that educational institutions have revamped their career preparation courses to help students build up a professional digital footprint. The National University of Singapore announced a new pilot programme that aims to help undergraduates to, among other things, develop a social media profile. SP and RP also offer career guidance modules that teach students how to craft an online presence on LinkedIn and other social media platforms. [Channel NewsAsia]

31-01-2018

Study awards, diplomas to boost building sector

Article featured the BCA-Industry Built Environment ITE scholarships and sponsorships Awards Ceremony. Second Minister for National Development Desmond Lee, who was guest of honour, also announced the inaugural Building Specialist Sponsorship (BSS) awards to help current employees upgrade their skills. The awards are for courses including a new ITE Work-Learn diploma course, which gives workers hands-on training in Building Information Modelling (BIM). The BSS awards are also for specialist BIM diplomas for post-diploma graduates, offered by SP and TP. [The Straits Times, pB2]

30-01-2018

Q&A; Lee Kwok Cheong of SIM Holdings: Opening more doors for students

Article featured SIM Holdings chief Lee Kwok Cheong. He shared about how the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) is soon launching a study to track the job prospects of their alumni five years after graduation. Besides looking at the type of jobs they hold, earnings and how their careers have advanced, participants will also be asked if they have gone for further education. Kwok Cheong has also served on the boards of SP and NYP. He was also a member of the Committee to Review Upgrading Opportunities at Degree Level, set up in 2001 to look into degree pathways for polytechnic graduates. [The Straits Times, pB9]

29-01-2018

Three SP students set up beverage stall at Chinese New Year market

Article featured three SP Diploma in Business Administration students specialising in Entrepreneurship who sold self-made soda drinks with fruit and cotton candy flavours as part of their Final Year project. [Lianhe Wanbao, p6]

29-01-2018

ez way to pay at Nets terminals for hawker centre meals

Article featured the partnership between Nets and EZ-Link, which will allow all ez-link and concession cards to be used on Nets terminals at hawker centres. From April, ez-link cards will also be accepted at canteens in SP, RP, TP and NTU. These canteens have also installed Nets' payment terminals. Similar story was reported in all SPH newspapers and Mediacorp platforms. [The New Paper, p2]

25-01-2018

Mother is happy with daughter’s choice to enrol in polytechnic

Article featured SP scholar Nur Khairiyah Atan who chose to enrol in polytechnic instead of junior college, against her mother’s wishes. Now that she has won a scholarship, her mother is proud of her and happy with her decision to enter polytechnic. Khairiyah opined that she enjoys SP’s culture and environment as it provides hands-on learning and the opportunity to meet people with the same interest. She shared that her Diploma in Media and Communication enhanced her presentation and leadership skills. Outside of studies, she also actively participates in the Communication, Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) Club which allows her to interact and work with individuals of various backgrounds to further polish her leadership skills. She is glad to have won a scholarship as it would ease the financial burden on her family. Moving forward, Khairiyah aspires to work in a publishing and content creation firm for a few years before pursuing a university degree. [Berita Harian, p16]

22-01-2018

Deep interest in Science motivated student to pursue a diploma in Singapore Polytechnic

Article featured SP scholar Murniati Sari Dewi Ayu Cempaka Roslan who had her eyes set on a Science career since secondary school. This motivated her to take up all three science subjects (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) during secondary school. Her initial aim was to enter junior college which would grant her a smoother passage into university. But after her GCE O level exams, Murniati realised that polytechnic courses allows her to focus on her passion. This led to her decision to enrol in SP’s Diploma in Applied Chemistry. Murniati opined that the hands-on learning style in polytechnic helped her to adapt to the environment and further fuelled her interest in Science. This translated into good results and allowed her to win a scholarship. Moving forward, Murniati plans to pursue a medical degree and eventually perform research and development work in a laboratory. [Berita Harian, p16]

22-01-2018

Poly students invent rehabilitation device

Article featured the rehabilitation armbrace developed by three students from SP’s Diploma in Bioengineering. The armbrace is portable and allows the patient to go through rehabilitation in the comfort of his home, without the need of the therapist. The armbrace is one of 96 projects displayed at the annual SP Engineering Show. [Shin Min Daily News, p7]

22-01-2018

Peek into post-sec life

Article featured significant or unique features of the various polytechnics. Unique SP courses include the Diploma in Perfumery and Cosmetic Science, Diploma in Creative Writing for TV and New Media and Diploma in Nautical Studies. [The Straits Times IN, p4]

19-01-2018

Singapore Polytechnic awarded grant for high-speed metal Additive Manufacturing with SPEE3D

The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) has awarded a grant of close to S$250,000 to SP to further develop high-speed metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies. This is the first translational research and development grant awarded to a Singaporean polytechnic in this area of specialisation. The one-year grant by NAMIC aims to address some of the current challenges in producing metal parts by Additive Manufacturing, and will draw on the expertise of SP’s Advanced Materials Technology Centre and Australian AM machine manufacturer SPEE3D. Apart from their research and development into AM and its applications, SP and NAMIC will also jointly develop Continuing Education and Training courses for advanced manufacturing. Expected to launch later in 2018, these new courses will also receive input from UL and Lloyd’s Register. [metal-am.com]

19-01-2018

Robot buddies may soon help children with ADHD

Article featured a robot-cum-mobile application for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The platform was developed by a team of three students from SP’s Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering course, in collaboration with tech company Neeuro. It is among 96 final-year projects displayed at the annual SP Engineering Show yesterday. The platform will be tested among ADHD children in March and a retail price of $600 has been set. Denzil Ang, one of the students behind the 10-month-old project, shared how their innovation will help children with ADHD. Article also featured the RSP-50 rehabilitation arm brace, a portable device that helps stroke patients to regain motor control in their limbs through stretching and strengthening exercises. A team of three SP Diploma in Bioengineering students worked with occupational therapists at St Andrew's Community Hospital to better understand patients' needs. The team hopes to launch it at St Andrew's Community Hospital and rehabilitation centres within the next six months. Team member Tan Shu Xian shared how their idea to develop the arm brace came about. Videos in the article also featured the Automated Transporter developed by a team of students from the Diploma in Mechatronics and Robotics course. Similar story was reported in The New Paper. [The Straits Times, pB8]

19-01-2018

Singapore Polytechnic develops armbrace for stroke patients, enabling them to receive treatment at home

Radioclip featured the stroke rehabilitation armbrace developed by three students from SP’s Diploma in Bioengineering. The portable armbrace allows patients to go through therapy sessions on their own in the comfort of their home. This is a significant development as the more than 8,000 annual stroke cases in Singapore are straining the limited pool of physiotherapists. SP’s Diploma in Bioengineering student Tan Shu Xian also shared the benefits of the armbrace and the development process. The armbrace is currently being patented and will undergo trials in local hospitals soon. The armbrace is also one of 96 projects on display at the annual SP Engineering Show. [Capital 958]

19-01-2018

Singapore Poly Engineering Show

Newsclip featured various projects at the Singapore Polytechnic Engineering Show 2018. The projects featured include a robot and headband for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a robotic barista and a rehabilitation armbrace for stroke patients. These innovations were developed by students from SP’s Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Diploma in Mechanical Engineering and Diploma in Bioengineering. SP’s segment starts from 40:45. [Channel NewsAsia]

19-01-2018

What's Next: Jan 18, 2018

Events listing featured the SP Engineering Show 2018, which will showcase devices that aim to solve problems in areas such as healthcare. Commencing today, the two-day event is an annual showcase of projects by final-year engineering students. [The Straits Times, pA2]

18-01-2018

Diabetics' 'colour blindness risk higher'

Article featured a study done by SingHealth Polyclinics and SP from 2013 to 2015. One finding concluded that the longer a person has diabetes, the chance they have of developing partial colour blindness increases. The finding stems from a study of 849 patients of different ethnicities. They were aged 21 to 80 and all of them had Type 2 diabetes. Similar story was featured in all SPH newspapers and Mediacorp platforms. [The Straits Times, pB5]

17-01-2018

Do smartphones kill romance?

Live chat show featured the annual mass media research survey conducted by students from SP’s Diploma in Media and Communication (DMC) course, which revealed that phubbing or the act of ignoring someone in a social setting by engaging on one’s phone, has a negative impact on romantic relationships. SP DMC student Lydia Wong opined on the survey results. SP’s segment starts from 24:15. [Channel 8]

17-01-2018

O level student wins Young Engineer Award from SP

Article featured East View Secondary School student, Azhari Saputra who won the Young Engineer Award awarded by SP’s School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering. [Berita Harian, p1]

15-01-2018

Boy with profound hearing loss gets early admission into poly course

Article featured O level graduates who have overcome challenges to do well. One such graduate is Muhammad Nihal Mohamed Abul Kassim from Bukit Merah Secondary. Nihal, who has had hearing loss in both ears since a young age, scored 24 points for five subjects. Recognising his passion for working with his hands and designing tools, Nihal successfully applied for SP’s Diploma in Landscape Architecture through the Early Admission Exercise. Article also featured Hillary Heng from Northbrooks Secondary who took care of her father while studying for her O levels. Hillary scored 23 points for five subjects and has successfully applied for early admission to the social work course at NYP. [The New Paper]

15-01-2018

O level students turned over a new leaf

Article featured Liao Su Qi from Swiss Cottage secondary school. Despite having family issues when she was in secondary 3 and 4, she maintained a positive attitude. She also chose Malay dance as her CCA and overcame language barriers to excel and is now able to speak basic Malay. She is in the Normal (Acad) stream and did well enough to quality for Polytechnic Foundation Programme. Su Qi expressed interest in SP’s Diploma in Interior Design. [Shin Min Daily News, p6]

15-01-2018

ITE launches new Technology and smart systems course

As robotics and smart systems are increasingly used by different industries, the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) has launched two new courses related to technology and smart systems for interested students. Article also mentioned the new SP Diploma in Facilities Management and NP’s new Diploma in International Trade & Business. [Lianhe Zaobao, p13]

15-01-2018

Out of 785 youths surveyed, 60% admits to ‘phubbing’

SP’s Diploma in Media and Communication (DMC) students conducted the country's first study on phubbing and its effects on relationships. Phubbing refers to the act of ignoring someone in a social setting by engaging on your phone. The results showed that 60% of those surveyed engage in ‘phubbing’ behaviour. Negative effects of ‘phubbing’ include lowered quality of conversation and increased frequency of arguments. [Shin Min Daily News, p5]

10-01-2018

She travelled the world for 12 months on maritime internship

Article featured Amelia Pickering, a graduate of the Diploma in Nautical Studies at SP. She was on a year-long internship with American President Lines (APL), which ended in April 2016. While working on two massive APL container ships, she visited ports like Chiwan in China, Dammam in Saudi Arabia, San Francisco in the United States and Valencia in Spain, and passed through the Suez Canal in Egypt en route to France. She has graduated from SP and is a harbour pilot at the Port of Singapore Authority. [The New Paper, p10]

10-01-2018

Smartphones and their impact on relationships

The annual mass media research survey conducted by students from SP’s Diploma in Media and Communication (DMC) course revealed that phubbing or the act of ignoring someone in a social setting by engaging on your phone, has a negative impact on your romantic relationship. In the survey, 58.2% of respondents have seen a negative impact on their relationships when one or both parties focused too much on their mobile phones. The study also found that a higher percentage of males (62.8%) responded that phubbing negatively affected their relationship with their partner as compared to females (54.5%). A total of 785 youths between 15 and 35 were interviewed face-to-face by DMC students. SP lecturer Clarice Sim shared the negative effects phubbing could have on relationships and the community. SP DMC student Lydia Wong shared the top three reasons why phubbing could occur. Three SP students also shared their thoughts on phubbing. [Channel 8]

09-01-2018

Love me? Love me not. Phones on dates kill romance: Survey

Article highlighted the findings of a survey on “phubbing” – the act of ignoring someone in a social setting by using the phone – and its impact on relationships among youth here. The survey was conducted by SP’s Diploma in Media and Communication students. The team surveyed 785 young people between 15 and 35 years old around Singapore, including in Bishan and Orchard Road. Team members Josin Chee and Danial Hadi shared their personal experiences with phubbing. Course lecturer Clarice Sim also highlighted an interesting insight that more men than women felt that phubbing would negatively affect a relationship. [The Straits Times, pB5]

09-01-2018

Never heard of ‘phubbing’? You’re probably guilty of it anyway

Last June, SP’s Diploma in Media and Communication (DMC) students conducted the country's first study on phubbing and its effects on relationships. Phubbing refers to the act of ignoring someone in a social setting by engaging on your phone. SP’s DMC students hopes to use the data to educate people on good phone etiquette. The survey found that 61.4 per cent of the 785 Singaporean and permanent resident respondents, aged 15 to 35, were occasionally guilty of phubbing. And 84.6 per cent of the youth had also been phubbed. SP lecturer Clarice Sim shared the negative effects phubbing could have on relationships and the community. Article also shared how some organisations in Singapore and overseas are dealing with phubbing. Similar story was reported on Shape.com.Lydia Wong shared the interesting trends that were spotted in the survey. [The New Paper]

09-01-2018

Singapore Polytechnic survey: Close to 60% of youths admit that mobile phone usage affect relationships negatively

The annual mass media research survey conducted by students from SP’s Diploma in Media and Communication (DMC) course revealed that phubbing or the act of ignoring someone in a social setting by engaging on your phone, has a negative impact on your romantic relationship. In the survey, 58.2% of respondents have seen a negative impact on their relationships when one or both parties focused too much on their mobile phones. The study also found that a higher percentage of males (62.8%) responded that phubbing negatively affected their relationship with their partner as compared to females (54.5%). A total of 785 youths between 15 and 35 were interviewed face-to-face by DMC students. SP lecturer Clarice Sim shared the negative effects phubbing could have on relationships and the community. Similar story was reported in Shin Min Daily News. [Lianhe Zaobao, p6]

09-01-2018

Close to 60% of youths admit that mobile phone usage affect relationships negatively

The annual mass media research survey conducted by students from SP’s Diploma in Media and Communication (DMC) course revealed that phubbing or the act of ignoring someone in a social setting by engaging on your phone, has a negative impact on your romantic relationship. In the survey, 58.2% of respondents have seen a negative impact on their relationships when one or both parties focused too much on their mobile phones. The study also found that a higher percentage of males (62.8%) responded that phubbing negatively affected their relationship with their partner as compared to females (54.5%). A total of 785 youths between 15 and 35 were interviewed face-to-face by DMC students. SP DMC student Lydia Wong shared the interesting trends that were spotted in the survey. [Capital 95.8]

09-01-2018

Schools join fight against fake news

To fight fake news, tertiary institutions including SP, have introduced lessons to help students differentiate fact from fiction. At SP, the curriculum for the Diploma in Media and Communication course was expanded in the last two years to include dealing with fake news. These modules covering fake news are compulsory and see an intake of about 100 students a year. SP senior lecturer Trudy Lim, who has been teaching the course for 10 years opined that more youths are depending on new media for their news and the institution wants to teach youths to be aware of the problem of fake news. Trudy also shared how fake news has evolved into a serious problem. Article also mentioned that NYP and NP has also introduced modules to tackle fake news in their relevant courses. [The New Paper]

08-01-2018

Poly students invented an unmanned flying vehicle for personal transport

Newsclip on new and interesting technologies featured DATUM, the volocopter developed by 12 students from SP’s Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (DARE) and Diploma in Aerospace Electronics courses. Over the course of a year, the students developed the volocopter which can carry a person weighing up to 65kg for 10 minutes. The volocopter runs on batteries or a hybrid system and is designed to be a personal flying transport system. SP’s DARE student Ye Chao opined on the possibilities of the volocopter. SP’s industry partner for the project, Flare Dynamics, also shared how unmanned flying vehicles for personal transport could be a future trend. The volocopter will be showcased at the upcoming SP Engineering Show from 18 to 19 January. [Channel 8]

08-01-2018

Former Sea Captain and now Director of SP’s Singapore Maritime Academy shares his interest in the maritime industry

Article featured former sea Captain and now Director of SP’s Singapore Maritime Academy, Mohd Salleh Ahmad and his passion for the maritime industry. He opined that the industry is rapidly developing due to technological advancement. A wide range of job opportunities in the maritime industry are available for the younger generation but they will need to be equipped with the relevant skills. [Berita Minggu, p13]

08-01-2018

Morning Express Roadshow at Singapore Polytechnic

Channel 8 news programme did a live show during the SP Open House 2018. The eight minute live segment featured SP’s Makeup Artist Club. SP student Lin Zhiqi shared the various makeup techniques that she has learned since joining the club. The eight minute clip also featured the special effects makeup skills that students in the club are exposed to. NP’s CCAs were also featured on the programme. SP’s segment starts from 26:20. [Channel 8]

08-01-2018

Tougher penalties kick in for those who flout smoking rules

Article featured the tougher penalties under the Smoking Act which kicked in on 1 Jan. Those who smoke within a 5m radius of schools including junior colleges, polytechnics and Institute of Technical Education campus now face a fine of up to $1,000. Article mentioned that SP, TP and the National University of Singapore are all smoke-free campuses. A third-year polytechnic student shared how the new rules are not a deterrent to those who smoke. Similar story was reported in The Straits Times. [The New Paper]

05-01-2018

Dad inspires son by going back to school

Article featured SP’s part-time Diploma in Business Practice student Mr Tneoh Yunn Chung and his passion for life-long learning. Even though the 46 year-old adult learner was the oldest student in his class, he was not discouraged as he wanted to lead by example to motivate his sons. Last year, Mr Tneoh managed to graduate beside his son Yuan Chen, who was enrolled in SP’s Diploma in Human Resource Management with Psychology. Since completing his continuing education and training course, Mr Tneoh has received a job promotion. [The New Paper]

03-01-2018

Skills learnt today still relevant, says 1980s diploma student

Sponsored article featured SP’s Diploma in Electronics and Communication Engineering graduate Foong Sew Bun, who is the current global head of digital transformation (retail, private banking and wealth) at Standard Chartered Bank. Mr Foong shared how the skills he learnt in polytechnic back in the 1980s gave him a strong foundation in computer engineering that helped him pick up new skills such as computer science and artificial intelligence along the way. Prior to his current job, Mr Foong spent more than sixteen years at IBM and was the first Singaporean to be recognised as an IBM Distinguished Engineer in the Asia-Pacific region in 2008. He was also chief technology officer for IBM Asean and Singapore. Article also mentioned the polytechnics' Open House, from Jan 4 to Jan 6, 10am to 6pm, at their respective campuses. [The New Paper]

03-01-2018

Opening more doors with further education

Article featured an SP’s Diploma in Industrial Chemistry and Life Sciences student Lina Afiqah Mohd Nor. The adult learner shared how the current continuing education and training (CET) course she is taking will allow her to have better career prospects. Article mentioned that SP’s Professional and Adult Continuing Education Academy offers 230 CET courses including part-time diplomas, customised courses and short courses. To cater to more CET students, SP will also be setting up a CET programmes booth for the first time during its Open House, which runs from 4 Jan to 6 Jan. [The New Paper]

03-01-2018

Apes love hypercraft

SP Diploma in Electrical & Electronic Engineering student Zhang Wen Rui and the Makerspace@SP was featured in a kids programme. Rui Jie shared the various projects he developed at Makerspace and his passion for creating and inventing gadgets. SP’s segment begins at 5:17. [Channel 8]

02-01-2018

Happenings - Arts

Events listing featured SP Symphonic Band's performance at the Esplanade Concert Hall. It will be conducted by music director Adrian Chiang and concert master Keith Kok. SP’s Alumni Band, conducted by Owen Choy, will also perform at the concert. [The Straits Times, pD6]

29-12-2017

Poly students develop game to teach cyber security

Sponsored article featured SP’s Diploma in Electrical & Electronic Engineering alumni Kuriakin Zeng, who is the first from SP to enrol and graduate from Harvard, with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Computer Science. Kuriakin shared how his poly experience has given him an edge over his peers. Since graduating from Harvard, Kuriakin has co-founded two companies - Cloudsolutely, a technology consultancy that drives innovation within small- and medium-sized enterprises and non-profits in Asia-Pacific, and Teleo, a team collaboration app that maximises workflow. Article also featured three NYP Diploma in Multimedia & Infocomm Technology students who have developed a game to teach cyber security to youth and a TP graduate from the Diploma in Green Building and Sustainability who has overcome the odds to do well in life. Article also mentioned the respective poly Open Houses, running from Jan 4 to 6, 10am to 6pm. [The New Paper]

27-12-2017

Seven months to invent Singapore’s first hoverboard

Article featured Amos Ng, Leon Kwang, Chen Xiao Wei, Thant Zaw Aung and Lew Lin from SP’s School of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering. Mentored by their lecturer Leong Ying Wei, the team spent seven months to build a hoverboard that can levitate and move along a track for their final-year project. They also set the record for "strongest quantum levitation effect on a hoverboard" in the Singapore Book of Records, with a 70.9kg weight on their hoverboard. Although still a prototype, the innovation could potentially be used in industries such as transport and logistics, food and beverage, as well as recreation. The team will present the project at the annual SP Engineering Show next month to industrial partners and professionals. [Lianhe Zaobao, p8]

27-12-2017

Former SP Lecturer in Nautical Studies shares his ocean experience

Article featured former SP Lecturer, Captain Ibrahim Abdul Karim who shared his 50 years of experience in the maritime industry through his book “Tanker and Related Experience”. [Berita Harian, p]

26-12-2017

Future Development Programme helps youth

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Experience and Product Design student Lin Fo Xin. Fo Xin was abandoned by his biological parents and abused by his adoptive parents when he was younger. He was also moved to several foster homes before settling at The Salvation Army’s Praisehaven Retreat Centre. He is a recipient of the NTUC OrangeAid Future Development Programme which helps pay his school fees and lessen his financial burdens. Article also featured NYP’s Lin Jia Jia who also benefitted from the Future Development Programme. [Lianhe Zaobao, p10]

26-12-2017

A step closer to futuristic transport

Article featured Amos Ng, Leon Kwang, Chen Xiao Wei, Thant Zaw Aung and Lew Lin from SP’s School of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering. Mentored by their lecturer Leong Ying Wei, the team built a hoverboard that can levitate and move along a track for their final-year project. They also set the record for "strongest quantum levitation effect on a hoverboard" in the Singapore Book of Records, with a 70.9kg weight on their hoverboard. Although still a prototype, the innovation could potentially be used in industries such as transport and logistics, food and beverage, as well as recreation. The team will present the project at the annual SP Engineering Show next month to industrial partners and professionals. [The Straits Times, pB9]

26-12-2017

Shop tills a-ringing in lead-up to Christmas

Article highlighted that retailers have reported robust sales in the lead-up to Christmas, particularly over Black Friday last month. However, with the growing popularity of "special" day sales such as Singles' Day and Black Friday, the fashion sector experienced a dip in sales during the Christmas period. Ms Sarah Lim, senior retail lecturer at SP’s Business School, opined that people would have taken advantage of special day sales and done their Christmas shopping early. [The Straits Times, pA8]

26-12-2017

The boy that once nobody wanted: An orphan finds his true family

Online documentary featured SP’s Diploma in Experience and Product Design student Lin Fo Xin. Abandoned by his biological parents and abused by his adoptive parents, Fo Xin overcame a challenging past before discovering his passion for art. Today, Fo Xin has found love among volunteers and friends at The Salvation Army’s Praisehaven Retreat Centre and aspires to be an artist. [Channel NewsAsia]

26-12-2017

Scored 188 for PSLE, studying in NUS Medicine school now

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Biomedical Science graduate Tan Jun Xiang. He shared his story of scoring 188 in the Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE). After he entered the Normal (Acad) stream in Ang Mo Kio Secondary, he worked hard to make sure he will not disappoint his parents again. He graduated at the top of his cohort and enrolled in SP’s Diploma in Biomedical Science. Through an internship, he realised his passion for helping others and decided to be a doctor. He is now a year two student in NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. [Shin Min Daily News, p6]

22-12-2017

Generation Grit; From a PSLE score of 181 to NUS Medicine

Article featured Tan Jun Xiang, an SP graduate who made it into Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore. His life trajectory is different from his peers at the medicine faculty, as he was a 181-point scorer in the PSLE and was in the five-year Normal stream in secondary school. He graduated at the top of his secondary school cohort, scoring nine points for his O levels. This gained him a place in SP’s Diploma in Biomedical Science. While pursuing his diploma, he realised through an internship at a hospital that he was fascinated by the human body and intrigued by the multitude of diseases. Jun Xing shared about his motivations and aspiration to become a doctor. [The Straits Times, pB9]

21-12-2017

SP Facebook post about outstanding student attracts unwanted comments

Article featured SP’s Facebook post on Diploma in Architecture graduate Elizabeth Barber’s outstanding achievements, which attracted inappropriate comments of “I love you” and “You are beautiful”. SP has since filtered the comments. [Lianhe Wanbao, p8]

19-12-2017

Second generation of Lao Ban Soya Beancurd wants to help underperforming students

Article featured SP’s alumni Li Feng Yuan who is passionate about helping under-performing students. Feng Yuan recalls his student days where his poor command of English almost prevented him from enrolling in a polytechnic. Feng Yuan, who is the second generation owner of Lao Ban Soya Beancurd, opined that he owns his success to passionate and helpful lecturers and hopes to do the same for under-performing students by teaching them tuition during his free time. [Lianhe Zaobao, p6]

18-12-2017

This is how dirty your money is

Online documentary tested banknotes for various bacteria. SP’s School of Chemical and Life Science senior lecturer and researcher Simon Tan was one of the experts involved in the test. He opined that a fully functional immune system will protect us against dangerous bacteria which could be found on the banknotes. [Channel NewsAsia]

18-12-2017

Charities appealing to public to give a little more

Article featured the fall in donations and the increase in volunteers among charity organisations. SP student Dai Yi, shared how his experiences volunteering with the Boys’ Brigade allowed him to give back to society. [The Straits Times Online]

18-12-2017

Top stories from The Straits Times on Wednesday, Dec 13

Listing of top stories featured the SP Innomall, a vending machine cluster offering a wide variety of products ranging from cellphone chargers, powerbanks, Singapore Press Holdings Magazines to Brand’s essence of chicken, hair wax and sanitary pads. [The Straits Times Online]

13-12-2017

SP’s first vending machine cluster gains popularity among students

Article featured SP Innomall, Singapore’s first and only gallery of novel vending machines for retailers to experiment new business concepts with the youth. The 28 vending machines is the largest cluster in Singapore and sells products such as Brand's Essence of Chicken, cosmetics and magazines. Final-year Diploma in Business Administration (DBA) student Goh Xin Rui shared that the food courts get crowded during lunch time and the vending machines which sell food gives time-strapped students an alternative option. The vending machines are mainly managed by students from the entrepreneurship specialisation of the DBA course. A representative from Three Beauties of London shared how SP Innomall has provided a platform for them to innovate and reach out to the younger generation. SP entrepreneurship lecturer Kenneth Wong shared how the Innomall has created a positive impact on companies and students [Lianhe Zaobao, p8]

13-12-2017

SP Innomall houses Singapore’s largest vending machine cluster

Article feature the SP Innomall, Singapore’s first and only gallery of novel vending machines for retailers to experiment new business concepts with the youth. The 28 vending machines is the largest cluster in Singapore and sells products such as Brand's Essence of Chicken, cosmetics and magazines. There are also karaoke booths within the Innomall. SP Innomall is also a pilot project of the polytechnic’s Business School to encourage small and medium-sized enterprises to test their products and innovations among the youth. Mainly managed by students from the entrepreneurship specialisation of the Diploma in Business Administration (DBA) course, SP Innomall also allows the companies to tap on the students' knowledge to conduct market research and develop new marketing ideas targeting millennials. Representatives from companies such as U-Star Singapore and Three Beauties of London shared how SP Innomall has provided a platform for them to innovate and conduct market research among youths. SP entrepreneurship lecturer Kenneth Wong and final-year DBA students Kaden Koh and Kelyn Chur shared how the Innomall has created a positive impact on companies and students. [The New Paper]

13-12-2017

SP launches vending machine platform for businesses

Article featured the SP Innomall, Singapore’s first and only gallery of novel vending machines for retailers to experiment new business concepts with the youth. The 28 vending machines is the largest cluster in Singapore and sells snacks and products such as Brand's Essence of Chicken, cosmetics and magazines. SP Innomall is also is a pilot project of the polytechnic’s Business School to encourage small and medium-sized enterprises to test their products and innovations among the youth. Mainly managed by students from the entrepreneurship specialisation of the Diploma in Business Administration (DBA) course, SP Innomall also allows the companies to tap on the students' knowledge to conduct market research and develop new marketing ideas targeting millennials. SP Senior Lecturer Alison Ho shared how the high-tech vending machines can help companies solve some of their current challenges including rising rental rates and manpower costs. Alison also shared how the high-tech vending machines can help companies improve their productivity by allowing them to track their inventory ‘live’. Similar story was reported on Capital 95.8. [Channel 8]

13-12-2017

From cellphone chargers to hair wax, these vending machines are well worth a browse

Article featured the SP Innomall, a vending machine cluster at SP’s Business school offering a wide variety of products including Brand's essence of chicken, hair wax and feminine hygiene products. Final-year entrepreneurship students of the Diploma in Business Administration (DBA) course were involved in setting up the project from the start, from research and planning all the way to deployment. SP’s Business School lecturer Kenneth Wong shared that Innomall may expand to other parts of the poly later, in smaller clusters consisting of 10 to 15 vending machines. DBA student Jermain Hong shared about how the project has given her a first-hand experience in running a business. [The Straits Times, pB3]

13-12-2017

More buildings found to have fire-risk cladding: SCDF

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) has investigated and discovered that there are more buildings with non-compliant external cladding. These buildings are in addition to the 34 that were first identified in August. Article mentioned that SP’s teaching blocks T1 to T10 are among 17 buildings which have not removed the affected cladding, since the issue was identified in August. An SCDF spokesperson said that an extension was given to affected building owners on a case-by-case basis, taking into consideration factors such as the extent of the cladding and the accessibility of cladded areas. [TODAY]

11-12-2017

Focusing on puppet play

Article featured SP Diploma in Architecture graduate Shen Xian Li. After graduating from SP, Xian Li went to Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. However, an accidental encounter with puppetry allowed her to discover her passion. She is now a member of the local puppetry group, Paper Monkey Theatre. Despite the long hours of preparation needed before each show, she is happy and finds meaning in her job. Besides putting on plays, she also visits schools to create greater awareness for puppetry as an art. [Lianhe Zaobao, p7]

11-12-2017

Amazon launches Prime membership for S'pore

SP’s senior lecturer in marketing and retail, Mr Amos Tan opined that Amazon’s removal of free shipping for non-members is a marketing strategy to lock in more customers. Similar story was reported in The New Paper and Channel NewsAsia. [The Straits Times, pB2]

07-12-2017

Taking a leap of faith after 18 years in public service

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Business Administration graduate Jumadi Mohamed Yosope. He spent 18 years at various government bodies, including a stint as an administrative manager in the Home Affairs and Finance ministries, before applying for the International Trading Professional Conversion Programme (PCP). Through the PCP, he was matched to home-grown logistics firm Riverwood and underwent a year-long training under the firm's sponsorship. He joined the firm in November last year as a finance and human resource manager. [The Straits Times, pB3]

04-12-2017

Polytechnics develop low GI food products

Newsclip featured the various low GI food products developed by the local polytechnics. SP’s low GI ready to eat Chicken Rice was featured as one of the products. The newsclip also featured the first wholemeal noodles that was developed by TP and a local noodle manufacturer. A TP food science and nutrition lecturer shared how the high cost of raw ingredients and complicated manufacturing process of wholemeal products are among the challenges faced by local food manufacturers. RP also shared how their food researchers are looking to develop low GI products using healthier ingredients such as herbs and fruits to replace the sugar in food products. [Channel 8]

04-12-2017

Gong Cha's return attracts long queues

Article highlighted that Gong Cha, the popular Taiwanese bubble tea chain which exited the local scene in June, has been brought back by new master franchisee Gong Cha Singapore. Gong Cha Singapore will be partnering SP to launch scholarships in the food and beverage retail sector. Similar story was reported in Channel News Asia and Shin Min Daily News. [The Straits Times – Life, pD11]

04-12-2017

Local lingerie heats up online

SP’s marketing and retail lecturer Lucas Tok opined on the advantages for local lingerie brands to sell their products online. [The New Paper, p3]

04-12-2017

Journalism as a childhood dream

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Media and Communication alumna, Ervina Mohd Jalil and her love for writing and journalism since young. As a child, Ervina was inspired by reports written by Mr Saini Salleh in Berita Harian. This subsequently encouraged her to pursue an internship with Berita Harian during her polytechnic days and another six-month stint with The New Paper after that. Today, Ervina is working as a journalist for Berita Harian and specifically reports political news such as election campaigns, parliament debates and Singapore-related security issues. [Berita Minggu, p8]

27-11-2017

Black Friday sales gain popularity

SP’s business lecturer Lucas Tok opined on the growing popularity of Black Friday among retailers and shoppers. [Channel 8]

27-11-2017

Construction project manager turned full-time Pilates instructor

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Civil Engineering with Business alumna Yasmin Jalil and her passion for health and lifestyle. While working as a construction project manager, Yasmin started to teach Pilates full-time after giving birth to her first child earlier this year. She shared how she wants to help others identify fitness workouts that can change their lives effectively, especially those in the construction industry who often suffer from posture and back problems. Moving forward, Yasmin wishes to encourage more Malays to live a healthy lifestyle through exercises such as Pilates. [Berita Minggu, p12]

27-11-2017

More Christmas markets this year

Article highlighted that Christmas markets in Singapore are growing in numbers and variety, with some focusing on niche areas such as sustainably sourced products or locally made goods. SP’s Business School Retail and Merchandising Lecturer Raine Chin opined that a crowded Christmas market does not necessarily mean that it is doing well. NP’s Senior Lecturer in Tourism Michael Chiam also shared his opinions of Christmas markets in Singapore. [The Straits Times, pD2-3]

24-11-2017

Harmonica Aficionados Society (Singapore) presents a concert

Article featured the Harmonica Aficionados Society (Singapore) and their upcoming concert on 26 Nov. The society has invited various harmonica performers including SP’s Harmonica Ensemble to take part in this concert. [Lianhe Zaobao, p5]

23-11-2017

WorldSkills competition shows growing importance of skills in society

Article featured the winners of the recent WorldSkills competition in Abu Dhabi including SP’s Diploma in Computer Engineering graduate Andrew Tan who won a bronze in information network cabling. [The New Paper]

22-11-2017

Curbing food wastage all in a school day’s work at Queenstown

Article featured Queenstown Secondary School’s Quest (Questioning, Uncover, Explain, Strengthen and Transfer) approach to teaching humanities, in which geographical and scientific methods are combined to explore the theme of sustainability. Students get to collect water samples from the Kallang and Singapore Rivers and learn about food wastage as part of their curriculum. Recently Queenstown students also built an underwater remotely operated vehicle, to compete in a water race at SP’s swimming complex. Similar story was reported in Lianhe Zaobao. [The New Paper]

22-11-2017

Entrepreneurship and social responsibility

Commentary by SP Diploma in Engineering with Business graduate Wellon Chou explored the different ways to measure the success of an entrepreneur and discussed the importance of social responsibility. Wellon, who is also the director of his company, Memory Ark, believes in social responsibility and encourages entrepreneurs to volunteer in non-profit organizations. He shared how volunteering with the Singapore Polytechnic Graduates Association (SPGG) allowed him to gain many valuable learning opportunities. [Shin Min Daily News, p19]

21-11-2017

Emerson sets up solutions centre here

Article featured the launch of technology and engineering company Emerson’s new solutions centre in Singapore. It is a first-of-its-kind facility that shows customers how automation and IoT technologies can drive measurable improvements to the bottom line of their manufacturing processes. Emerson is also teaming up with SP to support an upgrade of the training facilities and instructional materials for the polytechnic's Continuing Education Training courses, including the Earn and Learn Programme (ELP) for the chemicals sector. Emerson will install control systems, essential asset monitoring and field instrumentation in three integrated process manufacturing units at the polytechnic's chemical engineering training facility. When commissioned in June next year, the integrated pilot plant and associated training courses will enhance the polytechnic's efforts in producing industrial IoT-ready graduates for the workforce. [The Straits Times, pC2]

20-11-2017

Malls all decked out for Christmas without spending more

Article highlighted that malls are decking their halls with more Christmas decorations in a bid to entice shoppers this holiday season. Ms Sarah Lim, senior retail lecturer at SP’s Business School, opined that better retail sales translate into more lavish decorations. Ms Esther Ho, deputy director at NYP’s School of Business Management, opined that some retailers could be adopting different strategies to keep costs down, including doing things in-house. [The Straits Times, pA4]

20-11-2017

Chen Yixin debuts and endorses Schwarzkopf

Article featured SP student Chen Yixin who is the daughter of actors Edmund Chen and Xiang Yun. Yixin is a year 2 Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology student. She recently made her debut in Channel 8’s drama Z Generation. Similar article was reported in Shin Min Daily News. [Lianhe Zaobao, p23]

13-11-2017

Hotel81-Choo Chong Ngen Foundation donates S$2.5m to help needy polytechnic students

The Hotel 81-Choo Chong Ngen foundation has donated S$2.5 million to the five polytechnics to set up a bursary for financially needy students. Mr Choo Chong Ngen is the founder and executive chairman of budget hotel chain Hotel 81. Each polytechnic will receive S$500,000, and the government will match the donation by 1.5: 1, bringing the total donation to S$1.25 million for each institution. The total sum contributed to the five polytechnics will amount to S$6.25 million. By 2020, the bursary is expected to benefit at least 40 Singaporean and Singapore Permanent Resident polytechnic student. Mr Choo will also provide S$15,000 in yearly seed funding to the bursary for each polytechnic for 2017 and 2018 to start supporting students. [Channel NewsAsia]

13-11-2017

Singapore Polytechnic students give “Hang Nadim” a new life

Article featured the SP Arts Fiesta where the polytechnic’s Malay Language Society recreated the story of Hang Nadim, the Malay boy who saved Singapore swordfish attacks. SP student Nur Insyirah Sulaiman, the director and co-writer of this musical, shared that much research went into the script to bring out the various elements of Malay language and culture. The story was also given a fresh take as the lead character was played by a female and modern elements such as pop music were imported. The play also saw the participation of award-winning homeland singer and producer including Reyza Hamizan who composed the songs sung in the play. Reyza who is an alumni of SP’s Diploma in Music and Audio Technology shared that pop music was used to excite the audience, as they identify with it. [Berita Harian, p7]

13-11-2017

Making the grade

Article highlighted the Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) signed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the Singapore Fintech Association, and all polytechnics in Singapore. German digital bank Fidor has also invested S$800,000 to build a fintech curriculum with the five polytechnics. At SP, students have worked on a slew of projects as part of a holistic approach to education on fintech. They have designed a cashless payment system for schools, with the system to be used to monitor students' expenditure and dietary habits. They have also designed mobile wallets and a financial analysis app for homebuyers. NP is the first polytechnic to launch a digital-banking programme for 38 students from the Diploma in Financial Informatics, as part of the collaboration with Fidor. The polytechnic has also increased the intake size for the diploma from 80 to 100 students. At RP, three students from the School of Infocomm will be embarking on an overseas internship spanning six months at Fidor from October. They are among 30 RP students doing their internships in fintech-related companies this year. At a student competition, which was part of the Singapore FinTech Festival, three of the top five student teams came from RP, with the teams proposing ideas in micro-transactions payments, and mobile banking services for the visually impaired. TP has updated its curriculum for the Diploma in Financial Business Informatics to better prepare students for fintech skill sets. Students now build skills in financial technologies and operations, lending and payment technologies, fintech entrepreneurship, and data visualisation. [The Business Times, p6]

13-11-2017

2 Christmas markets coming up at Orchard

Article highlighted that two Christmas markets with countdown events will make their debut in Orchard Road during the Christmas season. Mr Lucas Tok, Marketing and Retail Lecturer at SP’s Business School, opined that retailers should take this opportunity to see how they can tap on such events to boost their businesses. [The Straits Times, pA12]

13-11-2017

Collarbone fracture steers Dollah Kassim Award nominee Nazhiim towards football

SP’s Diploma in Civil Engineering with Business student Nazhiim Harman, was featured as one of the nominees for the Dollah Kassim Award, which recognises young and upcoming football players. Nazhiim shared how a collarbone injury sustained during a rugby match convinced him to switch his passion to football. [The New Paper, p55]

10-11-2017

Sungei road vendors and 20 students set up stalls together

SP’s Legal Black Market event saw 16 former vendors from the Sungei road market setting up stalls on campus. The Legal Black Market is organized by SP Business school students and took place over the course of three days starting from 3 Nov. The event gave Diploma in Business Administration students an opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship from the vendors and provided a platform for the Sungei road vendors to interact with the youth. [Lianhe Wanbao, p8]

08-11-2017

Music as a form of counselling

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Music and Audio Technology alumnus, Iskandar Rawi who is a composer of local songs. He shared how his family’s love for music motivated him to not give up in life. Iskandar believes that youths who are looking for directions in life can be counselled through music. With this belief in mind, Iskandar wishes to encourage high-risk youths to venture into music as a healthy activity. [Berita Harian, p11]

07-11-2017

The Straits Times says; Widening portals of higher learning

Opinion article highlighted the importance of real-world skills to an individual’s development rather than just academic knowledge. In the 1950s, the significance of vocational training in Singapore led to the formation of institutions such as SP and the Institute of Technical Education. Today, The SkillsFuture Series of courses will boost the number of places for trainees from 10,000 initially to 50,000 every year by 2020. This will allow mature learners, who have to balance work and study, to explore emerging fields such as cyber risk management, cloud computing and augmented reality. [The Straits Times, pA17]

07-11-2017

Sungei road vendors set up stalls in polytechnic

SP’s Legal Black Market event saw 16 former vendors from the Sungei road market setting up stalls on campus. The Legal Black Market is organized by SP Business school students and took place over the course of three days starting from 3 Nov. The event gave Diploma in Business Administration students an opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship from the vendors and provided a platform for the Sungei road vendors to interact with the youth. [Lianhe Zaobao, p8]

07-11-2017

NS50 – 50th Anniversary of the National Service honours the service of Singaporean boys

Article featured the service of male Singaporeans in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the National Service (NS). Most male Singaporeans enter NS when they are 19 or 20 years old and have just completed their studies at polytechnic or ITE level. Even though they are young and inexperienced, they must instantly familiarise themselves with life as a uniformed officer. Special Trainers Izzat Syahmi Namdi and Haiqal Anwar Harneis, recent graduates from NP and SP respectively, spoke about their physical training days and how they are committed to their NS roles. Moving forward, Izzat wishes to serve the Police Response Team while Haiqal wishes to serve the Airport Police Division. [Berita Minggu, p8 & 9]

06-11-2017

Few willing to take over their parents' sundry, fresh food stalls; experts suggest making them hip

Article highlighted the decline in licensed hawkers selling market produce such as fresh meats and vegetables, and sundry goods including clothing, textiles and toiletries. Mr Amos Tan, SP’s Business School Senior Lecturer and Section Head of Marketing and Retail, opined that people need to believe in the potential of these old-school shops and make it seem like a fun and exciting platform for the next generation. [The Straits Times, pA9]

06-11-2017

Why do a carpentry stint before going to university?

Article by Senior Education Correspondent Sandra Davie highlighted how employers included the government must hire based on interest and skills, not grades. Sandra cited a few examples of youth who are following their passion including Goh Wei Xiang, who gave up a place in a top junior college to enrol into SP’s Diploma in Nautical Studies. After polytechnic, Wei Xiang again chose not to take the well-trodden path to university. Instead, he seized an opportunity to become the first Singaporean to be accepted into Trafigura's global commodity trading apprenticeship programme. [The Straits Times, pB9]

06-11-2017

Sungei Road vendors set up stalls at polytechnic

Article featured a group of SP Business school students who planned the Legal Black Market in SP Business School over the past three days. As part of their entrepreneurship specialisation, Diploma in Business Administration student Elizabeth Woo and her classmates decided to hold a flea market and gain hands on experience about entrepreneurship. Chairman of Sungei Market’s Association Koh Eng Khoon shared that it is the first time they are working with an educational institute and are happy that the students can learn from the vendors. Elizabeth shared that the soft skills they learn from the Sungei road vendors are important lessons that cannot be learnt in a classroom. [Shin Min Daily News, p3]

06-11-2017

Rita Zahara and Singapore Polytechnic produces ready-to-eat rendang

Article featured the invention of ready-to-eat chicken rendang, which was a combined effort between Malay personality Rita Zahara, through her company Li Da Foods and SP’s Food Innovation and Resource Centre (FIRC). This effort was carried out under the Spring Singapore Capability Development Grant and the ready-to-eat Chicken rendang was introduced at FIRC’s 10th anniversary celebrations. During the celebration event, SP also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with ICMG Pte Ltd to allow food manufacturers to venture into Japan. As part of the MOU, Japanese food manufacturers will also conduct a series of masterclasses to showcase their knowledge and innovations. [Berita Minggu, p11]

06-11-2017

Sungei Road vendors show Singapore Poly students their sales techniques

Using items like Japanese banana notes and antiques, 15 vendors from the now-defunct Sungei Road market have been showing off their selling techniques at SP’s Legal Black Market event. Organised by SP’s Diploma in Business Administration students, the event serves as a unique platform for SP students like Vince Agcanas and Elizabeth Woo to observe the vendors' sales techniques and communication skills, which cannot be replicated in lectures. [The New Paper, p23]

03-11-2017

SP and NTU leads SkillsFuture series in Advanced Manufacturing

SP and NTU will be leading the of SkillsFuture Series for the Advanced Manufacturing industry. SP will launch more than 20 Advanced Manufacturing courses for 6000 full-time and part-time learners within the next five years. Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry Dr Koh Poh Koon shared the importance of upskilling the workforce and preparing them for the future. The SkillsFuture Series courses will be spilt into three proficiency levels – basic, intermediate and advanced. These courses are a combination of both short standalone courses and modules stackable towards formal qualifications such as a part-time Diploma or Specialist Diploma. The courses were validated after more than 300 hours of consultation with 24 Small Media Enterprises and Multi-National Companies from various manufacturing industries and are supported by Economic Development Board and SkillsFuture Singapore. Courses under the SkillsFuture Series will be provided by six autonomous universities, the five polys and the Institute of Technical Education. [Lianhe Zaobao, p32]

02-11-2017

Singapore Polytechnic’s advanced manufacturing initiatives

Newsclip featured how SP’s 500-square metre Smart Factory and the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with 14 industry partners will help boost advanced manufacturing in Singapore. SP’s senior lecturer Soon Yew Boon, shared how the Smart Factory will allow local manufacturing companies to experiment and adopt new technologies such as robotics and predictive maintenance to help improve their work processes. Yew Boon also shared how the SP’s MoU with its industry partners will provide internship opportunities for close to 100 students from the full-time engineering diplomas. The 22-week enhanced internship will see students being exposed to cutting-edge Advanced Manufacturing technologies or developing solutions to help organisations digitise or automate their work processes. Similar story was broadcasted on Capital 95.8. [Channel 8]

02-11-2017

Electronic acts find global beat

Article featured home-grown music artists who are making a name for themselves on the world stage. One featured artist is solo electronic artist Evan Low, whose stage name is Evanturetime. Evan graduated from SP’s Diploma in Music and Audio Technology and honed his skills at Berklee College of Music under scholarships from the school and the Media Development Authority. He shared how he has put his stamp on a wide range of projects in the last few years as a producer, composer, songwriter and audio wizard. [The Straits Times – Life, pD2]

01-11-2017

SiTF Awards 2017

Advertorial featured the winners of the Singapore infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF) Awards. SP’s School of Digital Media and Infocomm Technology won two bronze awards for projects Vaultix and Sonare in the Best Innovation ICM Student Project (Tertiary) category. In the same category, Diploma in Infocomm Technology Yap Wei Jie Joshua received the Best Presenter award for Vaultix. [The Business Times, p16]

31-10-2017

Chief Captain is proud of his maritime career

Article featured Mr Muhammad Hisyam’s journey towards a Maritime career. His decision to pursue a maritime career was very much influenced by his father, who used to be a shipmaster. He chose to pursue a maritime course in SP as he refused to go to junior college. Studying in SP was not easy for him as the course fee for maritime courses was high due to the shipping and navigating equipment required. With the help of scholarships and his hardwork, Hisyam excelled in his studies and managed to receive the Mendaki award. Hisyam also recalled some of his memorable experiences where he encountered dangerous turbulences and engine failures. Now with PACC, Ship Managers Pte Ltd, Hisyam is proud of his career and hopes that it will continue to open his mind and enhance his life experiences. [Berita Harian, p12]

30-10-2017

Vitagen to change their ads

Vitagen has been told to modify their ads to avoid misleading their audience. SP Business School lecturer Lucas Tok opined that the ad which subtly shows the packaging of another brand might mislead the audience. Lucas also mentioned that audiences these days are very well informed and can discern for themselves the ad’s reliability. [Lianhe Zaobao, p4]

30-10-2017

Higher learning institutes to train more adults

Article featured the SkillsFuture Series of subsidised bite-sized courses, a new scheme to train working adults for the new economy. This scheme will have more courses and more funding, and will see Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) playing a more significant role in training. From an initial 10,000 trainees, all the universities, polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education will take in 50,000 trainees annually. Training capacity will also grow from 440,000 hours now to 2.2 million hours over the same period. Each institute will focus on one of eight emerging areas of growth. SP and the Nanyang Technological University will lead the area of Advanced Manufacturing. Other areas including data analytics, finance and entrepreneurship will come under the National University of Singapore, Singapore Management University and NP respectively. Similar story was reported in all SPH newspapers and MediaCorp platform. [The Straits Times, pA1]

30-10-2017

Difficult race for S'pore Poly's solar car

Article featured the SunSPEC team who took part in the 2017 World Solar Challenge. The group consists of 35 Year 3 students, 12 lecturers, and three alumni who now work at utility company SP Group. From Oct 8 to 12, they raced against 39 other teams from around the world along a 3,000km race course from Darwin to Adelaide in Australia. Besides strict car design criteria, participants must also design for the unforgiving Australian outback, where temperatures fluctuate from single digits to 40 deg C within a single day. This year, SunSPEC was the only representative from Singapore, as well as the only polytechnic team against universities such as Cambridge, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford. Mr Foo Fang Siong, lecturer at SP’s School of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering and SunSPEC’s assistant team manager, shared the design process of the car. Team members Krystal Wong, Sebert Fong from the Diploma in Mechatronics and Robotics (DMRO) course shared their experiences driving the car. DMRO student Seow Jing Woon also shared about how the race has benefitted him. Diploma in Energy Systems and Management student Joey Ang appreciated the chance to interact with participants from other countries. [The New Paper, p21]

30-10-2017

Happenings - Gigs

Events listing featured the SP Arts Fiesta – Parts, a month-long festival that showcases the best student talents from the various performing clubs of the polytechnic. There will be performances in genres ranging from contemporary jazz to classical Chinese orchestral music, music workshops and talent showcases. The festival is on from 1 Nov until 25 Nov. [The Straits Times, pD4]

27-10-2017

Encouraging IT-savvy youth to take industry to next level

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Civil Engineering with Business (DCEB) student Emma Tan. Instead of learning the old labour-intensive methods of construction, Emma is picking up computer programming, digital design and modular construction skills as part of her course. Mr Teo Kian Hun, Senior Lecturer in SB’s School of Architecture and Built Environment, said that the industry is now moving in a direction that is more attractive to youth. [The Straits Times, pB1-B2]

27-10-2017

Familys love for knowledge encouraged son to get First Class Honours Degree

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering alumnus Abdullah Rohaizad who recently received his Bachelor of Accounting with First Class Honours from the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS). Abdullah started working immediately after graduating from SP, and he decided to pursue a part-time degree as all of his family members had either a diploma or degree, which motivated him to continue learning regardless of age. Abdullah added that the love for knowledge is inherent in his family and his source of inspiration came from his father, Rohaizad Samudi, who is a part-time lecturer at SP. [Berita Harian, p9]

26-10-2017

Earlier light-up to charm daytime shoppers

Article mentioned that this year’s Christmas lights in Orchard Road will come on about three hours earlier, at 3pm, in a bid to give visitors a different experience. Ms Sarah Lim, senior retail lecturer at SP’s Business School, opined that this can encourage visitors to start shopping earlier. [The Straits Times, pA8]

26-10-2017

Study award powers technician's dream of becoming engineer

Article featured the SkillsFuture Study Awards for the power sector, given out yesterday during the Singapore International Energy Week 2017. These 10 bond-free awards, worth $5,000 each, are meant for mid-career Singaporeans looking to develop and deepen their skills in the power sector. They support a range of courses at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), polytechnic, university and government-academy levels. Six recipients of the Energy Industry Scholarship, including SP’s Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering student Teo Mei Fang, were also announced yesterday. This scholarship which is open to ITE and polytechnic students, intends to develop talent for the power sector. Mei Fang shared her inspiration in pursuing an engineering career. She will join SP Group after completing her studies in SP. [The Straits Times, pB2]

26-10-2017

Celebrating people of the river at Singapore River Festival

Article featured some profiles for the Singapore River Festival's (SRF) initiative, People of the River, which aims to pays homage to those who are intrinsically linked to the river and its heritage. One featured profile is Captain Frederick James Francis, Senior Lecturer at SP’s Singapore Maritime Academy. He has preserved 23 native boats, including one of the original bumboats that plied the Singapore River. Captain Frederick also shared how he formed an interest group with SP students in 2011 to conduct restoration and preservation work, following a request by former president S R Nathan to preserve our maritime heritage. [The Straits Times, pB8]

26-10-2017

A taste of innovation in food industry

Article featured restaurant chain The Soup Spoon, which is changing mindsets across the food manufacturing industry. Its efforts in educating the industry about technologies and increasing productivity are part of a multi-agency effort involving Workforce Singapore (WSG), Spring Singapore and SP. [The Straits Times, pB3]

25-10-2017

Fancy some prata-instant noodles and chikuteh?

Article featured the Prata-instant noodles, kaya palate and chikuteh which are among the food items displayed at SP Food Innovation & Resource Centre (FIRC) 10th Year anniversary event. More than 500 students, food technologists and experts were on hand to taste-test innovative food concepts. The prata-instant noodles, which is prata shredded into noodle-like strips in a cup that has a sachet of curry, was developed by SP’s Diploma in Experience and Product Design third-year students, in collaboration with FIRC researchers. The students behind the prata-instant noodles said that while prata is popular among young people, some find leaving their home for it a hassle. The same SP students designed the kaya palate featuring different kaya spread packaged in paint tubes where consumers can ‘paint’ their slices of toast. To appeal to tourists as souvenirs, the kaya palate is packaged in textured paper similar to canvases to simulate paint sets. FIRC process innovation manager Mr Tay Chiew Teck shared about the chickuteh, a Halal version of bak kut teh, which was developed by FIRC to meet the demands of Muslim consumers, an untapped market for ready-to-eat foods. [The New Paper, p21]

25-10-2017

Singapore Poly, Japan consultancy ICMG to promote food science and technology

Article featured the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between SP’s Food Innovation and Resource Centre (FIRC) and intellectual capital management services consultancy ICMG. The MOU promotes collaborations between Singapore and Japanese companies in the area of food science and technology, and the development of mutually beneficial programmes to facilitate the exchange of technical expertise and knowledge. FIRC and ICMG will also establish a Food Innovation Platform for companies from both countries to share ideas, create new business models, conduct proof of concepts and enhance commercialisation in food innovation, packaging and automation for Singapore's food industry. The MOU was witnessed by Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, and Ministry of Trade and Industry Sim Ann, in conjunction with FIRC's 10th anniversary celebrations. She also announced a masterclass programme between FIRC and ICMG called the Japan Food Innovation Series, designed to help participating companies better understand Japanese food culture and manufactured food products, develop high-quality healthy foods and achieve chemical-free shelf life extension for their products. [The Business Times Online]

25-10-2017

Food Innovation & Resource Centre developed six capsule concentrates

Article featured the Prata-instant noodles, kaya palate and chikuteh which are among the food items displayed at SP Food Innovation & Resource Centre (FIRC) 10th Year anniversary event. More than 500 students, food technologists and experts were on hand to taste-test innovative food concepts. The prata-instant noodles, which is prata shredded into noodle-like strips in a cup that has a sachet of curry, was developed by SP’s Diploma in Experience and Product Design third-year students, in collaboration with FIRC researchers. The students behind the prata-instant noodles said that while prata is popular among young people, some find leaving their home for it a hassle. The same SP students designed the kaya palate featuring different kaya spread packaged in paint tubes where consumers can ‘paint’ their slices of toast. To appeal to tourists as souvenirs, the kaya palate is packaged in textured paper similar to canvases to simulate paint sets. FIRC process innovation manager Mr Tay Chiew Teck shared about the chickuteh, a Halal version of bak kut teh, which was developed by FIRC to meet the demands of Muslim consumers, an untapped market for ready-to-eat foods. Radio news featured the capsule food developed by SP’s Food Innovation & Resource Centre (FIRC). The researchers took six months to develop six capsule food, which include satay sauce, Thai green curry, Chicken herbal soup as well as nut milk drinks suitable for lactose-intolerant consumers. FIRC Senior Manager Dr Lee Mun Wai explained the mechanics behind the capsule food and how it allows busy working adults and students to enjoy hot food within a few minutes. The capsule food will be launched in the market soon if there are food manufacturers who wish to commercialise the concept. The FIRC will be developing more capsule food in the near future. Newsclip also mentioned that SP’s FIRC has worked on 1,000 food innovation and productivity projects from 620 companies over the past ten years. [Capital 95.8]

25-10-2017

SP develops chicken soup in capsule

Article featured SP’s Food Innovation & Resource Centre (FIRC) 10th anniversary celebrations. Among some of the innovative products are chicken herbal soup in a capsule form. Consumers only need to wait one to two minutes for the capsule to be prepared in a coffee machine and it will be ready for consumption. FIRC senior manager Dr Lee Mun Wai shared that as capsule technology is already widely used with coffee beverages, consumers can easily adapt to capsule foods such as chicken soup and satay sauce. FIRC will also be working with food manufacturing companies to help raise the productivity of the industry. Article mentioned that SP’s FIRC has partnered with 620 companies for over 1000 collaborative projects since its launch in 2007. [Shin Min Daily News, p6]

25-10-2017

Locally invented capsule chicken soup as simple as capsule coffee

At SP’s Food Innovation & Resource Centre (FIRC) 10th anniversary celebrations yesterday, six food products in the capsule format was unveiled. SP’s FIRC has been working on the capsule technology since last year and the six products include herbal chicken soup, satay sauce, thai green curry and flavoured nut milk which is suitable for people who are lactose-intolerant. FIRC senior manager Dr Lee Mun Wai shared that capsule technology allows consumers to have ready to eat food, which traditionally takes hours to prepare, within minutes. FIRC is also signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Japanese company ICMG to provide a food innovation platform where companies from Japan and Singapore can come together and share their innovative technologies. [Lianhe Zaobao, p5]

25-10-2017

Education and career counsellors assigned to all schools now

Article highlighted that all schools now have education and career guidance (ECG) counsellors assigned to them, giving students better support in making choices about their future. All three Institute of Technical Education colleges and the five polytechnics have six ECG counsellors each. Ms Chew Leng Leng, an ECG counsellor at SP, shared about her role in helping to facilitate the career development of students. Similar story was reported in The New Paper. [The Straits Times, pB1]

24-10-2017

National University of Singapore and Shell come out on top at Singapore chemical engineering awards

Article featured the IChemE (Institution of Chemical Engineers) Singapore Awards, which celebrate outstanding achievements in Singapore’s chemical engineering community. Mr Gregory Poi, Senior Lecturer at SP’s School of Chemical and Life Sciences, clinched the top award in the Biotechnology category and the first runner-up in the Sustainability category for his R&D project, Scaled-up bioremediation of oil contaminated soil. [IChemE]

24-10-2017

More opportunities being explored for public to visit Istana: President Halimah

Article mentioned that SP students helped to guide the members from the active ageing non-profit organisation Society for Wings (Women’s Initiative for Ageing Successfully) during the Deepavali Open House at Istana. Similar story was reported in Channel NewsAsia and Berita Harian. [Today]

23-10-2017

Eat Already? S3 - EP9

The information-education drama series for the silver generation, ‘Eat Already Season 3’, featured SP’s Food Innovation and Resource Centre (FIRC) in its ninth episode. The Wongs and the Yuans visited the centre where they explored technology to freeze and pack their new creation for global distribution. SP’s segment starts from 1:45. [Channel 8]

23-10-2017

Great Singapore Sale billed a success this year, recovers from 2016's retail slump

Article highlighted the 2 - 4.1 per cent increase in retail sales during the Great Singapore Sale (GSS) period. It is an improvement over the 2.3 - 6.2 per cent drop in sales for June to August last year compared with the previous year. This year's increase is also the biggest since 2012. Ms Sarah Lim, senior retail lecturer at SP’s Business School, said that the GSS is an event that still creates hype and excitement. She shared how the attention of shoppers was captured through the GoSpree app and online catalogues. Ms Esther Ho, deputy director at NYP’s School of Business Management, highlighted that physical retailers still face challenges, especially with shopping websites holding online flash sales. Similar story was reported in The New Paper. [The Straits Times, pA3]

23-10-2017

Singapore bags two golds at ‘Olympics of Skills’

SP’s Diploma in Computer Engineering graduate, Andrew Tan, has won a bronze medal in the information network cabling category of the WorldSkills Competition that was held in Abu Dhabi. The competition is also known as the "Youth Olympics of Skills". At the same competition, NYP’s third-year digital game art and design student Ng Jun Xuan beat eight others from around the world to win gold in the 3D digital game art category. TP’s logistics and operations management graduate Olivia Low also emerged top in the freight-forwarding contest. Two other NYP students took home a bronze medal in the health and social care and IT network systems administration category. This year, the Singapore team won two gold, three bronze and eight medallions of excellence at the WorldSkills Competition. [The Straits Times, pB5]

20-10-2017

Singapore Red Cross and Singapore Polytechnic collaborates

SP and Singapore Red Cross (SRC) has collaborated to provide a Diploma-Plus Certificate Programme in Humanitarian Affairs for students who are interested in humanitarian work. Through the programme, students will learn how a relief organization works and be equipped with basic architectural knowledge such as building shelters. There are plans to launch a Continuing Education and Training (CET) programme for adult learners next year. Mr Benjamin William, Secretary-General and CEO of SRC commented on the significance of collaborating with SP and hopes that more youth will be involved in humanitarian work in the future. Mr Soh Wai Wah, Principal and CEO of SP commented that this collaboration fosters students to be global citizens who will lend a helping hand to other countries in need. [Lianhe Zaobao, p8]

20-10-2017

Singapore Red Cross and Singapore Polytechnic collaborates to launch humanitarian studies course

SP and Singapore Red Cross (SRC) signed a two-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the development and provision of courses in Humanitarian Studies and its related programmes. These courses will provide students with an understanding of the operations of the humanitarian aid and relief industry. Mr Loo Ching Nong, SP’s course manager for the Diploma-Plus Certificate Programme in Humanitarian Affairs, shared that there is a potential demand for humanitarian-related courses as the number of students signing up for overseas community service trips has increased by almost 60% over the last four years. The course also builds on the knowledge and technical expertise of SP’s civil engineering lecturers as students will learn to design and build shelters, as well as drainage and water supply. The first class has commenced with 30 students. Mr Benjamin William, Secretary-General and CEO of SRC, shared the significance behind the partnership, as well as plans to launch a Continuing Education and Training (CET) programme in Humanitarian studies for the public next year. [Capital 95.8]

20-10-2017

Causes Brief: Run to raise funds for the hearing impaired

SP’s Department of Student Development and Alumni Relations, the SP Graduates’ Guild and the People's Association's Community Sports Club Ulu Pandan, will be organizing a charity run on Nov 18 to raise funds for the Singapore Association for the Deaf. [The Straits Times, pB10]

19-10-2017

Oct 2017 - News 5 - Wed 18 Oct 2017

SP’s Business School Senior Lecturer and Section Head of Marketing and Retail Amos Tan opined on the sustainability of social enterprises managing hawker centres as well as the factors affecting it. SP’s segment starts from 4:37. Similar story was reported in Channel NewsAsia. [Channel 5 News]

19-10-2017

Children of local celebrities making a splash in showbiz

Article featured the offspring of local celebrities who are making a splash in the entertainment scene. Among them is Chen Yixin, the daughter of actress Xiang Yun and actor Edmund Chen. Yixin, who is a current SP Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology student mentioned how her time in poly broadened her perspective and gave her the confidence to give acting a shot. Article also featured Joel Choo, an SP Diploma in Music & Audio Technology graduate who is the son of actor Zhu Houren. Tay Ying, the daughter of actors Hong Huifang and Zheng Geping, who recently graduated from TP’s Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management was also one of the profiles who was featured. [The Straits Times - Life!, pD2-D3]

19-10-2017

Traits of a successful team

Article featured SP graduate Wellon Chou who recently organized the Singapore Open Memory Championship 2017 with the help of SP students. SP student Xu Xin Hui commented that being part of the organizing committee for the Singapore Open Memory Championship 2017 was a great learning opportunity for her and the event would not have been successful if not for the strong teamwork by the entire committee. [Shin Min Daily News, p19]

17-10-2017

Doubles Diving Brothers

Article featured SP Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering Student Timothy Lee. Timothy and his twin brother Mark Lee represented Singapore in the South East Asian games last August and clinched a Silver Medal. Despite being twins, both brothers are very different in character and complement each other during trainings. [Lianhe Wanbao, p8]

16-10-2017

Local junior golf gets $240k shot in arm

Article featured Youth Golf Programme (YGP) alumnus and SP student Leverett Chua. He took part in yesterday's fund-raiser by the Youth Golf Network which manages the YGP, and shared his plans to turn professional eventually. [The Straits Times, pC12]

12-10-2017

Driven by hunger for knowledge

Article featured Abdul Haffiz Abdul Aleem who will graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) tomorrow. While he was busy pursuing his degree, the 30 year-old still found time to complete a part-time diploma in electrical engineering at SP. [Berita Harian, p11]

10-10-2017

Singapore Technical Institute alumni publishes commemorative book

The Singapore Technical Institute’s Chinese Language Committee have produced a commemorative book chronicling their challenges and struggles back in the 1960s. Article mentioned that the Singapore Technical Institute was the pioneer of vocational education before SP was established in 1954. The committee also formed a student group to promote Chinese culture and language in the 1960s. This student group was transferred to SP in 2006 to form the SP Chinese Music & Cultural Club. [Lianhe Zaobao, p12]

10-10-2017

New industry, new career and skills

Article featured Joel Ang, a SP Professional Conversion Programme (PCP) trainee in Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing. He shared that he jumped at the chance to take up the role of Head of the replenishment centre at Alcon Manufacturing and Logistics through the PCP, which caters to professionals, managers, executives and technicians, including mid-career switchers. Joel has completed four out of six modules of the PCP. [The Straits Times, pA15]

09-10-2017

Adventure Seekers

Advertorial by the Singapore Maritime Foundation featured SP Diploma in Nautical Studies student Calista Chan and National University of Singapore student Thaddeus Tan. Both of them shared how they entered the maritime industry and their experiences so far. [Teenage Magazine, p73]

06-10-2017

Let’s talk about it

Editorial featured SP’s Special Education Needs (SEN) centre for students with special needs to receive assistance. [Teenage Magazine, p80]

06-10-2017

Leading example of lifelong learning

Article featured SP alumnus Abu Bakar Mohd Nor who, only armed with a diploma, rose through the ranks to become the Managing Director at Keppel Offshore & Marine. Despite his busy schedule, Abu Bakar decided to further his education, graduating with a Master of Business Administration from Singapore Management University in June 2013. Abu Bakar shared that educational qualifications is not as important as attitude and the willingness to learn and do the job well. Abu Bakar received the Achiever of the Year award by Berita Harian in recognition of his zeal for lifelong learning and contributions to society. [Berita Harian, p10]

05-10-2017

Chief of Keppel unit named BH Achiever of the Year

Article featured Abu Bakar Mohd Nor, who was named Achiever of the Year by Berita Harian in recognition of his zeal for lifelong learning and contributions to society. Abu Bakar graduated with a SP diploma and through grit and determination, rose through the ranks in Keppel to become chief executive officer of the firm's joint-venture shipyard in Qatar in 2011. During that period, he juggled working overseas while leading the 27th Singapore Infantry Brigade as part of his National Service duties. Beyond the military and his work in the maritime industry, Mr Abu Bakar also decided to further his education, graduating with a Master of Business Administration from Singapore Management University in June 2013. [The Straits Times, pA8]

05-10-2017

What's News: Oct 3, 2017

Events listing featured the Grocery List Challenge, where four students from SP’s Memory Sports Club test their skills in a supermarket. [The Straits Times, pA2]

03-10-2017

8 year old girl can ‘hear’ colours

Article featured 8 year old Lin Zi Qin who can “hear” colours and can play chess blindfolded. Her mother signed her up for a brain development workshop when she was in primary 2 and since then her concentration skills has improved greatly. She is also the youngest participant of the Singapore Open Memory Competition held in SP over the weekend. [Shin Min Daily News, p5]

02-10-2017

Memory club as a CCA for Singapore Poly?

Article highlighted the rising awareness of memory sports, where competitors memorise things such as sequences of numbers, words and binary numbers within a time limit. In light of this, a group of SP students is looking to set up a memory club co-curricular activity (CCA). Fourteen of them have been practising memory techniques for the past three months and, as a result, are able to train their peers. Eleven of them competed at the Singapore Open Memory Championship over the weekend. Among them is second-year student Hong Yu Chao, 19, who was inspired by the Chinese reality programme The Brain. First-year student Tanaaz Ketan Mistry has a more academic reason for wanting to train her memory. Another 40 students from SP, who learnt memory techniques but did not compete, volunteered at the Singapore Open Memory Championship which drew more than 80 competitors from 11 countries. A SP spokesman, who is one of the co-organisers of the event, said the competition was a good national platform for students to hone their memory skills and techniques. Both the idea of the memory club and SP's involvement in the event were encouraged by SP alumni Wellon Chou and Gerald Lim. They are the president and vice-president of the Singapore Memory Sports Association respectively. An informal interest group has already been formed in July under the mentorship of Mr Roger Chiun, who is a senior lecturer at SP's School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. The students also have plans to conduct memory training for senior citizens as a form of community service. [The Straits Times, pB10]

02-10-2017

Memory athletes show off skills at Singapore championships

Article featured the second Singapore Open Memory Championships, held over the weekend at SP. The event is co-organised by SP, the SP Graduates' Guild and the Singapore Memory Sports Association (SMSA), and saw participants from 12 countries including Indonesia, England and Mongolia taking part. SP students, all of whom were taking part for the first time, made up 11 of Team Singapore's 14 memory athletes. Second-year Diploma in Engineering with Business student Cheng Yu chalked up several personal bests and climbed his way to 48th place among 82 competitors from around the world. Cheng Yu and a group of friends from SP formed an interest group two months ago to learn memory techniques, and they received training for the competition from SMSA president Wellon Chou and vice-president Gerald Lim, both of whom are SP alumni. [The Straits Times, pB4]

02-10-2017

Paths to peaks; Charting bold new course, inspired by poly-grad dad

Article featured Goh Wei Xiang, who chose to give up junior college for a polytechnic diploma, following in his father's footsteps. Like his father, he enrolled in SP’s Diploma in Nautical Studies (DNS). After graduating from SP, Wei Xiang had a job offer from a shipbroking firm where he had previously completed an internship. He also had a certification from the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers that qualified him for a master's programme in energy, trade and finance at City, University of London, in Britain. Wei Xiang also applied for Trafigura's apprenticeship programme, which was launched in Geneva in 2015 and was expanded to Singapore last year. Polytechnic and A-level graduates from any subject background can apply for the scheme, which recognises that university might not be the best route for all individuals. They can then be fast-tracked to the company's two-year global graduate programme, which rotates them through three postings and offers opportunities to work at Trafigura's overseas offices. [The Straits Times, pA15]

02-10-2017

Starry, starry Singapore night

Article highlighted that events have been lined up to help local learn more about the celestial sphere during the Mid-Autumn Festival. For instance, the SP Astronomers group will be organising an open skygazing session that allows members of the public to look through the school's telescope. SP student Humayra Jeba Mohd Habibur Rahman, the immediate past president of the school's Astronomers club, shared about his interest in skygazing. [The Straits Times, pA12]

02-10-2017

Student bosses: Getting an early start in business

Article featured students who have benefited from the various initiatives of the Innovation and Enterprise Offices (IEOs) set up by their tertiary institutions to support students on their entrepreneurship journey. One such entrepreneur is NYP business studies student Lee Cheng Hei started Glassland Pte Ltd in 2015 while still studying at ITE College East. Cheng Hei transforms used bottles into personalised gift plates - an idea that transpired from discussions of environmental sustainability in the college’s Entrepreneurship Club. He tapped on the Chua Thian Poh Entrepreneurship Fund on research and development, as well as the procurement of raw materials. This fund supports a joint entrepreneurship programme by ITE and Nanyang Technological University’s Nanyang Technopreneurship Centre. Cheng Hei also benefited from resources such as dedicated mentoring support, access to office resources and links to its entrepreneurship network. He shared that these resources provide start-ups with a much-needed boost especially since a strong network of contacts raises the company’s visibility. [Channel NewsAsia]

02-10-2017

World Memory Championship

Article featured the World Memory Championship organised by SP alumnus Wellon Chou. Article highlighted the oldest participant - an 80 year old grandmother who was encouraged by her grandson to join the competition. She is able to memorise 40 numbers in a minute. The competition has up to 86 participants from 11 different countries and will take place this weekend at SP. [Shin Min Daily News, p1]

29-09-2017

Ready for international skills competition

Article featured three of the 21 youths from polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education who will be representing Singapore in 19 skills areas and competing against almost 1,300 participants from 65 other member countries, at the WorldSkills Competition (WSC) 2017 in Abu Dhabi. The Singapore team has been training nine hours a day, five days a week for more than a year. The WSC is the world's biggest vocational education and skills excellence event that allows competitors to compete against global standards and showcase their technical skills. In the last WSC in Brazil, the Singapore team won a record number of awards - one silver medal, two bronze medals and 14 medallions for excellence. Freight forwarding will be introduced to the WSC this year. SP computer engineering alumnus Andrew Tan, who specialises in information network cabling, shared about his training as well as the challenges he may face during the co. TP alumna Olivia Low will be competing in tasks such as customer advising, insurance and damage control, while NYP nursing alumna Fazira Zulkifi will be competing in the health and social care area and completing tasks in four simulations – a community hospital, day care centre, hospital and home care. Fazira shared how the skills she learnt in school are applicable to the competition and how she can learn more about her trade from the training for the competition. [The New Paper, p12]

27-09-2017

Young singer wants to highlight issues through music

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Music and Audio Technology alumnus, Ahmadul Amin Haron who has released 5 songs to date. Currently undergoing National Service, Ahmadul shared that he wants to make a difference in the music industry by creating songs that touch on serious issues, even if some topics may be taboo to the Malay community. [Berita Harian, p11]

27-09-2017

Diabetic-friendly noodles that can also lower 'bad' cholesterol

Article highlighted the collaboration between SP’s Food Innovation & Resource Centre (FIRC) and the Health Promotion Board (HPB) to develop wholegrain yellow noodles made with beta-glucan, a soluble fibre, and rice noodles containing resistant starch. Both noodles have a lower glycemic index, which means the carbohydrates they contain are broken down by the body into glucose at a slower rate. This can be helpful for people with diabetes, as they have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal. FIRC and HPB aim to work with food manufacturers to develop the prototypes into commercial products. [The Straits Times, pB3]

26-09-2017

Health Promotion Board and Food Innovation & Resource Centre collaborate to develop diabetic-friendly food

SP’s Food Innovation & Resource Centre (FIRC) and the Health Promotion Board (HPB) collaborated to develop wholegrain yellow noodles made with beta-glucan, a soluble fibre, and rice noodles containing resistant starch, both suitable for diabetic patients. FIRC spent four months to develop the prototypes. Radio clip mentioned that it is difficult to distinguish between the yellow noodles that are currently in the market and the newly-developed yellow noodles. FIRC centre manager Evelyn Ong, one of the food technologists who developed the products, shared their challenges in developing the prototypes. Senior Minister of State Mr Chee Hong Tat shared that HPB will be working with different partners to launch these products. He also mentioned that the manufacturers can even sell these products in overseas market because of the increasing diabetic problems faced in Asia. [Capital 95.8]

26-09-2017

Two organisations work together to develop low GI noodles

Article featured the collaboration between SP’s Food Innovation Resource Centre (FIRC) and Health Promotion Board (HPB) to come up with healthier, low GI noodle options. The low GI noodles, made with Beta-Glucan and resistant starch, will not cause a spike in one’s blood sugar levels making it a healthier option. Besides maintaining blood sugar levels, Beta-Glucan also contains properties that are beneficial for the cardiovascular system. HPB will also continue monitoring the effects of Beta-Glucan on Singaporean’s blood sugar levels. Senior Minister of State Mr Chee Hong Tat and Parliamentary Secretary for Health Amrin Amin were also at the food tasting yesterday. Mr Chee shared that besides working with noodle manufacturers, HPB will also work with other industries such as cooking oil and sugar industries to come up with healthier options. [Lianhe Zaobao, p6]

26-09-2017

'Diabetic-friendly' noodles developed to encourage healthier eating

Article featured the collaboration between SP’s Food Innovation and Research Centre (FIRC) and the Health Promotion Board (HPB) on the two new noodle prototypes with a lower glycemic index. The first protoype was yellow noodles made with beta-glucan – an ingredient found in oats and barley and has been shown to be beneficial for the heart, cholesterol and blood glucose. The second prototype was rice noodles made with a resistant starch, which has been found to slow down the release of sugar in blood and contribute to good gut health. According to FIRC, these two ingredients were chosen because of their commercial availability and effectiveness in reducing the spike in one’s blood glucose. Eight local manufacturers from the noodles industry attended the tasting sessions. The noodle formulation will be shared with interested manufacturers who can choose to adapt it to their noodle recipes. The centre will also work with them to carry out testing and seek regulatory approval, before the manufacturers roll them out for sale. Article also mentioned that the FIRC, which was launched in 2007, is a joint initiative between SP and SPRING Singapore to provide food enterprises with technical expertise in the research and development of new products. Photo of the article shows SP’s FIRC food technologists preparing the food samples. [Channel NewsAsia]

26-09-2017

Making a name for herself

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Media and Communication alumna Siti Sofiah Ridwan who recently received her Bachelor of Arts degree (with First Class Honors) in Design Communication at Lasalle College of the Arts. Siti has received the Goh Chok Tong Youth Promise Award (GCTYPA) and the Silver award for the 'Integrated Advertising Campaign' category in the 2016 Crowbar Awards. Making a name for herself in the advertising industry, Siti was approached by DDB to join them as a junior art director. [Berita Minggu, p12]

25-09-2017

Pursuing his dreams and studies

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Architecture alumnus Mohammad Fadell Baharuddin who was awarded a grant by BCA to pursue his diploma and given the opportunity to work with industry partner, LC & T Builder Pte Ltd after graduating in 2016. This July, Baharuddin was tasked with coordinating the production of a three-dimensional structure model at LC & T Builder. [Berita Harian, p3]

25-09-2017

Physical toy stores still rule but face challenges

Article highlighted the relevance of brick-and-mortar toy stores and the impact of online shopping on them. Ms Sarah Lim, senior retail lecturer at SP’s Business School, opined on the importance for children to be able to touch and feel toys and the sense of excitement they get from trotting down to toy stores. [The Straits Times, pB3]

25-09-2017

Outstanding ITE graduates

Article featured outstanding Institute of Technical Education (ITE) graduates, including SP’s Diploma in Mechanical Engineering current student Tan Shi Hui. Shi Hui was the first in her N level cohort, but did not do well enough for polytechnic. She didn’t give up and enrolled in Higher Nitec. Her dad had an accident when she was in Secondary 2 and is unable to work for prolong period of time. Her mum’s health issues also made it difficult for her to do housework. Shi Hui had to juggle her part-time jobs and the household chores, in addition to managing her studies. On top of this, she is the president of three CCA clubs. She graduated with a GPA of 4.0 and was awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Model Student award last May. Another outstanding graduate featured was SP’s Diploma in Human Resource Management with Psychology student Cheng Ying who chose ITE despite qualifying for a polytechnic education as she was interested in Hospitality Management. After graduation, she discovered that she was more interested in Human Resources and thus chose SP to further her studies. She was the organizer of the “Cook Curry Day” competition and won the “Good Neighbour award” in 2016. [Lianhe Wanbao, p8]

19-09-2017

Accept new challenges

Event listing featured a Business Data Analytics talk organised by Boss Group, SP and the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce. The talk, which is happening on 19 Sept 2017, will teach attendees how to use technology to increase productivity and economic efficiency. It will be conducted by three SP lecturers, Lee Li Min, Lin Meng Ling and He Qi Hui. [Shin Min Daily News, p17]

19-09-2017

Joint initiative to groom polytechnic entrepreneurs

Article featured Pollinate, a joint initiative across NP, SP and TP that supports entrepreneurship efforts by polytechnic alumni. The incubator, which started operations in July, is targeted at start-ups that have passed the early set-up stage. Besides having a working space, start-ups can make use of shared services such as digital marketing and analytics, as well as tap the polytechnics' overseas networks and a pipeline of young talent. From next year, the incubator will place fresh polytechnic graduates who are keen to work with start-ups. They will be paid full salaries and receive training from mentors. Mr Patrice Choong, director of NP’s innovation and entrepreneurship office, shared that Pollinate will also have exchange programmes with overseas partners. NP alumna Lee Ling Chong, one of the three co-founders of an adventure travel start-up located at Pollinate, shared her hopes for them to scale up internationally. Similar news was reported in The Business Times, Today, Channel NewsAsia, TechinAsia, e27, Channel 8 News, Lianhe Zaobao and Berita Harian. In the article reported by Channel NewsAsia, TP alumna Chelsea Chan opined on how Pollinate helps her food and beverage platform ‘FoodZaps’ and other similar start-ups integrate their efforts. NP’s principal Mr Clarence Ti shared in Today about the support Pollinate provides for polytechnic students to embark on their entrepreneurship journey. [The Straits Times, pB4]

19-09-2017

Singapore Polytechnic to keynote smart learning session at ILW

Event listing mentioned that SP’s Deputy Director of the School of Mathematics and Science, Edna Chen, will be speaking at Innovation Labs World on 26 September at the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre. She will share how SP is using learning analytics to assess students’ progress and create individualised learning plans. Edna will also share how lecturers may use these insights to provide timely intervention to weaker students. Other speakers will also be sharing about smart learning in Singapore’s tertiary institutions. [GovInsider]

18-09-2017

Student's bone marrow saves leukaemia patient

Article featured SP student Noor Syafizah Mahadi, who donated her bone marrow to an unrelated leukaemia patient living overseas, making her among the youngest donors from the Bone Marrow Donor Programme (BMDP), the only local bone marrow donor registry here. Syafizah is joining BMDP’s call for more people of minority races to become donors. Similar story was reported in The New Paper. [The Straits Times, pB8]

18-09-2017

Masters of memory

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Engineering with Business graduate Wellon Chou, who is also the president of the Singapore Memory Sports Association. He co-founded Memory Ark in 2014, a school that teaches special memory techniques for people of all ages. To spread awareness of the memory sport, the Singapore Memory Sports Association is co-organising the Singapore Open Memory Championships 2017 with SP and SP Graduates' Guild. It will take place on Sept 30 and Oct 1 at the polytechnic and 80 participants from 11 countries have registered. Eleven students from SP, including Diploma in Engineering with Business student Ng Cheng Yu, will be taking part. Cheng Yu took a course at Memory Ark last month and is already aiming to break the Singapore record for the number of words memorised in five minutes, which was achieved by Mr Gerald Lim at an SP memory competition in 2013. [The Straits Times – Life, pC2]

18-09-2017

F1 Grand Prix Extension

Newsclip looked at the benefits of the Singapore Grand Prix. SB’s Diploma in Tourism and Resort Management (DTRM) Lecturer and Academic Mentor Farah Seet shared how Singapore can explore having MotoGP or Superbike events in conjunction with F1, which will bring in a wider spectrum of fans. Farah’s segment starts from 47:03. [Channel NewsAsia]

18-09-2017

Can 'hipster' hawker centres work?

Article highlighted that NTUC Foodfare will be opening the Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre in November in a bid to attract more young hawkers and customers. This hawker centre will combine traditional and modern cuisine, by filling its first floor with traditional hawker stalls while setting up a "hipster" area on the second floor for young hawkers to ply their trade. There are other modern hawker centres such as Timbre+ in Ayer Rajah Crescent and Bedok Marketplace near Simpang Bedok, both of which have mostly “hipster" stalls. SP’s Business School Senior Lecturer and Section Head of Marketing and Retail Amos Tan opined that consumer patterns need to be understood as it is not just about offering cafe food in a hawker setting. Ms Esther Ho, deputy director at NYP’s School of Business Management shared that a hawker centre must be a place that is relaxing and that young people feel compelled to go to. [The Straits Times, pA12]

18-09-2017

Cotton On says megastores are the way forward

Article featured Australian retailer Cotton On Group, which is turning its stores into megastores housing several of its brands. Ms Sarah Lim, senior retail lecturer at SP’s Business School, opined that implementing a department store format works for a retailer like Cotton On because it targets a specific demographic - the younger, trendier segments of the population. [The Straits Times – Life, pD4-5]

14-09-2017

Singapore kickstarter project exceeds $5,000 goal, raises $13k in just 6 weeks

Article featured SP’s School of Chemical & Life Sciences alumnus Edwin Wong who started a Kickstarter project in June this year for "The Perfect Minimalist Wallet" – a wallet that contains what you need when you travel - with his partner Charly. They raised 262 per cent of their target in two months. The team is also looking at releasing a new design in the next few months. Edwin started learning magic as a hobby during his tenure in poly. After his national service, he started a kids’ party entertainment company while working full-time as an independent financial adviser. Even though he loved life sciences, he always had an interest in starting his own business. Two years ago, Edwin decided to leave his full-time job and focus on his entertainment company. Similar story was reported in Vulcan Post. [AsiaOne]

14-09-2017

Nanyang Girls' High the big winner in data challenge

Article featured the National Science Experiment (NSE) Big Data Challenge 2017, in which SP won the junior college, polytechnic and the Institute of Technical Education category. The team used sensor tools to collect more than a million data points on location, speed and time to test if students stayed till late at night on campus because they lived far away. The team also found out the mode of transportation that caused students to rush to lessons in the mornings. [The Straits Times, pB6]

14-09-2017

Beyond the Classroom

Advertorial featured three groups of students who embarked on LeX+ trips to countries like Vietnam and Indonesia. These students from various diploma courses developed innovative solutions like cow’s milk soap, salt wheel and a prototype of a monitoring system for mushroom farmers. By applying what they learnt in the classroom, these students’ contributions have improved the lives of the local communities. [Teenage Magazine, p78-79]

13-09-2017

Father and daughter develop ready to eat dessert

The owners of Teochew restaurant Huat Kee, is working with SP to develop ready to eat Teochew desserts, with no preservatives, colourings or chemicals. The desserts are still in the research and testing stage. [Shin Min Daily News, p7]

13-09-2017

RISING50: Celebrating 50 years of bilateral relations between Indonesia and Singapore

Article featured RISING50, which acknowledges the 50 years of good bilateral ties between Singapore and the Republic of Indonesia. To mark the milestone, a series of activities was organised in Singapore last Thursday. Five MOUs were signed, which comprised mainly agreements between Indonesia's Ministries and Singapore’s educational institutions such as SP, the National University of Singapore (NUS) School of Computing, and the Institute of Technical Education. Similar story was reported in Berita Harian. [The Straits Times Online]

11-09-2017

S'pore start-ups see opportunity in Indonesia's digital economy

Article highlighted the collaborations between Singapore and Indonesia on human capital development to support and enable the start-up ecosystem in Indonesia. SP and Temasek Foundation International have been working together with IT lecturers from the Batam State Polytechnic to conduct train-the-trainers programmes. There are also plans to carry out the programmes for IT lecturers across public institutions next year. Similar story was reported in Lianhe Zaobao, Jakarta Post and Star Online. [The Straits Times, pA9]

11-09-2017

Buildings stepping up fire safety precautions after failing cladding tests

Article highlighted the extra fire safety precautions by owners of various buildings that have failed the cladding tests, including Our Tampines Hub and SP. SP has started removing the panels of the affected blocks and aims to complete the removal by 15 October which coincides with start of a new term. SCDF said 20 more buildings have yet to complete their cladding tests, but added that all the affected buildings are safe for occupancy as they have been assessed to have sufficient fire-safety precautions. [Channel NewsAsia]

11-09-2017

Classes still on at night at the polys - for adults

Article highlighted that the polytechnics are enhancing offerings for older learners as full-time enrolments fall. The number of training places that were filled by older students grew from 42,000 in 2012 to 77,000 last year. The polytechnics are also ramping up courses in in-demand areas such as data science, business intelligence and cyber security. These programmes - which include the Earn and Learn courses, specialist and advanced diplomas, and shorter modules - are funded by MOE and SkillsFuture Singapore. Mr Suresh Punjabi, director of SP’s Professional and Adult Continuing Education Academy (PACE), said some 1,500 students attend night classes every week. One of them is 49-year-old Annie Ng, who went for evening classes at SP twice a week for a year. She completed the specialist diploma in Web development technology in April. Mr Albert Toh, director of RP’s Academy of Continuing Education, said that beyond full qualifications like a diploma or degree, the call today is for workers to upskill or learn a second skill. Similar story was reported in The New Paper. [The Straits Times, pB3]

11-09-2017

More than 200 million dollars unclaimed in first half of the year

Article highlighted that government agencies are holding on to more than 200 million dollars that are unclaimed by members of the public. These monies could be the license fees for television or radio prior to the cancellation of the license scheme. Campus libraries including SP Library and RP Library also have cases of unclaimed monies. SP Library has 1,200 cases of unclaimed monies and are mostly deposit fees. An SP spokesperson shared that the poly has worked with various government agencies to contact those with unclaimed monies over the years. While many have claimed their share, there are still many individuals who are uncontactable. [Lianhe Zaobao, p5]

04-09-2017

Inspired by grandfather to sail the seas

Article featured Muhammad Hadi Rifaie Zulkifli, a Diploma in Nautical Studies student at SP, who was selected as a recipient of the MaritimeONE scholarship recently. Muhammad Hadi shared that the time spent with his grandfather has played a major role in shaping his interests in the maritime industry. Muhammad Hadi hopes to receive a Certificate of Competency (COC) Class 1 which will allow him to be a ship captain after graduating from his diploma. [Berita Minggu, p20]

04-09-2017

Captain of the ship

Article featured Nurul Fazira Muhamad Wafa, who recently received the Tripartite Maritime Scholarship (TMSS) for the entire length of her Diploma in Nautical Studies at SP. Upon the completion of her studies, she will sail along with X-press Feeders shipping company to achieve her dream as a ship captain. [Berita Minggu, p20]

04-09-2017

The people behind the F1 glory

Article looked back at the 10 year history of the Formula 1 (F1) races in Singapore. The F1 races have successfully showcased Singapore’s dynamic and unique charms as a city throughout the years and helped break away the previously sterile and stern image. Current SP Principal and CEO Mr Soh Wai Wah, who was then the Chief-of-staff in the Police Force, opined that one of the challenges was to coordinate with the many agencies involved in the event. He recalls having to engage in crowd control and ensuring that the path of the emergency vehicles were clear all the time. NP’s tourism senior lecturer Dr Michael Chiam opined that over the decade, the public’s interest might have simmered down but the tourism and hospitality industry is still benefitting from the event. [Lianhe Zaobao, p11]

04-09-2017

Investment education stepped up, with more to come

Bey Mui Leng, Director (Corporate Communications) for Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) shared in an opinion article about the importance of strengthening investment education at the grassroots level, as well as the various initiatives by MAS in that area through its national financial education programme ‘MoneySense’. One of the initiatives is the collaboration with SP Institute for Financial Literacy to organise talks and workshops on a range of personal finance topics, in workplaces and the community. [Today, p49]

31-08-2017

Ferry evacuation exercise

Article featured “FEREX 2017”, an emergency evacuation exercise organized by Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. The stimulation exercise saw a ferry carrying 100 passengers colliding with another ship while docking. Over 300 staff from 18 governmental agencies and 100 students from SP took part in the exercise. [Lianhe Zaobao, p6]

28-08-2017

Six lauded for innovative ways of engaging students

Article featured recipients of the President’s Award for Teachers, which for the first time has been extended to include educators from the ITE and polytechnics to recognise their role in technical and vocational education, as well as lifelong learning. One of the six recipients is SP’s School of Communication, Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) Senior Academic Mentor Kwa Lay Ping. Similar story was reported in Channel NewsAsia. Similar story reported in Lianhe Zaobao shared how Lay Ping believes in pushing students out of their comfort zone. She will often critic their work harshly and make them work with tight deadlines to push their limits. As the media industry is very fast paced and dynamic, she hopes these harsh ‘practices’ will be useful for them when they eventually enter the industry. Despite her harsh teaching methods, she ensures that her students understand why she is doing so and keeps in touch with them on social media. Lay Ping shared that she initially only intended to teach for three years but seeing the positive impact on her students led her to continue for more than 10 years. [The Straits Times, pB12]

28-08-2017

Singapore Civil Defence Force tightened regulations since 2008

Last week the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) announced that 14 buildings were using unsafe claddings. An article after the announcement reported that one affected warehouse, managed by ESR Property Management, has completed works to remove the unsafe claddings. Teaching blocks T1 – T10 in SP are among those with unsafe claddings. An SP spokesperson emphasised that the teaching blocks are deemed safe by SCDF and the polytechnic takes the safety of its students and staff seriously. SP will work with the contractor to remove the affected claddings as soon as possible. Similar article was reported in Lianhe Wanbao. [Lianhe Zaobao, p8]

28-08-2017

How did cladding woes happen despite layers of checks?

Article mentioned that the sole Singapore distributor of the cladding material found in the 41 affected buildings had mixed together two different models at its warehouse. The two Alubond models sold by Chip Soon Aluminium, FRB1 and FRB2, carry different fire ratings. The SCDF has said that in the light of what has happened, it will review the fire safety regulations and processes for certification relating to the use of composite panels on buildings. One possibility is to make on-site testing, also known as bench-testing, mandatory as in the United States. Mr Seet Choh San, chairman of the Singapore Standards Technical Committee for Workplace Safety and Health, cautioned against blaming the existing system of checks as this incident concerns one distributor only, even though there are a large number of buildings affected. It is more important now to solve the problem at the source. [The Straits Times Online]

25-08-2017

36 buildings using cladding that may not meet standard

Article highlighted that a total of 36 buildings in Singapore, including an industrial complex in Toh Guan Road where a lethal fire broke out in May, are using external cladding that may not adhere to safety standards in the Fire Code. Of these, 15 buildings including parts of SP – blocks T1 to T10 – were confirmed to be using combustible cladding that allows flames to spread quicker than they are supposed to. Despite the cladding concerns, fire safety assessments deemed the 40 buildings safe for occupancy due to provisions such as sprinklers and fire alarms. The assessment also considered factors such as the proximity of the cladding to possible ignition sources and the proportion of external walls with cladding. The SCDF is working closely with all building owners to replace the composite panels on their buildings within two months. A SP spokesperson mentioned that the contractor who supplied and installed the cladding panels - which were supposed to be in compliance with the Fire Code - will be responsible for the rectification. Similar story was reported in all SPH newspapers including The New Paper, Lianhe Zaobao, Berita Harian and all Mediacorp platforms including Channel 8 News, Channel News Asia and Today. [The Straits Times, pA1]

25-08-2017

Building owners vow to replace substandard cladding

Article mentioned that owners and developers of buildings found by SCDF to have non-compliant cladding will rectify the situation as soon as possible. These buildings include teaching blocks of SP. A spokesperson for SP said that the contractor who supplied and installed the cladding panels - which were supposed to be in compliance with the Fire Code - will be responsible for the rectification. SCDF has notified SP that the affected buildings remain fit and safe for occupancy because of existing fire safety provisions in place. An SP spokesperson shared that the polytechnic is taking immediate action to address the issue and rectify the matter as soon as possible. SP students opined that they are not that worried about their safety. Final-year SP architecture student Rui Zhi recalled a fire incident at one of the school buildings in 2015 and the poly had handled it well. He added that he is not worried as he knows the way out if anything happens. Similar story was reported in The Straits Times. [Today, p6]

25-08-2017

Breaking stereotypes, more males join cheerleading

Article featured SP graduate Sun Wei Wen who was part of SP Gusto during his schooling years. Article highlighted how cheerleading is typically seen as a female-dominated sport. Males who join cheerleading often need to lift up their female partners and this makes a good workout. Sun Wei Wen performed in the National Day parade in 2014 and continues to be active in cheerleading till today. [Lianhe Zaobao, p3]

23-08-2017

ITE grad is RP's most outstanding student

Article featured Tnay Teng Long, who graduated this year as RP’s most outstanding student from ITE. Today, he returns to RP weekly to help tutor his juniors. He shared about the setbacks he had to overcome, including dropping out of two polytechnics at different times when he was younger. Teng Long is currently working as an IT operations executive as part of the Earn and Learn Programme in cyber security, offered by SP. Similar story was reported in The New Paper. [The Straits Times, pB1]

23-08-2017

Polys launch low GI food items

Article featured the food products with low glycaemic index (GI) developed by the local polytechnics. GI values refer to the rate at which different foods raise a person's blood sugar level. SP’s School of Chemical & Life Sciences has previously teamed up with companies to create low GI instant soya oatmeal, banana chocolate cupcake mix, brownie mix and healthier mee kia, some of which are available at supermarkets and hawker stalls. The Diploma in Food Science and Technology students came up with the brownie and cupcake mixes, while SP's Food Innovation and Resource Centre worked on the soya oatmeal and noodles. Article also mentioned that TP announced the launch of a multi-grain drink, iLite® GrainPlus with low GI this week. The polytechnic teamed up with food manufacturing company Faesol to create the drink, which is now available at NTUC FairPrice outlets. Earlier this year, students from TP's School of Applied Science collaborated with NTUC Foodfare to develop diabetic-friendly dishes like pad thai, with noodles made from sweet potato rather than rice flour and spicy briyani with lamb meatballs, which uses low-GI, long-grain rice. These dishes are halal-certified and are available at NTUC Foodfare at Mapletree Business City. [The New Paper, p9]

23-08-2017

Polys join war against diabetes with nutrition courses for public

To help Singaporeans manage diabetics, the local polytechnics are launching short courses for the public on disease and nutrition management in the upcoming months. This follows the Government's growing efforts in the war against diabetes, which was launched in April last year. SP is introducing a two-day programme – Shifting Away Diabetes: Optimising Your Health Through Nutrition – in October. This course focuses on helping participants develop healthy eating habits. TP's two one-day courses - Nutrition Therapy for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes and Nutrition for Optimum Health will be running this Saturday and on Sept 23, respectively. The former instils participants with knowledge in basic nutrition and the latter is a wider-ranging course covering areas such as weight management and exercise nutrition. TP plans to run the courses every quarter. Dr Kalpana Bhaskaran, domain lead of Applied Nutrition & Glycemic Index Research at TP's School of Applied Science, opined on the significance of launching these courses and shared that 50 per cent of both courses are hands-on activities. NP's programme, Knowing About Diabetes, will run on Sept 19 and cover topics like diabetics basics, prevention of complications and self-care. NP’s CET Academy's assistant director Ng Ker Wei shared that they are partnering with National Silver Academy and healthcare experts for this course. RP is also running a similar health and wellness course, Diet and Nutrition, on Oct 11. Most of the courses are supported and subsidised by SkillsFuture Singapore. Registration for the September and October courses offered by TP, NP and RP are still open, while registration for SP's course will open next month. Similar story on TP’s new courses was reported in Capital 95.8 [The New Paper, p9]

23-08-2017

Students reliving spirit of xinyao

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Music and Audio Technology (DMAT) student Wayne Oh, one half of the team that won in the song composition category at the National Xinyao competition on Aug 12. He shared that the most fulfilling part for him is writing the song. He and DMAT teammate Jeremy Hwang Jie Wei attended a xinyao masterclass out of interest and learnt to write a song. They roped in their classmate Brandon Ling Zi Hao to perform their song, Unforgettable Past, at the competition. The song is about a man looking back on a relationship. SP’s Diploma in Food Science and Technology student Joyce Seah won in the solo category through her rendition of Farewell Sleeve, a song by xinyao singer Hong Shaoxuan. [The Straits Times, pB12]

21-08-2017

NATIONAL DAY RALLY 2017; National Day Rally 2017: Each generation builds for the next – the Singapore story

Article featured PM Lee Hsien Loong’s National Day Rally speech, in which he highlighted that every family can move up the social ladder. He cited Aziz Ahmad, who has received bursary awards from PM Lee and whose father and son have both done so too. Aziz graduated with a diploma in mechanical engineering from SP, worked in the semiconductor industry for over a decade, and earned a master's degree. Two years ago, he was headhunted by pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, where he now works as a senior maintenance engineer. Similar story was reported in Today, Berita Harian and Lianhe Zaobao. [The Straits Times, pA3]

21-08-2017

Not losing hope despite being laid off

Article featured Kamarudin Osman who was laid off from a MNC at the age of 55. Undeterred, Kamarudin signed up for the Cyber Security Associates and Technologists (CSAT) Programme, which is a joint initiative by CSA and the Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA). Thereafter, Kamarudin was able to find a job as an IT consultant. A life-long learner, Kamarudin first pursued a Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at SP, before embarking on a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Management on a part-time basis through the University of London's remote learning programme. [Berita Harian, p6]

21-08-2017

If you're thinking of starting a business venture - think again

Article featured Jeremy Lim, whose entrepreneurial journey began when he was a 19 year old student at SP. Back then, he started a website selling BlackBerry smartphone accessories. He noted that being an entrepreneur entailed many sacrifices, like giving up on a social life and maintaining school grades while running his business. His latest venture is a co-working space and dive bar named 21Moonstone. [The Business Times, p3]

21-08-2017

Teaching helped former civil servant to ‘grow as a person’

Article featured pre-school teacher Marie Luo who dreamt of becoming a teacher in her university days. After completing her business degree at SMU in 2011, Marie joined the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) instead and became a senior assistant director overseeing productivity. Much to her parents’ initial chagrin, she decided to quit her job last April to take up an early childhood training course at SP, so as to pursue her passion in working with children. This course, which was fully sponsored by the Ministry of Education (MOE), allowed her to learn about childhood development and numeracy skills, as well as providing an inclusive education. She also had the opportunity to learn under teachers with anchor pre-school operators. She joined MOE Kindergarten at Punggol View in January this year and now teaches a class of 20 Kindergarten Two children. Marie shared her fulfilling experience as a pre-school teacher and opined on why she was willing to take a pay cut to join the early childhood education sector. She also opined on the significance of the plan to set up a centralised institute to train early childhood teachers. Marie plans to further her qualifications and take up a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, after her marriage next year. [Today, p5]

21-08-2017

MOE honors 163 students for innovation, resilience

Article featured SP student Raynard Chai and NP student Tok Joo Tat who received the Lee Hsien Loong Interactive Digital Media Smart Nation (LHL-IDM) Award, one of the two new awards at this year’s Ministry of Education (MOE)’s Special Awards ceremony. The LHL-IDM award recognises the work of polytechnic students who have contributed projects towards Singapore's Smart Nation vision. Five projects from the four polytechnics were selected. Using the long-range wireless technology, Raynard developed a prototype “Bus, STOP” that allows commuters to press a button at bus stops that will alert them when their bus is approaching. He was inspired to develop it after seeing his grandmother struggle to flag buses at the bus stop because she could not see clearly. Raynard hopes to approach the authorities to check their interest in implementing his model at the bus-stops. Another award winner Joo Tat developed a device that could be mounted on the wheelchairs to help the disabled elderly living on their own with arm-flexing exercises, so that they could do these exercises at home. While doing community service as part of his CCA, he noticed that these elderly struggled to go to rehabilitation centers for their physiotherapy sessions and thus wanted to help them with this device. Once he completes his poly education, Joo Tat will build more devices, such as those that help with wrist movements and elbow-flexing exercises. Raynard and Joo Tat were among the 163 students received awards in 11 categories from Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) at the award ceremony. Article also featured one recipient for the other new award - the Lee Kuan Yew Exemplary Student Award. Similar story in Channel NewsAsia featured another LHL-IDM Award project - the interactive mobile app “KinderSign” developed by four NP students (Terence, Jasper, Rachael and Lynette) to teach Singapore sign language. Similar story in The Straits Times featured NYP student Lim Kok Fong who also received the LHL-IDM Award for developing the CodeBlue Response, an app which lets hospital staff instantly alert their CodeBlue team in emergencies. Currently, staff have to locate emergency buttons to activate the team. Kok Fong hopes to pursue computer science or information systems in a local university. Similar story was reported in Berita Harian and Lianhe Zaobao. [Today, p12]

18-08-2017

SEA Games 2017, Aug 19-30: 5 days to go; Water Polo: Not on their watch

Article featured the national men's water polo team, which includes SP student Yu Junjie. The team will be at Kuala Lumpur's National Aquatic Centre on Aug 16 for their first match of the 29th SEA Games. [The Straits Times, pC11]

14-08-2017

Strong showing at xinyao contest

Article featured the third edition of the National Schools Xinyao Singing and Songwriting Competition held at SP. The competition is open to students in secondary schools, pre-universities, polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education. Diploma in Food Science and Technology (DFST) student Joyce Seah, who won in the group singing category last year, won the solo singing category this year. Diploma in Music and Audio Technology (DMAT) students Wayne Oh Geng Hui and Jeremy Hwang Jie Wei bagged the prize for best composition with their song Unforgettable Past, which was performed by fellow DMAT student Brandon Ling. Similar article reported in Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News. [The Straits Times – Life, pD3]

14-08-2017

Inspired by relatives, aspires to be ship captain

Article featured SP Diploma in Nautical Studies student Nurul Fazirah, who is one of the recipients of this year’s Tripartite Maritime Scholarship Scheme. Nurul shared that her grandfather and dad were both in the maritime industry and she has heard of their adventures and stories since young. This nurtured her passion and aspiration to join the maritime industry. Article also mentioned the increasing number of females joining the maritime industry. [Lianhe Wanbao, p8]

14-08-2017

Participating in the National Day Parade

SP graduate Mohammad Taufiq was featured as one of the participants in the marching contingent at this year’s National Day Parade. [Berita Harian, p14]

14-08-2017

Saying it with thumbprints

Article featured a record-breaking 3m by 6m thumbprint art work done by 300 students from SP’s Business School. The student-run fund-raising event organised by Lee Zhi Yu, Ruqoyah Mazlan and Abdul Matin raised over $5,000 through the sale of specially designed T-shirts at $10 each. Proceeds will go to Beyond Social Services (BSS), a charity organisation that helps less-privileged youth and children. [The Straits Times, pB7]

14-08-2017

‘Singaporean’ even before citizenship title was conferred

Article celebrating Singapore’s 52nd National Day interviewed three citizens who was recently conferred Singapore Citizenship. All three came to Singapore at an early age to pursue their education and shared that they felt ‘Singaporean’ even before receiving their citizenship. One of interviewees include SP graduate Yang Wei Wei who was born in Malaysia. His mother is Singaporean and his family moved to Singapore when he was four years old. Wei Wei and his wife set up their company ‘Suprenom’ in 2009 and shares that he sees Singapore as his home after being here for 30 years. [Lianhe Zaobao, p3]

14-08-2017

Starting companies to spread knowledge and compassion

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Mechanical Engineering graduate Ustaz Ahmad Muzammil Shuk and how his life experiences motivated him to launch two companies. He founded the Arabic Lab Sg to organise Arabic language courses for adults. Ahmad Muzammil Shuk also started Imtiyaaz Services to work on welfare projects and assistance to needy communities in Cambodia, India and Indonesia. [Berita Harian, p4]

14-08-2017

11 poly grads win places in local medical schools this year

Article featured the fact that the local universities are gradually accepting more polytechnic graduates into their medicine courses. Of the 11 who have secured places in NUS' Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and NTU's Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, six are from SP - the highest number from a single polytechnic to be accepted for the local medicine degree courses. Ms Mah Mon Moey, SP's deputy director for the School of Chemical and Life Sciences, said that SP’s curricula and learning experience lend themselves well to those applying to medical school. Article also featured SP’s biotechnology graduate Peh Ting Yong, whose application to study medicine at NUS in 2015 was rejected. However, his time as a combat medic during national service made him more certain that he wanted to be a doctor. He applied to NUS once again and was successful. SP’s biomedical science graduate Kimberley Lim, who will read medicine at NUS, shared that her poly course exposed her to a lot of modules such as immunology, basic anatomy and biochemistry. [The Straits Times, pA8]

10-08-2017

National Day Awards 2017

Congratulations to all SP’s award recipients at the National Day Awards 2017. Mr Bill Chang York Chye, SP’s Chairman of the Board of Governors received the Public Service Star. Ms Phua Hwee Choo, SP’s Senior Director of Business, Infocomm, Design & Environment and Dr Adrian Yeo Chao Chuang, SP’s Director of School of Chemical & Life Sciences received the Public Administration Medal (Silver). Mr Chia Chow Leong, SP’s Deputy Director, School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Singapore Polytechnic and Miss Low Lay Leng, SP’s Deputy Director of the Department of Organisation Planning & Development received the Public Administration Medal (Bronze). Mr Christian James Sethmohan, SP’s Course Chair of the School of Digital Media & Infocomm Technology, Ms Ng Meng Siew, SP’s Manager in the Department of Information & Digital Technology Services and Mr Steven Tan Yih Min, SP’s Senior Lecturer in the School of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering received the Commendation Medal. Staff from other polys were also among this year’s award recipients. Similar story was reported in Lianhe Zaobao. [The Straits Times, pB6-7]

10-08-2017

Singapore water polo men’s team to fight hard

Article mentioned the huge pressure that Singapore men’s water polo team is facing as they are the defending champions for the 27th time at this year’s Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. SP student Xu Jun Jie, who is a member of the water polo team commented that his past two national competitions before the SEA games has allowed him to gain valuable experiences which will help him at the SEA games. The SEA games will commence on 15 Aug and will take place in Malaysia. [Lianhe Zaobao, p26]

10-08-2017

Who’s the Boss

Advertorial featured Diploma in Business Information Technology students Lew Gao Wei and Clinton Li and Diploma in Information Technology graduate Azeem Arshad. All three students are the bosses of their own technology-based start-up. Gao Wei is the co-founder of Mighty Aim, an app which aims to help the visually impaired better navigate the digital world while Clinton is the co-founder of Debunk by Orama which aims to digitalise the refuelling process in the maritime industry. Azeem is the co-founder of NYX, an intelligent chat bot system that will revolutionize the way current search functions work on websites. [Teenage Magazine, p74-75]

08-08-2017

Local karaoke machine making use of waiting time

Newsclip featured the launch of seven mini karaoke machine at SP, student hostels and other locations. The current KTV packages could run up to five hours while these machines allows customers to sing five to six songs within 30 minutes. The company aims to launch 80 machines at various locations including shopping malls, by the end of the year. Similar article was reported in Lianhe Wanbao. [Channel 8 News]

07-08-2017

New grant to help HR scholarship holders skill up after graduation

Article featured the new Singapore-Industry Scholarship-HR Continuing Education and Training Grant, which will be available for scholarship holders pursuing HR studies in university. A key scholarship feature is the Scholars' Development and Engagement Programme, which gives students opportunities such as internships and mentorships with sponsoring organisations. Among the recipients is Cheong Cheng Hao, who will be studying electrical and electronic engineering at Nanyang Technological University. Cheng Hao, who has a Nitec in electronics and a Higher Nitec in electronics engineering, graduated earlier this year from SP with a Diploma in Engineering with Business. He is looking forward to career opportunities with STMicroelectronics. [The Straits Times, pB4]

07-08-2017

Union event caps busy time for Halimah

Article featured the United Workers of Electronics and Electrical Industries which is one of the affiliated unions under the National Trades Union Congress' (NTUC) electronics, precision and machinery engineering cluster. The cluster recently signed a memorandum of understanding to work with NTUC's Employment and Employability Institute, SP, TP as well as companies to upgrade the skills of workers in the industry. [The Straits Times, pA9]

07-08-2017

Foodie Confidential; Chasing a childhood dream

Article featured investment analyst Wilson Low, who is now thinking of fulfilling his childhood ambition of becoming a chef. This consideration comes after enrolling in a culinary arts course and winning a cooking contest. Wilson shared his experiences after O levels, including taking up an electronics engineering course in SP. [The Straits Times – Life, pC23]

07-08-2017

Vending is trending and buyers are spending

SP Business School lecturer Kenneth Wong opined on the benefits of using vending machines as a retail platform. [The New Paper, p8-9]

07-08-2017

Team Singapore newcomers to look out for in the SEA Games

Article featured some of the budding Team Singapore athletes who will be making their debuts in the upcoming SEA Games at Malaysia. SP’s Diploma in Aerospace Electronics first-year student Tan Lucas is a reserve member of the current SEA Games Men’s Table Tennis team. Lucas was part of the 2014 youth side that won the World Cadet Championships in the Team category. He shared his thoughts about representing Singapore in the SEA Games and how training against foreign players at the Singapore Table Tennis Association had helped him improve his game. Article also featured NP’s second-year student and national sailor Cheryl Teo who deferred her polytechnic studies to October 2018 after having a taste of high-level sailing at the European Championships last May. When Cheryl had to fly to Monaco for sailing then, she had to skip school for two weeks. After returning from the event, she eventually caught up to her schoolwork with the help of her peers in class, but realised that she could not cope with both school work and sailing. She decided to focus on sailing this year so as to gain valuable experience for the SEA Games event as well as qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. [Channel NewsAsia]

07-08-2017

Restaurants going for family friendly image

Article featured the increasing number of restaurants that brand themselves as ‘family-friendly’. These eateries including O’Coffee Club and Swensen’s allow kids to dine free from the kid’s menu for every main that an adult orders. SP senior lecturer Sarah Lim opined that these restaurants are targeting parents and enticing them to dine there. [Lianhe Zaobao, p16]

03-08-2017

Shin Min’s ‘Learning Cruise’

Shin Min Daily News has partnered with Bosses Network to organize the “Learning Cruise” for the 14th year. The cruise hopes to encourage more small and medium enterprises to innovate and stay at the forefront of business innovation. Twenty SP students and 32 TP students are part of the learning cruise and will be learning from the entrepreneurs on board the cruise. SP Diploma in Engineering with Business student Hwang Zhen Yu shares that he has been toying with the idea of starting his own business since two years ago and hopes to learn more about using technology to grow businesses. [Shin Min Daily News, p6]

31-07-2017

All polys to charge HDB parking rates

Article mentioned that all five polytechnics will start charging staff for parking on their premises from October according to HDB carpark rates. This means season parking will be at $80 for surface spaces and $110 for sheltered spaces a month. Currently, some of the polytechnics give their staff free parking or charged them subsidised rates. The new parking rates are to comply with the Public Service's clean wage policy, following the Audit- General's Office report two years ago which found that some educational institutions did not impose charges or imposed below market rate charges for use of their carparks. Mr Liew Hui Sing, SP’s aeronautical engineering course chair who drives to work, shared that staff will take the changes in their stride as those working in the private sector are also paying for parking. Similar story was reported in The New Paper. [The Straits Times, pB4]

31-07-2017

Canoe polo: Intense, five-a-side action combining multiple sports

Article featured the Canoe Polo sport. First introduced to local tertiary institutions in the 1980s, the sport’s pioneer teams include SP, NP and NUS. [The Straits Times Online]

31-07-2017

Plans for new chain of boutique gyms in housing estates

Article mentioned that True Group will be launching a new line of boutique gyms in housing estates later this year. This follows other chains with smaller neighbourhood gyms that have been set up over the years. Ms Sarah Lim, senior retail lecturer at SP’s Business School, opined that True’s expertise in running gyms and ability to leverage on economies of scale will ensure its sustainability in the heartland’s saturated fitness market. [The Straits Times, pB4]

31-07-2017

Some unable to place orders

Article featured the launch of Amazon’s two-hour delivery service, which encountered delays due to overwhelming demand. Ms Esther Ho, deputy director at NYP’s School of Business Management, opined that building a strong logistics network here is critical for Amazon to fulfil its promise of delivery within two hours. SP’s Senior Lecturer and Section Head of Marketing and Retail Amos Tan opined that competition between Amazon and Lazada, which also owns online grocer RedMart, will be fierce. [The Straits Times, pA8]

28-07-2017

ITE staff must pay for parking from October

Article mentioned that all Institute of Technical Education (ITE) staff will need to pay for parking from October. They were informed yesterday that they will be charged season parking rates of $80 and $110 per month for surface and sheltered carparks respectively - in line with rates at the nearby HDB carparks. The move comes two years after an Auditor-General's Office (AGO) report had faulted some educational institutions including SP and TP for allowing their staff to park for free or charging fees below the market rate. NYP staff and students were also told yesterday that parking rates would be revised from October. Season parking for its staff will also cost $80 and $110 for unsheltered and sheltered carparks respectively. Parking on campus was mostly free previously. The polytechnic is also introducing hourly parking rates - charged on a per minute basis - for staff, students and members of the public who park on its campus. The rest of the polytechnics will soon follow suit. [The Straits Times, pB1]

28-07-2017

7000 more slots and 900 courses for National Silver Academy

Article mentioned that there will be 7000 more slots and around 900 courses for the National Silver Academy (NSA) by the end of the year. The NSA is an initiative under the Action Plan for Successful Ageing and consists of a network of post-secondary education institutions and VWOs offering courses to seniors above the age of 50. Suresh Punjabi, Director of SP’s Professional & Adult Continuing Education Academy shared that the polytechnic is currently offering 35 courses under the NSA. Suresh also mentioned that more than 150 seniors have signed up for the popular IT and social media courses, as these seniors are usually aspiring entrepreneurs and wanted to tap on new technology for their businesses. [Lianhe Zaobao, p8]

28-07-2017

For a water-wise world

Article in the Public Utilities Board quarterly magazine featured three Diploma in Civil Engineering with Business students Koh Wee Chen, Ayu Surya Binte Zainuddin and Chin Ze Zhao. They discovered that the fibrous residue that remains after a stalk of sugarcane is juiced can be implemented in a used-water filtration system to remove organic contaminants. Using a hand-pump installed column, the trio conducted experiments to assess the ability of sugarcane residue to absorb organic contaminants such as dye. Their water solution won them the Sembcorp Water Innovation Medal at the Singapore Junior Water Prize 2017. [PURE, p23]

27-07-2017

From struggling students to top NTU graduates

Article featured two former Institute of Technical Education (ITE) students, Hoong Seng Keng and Amos Goh Zhi Zhong, who graduated with First Class Honours from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) this year. Nearly 9,600 students from the university’s class of 2017 — its 26th batch of graduates — would be having their convocation ceremonies over a week, starting 26 July 2017. Seng Kang, an alumnus from SP’s School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering (EEE), shared about his bad academic performance in primary school and how his Primary 5 form teacher, Mr Leong, helped to improve his academic scores. Mr Leong would have regular one-to-one chats with Seng Keng to broaden his perspective. Seng Keng topped his class in the Primary School Leaving Examination, and went on to the Normal (Technical) stream in Henderson Secondary School. He subsequently enroled in ITE before coming to SP. During his time in SP, he was placed on the Dean’s List for every semester in the last two years, and graduated with a diploma with merit. Seng Keng has since secured a top job at a multinational technology firm Micron Technology, where he will focus on areas related to solid-state devices. NYP’s Diploma in Electronics, Computer & Communications Engineering alumnus Amos credited his poly math lecturer Ms Neo Chee Eng for coaching and motivating him when he was struggling in his studies. From then on, he scored straight As for almost every module, placing him on the Director’s List for five consecutive semesters. Amos has started working at ST Electronics as an engineer specialising in the area of Internet of Things. [Today, p14]

27-07-2017

Set up a business in a day with DBS' new online portal

Article featured the launch of DBS bank’s new online portal, through which SME owners can work with a range of service providers to help them adopt digital technologies easily and at preferential rates. They can get hands-on support to set up their online store and create online content from students in SP’s Diploma in Media and Communication and Diploma in Business Information Technology courses. Similar story was reported in The New Paper. [The Straits Times, pC4]

26-07-2017

Banks go digital with services for start-ups and SMEs

Article highlighted DBS Bank’s newly launched portal, DBS Get Set, through which entrepreneurs can set up their business within a day through a breezy online application process. The DBS portal offers SMEs hands-on support from SP students in helping to set up online stores, as well as online advertising solutions from Singtel's Adtiq. Similar story was reported in Lianhe Zaobao. [The Business Times, p2]

25-07-2017

Chasing dreams

Article featured Hussain Fathah, who graduated from SP’s Diploma in Civil Engineering with Business and has received a Housing and Development Board (HDB) scholarship under the Ministry of National Development’s EDGE (“Executive Development and Growth Exchange”) programme. The former Northbrooks Secondary School student adds that as he was from the pioneer batch of PFP students, he was not sure if he was academically on par with his peers when he was a first year student. Hussain, who is waiting to enlist in National Service (NS), will continue his studies in civil engineering at NUS in 2019. Hussain is also active in volunteer work, and is a member of the Singapore Youth Corps. Hussain aspires to be a professional engineer who will make Singapore more sustainable for future generations. [Berita Harian, p16]

25-07-2017

Cyber-security competition uncovers new talent to meet growing need for defence against threats

Article featured the first Cybersecurity Challenge Singapore, an initiative by the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA). The competitors ranged from polytechnic students to mid-career executives and were selected from more than 770 applicants. The competitors had pitted their wits against one another in the first stage of the Challenge, which tested their skills in areas like analysing network traffic and identifying vulnerabilities in computer servers. Chang Hui Zhen, a third-year Diploma in Infocomm Security Management student in SP, was the only female who made it to the finals. She is already developing a career in the sector, having taken up an internship with the Centre for Strategic Infocomm Technologies and hoping to study the subject at university. [The Straits Times Online]

24-07-2017

S'pore Poly revs up solar car for race

Article featured SP’s solar-powered car SunSPEC5, which will be competing at the World Solar Challenge race in Australia. It will be one of the cars from 30 countries taking part in the 3,000km race. SP also tied up with SP Group in a five-year contract worth $1 million, which will help enable the development of students into engineers. Mr Steven Chew, SP’s senior lecturer and a team manager who worked on the car, shared that it was fulfilling to see the students build the cars themselves and work independently. Former SP student Leow Wei Lin, who now works for SP Group, acknowledged the training he has received from SP lecturers and poly staff when he was a student. He is returning the favour by mentoring students at SP. [The Straits Times, pB13]

24-07-2017

Happenings - Arts

Events listing featured the annual I Believe In Music XXXV concert by SP’s Symphonic Band. It will take place at SP’s Convention Centre this evening and feature music from Disney and Pixar animated movies, as well as theme songs from box-office hits. [The Straits Times – Life, pD7]

21-07-2017

Tertiary students in S’pore not as tech-savvy as they think: Study

Article highlighted the findings of a study conducted by International Computer Driving License (ICDL) Asia to measure the actual information and communication technology (ICT) literacy standards of students against their perceived proficiency in such skills. The study involved 373 Singaporean students, who were mostly between 20 and 22 years old, from eight higher education institutions, such as SP, TP, National University of Singapore, Singapore Management University, Kaplan Singapore and PSB Academy. The study found that local tertiary students overestimated their level of proficiency in digital literacy skills, including word processing and spreadsheets. While their perceived proficiency levels for word processing and spreadsheets were 68 per cent and 60 per cent respectively, their actual proficiency levels stood at around 45 per cent and 35 per cent respectively. Students performed better in ICT concepts and file and data management, with a score of 72 per cent and 68 per cent respectively - although still short of the global passing standard. SP’s Deputy Director of Department of Educational Development, Mark Nivan Singh, opined on the importance of integrating both technical expertise and “horizontal skills”, such as communication and digital skills, into the job. [Today]

21-07-2017

Helping those with mental health problems

Article featured Fairuz Rahim, who has been suffering from depression since he was 15. Now working as a programme executive at Club Heal, a psychiatric rehabilitation day care service in Marsiling, the 36 year-old teaches pottery to those with mental health problems. Fairuz shared that for years after graduating with a Diploma in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from SP, he was unable to work and spent time alone at home due to his depression. He also shared that he was very lonely and worried about his future in the past, but working at Club Heal has helped him recover and he would like to help others too. [Berita Harian, p3]

20-07-2017

He's got IT made

Advertorial by the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) featured SP’s Diploma in Information Technology alumnus Chang Xiao Ran, who is now a partner technology manager at Google Asia Pacific. Despite being eligible for a local university, he signed up for a part-time degree in information technology in the SIM Global Education (GE) programme as he wanted to work while studying for his degree. The degree is developed and awarded by the University of Wollongong and taught locally in SIM. He was able to get credit exemptions that took a year off the three-year degree programme. Xiao Ran shared that his diploma built a strong foundation, which helped him secure employment easily. He added that the innovative aspects he learnt in school helped him contribute fresh ideas at the workplace and emphasized the importance of being passionate about one's area of study. [The New Paper, p9]

19-07-2017

Foo Clan scholarship benefits teens

the bursary. He was in normal academic stream in secondary school, but worked hard and graduated in second place in the whole school and entered SP. He recently graduated from the poly and has been awarded a SMU scholarship. He shares that the Foo Clan bursary has helped his family lessen their financial burdens and built up his confidence in learning. [Lianhe Zaobao, p8]

17-07-2017

Harvey Norman opens new factory outlet

Article featured factory outlet concepts such as the new 38,500 sq ft two-storey Harvey Norman store and sporting goods store Dechathlon. Ms Sarah Lim, senior retail lecturer at SP’s Business School, opined that factory outlets is a good business strategy for brands. Locations such as Chai Chee and Joo Koon, which are far from the city area, also mean lower rents. [The Straits Times – Life, pD7]

17-07-2017

Underdogs who beat the odds: Charting his own course

Article featured Mohammad Syafiq Mohammad Suhaini, who opted to study Media & Communication at SP despite doing well to qualify for junior college. He shared that a polytechnic education gave him more liberty to play around with subjects and discuss and debate issues. Today, he is an Nanyang Technological University (NTU) sociology graduate waiting to start his master's in sociology at Oxford University. Upon completing his studies, he will take up a research officer job at the ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute, which is sponsoring his studies in Oxford. [The Straits Times, pB10]

17-07-2017

Slow start, but going back to school pays off

Article featured Joseph Yang, an executive engineer at SMRT. Joseph failed English at the O levels and went to the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), where he studied electrical engineering. He had a six-year stint in the navy, after graduating from ITE in 2002. Wanting to improve himself, he enrolled part-time in SP and eventually did well enough to secure a place in a part-time degree course at NUS. Last Wednesday, Joseph graduated with a bachelor's degree in electronics engineering with honours (highest distinction) at the National University of Singapore (NUS). [The Straits Times, pB12]

17-07-2017

From grass cutter at 13 to big boss

Article featured Farid Khan Kaim Khan, who runs a regional marine services company with a reported shareholder equity of around US$300 million (S$413 million). Farid had to quit school at 13 years old to became a grass cutter to help his mother feed, clothe and educate his four younger siblings. In 1983, he completed a three-month course at SP and qualified as a junior engineer. [The Straits Times, pA17]

17-07-2017

Malay Heritage Centre Hari Raya Open House

Article highlighted the programmes for the Malay Heritage Centre Hari Raya Open House on 15 July 2017. Jamal Mohamad, the programme manager, shared that the aim of this event is to showcase the practices and celebrations of Malays in this part of the world, such as the annual tradition of visiting family homes and friends. One of the programmes was a dance performance by a 'flash mob' of SP students. [Berita Harian, p18]

17-07-2017

70 ground up initiatives to unite citizens

Article featured People’s Association Youth Movement (PAYM)’s Loves Red campaign which will be rolling out over 70 youth-driven projects in the following months. These ground up initiatives are meant to unite and rally singaporeans together in the month building up to national day. Yesterday, over 150 students from SP and RP took part in The Amazing Race @ Sembawang GRC and played games to kick start the campaign. [Lianhe Zaobao, p4]

17-07-2017

Guitar-riffing gongfu 'masters'

Article featured home-grown band Supersect, which comprises drummer Billy Chua, bass player Nicholas Jyitung Wong, frontman Nigel Poo and guitarists Pan Zai'En and Wong Zhi Hao. All of them graduated from SP’s Diploma in Music and Audio Technology in 2014, the same year the band was formed. The band won the Noise Singapore Award last year after going through the National Arts Council's Noise Music Mentorship programme. Bass player Nicholas shared the band’s songwriting process. [The Straits Times – Life, pD3]

14-07-2017

A multisensory experience like no other

Article featured the MOU signing between SP’s School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE) and the Radius Group of Companies, a local homegrown service provider of experiential marketing solutions. Radius’ development of the Xperiential SPace in SP allows students pursuing the Diploma in Integrated Events and Project Management course access to the latest tools available in the industry. [The Business Times, p14]

14-07-2017

Youngest lab head among NHG's Young Achiever Award winners

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Biomedical Science alumna Serene Kho who was among the ten NHG Young Achiever Award winners. At 30, Serene became the youngest head of laboratory at National Healthcare Group Diagnostics (NHGD) two years ago. She did an internship at NHG while studying at SP, and joined as a junior medical technician in May 2005. Under her leadership, NHGD's laboratories initiated more efficient and convenient services for both patients and caregivers. Last August, she set up the Home Phlebotomy team, which visits wheelchair- and bed-bound patients to draw blood for laboratory tests. Serene shared her experience overseeing a team of 25, all older than her, as well as the source of motivation for her job. She sees herself staying in healthcare for years to come. [The New Paper, p8]

13-07-2017

National Xinyao competition finals

Article featured SP Diploma in Food Science and Technology student Xu Hui Lin who successfully made it into the finals of the solo category at this year’s competition. Hui Lin who is also part of SP’s Chinese Music and Cultural Club, was the winner in the duet category last year. [Lianhe Zaobao, p3]

12-07-2017

Marine service provider chairman Farid Khan announces presidency bid

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Marine Engineering alumnus Farid Khan Kaim Khan who announced his intention to run in the upcoming presidential election. Both his Pakistani father and brother died when he was young and Farid dropped out of school at the age of 14 to support his mother and eight other siblings. He worked at a timber processing factory during the day, and as a car washer at night. He later enrolled into SP and after graduating, he became an engineer and rose up the ranks while working in various companies. He helped to start the Asia Pacific branch of the French firm Bourbon Offshore after becoming a partner of the firm in 2005. He is currently the chairman of Singapore-based marine service provider Bourbon Offshore Asia Pacific. Apart from Mr Farid, Second Chance Properties CEO Salleh Marican has also declared his intention to contest. Another name that has been bandied about is Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob, whose father is Indian-Muslim. Similar story was reported in Lianhe Zaobao, Berita Harian and Mothership. [Today, p11]

12-07-2017

Parents support enabled his success

Article featured Muhammad Khairul Anwar Jamil, who recently graduated with first class honours at NUS. Khairul scored poorly in his A levels and went on to complete his National Service. But Khairul found it difficult to get a job after National Service, and this led him to pursue a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering at SP. Khairul shared that he was doubtful about entering poly as his course mates would be much younger than him. Due to his excellent results at SP, Khairul was chosen as the valedictorian during his poly graduation and he expressed his gratitude towards his encouraging and understanding parents. Khairul will be going to Ecuador next month to work and he advises fresh graduates not to be discouraged while searching for a job. He opined that employers look beyond academic qualifications during hiring. [Berita Harian, p11]

12-07-2017

Tan Tock Seng Hospital organizes parenting seminar

Tan Tock Seng Hospital will be organizing a parenting seminar which includes financial planning for new families and tips to maximise child subsidies and schemes. The financial segment of the seminar will be conducted by SP’s Institute for Financial Literacy’s trainer Ms Peggy Chan. [Lianhe Zaobao, p3]

11-07-2017

20 people with special needs to perform for NDP

Article featured The Purple Symphony which is a band made up of 20 people with special needs. The Purple Symphony will be performing “We will Get There” at this year’s NDP parade. One of the participant is SP’s Diploma in Marine Engineering student Guo Ming Yi, who has autism. He will be playing the drums and shared that he pays great attention to the details of every member to match their tempo. [Lianhe Zaobao, p9]

11-07-2017

Live online auctions inject life into retail

Article highlighted that at least five firms have been holding real-time auctions of their products via Facebook's live streaming service. Consumers can bid on a wide range of items, from electronics and mobile accessories to beauty products and handbags - all from behind a computer screen in their office or home. The real-time auctions allow firms to reach a large group of people at the same time, without having to pay rent for a physical shopfront. Ms Sarah Lim, senior retail lecturer at SP’s Business School, opined on the benefits of such a format. [The Straits Times, pB3]

10-07-2017

Singapore's first 'digital garage' opens at Tanjong Pagar Community Club

Newsclip featured the opening of the first digital garage by Tanjong Pagar Community Club (CC) to teach basic coding and electronic skills to members of the public as Singapore moves towards a digital society. This is a collaboration with the Infocomm Media Development Authority. The CC aims to reach out to 1000 residents over three years. To sustain the garage and raise the digital literacy skills of residents, the CC is working with institutions like SP to help turn ideas into prototypes. Similar story was reported inStraits Times Online, Channel 8 News and Capital 95.8 [Channel NewsAsia]

10-07-2017

Plugging the gaps in your financial knowledge

Article highlighted the importance of enhancing the financial literacy of the adults in Singapore. One of the resources to gain financial literacy and build in-depth financial knowledge is the Institute for Financial Literacy, a collaboration between national financial education programme MoneySENSE and SP. The institute offers free financial education programmes including basic money management, financial planning and investment knowledge at libraries and through online platforms. [Today, p16]

10-07-2017

Volunteering without borders

Advertorial featured May Su Paing from the Diploma in Media and Communication and Tang Jia Ming from the Diploma in Aerospace Electronics who shares their experiences volunteering overseas. Both students were given the opportunity to volunteer in Myanmar and Vietnam respectively under SP’s Go Serve programme. [Teenage Magazine, p75]

10-07-2017

Science-based solutions on show

The online Australian Food Manufacturing news featured the various research and development initiatives by BASF in the Asia Pacific region to meet the demands of the growing global population. These include the Newtrition Lab Asia Pacific at SP which was launched earlier this year. Article mentioned that BASF will focus on providing analytical service and co-developing products with customers in the region, catering to diverse markets to provide the right nutrients to the right people at the right time. BASF will also be participating in foodpro 2017, Australia’s largest trade exhibition for the food and beverage manufacturing industry, held from 16 to 19 July. [FoodProcessing]

10-07-2017

Bright Beginnings

Advertorial features three SP students who entered via Early Admissions Exercise (EAE). Tay Zhi Zhong from the Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology, Marc Wong from the Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering and Teo Pei Xuan from the Diploma in Food Science and Technology shared their EAE application process and tips for future applicants. [Teenage Magazine, p80-81]

07-07-2017

Japan chain to open 1st overseas store here

Article featured Japanese fashion chain Lumine, which will open its first outlet outside Japan at Clarke Quay Central in November. Ms Sarah Lim, senior retail lecturer at SP’s Business School, opined that this would further strengthen the position of the mall as a Japanese-centric one since there are already plenty of Japanese F&B outlets there. [The Straits Times, pB6]

07-07-2017

Design thinking to humanise public service delivery

Article in Kuensel, a Bhutan newspaper, featured the launch of the Design Thinking Guidebook by the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC), Bhutan and Temasek Foundation International, Singapore. The guidebook is expected to equip design-thinking practitioners to work on real projects by designing needs and solutions with communities to deeply understand the people. About 230 public service officers and leaders attended the workshops on design thinking and 23 of them were further trained as master trainers. These master trainers developed the guidebook with support from SP International. [Kuensel]

06-07-2017

IBTE instructors receive QMET certificates

Article featured the handing over of the Brunei Maritime Academy (BMA) project and certificate presentation, concluding the 30-month collaboration between SP, Temasek Foundation International (TFI) and the Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE). SP presented the BMA project document to IBTE. At the ceremony, 15 IBTE instructors also received their QMET BMA Master Trainers certificates. The collaboration started with the signing of the Service Agreement between Singapore’s Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Brunei’s Prime Minister’s Office, in February 2014, to establish BMA to offer a range of competency-based qualifications training for the maritime industry in Brunei Darussalam. MOE engaged the services of Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA) through SP International to provide consultancy and training sessions to produce competent maritime professionals for the maritime industry in Brunei Darussalam. Dr Chin Wei Keh, CEO of IBTE, expressed his gratitude for the assistance of SMA, the Marine Department and the marine network companies in Brunei in developing the curriculum for the Diploma in Nautical Studies, Diploma in Marine Engineering, as well as the Deck and Engine Ratings programmes. [Borneo Bulletin]

06-07-2017

Local labels go regional

Article highlighted that home-grown fashion brands are in a favourable position to make an appearance in malls and department stores around Asia. SP’s Business School Senior Lecturer and Section Head of Marketing and Retail Amos Tan opined that brands need to understand the behaviour of their target audience and have a business strategy that utilises both online and offline platforms. [The Straits Times – Life, pD1]

06-07-2017

Only 20 And 21, These S'porean Brothers Started Up To Keep Travelling Plane And Simple

Article featured the founders of Packdat – SP’s Diploma in Engineering with Business final-year student Lee Zheng De and his brother Lee Zheng Dao who is a fresh graduate from SP’s School of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering. Packdat is a platform to help users plan their itineraries without hassle. Launched barely two weeks ago, the Packdat platform is at its infancy stages and more features are in the pipeline. Before Packdat, the brothers also launched Tripcendo, an online community marketplace that connected travellers with local hosts for specially-curated travel experiences, in May 2016. At their peak, they acquired over 200 local hosts in Singapore alone and even expanded to Manilla. However, they had to close down Tripcendo after realising that they had very little growth. But they continued to brainstorm for new venture ideas during their time in poly. The brothers also shared their experience and challenges in setting up and operating Packdat, as well as the current and upcoming features of the platform. [Vulcan Post]

05-07-2017

Duo heeded the call of the sea as teen cadets

Article featured how Captain Kevin Wong and Daknash Ganasen discovered their passion for sailing. The duo has risen through the ranks over the years and is currently in management positions at the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). Both Captain Wong and Ganasen are graduates of SP’s Singapore Maritime Academy. [The Straits Times, pB5]

03-07-2017

Bringing together religion and passion for architecture

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Architecture graduate Farzan Aziz, who shared his ambition of designing a mosque. Recently, at the fourth graduation show hosted by The Glasgow School of Art Singapore at SOTA, Farzan Aziz proposed an inclusive contemplation space for prayers of all faiths while celebrating Singapore’s multiculturalism for his project titled “The Sacred Within the Profane”. Farzan shared that he created this building model as a symbol of multiculturalism and religious tolerance. [Berita Harian, p12]

01-07-2017

Details For Enabling Design Talk

Events listing featured a talk by industry professionals from DP Architects, Farm and Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl. The talk will discuss the process of design and considerations when designing for specific groups of people. The talk will take place at Lecture Theatre 4A in SP from 2pm till 5pm today. [The Straits Times - Life!, pD7]

30-06-2017

Young e-gamers, musicians in the spotlight

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Music & Audio Technology student Axel Teoh as one of the e- musicians who will be performing at Shine, the annual youth festival organised by the National Youth Council. Axel is currently mentored by guitarist Jon Chua from home-grown band The Sam Willows as part of Shine's seven-week talent development programme. Axel shared how he had to juggle his studies while pursuing his passion in music. Shin will take place from 30 Jun till 2 Jul at *Scape. [The Straits Times - Life!, pD2-D3]

30-06-2017

Creating the longest fruit mosaic

Article mentioned that from tomorrow onwards, 80 graduates from SP, NP and NYP will be creating Singapore’s longest fruit mosaic. The event will commemorate International Fruit Day on 1 Jul and will be held in the Downtown Gallery Shopping Centre. After the event, the fruits will be washed and distributed to charity organizations. [Lianhe Zaobao, p4]

30-06-2017

SP’s Purrapy event

Video featured SP’s first ever cat therapy, Purrapy. Department of Student Development and Alumni Relations manager Johnny Ong opined that bringing these community cats and students together will help reduce the stereotypical views that community cats are dangerous and also help reduce stress levels among the student population. Diploma in Food Science & Technology student Stephanie Xie and Diploma in Optometry student Loh Wee Han opined on how the cats reduce their stress levels while raising awareness on animal welfare. The video also mentioned that besides Purrapy, the Distraction event also has games and leisure activities for students to engage in. [Lianhe Zaobao Online]

28-06-2017

Students battle it out in national Xinyao competition

Article featured SP student Xu Hui Lin who will be moving on to the semi-finals in the national Xinyao competition. She explained her song of choice and how she channelled her emotions by thinking of her deceased grandmother. The semi-finals will be held on 9 July. [Lianhe Zaobao, p3]

28-06-2017

Cat therapy at Singapore Polytechnic

Video clip featured the cat therapy session, Purrapy, which is part of SP’s Distraction Arts Festival to welcome students back for a new school term. Students get to enjoy the company of six cats in a specially designed environment. These cats are fostered by Mrs Wong who has been a caregiver of community cats for 20 years. Through Purrapy, students will develop a deeper sense of appreciation for community cats and increase their awareness of animal welfare. The Distraction Arts Festival, which will held from 27th to 30th June 2017, has a range of activities to help students strike a balance between work and play. [Yahoo Lifestyle SG]

28-06-2017

SP’s Purrapy help students relieve stress and learn responsibility for animals

Article featured SP’s Purrapy, a cat therapy event to welcome students back for the new school term. Students were able to interact with six kittens within a designated area and the article mentioned that such animal therapy sessions are gaining traction in Singapore. The six kittens are community cats and are available for adoption. Department of Student Development and Alumni Relations manager Johnny Ong opined that there are proven benefits when humans interact with animals such as helping to reduce stress and loneliness. He also shared that the event allows students to learn more about the community cat situation in Singapore. [Shin Min Daily News, p6]

28-06-2017

Purrfect start to school term

To welcome students back to school, SP organised a cat therapy event and adoption drive, Purrapy, as part of its four-day Distraction Arts Festival. More than 500 students and staff turned up for the event yesterday, and many queued up to spend three minutes in a room with the six cats. The community cats are taken care of by Mrs Wong, a caregiver of community cats for over 20 years. Students and staff can also indicate their interest in adopting the cats. All proceeds from the postcards and notebooks sold at the event will go towards helping the community cats under Mrs Wong. Event organiser Carrie Lim, a student development officer from SP's Department of Student Development and Alumni Relations, shared how the cat therapy can help to alleviate stress. She added that she hopes to increase students' awareness of animal welfare and to develop a deeper sense of appreciation for community cats through this event. [The New Paper, p9]

28-06-2017

Female seafarer works non-stop for six months

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Marine Engineering alumna Tan Hui Xian who works as the 4th engineer at home-grown shipping line Pacific International Lines. Her job not only requires her to work 10 hours daily in a 40 deg C room, but also to live away from home for six consecutive months. She finds herself the only female seafarer on most ships and she had met male colleagues who launched personal attacks or tended to be more judgmental. Hui Xian shared that despite the setbacks, her job is a ‘childhood dream come true’ as she has always loved hands-on work and excelled in physics and maths. [The New Paper, p8]

27-06-2017

Harry Potter and the spell of longevity

Article mentioned that Harry Potter fans celebrated the 20th year anniversary of the book series in various ways. A group of SP finance students organised a Harry Potter tea party for about 35 guests at Platform 1094, a wizard-themed cafe in Boon Keng. [The Straits Times, pD1]

27-06-2017

Stores ringing in more sales by fashioning new retail experience

Article highlighted that greater customer engagement by retailers, coupled with a recovering economy, has contributed to a stronger showing in the retail sector. According to the Singapore Department of Statistics earlier this month, the total estimated retail sales rose 2.6 per cent in April from a year earlier - the strongest showing since last July - compared with a revised 2 per cent increase in March. Ms Sarah Lim, senior retail lecturer at SP’s Business School, said that the figures might just be part of a short-term trend. Similar story reported in The New Paper. [The Straits Times, pA4]

27-06-2017

Adjustments to parking fees for local polytechnics this year

The local polytechnics could be adjusting their parking fees to match those in the HDB estates this year. A spokesperson from SP, RP and TP replied that the polytechnics are still reviewing the parking fees with regard to the AGO report and will announce details after the review. Currently, the monthly parking fees for lecturers range from $30 to $60. If the parking rates matches those in HDB estates, the monthly fees will be at least $80. [Capital 95.8]

23-06-2017

Female marine engineer shows her skills

Article featured SP graduate Tan Hui Xian who is now in her fifth year working as a marine engineer at Pacific International Lines. She spends seven months a year at sea and helps the chief engineer in keeping the engines clean and well maintained. She shared that her love for travel and physics makes this an ideal job. She also shares that she overcame stereotypical sexist views about the industry by proving people wrong with her actions. [Lianhe Zaobao, p10]

23-06-2017

Early Admissions Exercise 2017

Discussion segment of the evening news programme featured the Early Admissions Exercise (EAE). SP’s Academic Services Manager, Priscilla Teng, shared the differences between the EAE and the Joint Admissions Exercise. Priscilla also shared how the EAE focuses on an applicant’s passion and aptitude for the course. She also gave an overview of the EAE process and offered tips on how potential applicants can prepare for their interviews. SP’s Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering student Marc Wong, who was part of the discussion panel, mentioned that the EAE is an alternative pathway for him to pursue his interest in airplanes and engineering. Marc also shared how he prepared for the EAE as well as the interview process. SP’s EAE video and AeroHub were also featured on the programme. A TP student was also part of the discussion panel. The relevant segment starts from 23:40. [Channel 8]

21-06-2017

It Changed My Life: A thing for noodles turns Jason Lim into Singapore's ramen king

Article featured Jason Lim, founder of Men-Tei Ramen, rated by well-known food blogger Leslie Tay as one of the best ramen restaurants in Singapore. He shared how a junior college was willing to take him in during his younger days because of his swimming skills, despite his average O-level results. However, Jason rejected the offer and enrolled at SP to study marine engineering after attending a career talk. [The Straits Times Online]

19-06-2017

Buying a gift? Try vending machines

Article highlighted that brick-and-mortar retailers are increasingly turning to vending machines as a more cost-effective way of maintaining and scaling their physical presence. SP’s Business School Senior Lecturer and Section Head of Marketing and Retail Amos Tan opined that vending machines can help to reinvent retail space if they are well-utilised and well-located. [The Straits Times, pB2]

15-06-2017

Self-reliant from a young age

Article featured SP maritime graduate, Nur Nadhzatul Syuhadah Mohd Ariff, who has been working since she completed her O levels. She has not taken a break during her school holidays except during her first year at SP, when she would go for canoeing practices. Currently working at a drinks booth at the Geylang Serai bazaar, she shared that as the eldest of three siblings, she feels responsible for her own upkeep. [Berita Harian, p9]

13-06-2017

DJ KoFlow is first Singaporean hip-hop act to headline Esplanade show

Article featured Wayne Liu, better known as award-winning DJ KoFlow. He shared about his troubled past and involvement in gangs as a teenager and how hip-hop helped to set him on a new path. Today, besides performing every Saturday at Phuture in Zouk, Wayne is also grooming a new generation of turntablists and teaches at SP and DJ school E-TracX. He will also make history as the first home-grown hip-hop act to headline a show at the 1,600-seat Esplanade Concert Hall. [The Straits Times, pD4]

12-06-2017

Never tired of sea: Singaporean captain shares tales of memorable voyages

Article featured Captain Nordin Rais, who shared about his most memorable voyages at sea while sailing for more than 40 years. Captain Nordin, who was in the 1968 batch of SP graduates with a marine studies certificate, shared about the dwindling pool of experienced captains and how experience matters out at sea. Similar story was reported in Shin Min Daily News. [The Straits Times, pA14]

12-06-2017

Officers must clock minimum months at sea for promotion

Article highlighted that those who want to join Singapore’s maritime sector have to pass examinations conducted by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and clock minimum months at sea before they can be promoted to the next level. One way for aspiring seafaring officers to enrol as a cadet is through the Diploma in Nautical Studies programme at SP’s Singapore Maritime Academy. The programme allows students to spend one year out at sea and graduate with the qualifications to sail as third officers. [The Straits Times, pA14]

12-06-2017

Opening a new path for students

Article featured SP Diploma in Civil Engineering with Business student Royston Koh who entered via EAE(I). Royston shared that the EAE(I) gave him an alternative pathway to enter SP and pursue the course that he is passionate about despite his average grades. Article urged students to take part in EAE which is taking place from June 22 to June 28. [Lianhe Zaobao, p8]

12-06-2017

Pursuing his dreams

Article featured Wan Ismail Wan Nussin, who was expelled from SP’s Diploma in Mechanical Engineering course after failing a module twice. After serving his National Service, he enrolled in a part-time diploma in mechanical engineering. Though he took 5 years to complete his poly education, he has gone on to start his own interior designer business, Fatema Design Studio in 2011. Now at 33, he is the main interior designer with three employees under him. Ismail shared that he would like to pursue a degree in architecture in the future. [Berita Minggu, p12]

11-06-2017

Poly students with a passion

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Music & Audio Technology student Axel Teoh who shared how the Early Admissions Exercise (EAE) is an alternate pathway for him to pursue his passion in music. Axel who graduated from events management in ITE, wrote his own songs in Secondary 4 and performed original rap pieces during his EAE interview. The EAE allows graduating O-level, final-year Nitec and Higher Nitec students from the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) to apply for and receive conditional offers for admission into polytechnics based on their course-specific aptitudes and interests. A TP student with mild dyslexia also shared how the EAE allowed her to pursue her dreams of being an early childhood educator. The Polytechnic EAE application window for ITE students opened yesterday. It is open until Wednesday for ITE students, and from June 22 to 28 for O-level students. [The New Paper, p14]

09-06-2017

Early Admissions Exercise

News clip featured SP’s Diploma in Music & Audio Technology student Axel Teoh who shared how the Early Admissions Exercise (EAE) is an alternate pathway for him to pursue his passion in music. The EAE allows graduating O-level, final-year Nitec and Higher Nitec students from the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) to apply for and receive conditional offers for admission into polytechnics based on their course-specific aptitudes and interests. SP’s Deputy Director for Academic Services, William Chan, shared how students who are admitted based on their passion, interest and aptitude are motivated to do well for their course. SP’s segment begins from 14:46. Similar news clip was broadcasted on Channel News Asia. [Channel 5]

09-06-2017

From blue pea flower beehoon to mushroom risotto, home cooks whip up special dishes at Singapore arts fest

SP’s Diploma in Tourism and Resort Management student Joshua Tang will be showing off his cooking talent as one of 27 home cooks taking part in the Singapore International Festival of Arts’ (SIFA) OPEN Kitchens event. The programme, which will run from Jul 8 to 30, will see these home cooks whip up special dishes for the public. Joshua, who is one of the youngest participants, will be cooking three dishes on Jul 21. [ChannelNewsAsia.com]

09-06-2017

Third run of 99%SME campaign to focus on digitalisation, e-commerce

Article featured the 99%SME movement, which gives small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) an avenue to establish an online presence and venture into e-commerce. The 99%SME movement campaign aims to get 5,000 SMEs this year – double last year’s target – to sign up on the 99%SME website where they can market themselves online at no cost. The campaign also tied up with SP, NYP, NP and TP to guide SMEs in areas such as e-commerce, retail analytics and digital marketing. Article also mentioned that Thye Shan Medical Hall, an SME with a 62-year history, got connected to NYP’s Customer Experience and Analytics Management centre, which resulted in a collaboration started in April this year. NYP students have since conducted a competitive digital footprint analysis and are currently developing content for use on targeted digital platforms. Similar story was reported on Today, The New Paper and Berita Harian. [The Business Times, p6]

06-06-2017

Food donations for the needy

Article highlighted the food distribution drive, Project Ramadan held by SP students and Madrasah Al-Ma'arif Al-Islamiah annually. This time they gave out goodies bags to some 160 Muslim families living in Toa Payoh and Kim Keat. Among those involved in the distribution this year is a second-year student from SP, Nur Fadly Majin. He has also participated last year and shared that he feels satisfied when he sees the happy faces of those receiving the food donations. [Berita Harian, p8]

06-06-2017

Stepping up for Work

Article featured Syahirah Abbas, a SP Diploma in Architecture alumna who is now an executive at DP Architects Pte Ltd. Syahirah advises those looking for jobs to provide a portfolio that can stand out from other candidates. Syahirah shared that before she graduated from SP, she built up her portfolio of previous projects for potential employers. [Berita Harian, p8]

05-06-2017

Happenings - Gigs

Events listing highlighted a talk that will be conducted by Kwok Chen Ko, SP’s senior lecturer from the School of Chemical and Life Sciences. Entitled “Finding Safe Drinking Water Overseas”, his talk will encompass solutions to increase the chances of drinking safe and clean water overseas. Participants will also learn how to conduct simple tests to determine the quality of drinking water. [The Straits Times – Life, pD4]

02-06-2017

Thanking the pioneer generation

Forum reply by the Pioneer Generation Office (PGO) thanked the public for supporting their outreach efforts. The PGO mentioned that they are working with SP to develop a short film series to commemorate and celebrate the efforts and contributions of the pioneer generation. The films will be shared with the public when it is completed. [Lianhe Zaobao, p22]

01-06-2017

No preservatives or heat for new food processing method

Article highlighted the High Pressure Processing (HPP) technology, which uses ultra-high pressure to kill food-borne pathogens in packaged refrigerated products. Food and beverage firms will be able to access the benefits under a collaboration involving SP, Workforce Singapore, Spring Singapore and The Soup Spoon. Four local local firms - TCGC, Golden Bridge, The Seafood Company and Joe & Dough – have tapped on the collaboration to manufacture ready-to-eat food products. SP and TSS will also offer the four firms access to the HPP facility. Through masterclasses offered by SP and TSS, food manufacturing small and medium-sized enterprises will also acquire the technical know-how on developing healthier, quality food. Similar story was reported in Lianhe Zaobao. [The Straits Times, pC2]

01-06-2017

Tie-ups to help heritage-brand SMEs go digital

Article highlighted Singtel’s partnerships with local polytechnics to help heritage-brand small and medium-sized enterprises to adopt digital technology. The partnership with NP and TP will help SMEs use digital tools to market themselves on online platforms and enhance outreach, as well as nurture e-commerce skills. This latest collaboration complements the partnerships Singtel forged with SP and NYP earlier this year, to help retail and food and beverage SMEs adopt digitalisation. NP’s principal Clarence Ti and TP’s principal and chief executive Peter Lam opined on how these partnerships can help SMEs enhance their e-commerce capabilities and visibility in the digital space. [The Straits Times, pC5]

31-05-2017

Singapore Poly students develop music cart

Article featured an innovative music cart developed by a team of six students from SP’s Diploma in Aerospace Electronics (DASE) and Diploma in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. Developed over two years, the cart was designed with meaningful input from KK Hospital and aims to improve the productivity of the hospital’s music therapists. The music cart can be expanded or collapsed, depending on the user’s needs and comes with a built-in power source and speakers. This allows the therapists to charge their laptops or use the electronic music instruments such as keyboard and drum set without the need to look for a wall socket. SP’s DASE student R Kumaresh, shared his meaningful experience working on the cart as part of his final-year project. [Tamil Murasu, p3]

30-05-2017

Reaching new heights through fitness

Article featured three contestants of this year’s DreamGirl Singapore, a beauty pageant for petite women. Melissa Koh, who recently graduated from SP, took up taekwondo as a co-curricular activity in secondary school and poly. She won a gold medal in 2013 at the Singapore Youth Olympic Festival and is a national youth taekwondo representative. This is her first time joining a pageant and she was drawn to DreamGirl Singapore’s theme – Protect & Empower. Another featured contestant was NYP’s Diploma in Game Development and Technology final-year student Jenny Liang who plans to sign on with the Republic of Singapore Air Force as a Weapon Systems Officer (WSO) after she graduates. [The New Paper, p15]

30-05-2017

Subsidies ease cost of acquiring new skills

Article featured Jonathan Lim from the food and beverage line, who shared that training courses are not cheap, but subsidies help to make training more affordable. For instance, the Ministry of Education and SkillsFuture Singapore offer about $400 million a year in direct training subsidies for lifelong learning, which includes the provision of modular courses. Mr Suresh Punjabi, director of SP’s Professional and Adult Continuing Education Academy, highlighted that there is generous funding and subsidies for both individuals and employers. He also mentioned that a mindset change is more important, one in which skills upgrading is widely accepted. [Article featured Jonathan Lim from the food and beverage line, who shared that training courses are not cheap, but subsidies help to make training more affordable. For instance, the Ministry of Education and SkillsFuture Singapore offer about $400 million a year in direct training subsidies for lifelong learning, which includes the provision of modular courses. Mr Suresh Punjabi, director of SP’s Professional and Adult Continuing Education Academy, highlighted that there is generous funding and subsidies for both individuals and employers. He also mentioned that a mindset change is more important, one in which skills upgrading is widely accepted. Article featured Jonathan Lim from the food and beverage line, who shared that training courses are not cheap, but subsidies help to make training more affordable. For instance, the Ministry of Education and SkillsFuture Singapore offer about $400 million a year in direct training subsidies for lifelong learning, which includes the provision of modular courses. Mr Suresh Punjabi, director of SP’s Professional and Adult Continuing Education Academy, highlighted that there is generous funding and subsidies for both individuals and employers. He also mentioned that a mindset change is more important, one in which skills upgrading is widely accepted. [The Straits Times, pB10]

29-05-2017

Making lifelong learning work for employees

Article mentioned that while there has been a plethora of initiatives and funding schemes to get people to attend courses to learn new skills, Singaporeans have job commitments and family responsibilities that leave them with little personal time. Mr Tan Suat Peng, director of NP’s Continuing Education and Training Academy, highlighted that if training is not supported by a company, it would mean workers having to apply for leave to attend training. Mr Suresh Punjabi, director of SP’s Professional and Adult Continuing Education Academy, said that we have to be realistic and empathetic to companies, especially SMEs where manpower is lean and is much needed in day-to-day operations. This is why bite-sized courses – or modular courses – make it easier for workers to learn at their own pace. RP’s part-time diploma in applied science (nutrition and food science) student Justin Li chose to pursue a part-time programme to better tackle production-related issues at his family-owned business Hara Hong Kong Tim Sum. He shared that running a business is a full-time commitment, and sometimes you have to skip classes to attend to urgent work. [The Straits Times, pB10]

29-05-2017

Inspired by late grandfather to help the poor

Article featured Mohamad Hosni Abdul Malik, a SP alumnus from the Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Inspired by his late grandfather, who was the former president of Jamiyah Singapore, Hosni has been volunteering since he was 7. He is currently the Assistant Secretary-General at Jamiyah Singapore, on top of his job as a business development manager. He is about to begin on his PhD in Business Administration at the University of Canberra in Australia, and his research will focus on how to improve the quality of early education in Singapore. [Berita Harian, p6]

29-05-2017

Commentary: Can Singapore make makan great again?

Commentary by Dr Christine Lee, Director of Shiro Corporation Pte Ltd and Kay Lee Pte Ltd, highlighted how food businesses in Singapore keep up with the latest trends and consumer preferences in the food industry. She mentioned that food companies can tap on the Food Innovation & Resource Centre (FIRC), launched in 2007 by SP and SPRING Singapore, to develop new and innovative products quickly in response to emerging global food consumption trends. The FIRC has dedicated pilot plants, application laboratories, and a test kitchen among other facilities which are helmed by a core team of full-time, experienced professionals. They provide food manufacturers with much needed technical expertise in product and process development including packaging, shelf life evaluation and market testing. This is the second commentary in a Channel NewsAsia's series exploring how businesses in Singapore are transforming the way they operate to adopt new technologies and upskill their workforce. [Channel NewsAsia]

29-05-2017

The real fitness goals

Advertorial features three SP students in their various CCAs along with their fitness routine and tips for keeping fit. Article also features advice from Diploma in Nutrition, Health and Wellness lecturers for students who engage in sport CCAs. [Teenage Magazine, p78-79]

26-05-2017

Retail slump: One Raffles Place is latest to suffer

Article highlighted the closure or impending closure of bigger tenants at the One Raffles Place shopping mall. Out of 113 tenants, at least 14 have closed and at least another 13 will be moving out by next month when their three-year lease ends. Ms Sarah Lim, senior retail lecturer at SP’s Business School, opined that the malls in the Central Business District, such as One Raffles Place, are hit harder by the retail slump than those in Orchard Road, because of office workers' limited shopping hours and minimal tourist traffic. [The Straits Times, pB1]

24-05-2017

Singapore writer Adeline Foo bags first Asian Children’s Book Award

Article featured Tiny Feet, Tiny Shoes, a story by Singaporean author Adeline Foo and Filipino illustrator Beth Parrocha, which took the top award at the inaugural Asian Children’s Book Award on 19 May 2017. Article also mentioned that the biannual 2017 Scholastic Picture Book Award went to The Little Durian Tree, by SP’s Diploma in Creative Writing for TV and New Media graduates - Ho Jia En, Sabrine Ong, Shona Menon, Wong Shu Jing, and Melodie James. The Little Durian Tree was chosen from 136 other entries from around Asia and was Singapore’s only entry for the award. Shona Menon shared her feelings for winning the award. The Little Durian Tree will be published by Scholastic Asia as part of the award prize. [TodayOnline]

23-05-2017

Increase in people taking up short modular courses

Article featured 42 year old software developer Teng Chun Hwa who took on a modular course at SP’s PACE Academy. Chun Hwa has background knowledge in software development but did not have specific knowledge on mobile development which his company is venturing into. Modular courses at PACE Academy allows him to learn more about the industry and upgrade his skills without taking up too much time. After being inspired by the course, he has subsequently enrolled for SP’s part-time Specialist Diploma in Digital Technologies for a Smart City course earlier this year. [Lianhe Zaobao, p4]

22-05-2017

Ikea to suspend sale of chicken wings

Article highlighted that Swedish chain Ikea Singapore will stop selling its popular chicken wings at the restaurants in its two stores. This move is a result of not having met its customers’ satisfaction recently, and wanting to work with its supplier to improve the wings before bringing them back. Ms Sarah Lim, a senior retail lecturer at SP’s business school, said that Ikea was doing the right thing in improving the quality of its offerings. She also opined that it needs to revamp its whole dining experience. [The Straits Times, pB5]

22-05-2017

Assistant manager earned diploma and degree through JTC study sponsorship

Article featured Khairomi Ahmad Gaffori who completed a Diploma in Electrical Engineering at SP in 1998 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from the University of South Australia in 2013 under JTC’s employee study sponsorship scheme. Khairomi, who is now an assistant manager in the new projects department shared how the organisation has empowered him with the resources to stay ahead in a fast-changing economy. [The New Paper, p4]

22-05-2017

Enterprising entrepreneurs reinvent retail to entice shoppers

Article highlighted the popularity of multi-concept stores, which allow shoppers to eat, shop and take part in workshops in the same space. Ms Sarah Lim, senior retail lecturer at SP’s Business School, cautions against too many retailers jumping on the bandwagon as this would make such spaces commonplace. She opined that retailers have to give all elements equal focus in a multi-concept store in order to ensure sustainability. [The Straits Times – Life, pD4]

22-05-2017

Anti-Drugs Music Campaign

Article highlighted that the National Council Against Drug Abuse (NCADA) and the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) will be jointly holding a music concert on June 16 at Suntec City to promote a drug-free lifestyle among youths. The concert will feature local artists like Taufik Batisah, among others. As part of the Anti-Drug Abuse Campaign 2017, a special publicity event was also held at SP yesterday. [Berita Harian, p6]

19-05-2017

Money Week (FY1718) - EP7

Money Week programme highlighted the topic of overseas pastry confectionary stores that have hit the Singapore market. Amos Tan, SP’s Business School Senior Lecturer and Section Head of Marketing and Retail, opined on the popularity of these overseas pastries and the feasibility for overseas pastry businesses to set up store here. SP’s segment is from 3:28 to 6:50. [Channel 8]

18-05-2017

Asian Festival of Children's Content; Singapore's The Little Durian Tree wins picture book award

Article featured the Asian Festival of Children's Content (AFCC) organised by the National Book Development Council of Singapore, which kicked off its eighth edition yesterday. The winner of the biennial Scholastic Picture Book Award was also announced at the ceremony. The award, which acknowledges outstanding, unpublished picture books that incorporate distinctly Asian themes, was given to The Little Durian Tree. This book was the brainchild of a five-man team comprising Melodie Edith James, Kylen Ho, Shona Adisri Menon, and two other students from SP’s Diploma in Creative Writing for TV and New Media. The winner was chosen from 137 entries across Asia. [The Straits Times – Life, pD9]

18-05-2017

Asian children's content festival kicks off

Article featured the Asian Festival of Children's Content (AFCC) organised by the National Book Development Council of Singapore, which kicked off its eighth edition yesterday. The winner of the biennial Scholastic Picture Book Award was also announced at the ceremony. The award, which acknowledges outstanding, unpublished picture books that incorporate distinctly Asian themes, was given to The Little Durian Tree. This book was the brainchild of a five-man team comprising students from SP’s Diploma in Creative Writing for TV and New Media. The winner was chosen from 137 entries across Asia. [The Straits Times Online]

17-05-2017

Read how one of SP's top graduates' video went viral

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Media and Communication graduate and Institutional Medallist Chong Han Lyn. Months after she took up a diploma course in the field of life sciences at another polytechnic, she realised that a career in science was not for her. After reviewing the activities she excelled in during secondary school and visiting SP Open House, she chose her current course for its integrated communications approach. Her time in SP saw her working on several projects, including “Chance”, a short film for the Temasek 20/20 Short Film Project, as well as a one-month social media campaign in partnership with Migrant Workers’ Centre. The campaign video to raise awareness of migrant workers went viral and was picked up by local and online media outlets. She also represented SP in the POL-ITE Women’s Squash games and received the SP Excellence Awards for Sports for all three years. Outside of SP, Han Lyn signed up for the inaugural intake of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Volunteer Corps and supported the SAF in their public communications efforts. She also provided weekly voluntary tuition to adults and students from low-income households at Filos Community Service Centre. During her four-month internship at one of the leading media agencies, Starcom, Han Lyn helped develop consumer insights and recommend media strategies to clients. Her abilities were recognised by the company and she was offered a full-time position even before completing her internship. Accepting Starcom’s offer for the role of media executive, Han Lyn hopes to build a successful brand persona for herself. She also aspires to create a well-known platform to share her thoughts and ideas for the greater good. COMMS note: This is part of our Graduation 2017 stories. [Stomp]

16-05-2017

BAHAS 4PM Debate Winners

The SP team comprising of Nabila Natasha Osman, Ahmad Zaid Mohamed Rafii, Mu'az Johan and Nur Insyirah Sulaiman from the Malay Language Society took second place in the final round of the annual Malay debating competition BAHAS 4PM. The team faced students from Madrasah Aljunied Al-Islamiah, which won the competition for the eighth time since 1993. [Berita Harian, p9]

16-05-2017

GSS GoSpree app to offer deals, discounts

A free mobile app, GoSpree, will be launched with this year’s Great Singapore Sale on June 9. This app will allow users to download e-coupons, consolidate and redeem them at participating retailers for discounts. SP senior retail lecturer Sarah Lim opined on how the mobile app will provide additional incentive for shoppers. [The New Paper, p1]

15-05-2017

Aspiring researcher today, potential leader in clean energy sources tomorrow

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Chemical Engineering graduate and Institutional Medallist Liew Zheng Jie who was far from a model student in primary and early secondary school, where he was caned for his misdeeds. He turned over a new leaf when his English teacher from Unity Secondary School nominated him as a class representative during his upper secondary year. Wanting to pursue a course that combined both science and applied theory, Zheng Jie enrolled in SP’s Diploma in Chemical Engineering course as part of the pioneer batch of Polytechnic Foundation Programme students. During his time in SP, Zheng Jie had the opportunity to embark on a six-week attachment programme in New Zealand, where he understudied a professor at the Chemical Engineering department in the University of Canterbury and assisted the university researchers to increase the yield of chemical products. During his final year internship at Solvay, a multi-specialty chemical company, he spearheaded the firm’s digitalisation project to analyse the company’s data logging and optimise and integrate their chemical processes. Zheng Jie has applied to study Chemical Engineering under the Global Merit Scholarship at the National University of Singapore. He aspires to become a researcher in the Chemical industry and dreams of developing new sources of clean energy. COMMS note: This is part of our Graduation 2017 stories. [Stomp]

15-05-2017

Mom's death spurred aspiring clinician scientist to emerge as one of SP's top graduates

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Biotechnology (DBT) graduate and Institutional Medallist Don Loi Xu. As a child, Don Loi had always been interested in Biology and his favourite movies included Jurassic Park and Spiderman as the scientific themes inspired and fascinated him. He enrolled into SP’s DBT course as he believed that SP was the most renowned and prestigious polytechnic and the course would equip him with the necessary knowledge and skills that could be applied for the greater good. In Don’s final year of study, his mother passed away from sudden cardiac arrest just a month before he was due to begin his internship at the Agency for Science, Technology And Research (A*STAR).Despite the devastating loss of the pillar of his life, the A*STAR Science Award recipient resolved to do well for his internship as he wanted to make his late mum proud. During his seven-month internship at A*STAR, Don collaborated with scientists on experiments and contributed to new ideas and treatments related to stem cell research.He was also given the opportunity to present at various seminars. Impressed with his aptitude and attitude, the organisation offered Don the prestigious A*STAR MBBS-PhD National Science Scholarship in principle. Don has applied to The National University of Singapore Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and aspires to become a clinician scientist. COMMS note: This is part of our Graduation 2017 stories. [Stomp]

15-05-2017

How 'A-Levels failure' went on to become one of SP's top graduates

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Creative Writing for TV and New Media graduate and Institutional Medallist Esther Tan Hui Tian who has been passionate about writing since her days in Jurong Secondary School. However, family and societal pressures made her choose the junior college route instead. When her GCE ‘A’ Levels results were released, Esther was dejected as she didn’t do well enough to enrol in a local university to pursue her interest in writing. Undeterred, she retook the GCE ‘A’ Levels as a private candidate but failed to qualify once again. While deliberating over her options, she attended SP’s Open House and met friendly and assuring lecturers, encouraging her to pursue her dream course. At SP, the budding writer bloomed. Her documentary “Heartware” which explored the topic of the aging population in Singapore was nominated in the Best Documentary, Best Editing and Best Camerawork categories at the National Youth Film Awards and was featured in two international film festivals. As part of her 22-week internship with Big 3 Media, she was entrusted with the role of the 1st Assistant Director – a role that no intern had previously been given – and assisted with the filming of SP’s very own web series, The Leon Theory. Esther’s passion and good work ethics impressed her supervisors so much that they offered her a full-time position which she gladly accepted. Esther hopes to accumulate hands-on experience and learn more about the media industry before pursuing further studies. COMMS note: This is part of our Graduation 2017 stories. [Stomp]

15-05-2017

TOPLINE; Giving precision its name

Article featured Low Ming Wah, the president and chief operating officer of precision engineering firm Micro-Mechanics. After graduating from SP with a diploma in mechanical engineering, Ming Wah worked in design and engineering positions before joining Micro-Mechanics as its first engineer in 1989. Today, he is also the newly elected chairman of the Singapore Precision Engineering & Technology Association, a trade association which aims to raise the standards of small and medium enterprises in the industry. [The Business Times, p6]

15-05-2017

The Principle of Lifelong Learning

Article featured Mohamed Johannes Wahid, a 36 year old engineer who decided to improve his skills due to the uncertain economy. He took up modular courses in Maritime and Offshore Management at SP and was able to balance his studies with work and family commitments. Another challenge he faced during the course was having to care for his pregnant wife. Article also featured the various MOE initiatives promoting lifelong learning. [Berita Harian, p5]

15-05-2017

Steady Work and Lifelong Learning

Article featured adult learner, Mr Muhd Zul Khairi Khalil, age 28, who was among the first cohort of graduates of the Tugmasters (Port Limit) Programme at the recent Certificate of Competency graduation ceremony on 27 April. By upgrading his skills, Zul can embark on a new career as a Tug master and ensure a better future for his family. This 15-month training program is launched by Maritime and Port Authority (MPA), the Workforce Development Agency (WDA) and the Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) to attract Singaporeans to work as tug masters. [Berita Harian, p8]

11-05-2017

Ambition for Maritime

Article featured adult learner, Mr Jefrizal Juari, whose interest in maritime encouraged him to switch jobs from a driver to a deck officer. At 37 years old, he received his certificate for the Certificate of Competency (Special Limits) Programme at the recent graduation ceremony on 27 April. This 24.5-month training programme is jointly run by several organizations, including the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) and the Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA). As a deck officer, he is responsible for the safety of the ship, cargo operations, and for ensuring that ship operations in international and local waters comply with the marine code. [Berita Harian, p8]

11-05-2017

Why It Matters; Pay attention to lifelong learning

Article highlighted that the term “lifelong learning” was brought up at the graduation ceremonies speeches across all five polytechnics. At SP’s graduation ceremony, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) Mr S. Iswaran mentioned that many jobs require a new set of proficiencies and a willingness by the workforce to acquire them. This is where national movements, such as the SkillsFuture drive, come in, to get Singaporeans to learn deep skills and embrace new job roles. At RP, Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say shared that the mismatch between jobs and skills will widen if Singaporeans do not adapt. At NYP, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education Low Yen Ling highlighted that graduation marks the beginning, not the end, of one’s lifelong learning journey. Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education Faishal Ibrahim said at NP that many post-graduation options are available – some may further their learning in a university, while others may learn by doing in the workplace. At TP, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Chan Chun Sing reminded graduates that they should think about how to do justice to their jobs instead of constantly searching for something that will give them a sense of perfection. [The Straits Times, pA2]

11-05-2017

Love at first spark for aspiring computer engineer from SP

Article featured Diploma in Computer Engineering graduate and Institutional Medallist, Benedict Lee Wei Zheng. Benedict had already successfully built his own computer from scavenged parts when he was a Secondary One student. When he served in the SP School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering club, he used his electrical engineering and programming skills to repair discarded laptops for less fortunate students, and installed solar panels at home to save on electrical bills and promote environmental friendliness. The recipient of the Defence Science Organisation (DSO) Diploma Scholarship also completed a six-week internship at the DSO National Laboratories, where he was involved in research projects related to computer network systems and cybersecurity. Benedict will be pursuing a Degree in Computer Engineering at the Nanyang Technological University after serving his national service. COMMS note: This is part of our Graduation 2017 stories. [Stomp]

11-05-2017

Growing Maritime Industry in Singapore

Article highlighted a new Maritime Apprenticeship scheme that provides training in the maritime field for job seekers while matching them with companies for them to get full-time jobs. This scheme was launched by the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA), Employment and Employability Institute (e2i), Workforce Singapore (WSG) and the Association of Singapore Marine Employees (SOS), under the Adapt and Grow initiative. Speaking at the graduation ceremony for the Certificate of Competency (Special Limit) programme and Tugmasters (Port Limit) programme at SP, the chief executive of Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Mr Andrew Tan said that this Maritime Apprenticeship scheme developed by the Tripartite Maritime Manpower Taskforce for Seafaring (TF-Sea) aims to provide Singaporeans with wider employment opportunities by providing a channel for them to be matched with suitable employers and to gain relevant vocational skills. [Berita Harian, p8]

11-05-2017

Who says playing video games is a waste of time? IT whizz is one of SP's shining stars

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Information Technology graduate and Institutional Medallist, Azeem Arshad Vasanwala. Azeem participated in various hackathons and competitions during his time in SP, such as the Microsoft Imagine Cup, and was part of a SP Special Interest Group and the Microsoft Student Partners. He also developed prototypes to suit the Smart Businesses concept during his 17-week internship at Accenture. A recipient of the Integrated Infocomm Scholarship, Azeem has received offers from the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Management University. He intends to apply for the National Infocomm Scholarship and to prominent overseas universities including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University. COMMS note: This is part of our Graduation 2017 stories. [Stomp]

11-05-2017

Can’t rush creativity

Article featured SP graduate Lim Wei Xiang and Joyce Seah who won the National Xinyao Competition as a duet last year. Wei Xiang shared his considerations for choosing the song that they sang and also talked about how chemistry is important in a duet. [Lianhe Zaobao, p3]

11-05-2017

Despite half year break from school, student fights cancer to enter university

Article featured SP Diploma in Integrated Events and Project Management student Goh Yi Ling who suffered from Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She was diagnosed in year 2 and took a one semester break to undergo treatment and chemotherapy. Yi Ling shared about the pains of chemotherapy and how she pushed on with the support and encouragement of her family and friends. Despite her illness, she still takes the effort to make sure she doesn’t let her grades slip. She is graduating with a GPA of 3.86 and will further her studies in university. [Lianhe Wanbao, p7]

09-05-2017

Local film maker Alvin Lee meets Matt Damon

Article featured SP Diploma in Digital Media graduate Alvin Lee who is now enrolled in the Bachelors in Film Directing programme at Beijing Film Academy (BFA). Alvin shared about school life in BFA and his interaction with Matt Damon the filming of ‘Great Wall’. Alvin was back in Singapore for the screening of his film, Seed, at the 5th Singapore Chinese Film Festival. [Shin Min Daily News, p11]

09-05-2017

From street fighter to top S'pore Poly graduate

Article featured Diploma in Integrated Events and Project Management graduand Muhammad Alfiz Kambali. Alfiz never took an interest in his studies while growing up and even sought comfort in bad company. After leaving school for some years, he decided to turn things around and enrolled into a Higher Nitec course in business studies (events management) at ITE, where he graduated with a perfect GPA of 4.0. He then took up the Diploma in Integrated Events and Project Management course at SP in 2014, at the age of 25. Alfiz has graduated with a perfect 4.0 grade point average (GPA), and was awarded the Tay Eng Soon Gold Medal and Cityneon Events Gold Medal. Despite receiving offers from NTU and SMU, he plans to work first before pursuing further studies. COMMS note: This is part of our Graduation 2017 stories. [The Straits Times, pB12]

08-05-2017

More PMETs are willing to upskill themselves

Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry), Mr S Iswaran, mentioned at SP’s 57th Graduation Ceremony that the continuing education academies such as SP’s Professional & Adult Continuing Education (PACE) Academy plays an important role in equipping the workforce with relevant skills for the industry. More than 650 PMETs graduated in this ceremony, an increase of 25% compared to last year. They are among the 5,600 graduates who will receive their full-time diploma, advanced diploma, specialist diploma and certificate. SP offers seven Professional Conversion Programmes (PCPs) to fresh entrants, mid-careerists, displaced or unemployed PMETs with no relevant background in the sector, including the Development and Apprenticeship (DNA) Programme for the biopharmaceutical manufacturing sector that could generate more than 300 job opportunities over the next three years. The video clip also featured the highlights of the ceremony, including the presentation of the Institutional Medals. COMMS note: This is part of our Graduation 2017 stories. [Channel 8 News)

08-05-2017

Individuals should take charge of own learning journey: Iswaran

Article highlighted Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) Mr S. Iswaran’s message to the 651 adult graduands from SP’s Professional & Adult Continuing Education (PACE) Academy. The graduates were receiving their diplomas and certificates at their graduation ceremony. Mr S Iswaran shared that educational institutions and industries must work closely to ensure that knowledge acquired and skills developed remain relevant to the changing needs of the economy, and that individuals must take ownership of their own learning journeys. He encouraged institutes of higher learning to collaborate with the industry and cited the successful collaboration between SP’s PACE Academy, Workforce Singapore, SkillsFuture Singapore to roll out relevant courses. Mr S Iswaran also commended Sheikh Harun Mohammad Rafik, who made a mid-career switch and sought relevant upgrading through SP PACE Academy’s Diploma (Conversion) in Shipping and Marine Offshore. Sheikh opined on how the diploma is useful in his personal and professional development. COMMS note: This is part of our Graduation 2017 stories. [The Straits Times, pB9]

08-05-2017

Top poly graduates choose work over university

Article featured three top graduates from SP’s graduating cohort of 5,600 this year who chose to work first to gain industry experience, instead of pursuing a degree. SP’s Institutional Medallist and Diploma in Media and Communication graduate Chong Han Lyn, who is working with media agency Starcom, shared that a degree is not necessary for her career in the industry. Even though it might matter when it comes to promotion, there are directors who do not have a degrees but are on the same level as the degree holders. Tracy Ong, who also studied media and communication, agreed with Han Lyn and shared that her four-month internship with advertising agency Arcade made her realise that learning fast and adaptability is more valuable than a degree. Tracy won the Batey Scholar Award and was mentored under brand guru Ian Batey, who came up with the concept of the Singapore Girl for Singapore Airlines. SP’s Institutional Medallist and Diploma in Creative Writing for TV and New Media graduate, Esther Tan, was made an assistant director during her internship at production company Big 3 Media. This is a role which no other intern had taken on before. Her internship experience encouraged her to step out of her comfort zone. She shared that she chose to work first because of the trust that the company placed in her and the company culture. The three graduates may explore other fields of study, such as visual communications or film in future, but they are all happy where they are now. Han Lyn commented that pursuing a degree appealed to her because she enjoys learning and University will give her a platform to expand her knowledge. However, she emphasized on the importance of grabbing the job opportunity first, stating that the school is always there but the job may not always be there for you. COMMS note: This is part of our Graduation 2017 stories. [The New Paper, p9]

08-05-2017

New song from The Zozi

Article featured the latest song from popular band The Zozi. The band comprises four members who are SP graduates. One of the members is Diploma in Information Technology alumnus Nazreen Mohamed Daud. [Berita Minggu, p14]

08-05-2017

May 2017 - VASANTHAM Tamil Seithi - Fri 5 May 2017

News clip featured SP’s Chua Chor Teck Gold Medallist and Diploma in Business Information Technology graduate Mohamed Najulah, who joined the poly as part of its pioneer Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) in 2013. Born with brittle bone disease, he fractured his right leg more than five times in primary school and since then, has been using a wheelchair for his safety. Najulah started developing Happy Wheel, an app tapping on publicly available data sets and Google for wheelchair-friendly paths, at his first hackathon – the Transport and You(th) Hackathon in April 2015. In the news clip, Najulah shared about his experience as well as his final-year project with Visa. SP’s segment is from 13.03 to 15.03. COMMS note: This is part of our Graduation 2017 stories. [Vasantham News)

08-05-2017

Discovering and re-discovering heritage through music: Buvaneswaran Ganesan

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Music & Audio Technology (DMAT) graduate Buvaneswaran Ganesan from the Class of 2017. Buvan is currently working with Shabir Tabare Alam, a local music producer, and one of the first few to drive the international Tamil independent music movement. Buvaneswaran shared how his interest in music started and opined on the musical piece ‘Adida Jorah’ which he composed for his final-year project. Buvaneswaran also shared how the DMAT course has prepared him for work and shared his aspirations after graduation. [ConnectedtoIndia.com]

03-05-2017

Recycling used parts to create his own computer

Article featured SP Institutional Medallist and Diploma in Computer Engineering graduand Benedict Lee. Since young, he was a curious boy and would take apart various electrical devices and piece them back together. During his schooling days, Benedict’s family were financially challenged and his father couldn’t afford to buy him a laptop. Benedict then took it upon himself to scavenge for used electronic parts and recycled them to build his own computer. He scored 7 points for his O levels and decided to pursue his passion in SP. Benedict will be furthering his studies in NTU. [Lianhe Zaobao, p6]

03-05-2017

Furthering his studies despite owning a company

Despite having a Bachelor Degree in Hotel and Resort Management and owning his own construction company, Md Shariful Islam still enrolled in SP’s Diploma in Civil Engineering with Business three years ago. Shariful wanted to understand more about the built environment industry and thus decided to pursue a relevant diploma. He share how he juggled running his company while maintaining his studies. Shariful will be graduating with a GPA of 3.0 and hopes to pursue a PhD in future. [Berita Harian, p4]

02-05-2017

Naughty student becomes top graduate

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Integrated Events and Project Management graduand Muhammad Alfiz Kambali as one of the top graduates in the upcoming graduation. Alfiz shared how he was involved with bad company and was not interested in studies at a young age. He began to turn over a new leaf after national service and enrolled in the Higher Nitec in Events Management at ITE College Central. After graduating with a perfect GPA of 4.0, Alfiz continued to pursue his passion in events management at SP at the age of 25. He did not let his age become a barrier and gave his full effort towards his studies. In recognition of his efforts, Alfiz will be graduating with the Tay Eng Soon Gold Medal, one of eight Institutional Medals offered by SP. [Berita Harian, p4]

02-05-2017

Open mind shows her a new path

When Azlinda Jumahat received her O level scores three years ago, she could not get into her dream course of Tourism Management at SP and NP through the Joint Admission Exercise. Instead, she was offered SP’s Diploma in Business Information Technology (DBIT). The course was her sixth choice and she had no knowledge and passion about IT. While disappointed, she decided to approach the course with an open mind and was soon amazed by how Business and IT modules can come together to create meaningful programmes or apps. Today, Azlinda is graduating with a GPA of 3.863 and is already working full-time as a Digital Marketing Officer at the Autism Recovery Network. Azlinda hopes to further her studies in NUS or SMU in the near future. [Berita Harian, p4]

02-05-2017

Increase in teenage suicide numbers

Article mentioned the increasing number of suicides among teenagers. In February this year NurtureSG was formed and tertiary education institutions have set up student support groups to tackle this problem. NP AND TP commented that they have started recruiting students for this project. Starting in May, SP plans to train a group of 20 students to help keep a look out for other students who may be suicidal. [Lianhe Zaobao, p5]

02-05-2017

Course made him more confident, articulate

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Business Information Technology graduand Mohamed Najulah. The former Queensway Secondary Normal (Academic) student, who was born with brittle bone disease, had opted to do an engineering diploma but was told during a medical screening that the course might be too strenuous for him. He eventually took up a business information technology diploma as part of the pioneer cohort of the Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP). Now one of SP’s top students, Najulah will graduate with a grade point average of 3.89 out of 4.0 and be awarded the Chua Chor Teck gold medal, one of SP’s Institutional Medals. COMMS note: This is part of our Graduation 2017 pitches. [The Straits Times, pB6]

02-05-2017

Dyslexia did not set him back

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Landscape Architecture graduand, Mohamad Arif Mohamad Azmi, who was diagnosed with Dyslexia at a young age. However, Arif did not let his condition become a disability. He used various tools and methods to help him spell and make sense of his reading materials. Inspire by a love for design, Arif enrolled in the Nitec in Space Design (Interior & Exhibition) at ITE College Central. Today, Arif is graduating from SP with a GPA of 3.918 and is currently working at Scenic Landscape Pte Ltd as a landscaping executive. Arif plans to work for a few years before pursuing further studies. [Berita Harian, p4]

02-05-2017

Benefitting from Mendaki Tuition Scheme

Article featured SP Diploma in Mechanical Engineering graduate Muhd Adri Abdul Majid as one of the beneficiaries of the Mendaki Tuition Scheme (MTS). Adri shared how the scheme helped him to get into a good secondary school and then SP. After graduating from NTU, he joined the MTS as a tutor as a way of giving back to the community. [Berita Harian, p9]

02-05-2017

New Funan to focus on fun and creativity

Article highlighted that experiential retail will be a key focus in the development of the new Funan shopping centre, which will be ready in 2019. SP’s senior retail lecturer Sarah Lim shared about the viability of bringing in some high-street brands to the mall. Ms Esther Ho, deputy director at NYP’s School of Business Management, opined that the mall's focus on the experiential reflects a trend among brands to connect with consumers on an emotional level. [The Straits Times, pB2]

28-04-2017

Faster, better job matches? Singapore start-ups look to redefine career searches

News featured the various career development and recruitment portals available for young adults aged between 18 and 30. One such portal is Glints, a homegrown start-up which focuses on matching young adults to internship and employment opportunities. SP’s Diploma in Accountacy alumnus Goh Yu Hui was one of the fresh school leavers who have benefited from Glint’ partnership with the polytechnic. Due to finish his national service this year, 23-year old Yu Hui was worried about finding a job. Within days after creating a profile on Glints, he received an SMS notifying him of a suitable position. Two weeks later, he accepted the job as an accounts executive at a local business advisory firm. Apart from having a job board where members can apply for interested positions, Glints also makes customised recommendations based on a member’s interests, education background and work experiences. Currently, it is working with more than 7,000 companies, ranging from Singapore-based start-ups such as Paktor to global multinational corporations like Puma, to place its 60,000 members. It also offers to draw up personalised training plans for its members based on current SkillsFuture courses. Moving forward, Yu Hui will also be taking up an Advanced Diploma in Accountancy - an 18-month work-study programme offered under the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme (ELP) - which Glints has helped to coordinate. [Channel NewsAsia]

27-04-2017

Visa partners polytechnics, S’pore FinTech Association to cultivate future talent

Global payment services giant Visa partnered with the Singapore FinTech Association and five polytechnics to teach and mentor students from the learning institutions. This initiative was introduced after the polytechnics – SP, NP, NYP. RP and TP - signed a memorandum of understanding with Singapore Fintech Association in February. Students will have the opportunity to visit the Visa Innovation Lab, where they can learn about the future of payments and challenges in the payments landscape. NP’s Principal Mr Clarence Ti opined on the joint initiative that aims to build a steady pipeline of talent in the fintech space to cope with rising demand. Similar story was reported in Singapore Business Reviews, Human Resources Online and Berita Harian. [Today Online]

26-04-2017

At the forefront of training

Editorial featured the Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA). Director of SMA, Capt Mohd Salleh Bin Ahmad, opined on how SMA ensures its graduates are prepared for the future needs of the industry. Capt Salleh also mentioned that SMA has recently embarked on various SkillsFuture initiatives as it is the sector coordinator for the sea transport sector. Its role as sector coordinator sees it driving engagements between educational institutions and the industry. Editorial also highlighted SMA’s Earn-and-Learn programme (ELP) for Maritime (deck officers and marine engineers) for the Diploma in Nautical Studies and Diploma in Marine Engineering. [The Business Times, p40]

26-04-2017

Plans for new training methods, more career services

Article highlighted that NTUC's training outfits – the Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) and LearningHub – will use new training methods to help working adults pick up new skills quicker. NTUC will also work with its 59 partner professional associations and 14 institutes of higher learning to improve access to training. For example, e2i signed an agreement with SP last month to help students make more informed career choices through workshops, industry talks and networking sessions. Union members can also attend modular courses at SP’s Professional and Adult Continuing Education (PACE) Academy. [The Straits Times, pA7]

26-04-2017

Jobs for the future; Milking technology for all it's worth as Mr Bean expands

Article mentioned that workers who wish to upgrade their skills in the food manufacturing industry under the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications framework can do so at SP. SP offers five courses ranging from applying advanced food-hygiene practices to following good food-labelling practices. Article also featured Mr Bean’s central kitchen manager, Jerome Ang, who has just started the second of five semesters in RP’s Diploma in Applied Science (Nutrition and Food Science). His employer-sponsored course covers technical subjects such as food biochemistry. [The Straits Times, pB3]

24-04-2017

Smart farming app beats intelligent doorbell in AWS HackDay 2017 Singapore

Among the 22 teams that participated in the 12-hour AWS Hackday 2017 organised by Amazon Web Services Singapore are representatives from two Singapore universities and two polytechnics. Team 4 Musketeers from SP won under the student category for delivering a prototype that allows senior citizens with limited English proficiency to manage their medications, by scanning the QR code that is affixed to the pill container. The Alexa-enabled device will then read out the dosage, timing, and pill description in a dialect of their choice, such as Mandarin, Hokkien, or Tamil. This is made possible by Amazon Polly’s lifelike text-to-speech capabilities. [Hardwarezone Malaysia]

21-04-2017

Students compete to recreate Panama Canal locks in Lego

The Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF) and Seatrade are launching a first-of-its-kind Lego competition for tertiary students at Sea Asia 2017 as part of an initiative to give students pursuing a maritime-related education greater industry insight and exposure to the industry. With support from The Panama Canal Authority, three groups of students from the Singapore Maritime Academy at SP, NP and ITE College Central will be tasked to compete and recreate part of the world's technical wonders, the Panama Canal, under 90 minutes. Using the Limited Edition Lego Education Panama Canal sets, the teams will be judged on speed, accuracy and functionality of their canal's locks system. Over 220 participants from the Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs), including youths and the education and career guidance counsellors working with students and job seekers, will also be participating in the guided Sea Asia Youth Tour 2017. Similar story was reported in PR NewsWire, American Journal of Transportation and MENAFN Press. [Seatrade Maritime News]

21-04-2017

Web retailers join hands for membership programme

Article highlighted that online shopping site Lazada and online supermarket RedMart teamed up with other online services to launch a membership programme yesterday. This is in anticipation of the launch of Amazon in Singapore. The programme, called LiveUp, offers users benefits such as rebates and discounts for Netflix, Uber, UberEats and Taobao Collection. SP’s senior retail lecturer Sarah Lim opined that the collaboration between established tech companies gives them a good chance of fending off competition. [The Straits Times, pB1]

21-04-2017

Development Plans for Orchard Road

Hello Singapore featured Amos Tan, SP’s Business School Senior Lecturer and Section Head of Marketing and Retail. Amos opined on the long-term viability of closing off Orchard Road to vehicles in a bid to boost its attractiveness for shoppers. Amos also shared his views on how Orchard Road can be rebranded to cater for both locals and tourists. SP’s segment is from 24:20 – 33:41. [Hello Singapore - Channel 8]

20-04-2017

S’porean travellers giving US a miss

NP’s senior lecturer in tourism Dr Michael Chiam and TP’s hospitality and management course management Mr Gevin Png opined on the reasons Singaporeans are avoiding travel to the United States of America. [The New Paper, p1]

20-04-2017

SP grad show showcases creative items

Article by a NP student correspondent featured the SP Engineering Show 2017 that took place in January. A wearable alcohol breathalyser that was developed by Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering students to help reduce the number of drunk driving incidents was featured. Another project that was featured is the Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC) that can generate electricity from sewage. [Lianhe Zaobao - zbNOW, p4]

19-04-2017

Female student majors in Engineering despite objections from family

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Energy Systems and Management Course Medallist, Joanna Lum, who chose an engineering course despite objections from her mother and aunt. Both of them felt that the male dominated industry would be difficult and tough for her. Joanna managed to convince her Mum of her choice with her passion and excellent results along the way and will be graduating top of her course in May. Despite working hard academically, Joanna also took part in various CCAs and held leadership positions such as Vice-President of SP’s Astronomers. Joanna lost her dad when she was seven years old and she understood the difficulties that her mother has went through to bring her and two other siblings up. She took up part time jobs after her ‘O’ levels to help lessen her mother’s financial burdens. She has been accepted by NTU and NUS and will be furthering her studies. COMMS note: This is the first of our Graduation 2017 pitches. [Shin Min Daily, p10]

17-04-2017

Retired poly lecturer admits inciting violence

Article mentioned that retired SP lecturer Tang Koon Huat has pleaded guilty to inciting violence via a Facebook page last January. He had set up a Facebook page under a moniker and called for a Singaporean vigilante group to beat up Caucasians. This followed the incident of Alan Benjamin Maybury, who had been given the maximum $5,000 fine for hitting a polytechnic student driver after an accident in 2014. Similar story was reported in The New Paper, Lianhe Wanbao and Lianhe Zaobao, AsiaOne, Hardwarezone and Reddit. [The Straits Times, pB5]

12-04-2017

Orchard revamp a step in the right direction say experts

SP’s retail lecturer Sarah Lim and Kevin Wee, NYP’s senior lecturer from the Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management opined on the latest plans to revamp Orchard Road. Similar story in Today carried opinions from NP senior lecturer Dr Michael Chiam and Shirley Tee, NYP’s Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management course manager. [The Straits Times, pA6]

11-04-2017

New plant puts the seal on high performance

Article featured the new Mitsui Chemicals-Idemitsu Kosan plant on Jurong Island. At the official opening of the US$115 million (S$161 million) plant yesterday, Trade and Industry Minister (Trade) Lim Hng Kiang spoke of the strengths of the chemical sector and cited Mistui employee Goh Lak Whatt, who is in his late 40s. Mitsui paid for Lak Whatt to complete the part-time SP diploma in mechanical engineering to better prepare him for various leadership roles. [The Straits Times, pC2]

11-04-2017

THK charity organization provides medical and other services

Article featured THK charity’s latest elderly nursing home in Hougang Ave 8 and the various forms of welfare it offers. Photo featured SP students teaching the elderly origami at the nursing home. [Lianhe Wanbao, p20]

10-04-2017

The LEGO group builds drone-powered flying cloud that rains candy

LEGO commissioned SP Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (DARE) students to build a drone-powered cotton wool cloud that can rain candies, turning the imagination of a group of children into reality. This is part of LEGO’s video campaign “#LEGObuildamazing project” to promote the importance of creativity to parents. Video and photo showed how the DARE students conceptualised and built the drone at the AeroHub, and later unveiled them to the children. The DARE students also shared their experience making this drone and the importance of the boundless imaginations in children. Similar story was reported in Alvinology, SGBlogs and Taylor Herring blog post. [Design Boom]

10-04-2017

An eye-opening experience at the Silicon Valley

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Business Administration graduate, Rafikah Halim, who is now a student at the National University of Singapore. She took part in the API World Hackathon held in Silicon Valley last year, and shared how the experience made her interested to pursue a career in business. [Berita Harian, p10]

10-04-2017

Singapore marmalade wins award

Article featured marmalade producer Sharon Lee, owner of home-grown label Straits Preserves. Her recipes have won numerous awards over the years, and most recently gold at the World's Original Marmalade Awards held three weeks ago. Sharon started Straits Preserves in 2014, after spending two years sourcing for suppliers and scaling up her recipes with help from SP’s Food Innovation & Resource Centre. [The Straits Times - Life! pC23]

10-04-2017

Sailors do not have a problem going overseas

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Nautical Studies student, Nur Elly Sabrina Zoriami, who is currently doing her internship with Shell Pte Ltd aboard a ship in the Atlantic Ocean. She shared her dream of becoming a sailor and how her experiences aboard the ship have brought her to countries such as Trinidad, Chile, Peru and Britain. [Berita Harian, p11]

10-04-2017

Sampling the future of food innovation in Singapore

Article mentioned that food and beverage (F&B) companies are increasingly tapping technology and automation to compete in the market. In the last few years, institutes of higher learning and consultancies such as the Singapore Productivity Centre have seen a surge in companies seeking their assistance to transform their F&B businesses. In the last year, SP’s Food Innovation & Resource Centre (FIRC) has seen an increase of about 20 per cent of companies asking for help. Centre Director of FIRC, Loong Mann Na, provided some reasons for this. NYP’s Asian Culinary Institute has also seen a "healthy" increase in F&B businesses wanting to work with them in areas such as workflow processes, manpower capability development, adoption of new business models, and automation solutions. [The Business Times, p1]

10-04-2017

Not chickening out of his dream

Article featured iKook, the world's first patented automated poultry cooker. Throughout the decade, different research teams from SP’s Food Innovation and Resource Centre and NUS’ Design Technology Institute have worked on the machine. The sixth prototype is equipped with a touch screen and made with Japanese parts after Mitsubishi heard about the project and wanted to be a part of it. [The Business Times, p2]

10-04-2017

Seal's the deal for convenience food

SP’s Diploma in Nutrition Health and Wellness senior lecturer Toh Hui Kheng shared tips on how to read food labels and pick healthier convenience food. [The New Paper, p17]

10-04-2017

Embrace learning, active aging

In a forum letter, the National Silver Academy replied to a reader’s feedback about the poor execution of the Decoupage course at the 50plus EXPO. Participants who were unable to sign up for the Decoupage course at the 50Plus EXPO can do so at the SP PACE Academy. [Lianhe Zaobao, p27]

10-04-2017

Studying while working in the accounting field

Article featured Nur Ariyanni Binte Hamidon, a second-year student from SP’s Diploma in Accountancy (DAC), who is currently taking SP’s part-time Professional Chartered Accountancy (PCA) course. She shared that she originally planned to go on to a university after graduating from SP, but realised that a university route is not the only pathway to become a chartered accountant. She also opined that work experience is very important in the accountancy field, because exposure to the workplace would teach her soft skills, such as communication and people skills. Ariyanni is currently doing her internship with Royal Management Services, where she helps accountants to gather information and manage balance sheets. She also shared that she intends to pursue a career in the accountancy field in the future. [Berita Harian, p11]

07-04-2017

MOU provides an easier pathway for diploma holders to become chartered accountants

With the tripartite memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by SP, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and Deloitte Singapore, SP Diploma in Accountancy students now have the option of qualifying as a chartered accountant locally and in the United Kingdom through an accelerated route that does not require a degree. The MOU is the first of its kind for ICAEW. The part-time Professional Chartered Accountancy (PCA) course offered by SP will better prepare and fast-track students to complete the ICAEW Associate Chartered Accountant examination. However, students must still have three years of working experience before they can qualify as chartered accountants. The MOU will also support students looking for a career in accountancy and finance at Deloitte Singapore. Mr Soh Wai Wah, SP’s Principal and Chief Executive Officer, shared that the partnership allows students to qualify as a chartered accountant in the shortest time, which is three years after graduation in SP, while working at an accounting firm. [Berita Harian, p11]

07-04-2017

Polytechnics start part-time courses for fresh graduates

Article highlighted the enhancements to the Continuing Education and Training (CET) programme and the Earn and Learn Programme (ELP). Most of the new courses in the five polytechnics are ELPs, with more CET programmes planned later this year. SP plans to increase its current offering of 10 ELPs and 102 CET modular courses to 16 and more than 250 respectively, by end 2017. In NYP, the ELP in Digital Media Production took in its first cohort on March 20. Upon completing the 12-month work-study programme, participants will be awarded the Specialist Diploma in Digital Media Production. NP has announced the launch of four ELPs so far, offering Specialist Diplomas in Analytical Science, Community Gerontology Nursing, Digital Branding and Social Media Strategies, and Consumer Banking. NP also conducted the inaugural run of its new Travel and Learn Programme for PMEs and local startup and business owners, as an opportunity to tap regional and global markets. For RP, it is launching a CET for the Specialist Diploma in Communication Strategies for Social Media in April, with two ELPs for ITE graduates planned for this year. RP’s Sports and Wellness ELP and Human Resource ELP from RP will commence later in the year. [The Business Times, p1]

06-04-2017

Bumpy road to stardom

Article featured local singers and the obstacles they have faced while pursuing a career in the music industry. One of them is Kelly Poon, an alumnus from SP’s diploma in maritime transport management course. With two friends, she set up a production company-cum-talent agency Sixtwigs, which helps its stable of singers and hosts secure gigs at weddings and corporate shows. Another is Jocie Guo Mei Mei, an engineering graduate from SP. She became an instant hit with her debut disc No More Panic, which sold more than 30,000 copies in the first month when it was released in Singapore in 2006. Jocie hopes to perform at the National Day Parade one day. [The Straits Times – Life, pD1]

05-04-2017

Apr 2017 - Hello Singapore - Tue 4 Apr 2017

SP’s Diploma in Interior Design lecturer Diana Leyau shared her knowledge about flooring tiles and tips on how to maintain them. SP’s segment starts from 40:40. [Channel 8]

05-04-2017

Fast-track for SP accountancy students

With the tripartite memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by SP, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and Deloitte Singapore, SP students now have the option of qualifying as a chartered accountant locally and in the United Kingdom through an accelerated route that does not require a degree. The MOU is the first of its kind for ICAEW. The part-time Professional Chartered Accountancy (PCA) course offered by SP will better prepare and fast-track students to complete the ICAEW Associate Chartered Accountant examination. However, students must still have three years of working experience before they can qualify as chartered accountants. The MOU will also support students looking for a career in accountancy and finance at Deloitte Singapore. SP’s third-year Diploma in Accountancy student Nur Ariyanni Binte Hamidon, who has taken up the PCA course, opined that a degree is not the only pathway to become a chartered accountant. She shared that work experience is just as important. [The New Paper, p11]

05-04-2017

Poetry festival at its peak

Article mentioned that students from SP’s Malay Language Society participated in a recent poetry festival organised by the Malay Language Society from the National University of Singapore. The students emerged as champions in one of the competition’s categories. [Berita Harian, p18]

03-04-2017

STOP10 Apr 2017: ‘Seed’ By Alvin Lee

Article featured ‘Seed’, a 16 minute short film written and directed by SP Diploma in Digital Media graduate Alvin Lee, who has since won the Best New Director Award at the China Short Film Golden Hummingbird Awards. Alvin is currently studying directing at the Beijing Film Academy with a scholarship from the Infocomm Media Development Authority (iMDA). His film Seed will be screened at the 5th Singapore Chinese Film Festival happening in April. [Sindie.sg, April]

03-04-2017

More determined to venture into the social services field

SP recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with six social and community service agencies to roll out enhanced internship programmes for Diploma in Applied Drama with Psychology (DADP) students. Students will be assigned a mentor and will also receive clearer learning objectives created by SP and the respective agencies. DADP student Nursyairah Zulkifli, opined that the structured training programme has greatly benefitted her as she was given a mentor who guided her throughout the 18-week internship. She also shared that she loves to work with children, and has organised a drama workshop for children on the topic of bullying. After graduating, Nursyairah intends to pursue a degree in social work at the National University of Singapore. [Berita Harian, p16]

03-04-2017

She feels lucky to have received guidance from mentors

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Applied Drama with Psychology graduate, Noor Ishak Izzaty, who was from the pioneer batch of the DADP course when it was first introduced. Izzaty, who now works at Beyond Social Services, opined that enhanced internship programmes will benefit DADP students as they will receive guidance from mentors. She shared that social work is not easy and that one requires a lot of guidance to pursue a career in this field. Izzaty also mentioned how her experience as a student coach at Assumption Pathway School – where she provided vocational training to students – opened her eyes to the field. With help from a mentor, she organised a drama session for students and received a good response from them. [Berita Harian, p16]

03-04-2017

McKinsey, A*Star's ARTC to train workers on Industry 4.0

Article highlighted that the new McKinsey & Company’s Singapore Digital Capability Centre (DCC) will help local companies harness emerging technological changes that are disrupting industries worldwide. The Singapore centre is part of a global network of five DCCs that McKinsey has around the world, and will be in partnership with A*Star's Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC). ARTC will also groom talent for Future of Manufacturing technologies through workshops and on-the-job training. At any one time, ARTC has at least 30 interns from the various Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) such as NTU, NUS, SUTD and the five polys. [The Business Times, p2]

31-03-2017

Teacher’s anger motivated him to do well

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Architecture student, Shaul Hameed s/o Mohamed Shariff. He shared that he did not take education seriously in secondary school and messed around with his classmates. He was reprimanded by his teacher, who made Shaul realise that he was distracting his classmates with his antics. Realising that his actions were selfish, Shaul began to take his education seriously. With renewed determination to do well, he received numerous bursaries, scholarships and Edusave Awards for Achievement, Good Leadership and Service (EAGLES Award) in 2011 and 2014. He went on to ITE Central College, where he majored in architectural design. He achieved a GPA of 4.0 for all four semesters and even made the dean’s list. Shaul is now a third-year student at SP, and aspires to become an architect in the future. Outside of school, he also serves as a member of the youth executive committee in Clementi Community Club, where he helps to organise activities and events for residents in the area. [Berita Harian, p18]

29-03-2017

Uni grad starts own company based on his passion

Article featured SP Diploma in Interior Design graduate Fong Yu Ting. After graduating with a finance degree from Murdoch University, Yu Ting didn’t want to enter the finance industry and helped a friend with T-shirt designs. Tapping on his design background and realising that he had an interest in T-Shirt designs, Yu Ting decided to start his own business, Lovelypears Ptd Ltd in 2009 with a capital of $5000. He now has a 1200 square feet office and plans to expand overseas within the next three years. [Lianhe Wanbao, p7]

29-03-2017

Career support for Singapore Polytechnic students

SP and e2i has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance and boost the competencies and employability of graduates and PMETs. The three-year partnership will allow union members to attain new industry-relevant skills under the Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP). SP’s Professional & Adult Continuing Education (PACE) Academy will offer an additional 102 skills-based modular courses for union members; making up a total of 230 courses offered by PACE Academy under UTAP. The skills-based modular courses are specially customised for PMETs to deep-skill or upskill, and are aligned to industry needs in areas such as Cybersecurity, Business Management and Biomedical Engineering. Credits earned in these modular courses can be accumulated to gain a full diploma qualification. Under the MoU, a new Career Excellence Immersion Programme by e2i will be rolled out in July 2017 to graduates embarking on the SkillsFuture Earn & Learn Programmes (ELP) managed by SP. This is a first of its kind industry-specific programme to drive job-ready capabilities at the tertiary level. The one-day job preparatory workshop aims to equip graduates with soft skills and instil the right mind-set and drive for professional development as they transit into the workforce. [Berita Harian, p9]

28-03-2017

Singapore Polytechnic and e2i collaborate to train students and PMETs

SP and e2i has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance and boost the competencies and employability of graduates and PMETs. The three-year partnership will allow union members to attain new industry-relevant skills under the Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP). SP’s Professional & Adult Continuing Education (PACE) Academy will offer an additional 102 skills-based modular courses for union members; making up a total of 230 courses offered by PACE Academy under UTAP. The skills-based modular courses are specially customised for PMETs to deep-skill or upskill, and are aligned to industry needs in areas such as Cybersecurity, Business Management and Biomedical Engineering. Credits earned in these modular courses can be accumulated to gain a full diploma qualification. Under the MoU, a new Career Excellence Immersion Programme by e2i will be rolled out in July 2017 to graduates embarking on the SkillsFuture Earn & Learn Programmes (ELP) managed by SP. This is a first of its kind industry-specific programme to drive job-ready capabilities at the tertiary level. The one-day job preparatory workshop aims to equip graduates with soft skills and instil the right mind-set and drive for professional development as they transit into the workforce. [Lianhe Zaobao, p13]

27-03-2017

Daring to venture into property management despite working in the petroleum sector for 20 years

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Nautical Studies graduate, Mr Mukri Haji Moharam, who spent 20 years working in the petroleum and chemical industries. Due to the economic downturn in the industry, he was laid off last June. He then took up the Work Trial programme, an initiative offered by e2i and Workforce Singapore (WSG), which enabled him to venture into new fields he has not tried. He now works as a real estate agent with Crimson Estate Management, and is even placed in the company’s Fast Track Management Programme. [Berita Harian, p6]

27-03-2017

Actively sharing IT knowledge with youth and the community

Article featured Mr Saiful Shahril Saini, who works as a senior system analyst for PUB. Having earned a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering at Nanyang Technological University in 2010, he decided to pick up mobile app development. He took up SP’s Specialist Diploma in Mobile Apps Development last year and is now equipped with useful skills such as website design, programming using PHP and Java Script. [Berita Harian, p5]

27-03-2017

Singapore Polytechnic signs MOU with e2i

SP signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with NTUC’s Employment & Employability Institute (e2i), enhancing the competency and employability of the workforce. Under the MOU, a new Career Excellence Immersion Programme by e2i will be rolled out in July 2017 to graduates embarking on the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programmes. Through a series of workshops, industry career advisory and networking sessions, polytechnic graduates will be equipped with the right skills as they transit into the workforce. This is a first of its kind industry-specific programme for the tertiary level. [Capital 95.8]

27-03-2017

Students' kit can detect Zika and dengue faster

Article featured three students from SP’s Diploma in Biomedical Science (DBS). These DBS students – Serena Song, Lau Xue Ru and Rachel Chua – devised a kit that detects and distinguishes between the Zika and dengue virus. The kit, developed in collaboration with Tan Tock Seng Hospital and the National Environment Agency, won the Polytechnic Student Research Programme (PSRP) Award last week. Team member Rachel highlighted the motivations behind the 7-month project. [The Straits Times, pB11]

27-03-2017

Upskilling for a changing world

Editorial featured the need for working professionals to future-proof themselves as technology replaces routine tasks. Mr Suresh Punjabi, Director of SP’s Professional & Adult Continuing Education (PACE) Academy, shared tips on how workers can acquire deeper or new skills through “bite-sized” courses. He also shared the new courses in the Internet of Things, Digital Marketing and data analytics offered by PACE Academy to help individuals prepare for the digital economy. [The Straits Times, pB8]

27-03-2017

What's Next: March 24, 2017

Column featured the memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will be signed between SP and NTUC’s Employment & Employability Institute (e2i) today. This tie-up will see a new Career Excellence Immersion Programme rolled out by e2i in July for graduates embarking on the SkillsFuture Earn & Learn Programmes managed by SP. It is a first of its kind industry-specific programme to drive job-ready capabilities at the tertiary level. [The Straits Times, pA2]

24-03-2017

He scored more than 20 points for O levels but worked hard in Poly

Article featured SP Diploma in Biotechnology student Don Loi Xu who was awarded the A*star scholarship and Model Student Award recently. He shared how his childhood love for movies such as Spiderman, and Superman got him interested in genetic manipulation. However, he neglected his studies in secondary school and ended up with more than 20 points for his prelims. He saw it as a wake up call and decided to work extra hard for his O levels in order to enter SP’s Diploma in Biotechnology. In SP, Don learnt of the ‘clinical scientist’ occupation and realized that he is passionate about it. Don also had the opportunity to intern at A*star was awarded a scholarship subsequently. Just a few days before Don embarked on his internship, his mother passed away suddenly due to cardiac arrest and he contemplated giving up the internship opportunity. However, with the support of his father, friends and lecturers, Don went through the internship and thoroughly enjoyed it. Don hopes to create new drugs for the field of cardiology in future. [Shin Min Daily News, p9]

20-03-2017

Social entrepreneurs flock to SIF workshop

Article featured the Young Social Entrepreneurs (YSE) programme’s opening workshop organised by the Singapore International Foundation. One hundred and thirty-eight youths from 18 nationalities participated in this workshop – the highest number since YSE began in 2010. The four-day opening workshop comprises business clinics, training workshops, a dialogue session and a fireside chat. Sixty-three teams will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges tomorrow as they compete for 16 places in the next phase of the programme. The second phase includes an eight-month mentorship scheme - to run from April to October - as well as an overseas study visit and a final pitch in October for funding of up to $20,000 each for six teams. SP’s Diploma in Perfumery and Cosmetic Science second-year student and local entrepreneur Esther Chan opined on the importance of the connections made at YSE. She also mentioned about her team’s idea – an agricultural transportation device to help Vietnamese rural farmers. [The Straits Times]

17-03-2017

Creating an ideal workspace for collaboration

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Architecture (DARCH) student, Mirrah Najihah Abdul Hashim, whose final-year project was on display at the School of Architecture and the Built Environment’s recent graduation showcase. Mirrah designed a workspace for millennials, taking into account how the building’s design blends in with the surrounding area, which is situated in Chinatown. She shared that her aim was to create a collaborative office for workers from fields such as graphic design and architecture. She also opined that the final-year project helped her gain relevant experience in architectural design which will prepare her for a future career in the industry. The showcase, which was held at the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Centre, displayed a total of 364 projects by students from DLA and the Diploma in Architecture (DARCH). [Berita Harian, p9]

14-03-2017

Showing the kampung spirit in his project

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Landscape Architecture (DLA) student, Mohamad Arif Mohamad Azmi, whose final-year project was on display at the School of Architecture and the Built Environment’s recent graduation showcase. Drawing inspiration from The Green Corridor and feedback from residents in the area, Arif’s project focused on sustainability and the 'kampung spirit', introducing greenery to the area and public spaces to foster community bonding. He shared that youths living in the area understand the cultural importance of the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, and hope that this natural habitat remains in its original form. With this in mind, Arif included cycling paths and a rainwater collection system in his design concept. He also shared that he is keen to join the public sector where he can use his skills to benefit people. [Berita Harian, p9]

14-03-2017

Designing a space to connect the young and old

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Landscape Architecture (DLA) student, Mohammad Amirul Abdul Rahman, whose final-year project was on display at the School of Architecture and the Built Environment’s recent graduation showcase. Amirul incorporated multicultural spaces for community events such as yoga classes and weekend markets in his design. He also designed a space for children with a playground, as well as a garden for residents to plant herbs to be used for cooking. He shared that these spaces encourage bonding between residents from different generations. The showcase was held at the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Centre, displayed a total of 364 projects by students from DLA and the Diploma in Architecture (DARCH). [Berita Harian, p9]

14-03-2017

Singtel ties up with polytechnics to help SMEs

Article highlighted Singtel’s tie-up with SP and NYP’s Singapore Institute of Retail Studies. This collaboration aims to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating in the retail, and food and beverage (F&B) sectors. Under the partnership, F&B owners will be able to get advice from SP students, who will help them showcase their firms and products on the 99% SME website, and aid them in using Singtel's Connected Restaurant solution. Mr Soh Wai Wah, SP’s Principal & CEO, noted that a team of students from the business, information technology and communications disciplines has been put together especially for this initiative. NYP students and lecturers at the school's Customer Experience and Analytics Centre will also provide support for SMEs in areas like social media marketing, online merchandising and online consumer analysis. Similar story was reported in Capital 95.8, Berita Harian, Singapore Business Review, e27 and telecompaper. [The Straits Times, pC2]

14-03-2017

Designing a cheerful workspace

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Architecture (DARCH) student, Siti Nasyitah Sun'an, whose final-year project was on display at the School of Architecture and the Built Environment’s recent graduation showcase. Inspired by the works of Japanese architect Toyo Ito, Nasyitah designed a workspace that would intrigue workers – one side of the building is quiet and plain while the other side is animated and exciting. She shared that while designing a space, it is important to take into account how the architectural design relates to the surrounding area. The showcase, which was held at the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Centre, displayed a total of 364 projects by students from DLA and the Diploma in Architecture (DARCH). [Berita Harian, p9]

14-03-2017

Enhanced internships for Singapore Poly students

SP signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with six social and community service agencies to roll out enhanced internship programmes for the Diploma in Applied Drama with Psychology (DADP) students. Students will be assigned a mentor and will also receive clearer learning objectives created by SP and the respective agencies. Final year DADP student Bryan Tan was among a group of students who went on a pilot 18-week enhanced internship last year. During his internship with Sheng Hong Family Service Centre, he was tasked to observe and assess various families during case sessions and home visits, while applying the psychology theories he learnt in his course. Ms June Wee, DADP course manager, shared that from now to September, they hope to get more partners on board the enhanced internship programme. Mrs Sara Tan, executive director for Society of Sheng Hong Welfare Services, one of the agencies that signed the MOU, opined on the benefits of the enhanced internships for the company. [The New Paper, p10]

13-03-2017

SP’s Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology gains internship opportunity with 6 social and community service agencies

In SP’s first collaboration with the social and community service sector, students enrolled in the diploma in applied drama and psychology course will be given internship opportunities with six social and community service agencies. The six agencies include AWWA, SPD, Singapore Youth Corp, Beyond Social Services, Grace Orchard School and Sheng Hong Welfare services. Under this enhanced internship, students will be able to learn from experienced mentors and have the opportunity to work with different communities. Final-year DADP student Bryan Tan shared that the enhanced internship at Sheng Hong Family Services allowed him the opportunity to interact with people from all walks of life and apply what he learnt in lessons to help other needy people. NCSS Director for Sector Manpower, Ms Von Leong is glad to see more students engaging in the social and community service sector and hopes the internship will inspire more people to join the sector. [Lianhe Zaobao, p6]

13-03-2017

Happenings - Arts

Events listing included the Holler exhibition put together by SP’s School of Digital Media & Infocomm Technology and School of Communication, Arts & Social Sciences. The exhibition features the best works of graduating students in animation, music, visual effects and films, integrated marketing communications and storytelling for television and digital media. It will be held at 6pm at SP’s The Agency. [The Straits Times – Life, pD7]

10-03-2017

Singapore Polytechnic signs MOU to provide internship opportunities for students

SP will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with six social and community service agencies, to offer structured internships for students from the Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology (DADP). This marks the first structured internship programme between SP and the social and community service sector. It aims to meet the growing demand for manpower in a sector that serves various vulnerable communities. Under the MOU, third-year DADP students will be attached to social and community service agencies under the mentorship of experienced professionals for 17 weeks, starting from September 2017. Students will be able to apply their knowledge and skills in applied drama to help develop intervention programmes for the agencies and evaluate its impact. [Capital 95.8]

10-03-2017

Committee of Supply debate: Ministry of Education; New diploma to help ITE grads take on larger roles

Article highlighted that a new diploma to help ITE graduates in technical trades will be rolled out soon. The technical diploma, which will be awarded by ITE, is offered as a new pathway under the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn programme, which encourages fresh polytechnic and ITE graduates to work and gain qualifications at the same time. The ITE technical diploma will be introduced in sectors such as security system engineering, rehabilitation therapy, offshore and marine engineering, mechanical and electrical services, and design and supervision. Currently, under Earn and Learn, ITE graduates are already able to work towards a part-time polytechnic diploma in the air transport, hotel and public transport sectors. These are offered by TP, RP and SP respectively. Similar article reported in Lianhe Zaobao. [The Straits Times, pA4]

08-03-2017

Engineering student put her designs on the Line

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Aerospace Electronics student, Brenda Ng, who recently won the “LINE: Search For Singapore’s Next Young Sticker Artist” competition for her set of stickers tilted Little Yellow. Her stickers were the most downloaded set on the chat mobile application out of those of the six finalists. While Brenda is studying to become an aerospace engineer, she has already participated in eight art and design competitions and bagged accolades. In winning the LINE competition, she took home $3,000 in cash value of FEVO Prepaid MasterCard cards. Brenda shared that she took about a month to design the stickers and that it was especially challenging to come up with 16 designs and juggle schoolwork. A huge anime fan, she has attended art lessons since she was five. She started with acrylic paints before dabbling in digital art after receiving her first tablet at the age of 13. The article also mentioned NP’s Diploma in Production Design and Innovation student, Chua Yong Ping, who achieved second place in the competition. [The New Paper]

06-03-2017

From bad boy to model student at Singapore Polytechnic

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Chemical Engineering final-year student Liew Zheng Jie who is one of the 21 Model Student Award recipients. At 11, he was caned three strokes in front of his class for playing truant. His bad behaviour continued when he was in Unity Secondary School until his English teacher made him a class representative in Secondary 4. The responsibility made him a better student. Article also mentioned that he is among the 837 students in the pioneer batch of the Polytechnic Foundation Programme, which helped him familiarise himself with the resources and environment of polytechnic life. In his second year, he completed a six-week internship at New Zealand's University of Canterbury, where he worked with researchers on synthesising polymers. [The New Paper, p16]

01-03-2017

Where there’s a wheel, there’s a way

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Business Information Technology final-year student Mohamed Najulah who joined the poly as part of its pioneer Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) in 2013. He will graduate in May with more than 800 other PFP students across the five polys. Born with brittle bone disease, he fractured his right leg more than five times in primary school and since then, has been using a wheelchair for his safety. Najulah started developing Happy Wheel, an app tapping on publicly available data sets and Google for wheelchair-friendly paths, at his first hackathon – the Transport and You(th) Hackathon in April 2015. The idea for the app came after he went for a talk at the Microsoft building at Marina Boulevard and realised his route there from the MRT station was full of barriers and steps. Happy Wheel won the People’s Choice award at the hackathon and was even highlighted on PM Lee Hsien Loong’s Facebook page after he attended the event. Najulah is still working on the app with seven course mates. Najulah has just finished an internship at A*STAR's Institute of High Performance Computing where he assisted in research to create barrier-free access for wheelchair users. He aspires to continue developing apps that will be useful to the society. Ms Chao Yunn Chyi, director of SP’s School of Mathematics & Science, shared that the programme was introduced in 2013 for top performing Normal (Academic students). Students enrolled in the PFP will skip their fifth year in secondary school and move directly into poly. Upon completion of the PFP, they will start on their full-time diploma courses as other poly-bound students. Najulah is also one of the 21 recipients of this year’s Model Student Award. [The New Paper, p16]

01-03-2017

Budget debate; Thinking out of the box

Article highlighted suggestions made by MPs on the first day of the Budget debate. Mr Liang Eng Hwa (Holland-Bukit Timah GRC) opined that unused buildings and spaces near institutes of higher learning should be made available to foster closer networking and innovation between start-ups and students. He cited Clementi, West Coast and Dover Road, which are near to NUS and SP. Ms Sun Xueling (Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC) also suggested that people who have undergone SkillsFuture training should be able to leave reviews on the SkillsFuture portal. This would ensure that training providers are held accountable and provide relevant training linked to job outcomes. [The Straits Times, pB4]

01-03-2017

Popularity of job matching applications will continue to increase

Article featured the MyWork job matching application, which allows companies to hire part-time workers easily according to their needs. There are currently 18,500 part-time workers using the application. SP graduate Nyra Iskandar opined that she got a part-time job at a café through the app while studying for her diploma. [Berita Minggu, p6]

27-02-2017

Tanjong Pagar railway station as an oasis of calm?

Article featured the conceptualisations of 16 SP Diploma in Landscape Architecture (DLA) students. The conceptualisations explored ways in which the space around the former Tanjong Pagar railway station can be redeveloped and utilised. The concepts from DLA students Mohamad Arif Mohamad Azmi, Tan Jia Jun and Charleston Chan include using the rooftops of nearby carparks as catchment areas for rainwater, building a café that would serve fresh vegetables grown at an on-site urban farm, and installing a barrier of greenery to help reduce noise pollution from the nearby Ayer Rajah Expressway. SP senior lecturer and DLA course chair Idris Bidin shared that students had to interview the residents and workers, and understand what they would want in their neighbourhood. These concepts, along with those from 348 Diploma in Architecture and Diploma in Landscape Architecture students, will be on display at the URA Centre in Maxwell Road until March 2. [The Straits Times, pB6]

27-02-2017

Graduation/End Of Year Showcase (EoYS) - Stretto And Interlude

Students from SP’s Diploma in Architecture and Diploma in Landscape Architecture will be showcasing their final-year projects at the Stretto and Interlude exhibition. The projects will focus on residential and commercial typologies and user-centric landscape designs. The exhibition will be held at the Atrium, URA Centre from today till 2 March, excluding weekends. Admission is free. [The Straits Times - Life!, pD6]

24-02-2017

Beyond just an act of social service

Article featured “Sayang”, a forum theatre piece staged for residents from rental flat communities as part of The Community Theatre programme. This programme by Beyond Social Services was set up in 2014 by Noor Izzaty Ishak, who is an alumna from SP’s Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology course. Her plays delve into common issues faced by the rental flat community, such as schoolgoing issues and broken families. Noor Izzaty decided to bring theatre into marginalised communities as the depiction of social issues resonated deeply with them. SP’s Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology student Ong Si Ying, who volunteered as a stage manager for Sayang, said that being involved in this production has made her more sensitive to warning signs among at-risk youth. [The Straits Times, pB10]

23-02-2017

Singtel moves to seize opportunity in cyber security

Chairman of SP’s Board of Directors and CFE Jobs and Skills subcommittee chairman, Bill Chang, announced that Singtel aims to train 130 fresh graduates and mid-career information technology professionals in cyber security by next year. Mr Chang, who is also Singtel’s chief executive of group enterprise, shared the various initiatives by the company in the field of cybersecurity and opined on the importance of cyber security. [Today, p8]

21-02-2017

Qualification and experience is not enough to get a new job

Article featured 57-year-old Mr Sapiee Katib, a graduate from SP’s Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, and his struggle to find employment after his retirement three years ago. Mr Sapiee, who had previously worked in the shipping industry for 17 years, took courses in basic customer service and Microsoft Office software at Mendaki Sense. He then managed to get a job with the Land Transport Authority’s Centre for Immigration and Customs Examination. [Berita Harian, p4]

20-02-2017

Nine more firms offer career support for national athletes

Article mentioned that nine more companies, including the likes of OCBC Bank, Pan Pacific Hotels Group, SMRT Corporation and Raffles Medical, have joined the government’s Sports Excellence Business Network (spexBusiness). This scheme was first launched by the Singapore Sports Institute in 2013 to encourage firms to employ national athletes and help them with career development. Nearly 500 Team Singapore athletes have directly benefited in some way, and 92 of them have gone on to find jobs in partner companies. Three institutes of higher learning - SP, NP and SIM Global Education - are the newest entrants to the Sports Excellence Education (spexEducation) scheme. This programme, which now has ten partners, is an education support system designed to help athletes pursue high performance sports without compromising their academic aspirations. Similar stories were reported in Today and The Straits Times. In another similar story reported by The New Paper, Silat exponent and third-year NYP precision engineering student Sheik Farhan opined on the benefits of these new initiatives. [The Business Times, p8]

20-02-2017

Fast forward to the future; Help NSmen stay abreast of rapid changes in IT

Article featured Jason Chee who has always nursed a passion for IT, an area in which the Committee on the Future Economy predicts a burgeoning growth and opportunity. Jason had enrolled into JC in following peer influence, but eventually dropped out to pursue SP’s Diploma in Information Technology course. He has since graduated and is serving NS before starting a computing course at NUS. [The Straits Times, pB8]

20-02-2017

Polys, unis to run more modular courses

Article featured engineer Mohamed Johannes Wahid, who took up a modular course in maritime and offshore operations at SP’s Professional & Adult Continuing Education Academy two years ago. He now applies what he learnt in the classroom to his job in a subsea services company. Mr Johannes shared that lifelong learning through short courses is more suitable for adults due to their busy schedules. Last year, there were 513 such modular courses, an increase from 338 in 2015. The Ministry of Education will work with institutions to offer more of such courses this year. Helping workers acquire and use deep skills was one of the seven strategies spelt out by the Committee on the Future Economy recently to prepare Singaporeans for future challenges. Similar story was reported in The New Paper. [The Straits Times, pC2]

17-02-2017

Rising demand for fashionable plus-size clothing fuelling the growth of industry here

Article mentioned that bigger-sized women are looking for clothes that fit well and look good on them, and brands and stores are stepping up offerings to suit their expectations. This comes at a time when a positive body image movement is sweeping through the fashion industry – for instance, international plus-sized models are bringing awareness of body diversity among women. SP senior retail lecturer Sarah Lim opined that the popularity of plus-sized celebrities is significant because it sends the message that one can look good even if she is plus-sized. [The Straits Times – Life!, pD4-5]

16-02-2017

Tourists give local businesses a big boost

According to the Singapore Tourism Board, tourists spent $4.3 billion on shopping between January and September last year. This is a nearly 50 per cent rise from the same period in 2015. Tourists are turning to “mass market” goods such as confectionery, gifts and souvenirs, and fashion and accessories, as opposed to globally available luxury items. Such items can be found in local souvenir shops such as Supermama. Mr Amos Tan, Head of retail and marketing at SP’s Business School, opined that Singapore brands tend to do well because consumers are looking for novelty. [The Straits Times, pA4]

15-02-2017

Xinyao contest back with new music programme

The annual National Schools Xinyao Singing and Songwriting Competition is back for its third edition this year. The competition aims to promote Mandarin and an appreciation of xinyao, a genre of local Mandarin folk-pop music popular in the 1980s and 1990s. The contest is open to students in secondary schools, junior colleges, polytechnics and ITEs. The finals will be held in SP on Jul 22 this year. Photo used in the article featured SP students Joyce Seah and Lim Wei Xiang. They were the winners of last year’s competition and are from the Diploma in Food Science & Technology and Diploma in Business Innovation & Design respectively. Similar story was reported in Lianhe Zaobao, Shin Min Daily News and Lianhe Wanbao. [The Straits Times – Life!, pD8]

15-02-2017

Students to get hands-on experience with real-world tech problems

Photo story featured first-year SP Diploma in Electrical & Electronic Engineering student Julian Kang, as one of the students who can benefit from the agreements inked between the Government Technology Agency and eight Institutes of Higher Learning including the five polys. The agreements will allow students’ to develop solutions for real-world tech problems. Julian has already developed a prototype that can connect any device to the Internet-of-Things (IOT). Minister for Communications and Information, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, who officiated at the signing ceremony opined that Singapore must build up capabilities within the digital economy by tapping on areas like data and cyber security and IOT. [Todayonline]

14-02-2017

A passion for research

Article on scholarship holders featured SP’s Diploma in Applied Chemistry with Pharmaceutical Sciences alumnus Teo Wei Kiat. He is the holder of the Singapore-Industry Scholarship (SgIS), a multi-industry scholarship in partnership with the Singapore Government, and is currently in the first year of his chemistry degree at the National University of Singapore. The SgIS offers scholarships from various companies across industries such as the arts, healthcare, engineering, tourism and infocomm technology. Wei Kiat eventually chose the scholarship offered by pharmaceutical giant, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) as it not only covers tuition fees, but also secures him a job after graduation. The full-term scholarship covers tuition fees, and allowances ranging from summer programmes to CCAs. Wei Keat’s interest in the research discipline of medicinal chemistry was sparked after he went through an internship as a SP student and was involved in research experiments for his final-year project. Wei Keat worked with his mentor, Dr Kelvin Ng from the Singapore MIT-Alliance in Research & Technology (SMART) on a tri-optical water quality sensor. This internship was instrumental in igniting his passion to pursue science-related research as a career. He also had another internship at A*STAR where he was involved in a youth research programme. There, he assisted his mentor to understand the synthesis and characterisation of gold nanoclusters species, still a relatively new field of research. The experience made him want to contribute further to this field as he realised that there is so much more to be discovered in chemistry, which could lead to the invention of new drugs. Wei Keat will be interning with GSK after completing his first year in university. [The Straits Times, Scholars' Choice II, p15]

13-02-2017

Her artistic talents get recognised

Article featured SP’s Visual Communication and Media Design (DVMD) student, Norazizah Hood, who is among 74 students who received the SP Scholarship this year. Her mother shared that Norazizah showed an interest in art when she was just two years old. She went on to study visual communication at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), and achieved excellent results with help from her encouraging lecturers. Pursuing her passion in art, she enrolled in DVMD and achieved a Grade Point Average of 3.9 for her first semester. In the future, Norazizah hopes to become a lecturer at ITE. [Berita Harian, p6]

13-02-2017

Over 6000 students sign up for Advanced Elective Modules

MOE announced that over 6000 students signed up for Advanced Elective Modules last year. Article mentioned that RP has 30 modules and SP has 32 modules available. SP’s newest module is the “Build Your Own Internet of Things” which commenced last year while the most popular ones include “Introduction to Tourism and Hospitality” and “Aerospace fundamentals with flight stimulation”. [Lianhe Zaobao, p5]

13-02-2017

Girl understands the hardships of fishing

Article featured SP graduate Zeng Man Yun who loves fishing. Through this sport, she understood about the hardships that fishermen go through and cultivated her patience. The SP graduate was part of SP’s Angling and Aquaculture Club. [Shin Min Daily News, p9]

13-02-2017

Home-based beauty businesses on the rise in Singapore

Article featured Cindy Chang, a mother of two and a manicurist in her home-based salon. The number of home-based beauty services such as Ms Chang’s seems to be on the rise in recent years – local beauty appointment booking app Vanitee has seen a big jump in the number of home-based beauty businesses listed on it. SP senior retail lecturer Sarah Lim opined that the increase in home-based beauty businesses could be attributed to flexible working hours and fewer overheads such as rent and transport costs. [The Straits Times, pD1]

09-02-2017

Big-name boutiques and home salons can co-exist, say experts

Article highlighted that commercial boutiques still dominate the beauty service industry in Singapore, even as home-based businesses are proliferating. Both types of businesses can co-exist harmoniously without one cannibalising the other. SP senior retail lecturer Sarah Lim opined that crowds who want a fuller set of services are drawn to big-name and trendy boutiques. [The Straits Times, pD2]

09-02-2017

Platform 1094’s Harry Potter appeal goes global

Article featured Platform 1094, a popular wizard-and-witch themed café operated by SP Business School adjunct lecturer Kelvin Tan and his wife Jaz. The viral video of its signature drink - The Goblet of Fire - caught the attention of several global website including The Lad Bible, a British website and Australian travel guide book publisher Lonely Planet. Article also mentioned about the Fresh Fruit Labs which was also set up by the couple. [Today, p20]

07-02-2017

Smart Bike Alarm by Singapore Poly students

Article featured SP DEEE student Joshua Mathew, who worked with two other teammates to develop a Smart Bike Alarm. The project was initiated and commissioned by ADSEC Singapore. [Tamil Murasu, p3]

06-02-2017

Korean teen struggled with Mandarin, now tutors children in Mandarin

Article featured SP Diploma in Media and Communications student Park Hyun Min who came to Singapore from Korea at the age of eight. She shared her struggles with picking up English and Chinese and her family’s challenges in adapting to a foreign land. She has since achieved a perfect GPA of 4.0 in the first semester and was awarded the SP Scholarship recently. [Shinmin Daily News, p8]

06-02-2017

The rise of indie furniture makers offering handmade furniture

Article featured SP alumnus Jackie Tan, who left his interior design job in 2014 to start an upcycling furniture company called Triple Eyelid with two former SP classmates. Jackie joins other artisans who are riding on the trend of using unusual materials and handcrafting techniques to create their unique ware. [The Straits Times, pD6-7]

06-02-2017

Slight changes to cut off points

Article mentioned that 55 per cent of the 2016 ‘O’ Level cohort enrolled in a polytechnic while 37 per cent enrolled in a junior college this year. Out of the 55 per cent that chose to enter polytechnic, 40 per cent were qualified to enter a junior college. Article also mentioned that the highest score for polytechnic courses is NP’s Diploma in International Business course, followed by SP’s Diploma in Biomedical Science course at 6 and 7 points respectively. RP’s Diploma in Sports Coaching course is one of the most popular courses this year, with a 3 point drop in its cut off point, from 18 to 15. [Lianhe Zaobao, p6]

03-02-2017

Companies cash in on silver dollar

Article mentioned that Singapore businesses are coming up with more products and services tailored to the growing silver generation, such as designer walking canes. SP senior retail lecturer Sarah Lim opined that businesses are gradually noticing that baby boomers are not as old-fashioned as their parents. [The Straits Times, pB1]

03-02-2017

Recycling old clothes more common now

Article mentioned that retailers such as H&M and Levi's are embarking on garment collection drives to encourage recycling and reduce fashion waste. SP senior retail lecturer Sarah Lim opined that the time is ripe for fashion retailers to position themselves as environmentally responsible and not just profit-driven. [The Straits Times - Life!, pD1]

02-02-2017

Feb 2017 - News 5 - Wed 1 Feb 2017

News clip provided an update on the government initiatives to encourage active ageing, including the National Silver Academy (NSA). Since the launch of NSA last year, over 5,000 seniors have signed up for the classes. The academy plans to offer 700 courses this year, up from 500 courses last year. Seventy-two year-old retiree Francis Zhan, who took up the Science and Business of Coffee course offered by SP’s Professional and Adult Continuing Education (PACE) Academy, shared his reasons for taking up this course. SP’s segment starts from 4:48. [Channel 5 News]

02-02-2017

Polytechnics, fintech association sign MOU to better support students

NYP, NP, RP, SP and TP have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Singapore Fintech Association to prepare students to meet the demand for manpower in areas such as data analytics and cybersecurity. According to the Infocomm Manpower Survey in 2015, Singapore employers estimated there could be as many as 5,100 vacancies for roles within network and infrastructure from 2016 to 2018, with another 5,700 jobs in data analytics and cybersecurity. The collaboration will see more internships created for final-year polytechnic students across the industry. Students could intern at start-ups, financial institutions and regulatory bodies. The association also plans to launch 100 workshops for students conducted by industry experts on new technological, regulatory and other advancements in the banking and financial sector. The collaboration also supports the PolyFinTech 100 initiative, which was launched last October to develop a strong talent pool trained in financial technology to help Singapore become a smart financial centre. Similar story was reported in Channel 8 News, StraitsTimes.com, finnews.asia. In similar story reported by Yahoo News, Tech Wire Asia and Berita Harian, Clarence Ti, Principal of NP opined on the success of the PolyFinTech 100 initiative and the opportunities provided by the new collaboration NP is the SkillsFuture Sector Coordinator for Accountancy and Financial Service. [Channel News Asia]

02-02-2017

He finds path in life after father's death

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Nutrition, Health and Wellness (DNHW) first-year student Daryl Lim who is one of the 74 recipients for the SP scholarship. He first entered the science stream in Pioneer Junior College, but did not do well enough and was retained. He then switched to the arts stream and took up ballet as he had been interested in dance since secondary school. While he enjoyed ballet, he did not meet the criteria to get promoted to the second year of JC, and had to drop out. He decided to do national service (NS) first since he was not sure of what he could excel in academically. Towards the end of NS, his father had to undergo surgery due to the cancerous tumour. Daryl was inspired to be a physiotherapist after being amazed by the skills and service of a team of specialised nurses who cared for his father. He was also inspired to be a physiotherapist after his friends told him that there was no specialised treatment for dance injuries. After his father’s death in 2015, Daryl enrolled in SP’s DNHW because it covers topics related to both exercise and nutrition that would be useful in his future career. He shared that he has more motivation in what he is doing now because he has a clear direction. SP’s DNHW course chair Dr Carol Leung described him as a proactive student who has volunteered for community health projects and the school’s outreach activities. [The New Paper, p12]

01-02-2017

Poly students raise awareness about the importance of saving money among youth

Article mentioned that a group of final-year students from NP’s Diploma in Advertising and Public Relations course organised a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of saving money among youth. The class of 20 students worked with FRANK by OCBC for the project, which is called “It’s Lit”. NP student Mohamed Nur Qistina Warren, who led the project, shared that the students managed to increase FRANK by OCBC’s Instagram followers by 95 per cent since 6 January. SP student Halim Syafiee, who was exposed to the campaign, opined that many of his peers share the same desires and challenges with regards to saving money for their future needs. [Berita Harian, p9]

01-02-2017

He gets scholarship from poly that once kicked him out

Article featured SP scholarship holder and first-year SP Diploma in Maritime Business student Quek Jun Hui who was kicked out from the poly after skipping his Year 1 exams. His first attempt at a diploma was in the SP’s marine engineering programme. He received warning letters from teachers for all his modules as he skipped school three out of five days a week to play games from noon to 5am. Even in school, he would sit at the back of the lecture hall to play games on his laptop. After Jun Hui was kicked out, he started to work part-time. He was frustrated with his when his employers refused to give him a pay rise despite his workload. They even asked him to stop complaining since he was just an O-level holder. He wanted to prove his bosses wrong and this resolve was strengthened by an incident during his national service (NS). With the support of his NS supervisors, he decided to give up computer games completely and appealed to enrol in SP once again. Captain Ho Thye Sang, the course chair of the diploma in maritime business, decided to give Jun Hui a second chance. At the admission interview, Jun Hui mentioned that he wanted to pursue maritime studies in Nanyang Technological University after graduation and Captain Ho could tell that he was more serious. Jun Hui topped the cohort in his first year, delivering good results as he had promised. Now, Jun Hui attends all his lessons and studies on the weekends. He also intends to open a food business in future. [The New Paper, p12]

01-02-2017

Jan 2017 - CNA Singapore Tonight - Sun 29 Jan 2017

SP’s marketing and retail lecturer Amos Tan opined on the reasons behind the demand for clothes rental services. Relevant clip starts from 4:24 and Amos’ interview begins at 6:19. [Channel News Asia]

31-01-2017

Engineering shows its versatile side

Article featured SP’s Engineering showcase which had close to 100 creative projects on display for industry partners to witness the skills and knowledge that students have gained after three years. Article also featured the ‘Safety Helmet’ project, which is a multifunctional safety helmet developed by students from the Diploma in Marine Engineering course. The helmet integrates a variety of functions such as ear muffs, a flash light, a camera, safety visor and a wireless mic that makes working in the engine rooms safer for engineers. [Berita Harian, p9]

26-01-2017

Chinese label Urban Revivo opens first international outlet here, plans massive expansion

Article featured Urban Revivo, a popular Chinese fast-fashion label that has chosen its first overseas store to be located at Raffles City in Singapore. SP senior retail lecturer Sarah Lim opined that the brand’s style – similar to Zara and Swedish label Cos – will appeal to fashion-conscious Singaporeans. [The Straits Times – Life!, 26 Jan 2017, pD3]

26-01-2017

Analysing the carbon footprint through data collected from the students

Article featured the results of the National Science Experiment (NSE) conducted by National Research Foundation Singapore since two years ago. The data collected will be used to support the “Virtual Singapore” project for urban planning purpose. Last year, the experiment was extended to ITE and polytechnic students. Over four consecutive days, nearly 5,000 students from 92 institutions wore the device which can record the temperature, pressure, sound and other data from the environment. Article also mentioned the NSE Big Data Challenge where students formed groups to analyse the data collected by the SENSg device and presented their findings. Fifty groups of students from various schools participated in this challenge that was held this year for the first time. A group of SP students from the School of Digital Media and Infocomm Technology emerged as the winner in the tertiary category while NUS High School of Math and Science was the winner of the secondary school category. [Lianhe Zaobao, p8]

26-01-2017

Drones able to help in aircraft maintenance

Article featured the ‘Damage Detection Drone’ by SP Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering students. Currently, manpower is needed to climb up planes and inspect each part and section carefully. The drone designed by SP students is able to take over this job and map out physical defects in a shorter time while ensuring safety, as the controller just needs to be on the ground. Airline companies like SIA can use this innovation to reduce their manpower and improve safety conditions for employees. [Berita Harian, p9]

26-01-2017

Animatronic gloves able to stimulate hands with weak muscles

Article featured the ‘Wireless Animatronic Glove’ done by SP Diploma in Bioengineering students. After conducting a research, students developed this glove to help patients who are undergoing rehabilitation of the hand. The glove is useful as physiotherapists will be able to control and help patients to recover the functions of their fingers after a stroke or accident. [Berita Harian, p9]

26-01-2017

Poly open houses pull out all the stops

Article reviewed the open houses held from 5 Jan 2017 to 7 Jan 2017 across the five polys. It also zoomed in on each poly’s new offerings. It highlighted SP’s opening of its Newtrition Lab in partnership with BASF, meant to foster closer collaboration between BASF and the Diploma in Food Science and Technology (DFST) and Diploma in Nutrition, Health and Wellness (DNHW) students. It also highlighted the food printers that will soon be incorporated into the curriculum of DFST students. Article also mentioned the launch of Blackbox, a facility for the Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology (DADP) students. New offerings from other polys include NP’s launch of its Diploma in Tamil Studies with Early Education, RP’s two new facilities (RO-Unity Teaching Retail Pharmacy and the RP UAV Training Centre), and NYP’s new diploma in Sustainable Architectural Design. [The Straits Times IN, p6]

25-01-2017

Wanted: Sponsor for national bike share plan

Article mentioned the Land Transport Authority’s (LTA) plan to get more people on bicycles for short journeys is coming closer to fruition, with the search now on for a sponsor of a bicycle-sharing national scheme. Singapore Polytechnic marketing and retail lecturer Amos Tan said while it was too early to tell if the scheme would succeed, it would become something Singaporeans used daily if it were executed well. [The Straits Times, pA3]

25-01-2017

School’s entrepreneurship programme turning polytechnic students into bosses

Article featured the SPinOFF programme – a 36-week programme that seeks to nurture the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship among third-year SP Diploma in Business Information Technology (DBIT) students. Interested students, who are good at apps development, can apply for the SPiNOFF programme, where they will work on running their businesses in place of final-year project and internship. SP is working with seed capital firm Spaze Ventures, which appoints mentors for the students and can choose to invest up to $50,000 in one selected group each year. When SPinOff was first launched last year, six groups of students applied for the programme and three were selected. DBIT senior lecturer Neelash explained about the mechanics and benefits of this programme. DBIT final-year students Alfred Koh and Xavier Goh, who developed the photography mobile app “LocatLor!” and web and mobile app “Checkra” with their team respectively, explained their projects and opined on how they have benefited from this programme. Alfred mentioned that he wants to continue developing his business after graduation. [Lianhe Zaobao, p9]

25-01-2017

MDIS listed as 15th best educational institute in Singapore

According to Webometrics, MDIS was ranked 15th amongst the educational institutions in Singapore. NP was ranked 5th and SP was ranked 6th. Article also mentioned MDIS courses and future plans for expansion. [Berita Harian, p14]

24-01-2017

DPM Teo Chee Hean: Analysing big data from different angles to improve quality of life

News clip featured the National Science Experiment (NSE) Big Data Challenge where students formed groups to analyse the data collected by the SENSg device and presented their findings. Over four consecutive days last year, nearly 5,000 students from 92 institutions wore the device which can record the temperature, pressure, sound and other data from the environment. A group of SP students from the School of Digital Media and Infocomm Technology emerged as the winner in the tertiary category. They presented their findings that students who exercise frequently are generally happier and the group presented suggestions on how schools can help alleviate the stress faced by the students. James Pang Jun Jie, who was one of the members, hoped that schools could consider their proposal. Similar story was reported by Capital 95.8. [Channel 8 News]

24-01-2017

Republic Polytechnic student Yang Li Hui is the winner for the 1st National Tertiary Chinese Reading Competition

Article featured the 1st National Tertiary Chinese Reading Competition organised by the Committee to Promote Chinese Language Learning and Nanyang Technological University Chinese Society, in collaboration with zbNow and NP. The nine finalists came from NTU, NUS, NP, SP and RP. RP’s Diploma in Media Production and Design student Yang Li Hui emerged as the winner while NTU student Zuo Yi Qian and NP student Guo Xing Ru clinched the second and third prize respectively. Li Hui shared that her passion in Chinese language was cultivated back when she was studying in Foon Yew High School, a Chinese independent high school in Malaysia. She also shared on how the competition motivated her to read more books. [Lianhe Zaobao, p9]

23-01-2017

Ex-Case Chief Seah Seng Choon: Champion for consumer rights

SP’s senior retail lecturer Sarah Lim opined on the 15-year tenure of Seah Seng Choon, the ex-chief of the Consumers Association of Singapore (Case). [The Straits Times, pB6]

23-01-2017

Ideas about zombie and space picked for Project Lapis Sagu

As part of Project Lapis Sagu, Singapore’s first crowd-sourced film initiative spearheaded by the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) with an aim to foster wider discussions on the issue of social integration, film directors Kelvin Tong, Eric Khoo, K Rajagopal and Sanif Olek will mentor aspiring film-makers who proposed interesting stories. Four out of 1,209 entries were picked – they were submitted by participants of all ages, nationalities and professions. SP’s Diploma in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics graduate Thomas Goh, who is currently serving National Service, was picked by Mr Sanif for his science fiction story about space, while TP’s Diploma in Digital Film & Television student Sean Loo was selected by Mr Rajagopal for his story set in the workplace. The four selected entries will be further developed into short films which will be released in March this year, and the four aspiring film-makers will receive their prize money of $5,000 then. Mr Sanif opined that he is very pleased with Thomas’ original story, and that he looks forward to developing it into a meaningful storyline that is not only about cultural diversity, but also humanity and compassion. [Todayonline.com]

23-01-2017

Changing the look of the store without changing the good taste

Feature article on a traditional bakery featured Mr Ham Weng Seng who is the third generation owner of Chop Tai Chong Kok Ptd Ltd. When he took over the reins, he transformed the bakery by implementing several changes to the store design and the production line. He also engaged SP’s Food Innovation and Resource Centre to help his business boost productivity and achieve the international standard for food hygiene. [Lianhe Zaobao, zbW, p8]

23-01-2017

SKF selects 5 karate athletes from rival faction for SEA Games national team

Article mentioned SP student Audric Ping as one of the members of the national karate team for the upcoming SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur. [Channel News Asia]

23-01-2017

Rebirth of the iron

Article featured the photos taken by SP student Pu Jie when he witness the blacksmithing process at Simpang, Malaysia. Pu Jie also shared the story of one of the blacksmiths. [Lianhe Zaobao, zbW, p14 and 15]

23-01-2017

Singapore Poly students' smart alarm keeps bikes safe

Article featured the Smart Bike Alarm that was showcased at the SP Engineering Show 2017. The Smart Bike Alarm was requested by security company Adsec Singapore and was developed by three Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (DEEE) students. It is aimed at cyclists who leave their bicycles unattended for a short while. The alarm will sound when it senses that the parked bicycle is being moved for a prolonged period of time. Coordinates of the bike's location are then sent to the owner. DEEE student Bernard Soh Ee Siang, shared that he is an avid cyclist, and has had two bicycles stolen in five years. He therefore accepted his lecturer’s challenge of building a smart bicycle alarm to address the problem of bike thefts. Article mentioned that Adsec Singapore is already looking for investors for the alarm. Mr Geoffrey Foo, general manager of Adsec Singapore, opined that as Singapore move towards becoming a cycling nation, there will be a greater need for the smart bike alarm. [The New Paper]

23-01-2017

Studying abroad a risk

Article featured SP Diploma in Architecture graduate Nurfaatin Izzati who shared her difficulties in securing a full time job after graduating with a degree in architecture from the University of Plymouth in Britain. She shared that it took her a year to find her current job as an assistant architect. [Berita Minggu, p9]

23-01-2017

Poly students designed mobile game to discourage youths from smoking

Article featured the mobile game and the campaign designed by five TP second-year students which won the first prize for a “no smoking” competition organised by Singapore Cancer Society. The organiser is considering the feasibility of their campaign as well as those by three other finalists. Similar story in Berita Harian mentioned that RP was awarded the Excellence award and SP won the Merit award. [Lianhe Zaobao, p6]

23-01-2017

Growing real solutions to real-world problems

Article featured the Urban Farming Kit and the Smart Bike Alarm that was showcased at the SP Engineering Show 2017. Both projects were designed in response to requests from industry partners. The urban farming kit which is devised by a team of four Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering students, is a multi-tiered rotating pot holder, about 3m high, that resembles a Ferris wheel. It allows more plants to be grown in a given space. The kit was built in collaboration with Kampung Senang Charity and Education Foundation. The Smart Bike Alarm was requested by security company Adsec Singapore and was developed by three Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering students. It is aimed at cyclists who leave their bicycles unattended for a short while. The alarm will sound when it senses that the parked bicycle is being moved for a prolonged period of time. Coordinates of the bike's location are then sent to the owner. Since 2014, there has been a 10 per cent increase in the number of industry-linked projects. About a third of the 94 final-year projects on display this year are industry-linked. SP's Deputy Principal Lim Peng Hun shared that industry-linked projects motivate students more as they are solving real-world problems and this provides an authentic learning experience. Representatives from Kampung Senang and Adsec Singapore also opined on the respective projects developed by SP’s students. [The Straits Times, pB10]

20-01-2017

Singapore Poly designed Smart Bike Alarm

Article featured the Urban Farming Kit and the Smart Bike Alarm that was showcased at the SP Engineering Show 2017. Both projects were designed in response to requests from industry partners. The urban farming kit which is devised by a team of four Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering students, is a multi-tiered rotating pot holder, about 3m high, that resembles a Ferris wheel. It allows more plants to be grown in a given space. The kit was built in collaboration with Kampung Senang Charity and Education Foundation. The Smart Bike Alarm was requested by security company Adsec Singapore and was developed by three Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering students. It is aimed at cyclists who leave their bicycles unattended for a short while. The alarm will sound when it senses that the parked bicycle is being moved for a prolonged period of time. Coordinates of the bike's location are then sent to the owner. Since 2014, there has been a 10 per cent increase in the number of industry-linked projects. About a third of the 94 final-year projects on display this year are industry-linked. SP's Deputy Principal Lim Peng Hun shared that industry-linked projects motivate students more as they are solving real-world problems and this provides an authentic learning experience. Representatives from Kampung Senang and Adsec Singapore also opined on the respective projects developed by SP’s students. [Lianhe Zaobao, p16]

20-01-2017

Ready-To-Eat Meals to counter food shortage

Article featured the history and evolution of Ready-To-Eat Meals that caters to the growing needs of consumers. Article listed examples of current ready-to-eat meals and the companies that manufacture them. The development of food vending machines and sales of ready-to-eat meals will help support the Industry Transformation Map (ITM) for the Food Services Industry which was launched last year. The ITM aims to achieve an annual productivity growth target of 2% without any increase in manpower over the next five years. Martyn Wong, Consumer Centric Innovation Manager from SP’s Food Innovation and Resource Centre (FIRC), opined how technology can help improve the nutritious content of the ready-to-eat meals while maintaining the flavour, texture and visual appeal of the food. Photo also featured the lotus soup co-developed by SP’s FIRC and a food manufacturer. NYP’s Diploma in Food and Beverage Business Course Manager Jiang Fu Long also opined on the reasons behind the increasing demand for ready-to-eat meals but also explained why ready-to-eat meals cannot replace freshly prepared meals. [Lianhe Zaobao, p9]

16-01-2017

Singapore Leong Khay Huay Kuan to include needy polytechnic students among its bursary recipients

Singapore Leong Khay Huay Kuan will be signing a memorandum of understanding with all five polytechnics in June this year, to provide bursaries for needy students. Every year, six applicants from each polytechnic, including four of Hokkien ethnicity, one non-Hokkien Chinese and one non-Chinese student, will receive $1,500 each. The bursaries can be used to pay for their polytechnic or university school fees. [Lianhe Zaobao, p8]

16-01-2017

Farewell, Serangoon Plaza – the palace of yore

SP’s senior retail lecturer Sarah Lim opined on how the closure of Serangoon Plaza will affect the customers of well-known retailer, Mustafa. [The Sunday Times, pA8]

16-01-2017

Special prize for dad

Article featured Muhammad Nur Fadhli Zulkefli whose dad passed away in a hit and run accident 4 months before the O levels. The student overcame the sadness and did well for O levels and plans to pursue Aerospace engineering in SP. [Berita Harian, p24]

16-01-2017

Tackling a pet peeve of not enough staff

Article featured the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme (ELP) for the veterinary care industry, which is taught by NP. SP’s Diploma in Biotechnology graduate Muhammad Arfian Mohamed Hanafi was featured as one of the ELP participants. He shared his passion for animals and how the ELP will help him in his career. RP’s Diploma in Biotechnology graduate Enrica Cheng is another ELP participant who was featured in the article. [The Straits Times, pB12]

16-01-2017

She shows excellent results

Article featured Elsha Lyana who is very active in CCAs in school. She was the captain and vice-chairman of the canoe school team and student leaders. Despite this, she did well for o levels and plans to join either Meridian JC or pursue Engineering in SP. [Berita Harian, p7]

16-01-2017

From lost kid to inspired youth to aspiring karateka

Article featured SP’s second-year Diploma in Electrical and Electronics Engineering (DEEE) student, Audric Ping, who is competing in the Singapore Karate-do Federation’s open selection trials on 14 January for a spot in the national squad. He shared his struggles growing up – his mother died of breast cancer seven years ago, while his paternal grandmother succumbed to a stroke three months later. Then a student at St Gabriel’s Secondary School, Audric’s studies suffered and his poor N-Level results subsequently saw him ending up at ITE College Central. Support from his coach, friends and his ITE lecturer inspired him to pick himself up. He worked hard to achieve a 3.8 GPA in his studies in ITE, winning a number of academic and co-curricular activity awards. In 2013, Audric’s community and volunteer work saw him winning the inaugural National Young Leader Award given out by the Halogen Foundation Singapore to honour exceptional young leaders who have contributed actively to the community. His time in ITE also ignited his fire for karate, a sport he first picked up as a nine-year-old after an encounter with his coach and mentor David Thong. While he had previously trained and won gold medals for his school team, Audric decided to take the sport more seriously, eventually earning a spot in the national team. While Audric could not fulfil his goal of competing in the 2015 SEA Games, he is looking to qualify for the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur in August. [Today, p24]

13-01-2017

Student repays SIT for taking him in when no one else would

An advertorial featured SP graduate and final-year SIT student Tengku Muhammad Khalaf. He shared how skipping class was his favourite pastime in polytechnic, and that he graduated with a GPA of just 2.7. Because of his bad grades, no university would take him in. He then worked as a contractor for Singapore Power from 2012 to 2014, but eventually decided to enrol in SIT’s Engineering in Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering (Land) course due to his interest in construction. He now has a GPA of 4.6 out of 5 in his final year, and is on his way to graduating with honours. [The New Paper]

13-01-2017

Making reality work for you

Article mentioned how businesses can use digital technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) to improve their business processes. Article featured SP’s Applied Research and Technology in Infocomm Centre (ARTIC)’s Easy Authoring System for Interactive Education (EASIE) project. The project provides VR technology to help local enterprises carry out simulation-based learning. [A*STAR iSME newsletter Issue 11, p3]

12-01-2017

Revealing hidden strengths

Editorial by the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) featured SP’s Diploma in Events and Project Management student Lutfil Hadi Abdul Manaf. Lutfil shared how his time at ITE sparked his interest in learning. His determination to do well saw him getting into the ITE’s Director’s List and going on overseas learning trips. [The Straits Times, pB11]

12-01-2017

Survey result shows that youths are dependent on their mobile phones

Article featured the survey findings on smartphone dependency and “Fear of Missing Out” (FOMO), conducted by SP’s Diploma in Media and Communication (DMC) second-year students. A total of 780 youths, between the ages of 15 and 35 were interviewed in the survey. The study indicated that on average, youth surveyed had a score of 2.44 on the FOMO index. The DMC students shared that the ease of communication via social media platform has attributed to the fear of missing out in youths. Among the youths with higher than average FOMO score, 66.4% of them indicated that they cannot live without their smartphones. They are also more dependent on their smart phones for communication, far more than the youths with lower than average FMO. Janice Neo, one of the DMC students who conducted the survey, explained that youths are worried that their friends have more rewarding experiences than them and listed a real-life example. [Shin Min Daily News, p8]

10-01-2017

From rugs to riches

Weekly column on individuals who have overcome challenges to succeed in life featured SP’s Diploma in Building alumni, Peter Hedger, who is the owner of Hedger's Carpet Gallery in Dempsey Road. Peter is also the only Eurasian in the local carpet trade. [The Sunday Times, pB9]

09-01-2017

Boy wonder grows up

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Information Technology student Lim Ding Wen and his interest in programming and game development. In 2011, he was named Singapore's "icon of cool" by travel website CNNgo for being the world's youngest programmer. It led to Singapore being voted by the website as the world's second-coolest nation due to its high level of computer literacy and tech-savviness. Article also mentioned that Ding Wen already knew six different programming languages by Primary 2. [The Sunday Times, pA14]

09-01-2017

What’s new at polytechnics

Article featured the new courses and facilities offered by the five polytechnics this year including SP’s new BASF Newtrition Lab for the Diploma in Food Science and Technology and Diploma in Nutrition, Health and Wellness students. Article also featured SP’s new Blackbox facility for students taking the Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology course. NYP has launched a new Diploma in Sustainable Architectural Design to develop designers who are adept at using virtual-reality and augmented-reality tools. NP is offering a new Diploma in Tamil Studies with Early Education. By April, there will be also a new Smart Learning Spaces @ NP for School of InfoComm Technology students. NP’s new 1,600 sq m facility will include a Digital Maker's Zone for software development as well as a Security Operations Centre for cyber-security training. RP has launched a Specialist Diploma in Communication Strategies for Social Media. New RP facilities include the RP-Unity Teaching Retail Pharmacy and the UAV Drone Centre and Foley Lab, an integrated classroom learning lab where Diploma in Sonic Arts students can add everyday sound effects to audio tracks. A new Security Operations Centre for cyber security, which is for Diploma in InfoComm Security Management students, has also been set up. TP will launch a new PLAYMaker Centre this year, for students to explore and experiment with tech-enabled toys targeted at pre-school children. [The Straits Times, pB10]

09-01-2017

Put away e-devices in class? No way!

Article featured the new initiatives among the polys to make lessons fun and engaging. SP’s 3D food printer at the Food Innovation and Resource Centre was featured in the article. The machine squeezes food out, layer by layer, to form custom shapes. SP’s Diploma in Food Science and Technology student Danielle Wong, shared that food printing allows her to formulate customised food and recipes for each target consumer. Danielle has used the machine to print soya pulp cookies and mentioned that the printer makes food fun and allows her to experiment. At TP, students taking the Diploma in Game Design and Development uses “gamification” – the use of gaming elements in non-game scenarios - in their lessons. The aim is to get students to be more actively engaged in their own learning, rather than passively consuming content. After a year of research funded by the Ministry of Education (MOE), gamification will be officially re-launched in April and TP hopes to implement it in all classrooms by the end of this year. At RP, a Swivl robot, used to help take video recordings of lecturers and student presenters in classrooms, has been turning heads. It received the Silver Innergy Award from MOE in 2015. The robot - which has a round rotating base capable of propping up a tablet device - swivels so the tablet faces and takes video recordings of the person who is speaking. A Diploma in Sports Coaching said that the robot has helped him improve his presentation skills. Over at NYP, more diploma courses have been incorporating virtual reality technology into their curriculum. Its engineering students, for instance, can use a 3D immersive virtual reality software to simulate airport operations such as maintenance checks on aircraft. From April, NP’s School of InfoComm Technology classrooms in the new Smart Learning Spaces @ NP will boast facial recognition sensors to track students' attendance. Interactive whiteboards will also allow lecture notes to be transferred directly to students' tablets. [The Straits Times, pB12]

09-01-2017

Singapore Poly’s cooperation with BASF to train food nutrition and health professionals

Radio news featured the five-year memorandum of cooperation between SP and multinational chemicals company BASF to train food nutrition and health professionals, including the setting up of the Newtrition Laboratory. This is BASF’s first regional nutrition laboratory set up in Asia Pacific, focusing on research and development of food products to meet the needs of its customers in Asia Pacific, such as major food manufacturers and health companies. Experts from BASF will also work with SP’s researchers and students to develop innovation solutions. In addition, BASF and SP will co-develop modules and final-year projects to help students develop necessary skill sets in the relevant industry. As part of the collaboration, BASF will also customise a five-month internship programme and provide a total of SGD 6,000 in scholarships annually for SP’s Chemical and Life Sciences students. Similar story was reported in Yes 93.3 and Love 97.2. [Capital 95.8]

06-01-2017

Chemical Giant set up an application laboratory at Singapore Poly to develop functional food

Article featured the collaboration between SP and chemicals giant BASF to set up Newtrition Lab Asia Pacific at SP campus. The lab provides opportunities for students to develop functional food. This is the first application laboratory set up by BASF in a tertiary institution in Singapore. Third-year students from the Diploma in Food Science and Technology and Diploma in Nutrition Health and Wellness will have the opportunity to work in this laboratory as part of their internship programme and work on real-life projects under the mentorship of the BASF experts. SP and BASF also signed a five-year memorandum of cooperation to train food nutrition and health professionals to meet the growing demands of the food manufacturing and functional food industry. Besides the internship opportunities, BASF will also co-develop modules with SP as well as provide scholarships for students for further development. SP’s Principal and Chief Executive Officer Soh Wai Wah shared that the collaboration is timely, given the announcement of the industry transformation map for food manufacturing industry in November 2016. SP’s Diploma in Food Science and Technology third-year student Vernice Seah, who had been on internship programme with BASF since October 2016, shared about her internship experience. Under the mentorship of the BASF researcher, she developed new techniques to enhance the clarity of a popular beverage – coconut water, and at the same time minimise the heating processes required to enhance the nutritional values of the beverage. She also shared how the analytical tools in the laboratory and the mentorship helped her to gain experience beyond what she has learnt in her course The internship has also reinforced her confidence and passion to work in the food-related industry. [Lianhe Zaobao, p12]

06-01-2017

BASF Strengthens Footprint in Asia Pacific

BASF launched a new technical application laboratory for its nutrition and health business located at Singapore Polytechnic, to focus on providing analytical service and co-developing products with customers in the Asia Pacific Region. With the newest laboratory, the BASF Nutrition & Health Division now has three labs in Asia Pacific serving customers in different regions. This lab is also the first application facility in a tertiary institution in Singapore. Experts in nutrition and health from BASF will work with SP’s researchers and students to conduct research and develop innovative science- based solutions and concepts, so as to provide strategic support for the region’s customers. The laboratory is equipped with analysis and performance testing equipment to examine ingredients in finished food products, such as dietary supplements, functional foods and beverages. Students will gain first-hand, practical experience using the latest technology to conduct product testing and research. Tina Low, Regional Director of BASF Human Nutrition Asia Pacific, expressed the thoughts about this partnership with SP and explained why they chose Singapore as the location for the new facility. Similar story was reported in NutraIngredients.com. [Food Ingredients First]

06-01-2017

Polytechnic Open House (till 7 Jan)

Event listing featured all the Open House details of all five polytechnics including timing, location and contact number for enquiry. [Lianhe Zaobao, p21]

05-01-2017

He chose ITE over poly, wins awards with invention

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering student Rayner Eng. Despite scoring eight points for his N levels and qualifying for the Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP), Rayner chose to go to the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) instead. He took up a Higher Nitec in mechatronics engineering at ITE College West, graduated with a perfect grade point average of 4.0 last year, and was awarded the IES Engineering Award. Rayner, now a first-year student at SP, shared that he was inspired to be an engineer as he was an avid robot collector as a child. [The New Paper, p10]

04-01-2017

5 polys advertorial

Advertorial highlighted the respective open house highlights for each poly, including SP Open House. [Teenage Magazine (Passport to your Future 2017), p6-7]

03-01-2017

Ushering in the new year with bundles of joy

SP alumni Syazwani Mohamed and Nor Hazwan are the parents of Singapore’s first baby of 2017. The couple, who met while studying at SP nearly a decade ago, have been married for just over a year. The third baby of 2017 was born to Dr Alexander Liu and Joleen Chia. Article mentioned that Dr Liu, manages the digital fabrication and additive manufacturing centre at TP. Similar story was reported in Lianhe Zaobao. [The Straits Times, pA1,A6]

03-01-2017

Increasing trend for polytechnic enrolment figures for the past ten years

According to a November 2016 report by the Ministry of Education, there has been an overall increase in polytechnic enrolment by nine percent since 2006. The increase is the highest for RP, which is also the newest polytechnic. NP’s Education and Career Guidance counsellor Chen Zhi Ling shared that the applied learning and internship experience offered by the polytechnics is one of the reasons for the increase. A third-year student from NP’s mass communications course shared why she chose a polytechnic education even though she qualified for junior college. She also shared her internship experience at Singapore Airlines’ Marketing Department working on social media publicity. Photo in the article featured NP’s past Open House. Article also mentioned RP’s new Specialist Diploma in Communication Strategies for Social Media for public relation and marketing communications professionals which will be launched in April 2017. It also mentioned RP’s popular diploma courses, such as the Diploma in Marine Science and Aquaculture, Diploma in Human Resource Management with Psychology and Diploma in Engineering Systems and Management. All five polytechnics will be having their open house from 5 to 7 January 2017, from 10pm to 6pm. NYP will be extending their opening hours till 11pm on 6 January 2017. Article mentioned that SP will be displaying projects by Engineering students including the urban farming kit, smart bike alarm and communication beacon for disaster relief. Article also explained how the smart bike alarm works and that it would be commercialised and launched in the market after further refinements. [Lianhe Zaobao, p3]

03-01-2017

Campus Trail

The Textbook section features year two SP students Rynell Lee from the Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering and Ivy Lim from the Diploma in Banking & Finance at various SP facilities including The Sanctuary, Plaza, Stadium and Starbucks. [Teenage Magazine, p26-27]

03-01-2017

Polytechnic Open Houses

All five polytechnics are holding their open houses this week, from Thursday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm. At SP, visitors can go to the career interest profiling booth at Lecture Theatre 1A/B for an analysis of which course or career would suit them. At NP, prospective students can experience a day at the poly by attending bite-size classes, studio and lab sessions, and try out co-curricular activities. [The Straits Times, pB12]

03-01-2017

Beauty brands add colour to dull retail scene

SP’s senior retail lecturer Sarah Lim opined on why cosmetic sales are growing despite the overall fall in retail sales. NYP’s Assistant Director from the School of Business Management, Esther Ho, opined on how brands can tap on opportunities despite the challenging economic times. [The Straits Times, pB1-B2]

03-01-2017

Singapore Poly’s new 3D food printer can “print” customised nutritious meals

Article featured Foodini, the 3D food printer purchased by SP two months ago. Foodini, which is also one of the first 3D food printers in Singapore, will be used in the SP’s Diploma in Food Science and Technology curriculum from April 2017 to allow students to be exposed to the latest food technology. In a demonstration, SP researchers printed a cookie, which had okara as one of the ingredients. In a taste-test, the cookie was comparable to commercial products. SP’s Food Innovation and Resource Centre (FIRC) senior manager Lee Mun Wai shared that the 3D food printer can help customise nutritious meals in hospitals and even the general public. For example, the collaboration between SP and the German chemicals company BASF enables SP to use BASF’s functional ingredients including fatty acids and plant sterols, to print a variety of nutritious food, such as vitamin biscuits to help prevent osteoporosis or lutein-containing food to reduce damage to the eyes. FIRC’s centre director Mrs Ngan-Loong Mann Na opined that the 3D food printer can also help to reduce food wastage. SP’s Advanced Diploma in Food Technology first-year student Li Jun De, who is also working as an assistant food technologist at FIRC, commented on his experience using the 3D food printer. [Lianhe Zaobao, p7]

03-01-2017

S’pore Poly students launch mobile app

A team of students from SP’s Diploma in Business Information Technology course has launched a new mobile app called LocatLor! On the Google Play Store. Besides showing photographs of locations, the app also provides technical data (in exchangeable image file format or Exif), so amateur photographers can try to re-create images that more proficient photographers have shared. The app is the first to be funded under SP’s SPiNOFF entrepreneurship programme, which sees the poly collaborating with seed capital and start-up incubator firm Spaze Ventures. As part of the programme, Spaze Ventures picked the app to receive funding of up to $50,000 as well as mentorship. [The Straits Times, pB12]

03-01-2017

Tackling real-life problems

News clip featured two projects developed by Singapore Polytechnic students as part of the annual SP Engineering Show. The first project is a Smart Bike Alarm developed by students from the Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (DEEE). The alarm is meant to replace heavy bike chains and locks and allows users to leave their bikes unattended for a short period. An SMS alert will be sent to the owner if someone tries to steal the bike. A mobile app developed by the DEEE students also allows the user to locate his bike if it is moved from the original location. The bike alarm has been commercialised by Adsec Singapore and will hit the shelves within a year. The clip also featured an Urban Farming Kit developed by students from SP’s School of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering (MAE). The kit aims to increase crop yield by more than four times in a limited amount of space at the Kampung Senang Day Care Centre. After applying Design Thinking skills and empathy studies, the team developed a customised farming solution that allows the elderly to do their gardening comfortably instead of bending down. MAE’s Senior Lecturer Chia Kiak Biow opined on how industry-linked projects are useful to SP students in deepening their skills and nurturing their passion for engineering. The clip also mentioned that there is a 10% increase in industry-linked projects displayed at the SP Engineering Show since 2014. SP’s segment starts from 29:52. Similar story was reported on Suria. [Channel News Asia]

30-12-2016

Guide to SP Open House

Advertorial introduces highlights of Open House 2017. Article also features student ambassadors who helped out in Open House 2016, sharing their experiences and thoughts on being a part of Open House. [Teenage Magazine, p85-87]

28-12-2016

Goodbye Rochor

Photo story featured photos of Rochor Square taken by Lianhe Zaobao student photography team, including a photo taken by SP student Pu Jie and another photo by NYP student Hu Man Rou. [Lianhe Zaobao, zbNow, p4]

28-12-2016

Christmas is over, but not the shopping

SP’s senior retail lecturer Sarah Lim opined the reasons for having the post-Christmas sales. [The Straits Times, pA3]

28-12-2016

Active even after midnight

Article featured SP diploma in Aeronautical Engineering student Syahir Syafiq who shared about his health and fitness routine. Syahir shared that he likes to work out in the gym after midnight as it is less chaotic. Article shared that an increasing number of people prefer such a lifestyle and more gyms are operating for 24 hours. [Berita Minggu, p11]

27-12-2016

Time to court Asia’s gleaming silver dollar

Opinion article featured the growing ageing population in Asia and how more companies are using Singapore as a base to develop new business models, products and services. Article mentioned that according to a recent study by the Asia Pacific Risk Centre, Asia is ageing faster than any other region in the world, with another 200 million people passing the age of 65 in the next decade or so. By 2030, there will be some 511 million elderly people in this region. Article also mentioned that Procter & Gamble and the University of Cincinnati have collaborated with SP to establish the Live Well Collaborative Singapore, an innovation research centre developing products for elderly consumers. [The Business Times, p18]

23-12-2016

Game over for Bugis arcade

SP’s senior retail lecturer Sarah Lim opined on how arcades have lost their draw as gaming on mobile phones and tablets has become common. [The Straits Times, pB2]

20-12-2016

Bone cancer survivor scores four distinctions

Junyuan Secondary School student Chong Hui Min scored four distinctions with an EMB3 score of 10 points while fighting bone cancer. She put the national exams on hold last year when she was diagnosed with bone cancer and repeated Secondary 4 this year while coping with the side effects of her treatment. Hui Min intends to study biomedical science at SP under the one-year Polytechnic Foundation Programme. Her dream is to become a doctor, a goal reinforced by her brush with cancer. [The Straits Times, pB7]

20-12-2016

Graduated with a diploma in landscape architecture but passionate about music

Article featured Diploma in Landscape Architecture graduate, Mahmood Mahamad Rafaee who went on to pursue a bachelor’s degree in music publishing at Middlesex University, London. His passion for music led him to open his own recording studio. Rafaee hopes to encourage more youths to follow their passion and has held camps to help the young explore their interests. [Berita Harian, p10]

20-12-2016

Spantun 2.0 competition organized by SPMLS

Article mentioned that the Singapore Polytechnic Malay Language Society (SPMLS) were the organisers behind SPantun 2.0, a competition that combines entertainment and spontaneity. The competition items include acting, debating, news presentation and song composition. The competition was open to the public and saw participation by students from SP, NJC, SAJC and NUS. The winner came from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM). [Berita Harian, p14]

20-12-2016

Memory techniques for the masses

Last Saturday, the Singapore Chapter of the World Memory Sports Council organised a talk at the SP Convention Centre. The talk introduced memory techniques to the audience and was organised by SP’s Diploma in Engineering with Business graduate Wellon Chou. [Lianhe Wanbao, p4]

20-12-2016

Online shops head to Orchard as rent falls

Article mentioned how lower rents at Orchard Road over the past year have given home-grown online brands opportunities to be part of Singapore's prime shopping district. SP’s senior retail lecturer, Ms Sarah Lim, opined that not everyone is aware of online stores and that having a physical store creates awareness and builds reputation and more business online. She also shared that a physical store may not be a permanent strategy for online brands, and that online retail is their main avenue to drive sales in the long run. [The New Paper]

20-12-2016

Moulding the next generation, one kid at a time

Article highlighted the early childhood sector, which is rapidly growing because of the government’s efforts to increase the number of childcare places to meet the needs of parents. While it is essential for new entrants to acquire teaching experience on the job, there are increasingly more opportunities to move on to non-teaching roles, including in curriculum development and overseeing local and overseas operations. In October, a manpower plan was unveiled by the Government in its bid to attract more people to join the sector. The aim is to increase the pool from the current 16,000 to 20,000 by 2020. Under the blueprint, a new skills framework spells out specific skills and competencies required for the various job roles under the educarer, teacher and leadership tracks. Since 2013, about 40,000 childcare places have been added so far. The sector is open to both first-time jobseekers and mid-career switchers, with training provided on the job. Article mentioned that there are several Professional Conversion Programmes for mid-career switchers conducted by SP, the Seed Institute and the KLC International Institute. [Todayonline.com]

19-12-2016

Singaporean wins Best New Director accolade at China short film festival

SP’s Diploma in Digital Media alumnus and current Beijing Film Academy student Alvin Lee’s short film “Seed”, has won him the Best New Director Award over 10,000 other submissions at the China Short Film Golden Hummingbird Awards. The China Short Film Awards are the country's first national-level event for shorts and were first held in 2012. “Seed” tells the story of an emotional visit a couple pays a little boy who has received the donated heart of their dead son. Alvin was one of 26 successful candidates out of 1,000 applicants to be accepted into the prestigious Beijing Film Academy after going through six stages of examinations. He is also the first SP graduate to be accepted by the academy. [The Straits Times - Life!, pD9]

16-12-2016

‘Tis the season of giving

Advertorial in Teenage magazine features three SP alumni who have become entrepreneurs. The alumni are Diploma in Business Administration graduate, Ereen Toh and her ‘Stirring Hearts’ business, Diploma in Engineering with Business graduate Tay Kuan Yu and founder of online macaron shop ‘J’adore Macaron’ and Diploma in Business Administration graduate Jeremy Ko and his fitness company ‘Movement First’. [Teenage Magazine, p87-89]

14-12-2016

Photos allow you to keep memories forever

Article featured Mr Ramzee, an SP graduate from the School of Digital Media & Infocomm Technology. He has set up FabuLens Productions to provide photobooth services at corporate events and Malay weddings. [Berita Harian, p14]

12-12-2016

Socially conscious Christmas presents

Article featured local social enterprises who are offering items that help the needy or benefit society, during the Christmas season. One such enterprise is eyewear brand Visual Mass, who donates a pair of glasses to a needy person for every pair sold. Visual Mass is also working with students and staff from SP’s Optometry Centre to conduct eye screening for the needy in a bid to spread awareness of good eyecare. [The Sunday Times - Life!, pC2-C3]

12-12-2016

Maids and their employers earn kudos for mutual care, respect

Article mentioned that the annual Foreign Domestic Worker Day was at SP over the weekend. [The Straits Times, pB3]

12-12-2016

When grains of sand are stronger than steel

A study conducted by the National University of Singapore has found that sand can absorb more than 85 per cent of the energy exerted against it. The study mentioned that sand could be harnessed to lessen bomb damage, or improve the fire resistance of doors and building structures. Dr Chan Chin Loong, SP’s lecturer at the School of Architecture and the Built Environment, opined on the possibilities of using sand as a defence against terrorist attacks. [The Straits Times, pB17]

09-12-2016

Job opportunities in the maritime industry

Article mentioned that maritime companies should see the economic downturn as an opportunity to train and improve the skills of its employees. Captain Mohamad Salleh, director of the Singapore Maritime Academy at SP, opined that the global economic uncertainty will only affect the maritime industry temporarily, as it will continue to be relevant to Singapore’s economy. [Berita Harian, p6]

08-12-2016

Causes Week 2016: Foreign workers get to enjoy unsold Starbucks snacks

In The Straits Times’ fifth annual Causes Week, individuals and groups who have made a difference to the community are highlighted. Article featured lawyer Dipa Swaminathan, who started an initiative to distribute unsold Starbucks snacks to foreign workers. This food redistribution project started by chance in May, when Dipa visited the SP’s Starbucks outlet to buy coffee for parents of players on her son's tennis team. The initiative soon grew to include more outlets and volunteers who helped pass the food to foreign workers every Saturday. [The Straits Times, pA8]

06-12-2016

Teens give back to child care centre

Article mentioned that SP’s Diploma in Electrical & Electronic Engineering student, Aiman Hakim went to the PPIS Student Care Centre after school every day when he was in primary school. Aiman shared that he made many good friends and his time at the centre taught him to be more responsible. Aiman currently volunteers as a camp facilitator and tutor for the children at the centre. [Berita Harian, p16]

06-12-2016

She’s the first local Malay woman to become a commercial pilot

SP’s Diploma in Biomedical Science graduate Farhain Abu Bakar was featured as the first local Malay woman to become a commercial pilot. She is also one of 17 female pilots in Scoot and Tigerair. Farhain earned her private pilot licence from the Singapore Youth Flying Club in 2004 when she was still studying in SP. [StraitsTimes.com]

05-12-2016

Some eateries charging more for meal deliveries

SP’s marketing and retail lecturer Amos Tan opined on the increasing popularity and accessibility of food delivery services and suggested ways for restaurants to protect their brands from inconsistent pricing. [The Straits Times, pB1]

05-12-2016

Charting their way forward

Advertorial by the Maritime Singapore Connect Office featured TP’s Diploma in Chemical Engineering graduate Nurfaezah Ithnin, who is currently training at SP’s Singapore Maritime Academy to achieve the Certificate of Competency to become a 3rd Officer. The advertorial aims to profile the Maritime industry and connect students and jobseekers to opportunities. [The Sunday Times, pA19]

05-12-2016

Bringing the gift of power

Editorial by the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre featured Singapore Power’s efforts in helping the community through outreach programmes. Editorial also mentioned that Singapore Power has been working with SP to fund research on solar cars. SP’s Diploma in Clean Energy graduate and recipient of the SunSPEC Polytechnic and University Sponsorship, Lai En Han, shared his positive experience with Singapore Power during the solar car project. [The Business Times, p4]

05-12-2016

Earn and Learn Programme to train new talents for the Maritime industry

Advertorial by the Maritime Singapore Connect Office features the three SkillsFuture Earn and Learn programmes (ELPs) for the maritime sector to train polytechnic graduates who wish to become seafaring deck officers, seafaring marine engineers and port operations officers. The advertorial also mentioned that an ELP participant will receive SP’s Specialist Diploma in Port Management upon completion of the 12-month programme for port operations officers. [Lianhe Zaobao, p7]

05-12-2016

Gentle learning curve makes logistics the pick for many a mid-career switch

Article highlighted that a growing number of Singaporeans are looking to join the growing logistics industry, which is seen as one of the sectors that are more conducive to professionals seeking a mid-career switch given the gentle learning curve and less complex skills required. Over the next five years, the Government estimates that 2,000 jobs will be created in the sector for professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs). The Ministry of Trade and Industry shared that emerging and niche roles at executive or senior executive levels in areas such as programme management, logistics information systems, as well as innovation and process improvements will see stronger demand. Also, the Government recently unveiled a roadmap for the sector, one of 23 under its $4.5 billion Industry Transformation Programme to augment skills, boost productivity and innovation, and help companies spread their wings overseas. The article also highlighted that there is a wide range of training options available for people keen to join the logistics industry. Logistics programmes, which range from modular certificates to diplomas and degrees, are offered by educational institutions like the Singapore Institute of Materials Management (SIMM), SP’s Professional and Adult Continuing Education (PACE) Academy, SIM University (UniSIM) and Kaplan. Mr Muhamad Fahdil, who is enrolled in a part-time diploma programme in freight and transport services at SP PACE Academy, is featured in the article. For the past seven years, Mr Fahdil has been working at the frontlines of luxury retail, selling everything from bags to shirts. However, he is fascinated by what transpires before goods hit the shelves. To satisfy his curiosity, Mr Fahdil enrolled in the part-time diploma and hopes to build a career in logistics after he finishes the year-long course next August. He opined that the money and time invested is well worth the effort, and shared that the course’s intensive modules give him insight into the process of transporting and distributing goods before they reach the store. [Today, p6]

01-12-2016

Moves to boost regular volunteering

Next year, the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre and the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) will launch Singapore Care, a movement to encourage volunteering over a sustained period. While the number of people volunteering has grown over the years - with one in five people volunteering in 2014, up from one in 10 in 2000 - the movement also hopes to get more to come forward. SP’s Diploma in Civil Engineering with Business student, Hussain Fathah, who is also a volunteer with the Youth Corps Singapore, opined that the new movement will allow more people to understand the purpose behind volunteering. [The Straits Times, pB4]

01-12-2016

Workshops on financial literacy for National Servicemen

Article mentioned that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MFA) will introduce financial management workshops for full-time National Servicemen (NSF), the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and Police from next year onwards. The pilot workshop took place earlier this month in collaboration with the MoneySENSE Singapore Polytechnic Institute for Financial Literacy. The programme aims to equip NSFs with relevant financial skills and knowledge. [Berita Minggu, p1]

29-11-2016

Industry Transformation Map: Food Manufacturing

Article mentions the collaboration between spice paste manufacturers, ATS Paste Ptd Ltd and SP’s Food Innovation Resource Centre (FIRC) to produce frozen spice paste products that can be exported overseas. Another company that recently partnered with FIRC is Revelation Delicacies Rempeyek Trading which manufactures shrimp paste sauce. The small local market and rising overseas demand are among reasons cited by manufacturers to look into expanding their product line. [Berita Harian, p6]

28-11-2016

3SG Syohir awarded Golden Bayonet

Article featured SP graduate, Muhammad Sani Syohir from the Singapore Maritime Academy for his attainment of the Golden Bayonet. Syohir shares that his sailor grandfather’s stories inspired him greatly and thus was determined to do his best when he was posted to the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN). His hard work paid off when he was awarded the Golden Bayonet for his outstanding performance. [Berita Harian, p16]

28-11-2016

The smart choice – Learning that links with students’ lives

Article featured the seven new applied subjects, ranging from electronics and computing to sports science, that will be offered as part of the O- and N-level tracks to give students a chance for more hands-on learning. These applied subjects, which will be rolled out over the next two years, will be available in more than 60 secondary schools. Article mentioned that the electronics and computing subject was developed with faculty members from the National Institute of Education, Singapore University of Technology and Design, SP and NP. [The Straits Times, pB10]

28-11-2016

Engineering student turned to social work

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Computer Engineering graduate Mohamed Naser Zainol who moved on to pursue a social work degree in NUS. Despite holding a full time job, he still makes time to volunteer regularly. He shared that his personal experiences and his wife influenced him to join the social work industry. [Berita Harian, p6]

28-11-2016

Jazzed up for a good cause

Article mentioned that a group of local musicians, including Diploma in Music and Audio Technology graduate Beth Yap, have raised more than $11,000 for migrant workers’ healthcare through a charity jazz concert. Called beCAUSE, the concert is in aid of Healthserve, a local non-profit organisation that provides medical care for migrant workers. The concert will be held on Dec 2 at the Singapore Jazz Club at The Sultan hotel in Jalan Sultan. [The New Paper, p17]

28-11-2016

Dropping Singapore F1 race may not have significant impact on tourism: Experts

Industry experts opined that while negotiations are still ongoing about the post-2017 fate of the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix, if the race no longer continues the impact on the tourism industry is unlikely to be significant. SP’s Diploma in Tourism and Resort Management lecturer, Ms Lorraine Gan, opined that with its a vibrant culture and heritage mix, Singapore will be able to garner the interest of tourists without F1 being in the event mix. Ms Shirley Tee, course manager at NYP’s Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management, opined that while Singapore earns in tourist dollars from skyrocketing room occupancy rates over the F1 period, the short event period means it doesn’t form the bulk of tourism revenue. [Channel News Asia]

25-11-2016

Black Friday, Singapore-style, for some in Orchard Road

SP’s marketing and retail lecturer Amos Tan opined on why stores in Orchard Road are not able to offer steep discounts for Black Friday as compared to online stores. [The Straits Times, pB2]

24-11-2016

Victoria’s Secret opens South-east Asian flagship

SP’s senior retail lecturer Sarah Lim opined on how the opening of Victoria’s Secret’s first South-east Asian store in Singapore will impact consumers. [StraitsTimes.com]

21-11-2016

Fast-food industry braves slump

SP’s senior retail lecturer, Ms Sarah Lim, opined that the fast food industry is able to beat restaurant sales by responding quickly to food trends. [The Straits Times, pA3]

21-11-2016

When vision and harmony click...

Article mentioned that SP student Tan Jiale Nicholas clinched the Best of Show award at the Canon PhotoMarathon 2016. An estimated 2,000 photography enthusiasts from Singapore and the region took part in the annual photography competition. [The Straits Times, pB3]

21-11-2016

Rusyaidi won The New Paper Dollah Kassim Award

SP second-year student and Garena Young Lions right-back Rusyaidi Salime won the New Paper Dollah Kassim Award for this year. This was the second time he was nominated for this award which honours young football talents in Singapore under the age of 18, in memory of the late Dollah Kassim. Similar story was reported in Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News. [Lianhe Zaobao, p21]

21-11-2016

Department stores must evolve to survive retail crunch

SP’s senior retail lecturer Sarah Lim opined on how department stores should evolve in a bid to attract customers in a subdued retail climate. Samuel Tan, TP’s course manager in retail management also offered his advice in the article. [The Straits Times - Life!, pD4-D6]

17-11-2016

Close to 1,000 adult learners graduate

Article highlighted the graduation of 529 adult students from 31 courses at SP’s Professional and Adult Continuing Education (PACE) Academy, bringing the total number of graduates this year to 948. Article also mentioned the inaugural graduation of the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme for Food Manufacturing. [Berita Harian, pg 8]

16-11-2016

Upgrading skills to stay relevant in the food industry

Article featured Nurliyana, an Advanced Diploma in Applied Food Science graduate from SP’s Professional and Adult Continuing Education (PACE) Academy. Nurliyana was one of the 18 graduates from the inaugural SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme (ELP) for Food Manufacturing. She shared that the ELP was a great opportunity for her to enhance her skills and knowledge to remain relevant in the ever changing food manufacturing industry. [Berita Harian, pg 8]

16-11-2016

New infant care courses for domestic helpers

The Foreign Domestic Worker Association for Social Support and Training (Fast) will be holding its annual Foreign Domestic Worker Day on Dec 11 at SP. This year, Fast hopes to draw 7,000 maids and their bosses, compared to last year's 6,000. [StraitsTimes.com]

15-11-2016

Race relations still a work in progress: Divian Nair

Former radio presenter Divian Nair share his views on racial relations at the 4th Cross Cultural Symposium which was held at NP over the weekend. Divian is also the founder of the “We Are Majulah” national campaign, which aims to foster a stronger sense of national identity among Singaporeans. Representatives from the various polys attended the event. A NP lecturer and a SP student opined on how the symposium was insightful to them. [TheUrbanWire.com]

15-11-2016

A tale of two retailers

Article mentioned the changing habits of consumers and how one-stop departmental stores are no longer thriving. SP marketing and retail lecturer Amos Tan shared his views about the change in consumer habits. [The New Paper, p6-7]

14-11-2016

Three organisations help SMEs test their products five times faster

Article featured the new Lean Enterprise Development (LED) project launched by SP, Workforce Singapore (WSG) and Agilent Technologies to help the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) food manufacturers improve their efficiency and productivity in product testing and development. This project will also be extended to other industries including Biomedical Sciences, Chemicals, Oil & Gases and Environmental Technology. Agilent Technologies will be placing their mass spectrometer at SP while the poly will offer consultancy services and training on technology leverage and processes. Through the various equipment, the process of product testing and development will be shortened by more than five times, obtaining results with greater accuracy within a short span of four hours. SP will also develop technical notes from the various product testing and developments and share the relevant information through symposiums and other activities supported by WSG. Six SMEs including Gryphon Tea and Mr Bean International Pte Ltd, have expressed interest in this project. [Lianhe Zaobao, p36]

10-11-2016

Large dept stores face challenges: Experts

SP’s senior retail lecturer Sarah Lim opined on how consumers are gravitating to newer shopping concepts, in the aftermath of the closure of John Little – Singapore’s oldest department store. SP’s marketing and retail lecturer Amos Tan also opined on how online marketplaces like Amazon and Taobao are also offering more options to consumers. [The Straits Times, pB7]

10-11-2016

SP Students back with a musical

Article featured the SP Malay Language Society’s ‘Mai Oh Mai’ musical that is part of the month-long SP Art Fiesta 2016. The performance is about the story of Mai and her family who have been westernized and out of touch with their Malay roots. Mai then meets two characters who helps her in the journey to rediscover her Malay roots. The musical includes a variety of performances including Silat and Dikir Barat to showcase the various aspects of Malay culture and heritage. Diploma in Civil Engineering with Business student Nurliwani Ardini Ghazali, who is also the stage manager shared that it was challenging for her to take on that role for the first time. MLS club advisor, Ms Sujati Idris also shared that the story was originally part of a first year Diploma in Creative Writing for TV and New Media student’s project and MLS adapted it to a theatre production. Article also noted that this was the club’s first performance in seven years. [Berita Harian, p16]

08-11-2016

Poly graduates not pressured to enter university

Article covered the changing mind set of society regarding educational qualifications. Article mentioned the different paths that a student could choose post-poly including heading to university, starting their own business or heading into the industry. Article mentioned that SP’s Diploma in Biomedical Science and NP’s Diploma in International Business courses had the lowest ELR2B2 scores among all the poly courses. Article also mentioned that an increasing numbers of poly students are choosing to work after graduation from a poly and that more students place greater emphasize on work experience rather than a university degree. Graduates from other polys were also featured in the article. [Lianhe Wanbao, p7]

08-11-2016

CSA discusses Singapore’s cybersecurity landscape

Interview with Mr David Koh, Chief Executive Officer of the Cyber Security Agency (CSA) of Singapore mentioned that the organisation is working with SP and the Singapore University of Technology and Design to develop their cybersecurity curriculum. Mr Koh also shared the future developments in the cybersecurity landscape and the need of a collective effort from all stakeholders to ward off future cyberattacks. [EnterpriseInnovation.net]

07-11-2016

Increasing work opportunities in the cybersecurity sector

Article featured the lack of talent in the cyber security field and urged the Malay community to consider joining this industry. Article also mentioned the upgrading and training programmes by IDA and WDA that will help individuals join the cyber security industry. Article also listed the various relevant local diploma courses offer by the local polys, including SP’s Diploma in Infocomm Security Management. [Berita Harian, p6]

07-11-2016

Weekend Guide (Nov 5 to 6)

The month-long SP Arts Fiesta was listed in Today’s list of events for the weekend. SP String Ensemble’s performance, which was held over the weekend, was mentioned. For more information, members of the public can visit www.facebook.com/spartsfiesta. [Today, p17]

07-11-2016

Helping the maritime industry ride the ‘smart’ wave

Article mentioned that the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) is looking into various disruptive developments, such as 3D printing of spare parts and “smart” technologies for ships and ports, to ensure the sustainability of the industry. SMI executive director Mr Heng Chiang Gnee opined that discussions are ongoing with the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, SP and NP to ensure that training of future maritime workers stays up-to-date. [Today, p20]

07-11-2016

Hua Yi Secondary celebrates 60th anniversary

At Hua Yi Secondary School’s 60th anniversary celebration dinner, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong cited alumni members who have contributed to its success. SP’s Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering student and recent Hua Yi graduate, John Sathguru, was mentioned for helping out as a relief teacher at his alma mater. [The Straits Times, pB7]

03-11-2016

Stiff competition prompts mattress shops to innovate

Ms Sarah Lim, senior lecturer at SP Business School, opined on how mattress shops are improving the shopping experience in a bid to attract more customers. [The Straits Times - Life!, pD4-D5]

31-10-2016

More SMEs are working with institutions to improve their productivity

Article mentioned that more small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are working with the respective innovation centres in tertiary institutions to develop their products and remain competitive. One example is Mr Ham Weng Seng, who took over the reins of the family owned Chop Tai Chong Kok Ptd Ltd three years ago. He shared how SP’s Food Innovation and Resource Centre (FIRC) has helped his business to boost productivity by providing consultancy services to improves his products and lessons for his staff to learn about product packaging and safety. FIRC also introduced relevant suppliers to his business. After working with FIRC, the company has expanded to five shops and a factory from the initial two outlets. Article also mentioned the various centres of innovation among the five polys. These centres have different areas of focus and have been sponsored by SPRING since 2006. Article mentioned that FIRC was set up in 2007 to increase the competitiveness of the companies in the global market by harnessing the latest technologies available to help companies create new or value-added products, as well as providing recommendations for appropriate packaging and improving the workflow and product shelf-life. FIRC’s Centre Director Mrs Ngan-Loong Mann Na shared that students interning at FIRC have the opportunity to assist full-time food researchers, comprising food scientists and food technologists, on these projects. She also shared that FIRC offers 20 different short courses and has trained over 3000 professionals. FIRC has also worked with more than 500 companies on more than 850 projects. Association of SME president, Kurt Wee, opined on the benefits of having lecturers, researchers and students working on a real-life food projects. Article also mentioned that universities also have various centres and facilities to help SMEs. [Lianhe Zaobao, p8]

31-10-2016

Singapore Polytechnic Arts Fiesta – Art At Heart

SP’s Arts Fiesta was listed as one of the upcoming event. The Arts Fiesta will run from Nov 4 to 24 and will see student performances ranging from contemporary jazz to classical Chinese orchestra. [The Straits Times - Life!, pD7]

28-10-2016

Recording the history of the Bugis

Article featured the efforts of SP’s Diploma in Mechanical Engineering graduate Sarafian Salleh and his efforts to document the history of the Bugis in Singapore. Sarafian is also the Director of his own engineering company, Diagno Veritas Pte Ltd. [Berita Harian, p16]

28-10-2016

Growing knowledge

Article in The New Paper’s educational supplement featured SP’s Diploma in Electronics, Computer and Communication graduate Ken Goh. Upon graduating, Ken wanted to know more about how medical systems tick, which inspired him to pursue an engineering degree at Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS). He is now a project manager with medical equipment wholesaler Tecnicas Radioficicas Singapore. Graduates from other polytechnics were also featured in the educational supplement. [The New Paper GO Guide (Beyond Poly), p19]

26-10-2016

Reigniting the engineering spark in Singapore

News clip highlighted the challenge in convincing individuals to take up engineering as a profession in Singapore. SP’s FabLab was featured in the video as one of the facilities which aim to get students interested in Engineering. SP’s FabLab manager, Mr Steven Chew, mentioned that the poly has been busy with outreach activities through the engineering camps and the Robotics and Maker Academy. Steven also mentioned that the FabLab works with a lot of schools in Singapore to promote engineering. He also shared that a passion for engineering plays a crucial role in sustaining interest in students. SP’s segment in the clip starts from 2:45. [Channel News Asia]

24-10-2016

Making Engineering attractive to teens

Article featured the joint-poly Engineering Discovery event as one of the initiatives that makes Engineering attractive to teens. The event which was attended by more than 800 students from 11 secondary schools, saw students attending workshops and participating in hands-on activities. The workshops which were held for the first time in the event’s 13-year history, allowed participants a glimpse at the practical side of Engineering as they created model gliders and miniature solar-powered cars. At the event, each polytechnic also featured two interactive projects done by their engineering students, from robots to help the elderly in tasks such as physical exercise, to an app that detects hearing loss. Students also attended a talk on the educational and career options for engineers. SP’s senior lecturer and chairman of the Engineering Discovery organising committee, Wendy Leck, opined on the relevance of conducting the workshops for the first time. In the article, the Ministry of Education mentioned that the polys had a combined intake of 7,300 engineering students last year and this figure has remained stable over the years. [The Straits Times, pB10]

24-10-2016

The voice behind Disney’s animated film Moana, is coming to Singapore on November 9

Two Disney animation artists, Roger Lee and Griselda Sastrawinata, will be conducting an animation workshop for SP’s Diploma in Digital Animation and Diploma in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics students, as well as beneficiaries from Marina Bay Sands’ designated charities. Sastrawinata will also be conducting two drawing tutorials on how to draw characters from Moana. [Shin Min Daily News, p13]

24-10-2016

Return of River Nights

One hundred SP students will wield LED-lit colour-changing umbrellas for the interactive Umbrella Project performance as part of the Singapore River Festival. The third edition of the festival aims to celebrate the Singapore River’s changing identity through the years and is organised by the Asian Civilisations Museum and the National Arts Council. [The Straits Times - Life!, pD5]

21-10-2016

Youth recognised for contributions to community

SP’s Diploma in Chemical Engineering student, Bryan Tan, was featured as one of the recipients of this year’s National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA) Gold Award. Bryan was recognised for his role in initiating cleaning projects in the community during his time at ITE College East. Besides community service, Bryan also juggled his studies, duties as student council president and part-time work at Universal Studios. [The Straits Times, pB7]

21-10-2016

Talent required for data analytics sector

Article mentioned that the Economic Development Board (EDB) will work with companies and institutes of higher learning to develop talent for the data analytics sector. The sector is expected to add $1 billion to the country’s economy in the future. Article also mentioned that NYP is working with IT company Accenture to cultivate talents through a work-study programme. Photo used in the article featured SP’s Cyber Wargame Centre. [Berita Harian, p7]

20-10-2016

Managing a degree while caring for family

SP’s Diploma in Banking and Finance graduate Nurhana Kamasini was featured as one of the adult graduates at UniSIM’s annual graduation ceremony. After graduating from SP, Nurhana had to stop her undergraduate studies twice due to work and family commitments. With the support of her family, she managed to achieve her dream of getting a degree on her third try. [Berita Minggu, p12]

17-10-2016

Youth Convention ‘CommaCon’ 2016

Almost 600 youth from various races and backgrounds attended the annual ‘CommaCon’ to discuss important and sensitive issues including terrorism, racism and national identity. Article mentioned that SP’s Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology students performed a skit at the event. [Berita Minggu, p4]

17-10-2016

Mother of four graduates with Bachelor of Social Work at UniSIM

Article featured Ms Yuliza Wati Mohamad Yusoff, a mother of four who has recently graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work at UniSIM. She shared how she juggled work and taking care of her family while studying. Two of her children are currently studying in SP’s Diploma in Landscape Architecture and Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology course. [Berita Minggu, p12]

17-10-2016

Infocomm Media Development Authority gives out 33 scholarships

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Infocomm Security Management student Chua Han Yong Darren as one of the 33 recipients of the iPoly Scholarships given out by the Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA). Darren, who has a growth disorder, shared how he learnt programming and the setting up of wireless networks from his father, who is a senior IT personnel at a telecommunication company. The experience got him interested in information technology. Article also featured TP’s second-year Diploma in Big Data Management & Governance student Zheng Yi Guang as part of the first batch of 800 students under the Industry Preparation for Pre-Graduates (iPrep) programme by IMDA. The iPrep programme provides funding support to students for specialised courses to attain industry certifications, as well as opportunities to gain work experience by embarking on industry infocomm projects during their internship. Yi Guang intends to use the iPrep grant to attend courses on data analysis. [Lianhe Zaobao]

14-10-2016

10 years on, empty shopfronts at The Cathay highlight retail challenges

SP’s marketing and retail lecturer Mr Amos Tan opined on the challenges faced by The Cathay shopping mall amid slowing retail sales. He shared that consumer preferences have changed, and that the mall should think of different ways to cater to the lifestyle preferences of their target audience. [Channel News Asia]

14-10-2016

Hawker Food Champion

Weekly column on people who love food featured SP’s Diploma in Media and Communications student Fiona Quah. In July, she joined a video competition organised by insurance comparison site GoBear for the launch of its personal loans comparison service. Fiona was encouraged by her lecturer to take part and her Hawker Stories video beat more than 100 entries to win the grand prize of $10,000. In the column, the budding film-maker shared her passion for food and her mission to preserve the culture and identity of hawkers in Singapore. Similar story was reported in Lianhe Wanbao. [The Sunday Times - Life!, pC7]

10-10-2016

Shops in strata-titled malls pull out all the stops to avoid closure

SP’s marketing and retail lecturer Amos Tan opined on how shop owners at older strata-titled malls can tap on their brick-and-mortar presence and pull traffic to their outlets through online operations. [Todayonline.com]

10-10-2016

Achieving Excellence

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering graduate Abdul Halim Ali Akbar. He shared his daily journey from his home in Johor to Singapore during his secondary school days. While the early start and long journey would tire him out, Abdul Halim did not give up as he realised that education is important for him. After graduating from a madrasah, he decided on the junior college route before realising that he is more of a hands-on person. Deciding to pursue his interest in aeroplanes, he dropped out of junior college and enrolled in SP. His achievements in SP enabled him to pursue a Degree in Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College London. Abdul Halim subsequently graduated with a second class honours degree and is currently undergoing training at A*STAR’s Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), before pursuing a doctorate. [Berita Minggu, p8]

10-10-2016

Charting bright futures

An advertorial featured SP’s Diploma in Maritime Business student and MaritimeONE Scholar, Song Pei Wei. Offering an insider’s view to the maritime industry, Pei Wei shared that one of the challenges she faced during her internship was communication, as she was required to interact with people of various nationalities. Being a MaritimeONE Scholar gave her opportunities to go on learning journeys to restricted maritime-related locations such as shipyards and port terminals, as well as participate in many industry networking events. The advertorial also featured NP’s Diploma in Marine and Offshore Technology alumnus, Aizad Mohamed Norahim. He shared his passion for the maritime industry and some learning points from his internship experience at a shipyard. [Teenage Magazine, p82]

07-10-2016

Play for work

An advertorial featured SP’s Diploma in Games Design and Development (DGDD) final-year student, Gavin Lim. Gavin, who has been playing video games since Primary Four, shared that it wasn’t until Secondary Two that he discovered the DGDD course and decided to actively pursue gaming as a future career path. In SP, Gavin’s passion for game design flourished – he had the opportunity to travel to China, where he worked together with students from the Chinese Academy of the Arts to develop a game in just four days. He also scored an internship at Ubisoft Singapore, a giant in the games industry. He further shared that the lecturers in SP helped to push him past his limits and that DGDD equips him with all the skills he needs to pursue a career in the gaming industry. [Teenage Magazine, p80]

07-10-2016

Taking creative photos using a smart phone

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Architecture graduate Syafiq Usman who is recognised as one of the best Instagrammers in Singapore due to his creative photos on local architecture. Recently, the National Library Board invited Syafiq to share his photography techniques with members of the public. [Berita Harian, p10]

06-10-2016

MAS to work with 5 polytechnics to shape curriculum for fintech

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the five local polytechnics to promote the development of skills in financial technology (fintech). MAS will work with the polytechnics and help shape the curriculum and engender greater alignment with the needs of the financial sector. In addition, MAS will facilitate fintech internship opportunities for final-year polytechnic students at financial institutions, regulatory bodies and start-ups. It will also facilitate joint projects between final-year students and potential partners in the fintech community in areas like developing mobile applications and cybersecurity. NP principal Mr Clarence Ti shared that in 2017, the polytechnic will start 100 fintech internships and build a pool of 100 fintech mentors. A new microsite, www.polyfintech100.sg, will allow companies to register their interest to provide internship or mentorship. Similar story reported in Lianhe Zaobao featured a second-year student from NP’s Diploma in Financial Informatics who wishes to join a start-up after graduation. He shared that the fintech internship opportunities will allow him to have a jumpstart in his career in the finance and technology industry. Similar story was also reported in Today, The Business Times, Berita Harian, Channel 8 News and e27.co. [Channel News Asia]

04-10-2016

LINE invite students to design Singapore-themed sticker designs

News featured the LINE Sticker Design Competition organised by LINE. This competition is open to all Singaporean students who are currently enrolled for full-time courses in tertiary institutions. Participating schools include SP, NP, TP, Lasalle College of the Arts, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Nanyang Technological University and SIM University. The theme of the competition is Fabulous Singapore: Life in Singapore. Participants are to submit a set of 16 sticker designs that shows a unique Singaporean way of life, from now till 8 November 2016. Ten entries will be shortlisted and featured on the Official LINE Sticker shop in Singapore. [Channel 8 News]

04-10-2016

Making Great S’pore Sale great again

SP’s senior retail lecturer Sarah Lim opined on why businesses cannot afford to offer stepper discounts during the Great Singapore Sale. Similar story was reported in Lianhe Wanbao. [The Sunday Times, pA12]

03-10-2016

Planet Music Awards 2016

SP’s Diploma in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics graduate, Haikal Mohammed Ali, has won the Best Singapore Song Award at the Planet Music Awards that was held in Malaysia. [Berita Minggu, p20]

03-10-2016

Not Special, Just Me

Documentary by Channel News Asia featured SP’s Diploma in Visual Communication and Media Design student Chester Sim, who was diagnosed with mild autism when he was three years old. Chester and his mother shared how he was ostracised and bullied by his primary school classmates and teachers. His talent in drawing flourished and he learnt to communicate better with others, after he was sent to Pathlight School, an autism-focused educational institution. However, wearing the Pathlight School uniform caused him to face even more stigma from society. Initially, Chester was reluctant to appear in the video but eventually he began showcasing his action figures collections and drawings. His mother mentioned that after he enrolled in SP, most people including his lecturers, do not think that he is any different from the rest. Chester also showed one of his school assignments on digital illustration. [CNA Insider]

03-10-2016

Students taking photos of the double rainbow; PM Lee encourage netizens to share more of such photos on social media

PM Lee encouraged netizens to share with him the photos of the double rainbows spotted during Friday evening. One of the most popular photos, which was posted by Cher Wong, was taken by student from SP Canoe Team during his training at SP’s swimming complex. Within two hours of posting on PM Lee’s Facebook page, this photo received 400 Likes. [Lianhe Wanbao, p7]

03-10-2016

Emerging biopharmaceutical manufacturing sector to add more than 300 new jobs

At the opening of the new US$320-million plant of global biopharmaceutical firm AbbVie at Tuas Biomedical Park, Trade and Industry (Industry) Minister S. Iswaran mentioned that the biopharmaceutical manufacturing sector is expected to create more than 300 jobs over the next three years. He also noted that employment in the sector has more than tripled in 15 years. Mr Iswaran also shared that the Economic Development Board, Workforce Development Agency, SP and TP have created close to 700 training positions for Singaporeans to prepare them for new job opportunities through talent development programmes. Mr Lee Teck Heng who is currently a biotechnology at AbbVie share how shared how the three-month course at TP prepared him for the career switch to the pharmaceutical industry. He was previously a stockbroker for 21 years. [The Straits Times, pC2]

30-09-2016

Temasek 20/20 Short Film Project attracts over a million views on Social Media

At the closing ceremony of the Temasek 20/20 Short Film Project, two student films were highlighted for its high quality and well-written script. One of the films titled ‘Goldfish’ is the work of SP’s Diploma in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics student Ashraf Arshad. The film reflects his experience of living under the same roof with his 80 year-old grandmother who suffers from dementia. Since being uploaded on social media, ‘Goldfish’ has attracted 44,000 views. The Temasek 20/20 Short Film Project (The 20/20 Project) is the inaugural commissioned film series sponsored by Temasek. The project aims to provide a platform for young filmmakers in Singapore to not only have an opportunity to pursue their filmmaking dreams, but also help refine their craft under the mentorship of some of Singapore’s most established filmmakers. [Berita Harian, p10]

29-09-2016

Compass One opens – with strong focus on young families

SP’s senior retail lecturer Sarah Lim opined on the young family-centric initiatives by the new Compass One mall. [The Straits Times, pB6]

28-09-2016

Shirtless guy of the week – Bennington Soon

Weekly column on shirtless guy of the week featured SP’s Diploma in Integrated Events & Project Management graduate Bennington Soon Yu Wen. He shared his experiences in the Gusto cheerleading team during his poly days and tips on keeping fit. [8 Days, p84]

27-09-2016

What to do at Archifest 2016

Article mentioned that award-winning landscape architectural works submitted by various academic institutions such as SP and RMIT University Melbourne will be showcased at the Asia Architectural Design Awards 2016 Exhibition, held from Oct 1 to Oct 5. [Today, p29]

26-09-2016

Record 466 students win Sinda awards

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering student Sarannath Devanathan as one of the 466 recipients of the Singapore Indian Development Association's (Sinda) Excellence Award. The award is given to students who excel in their studies or areas such as sports and this year marks the largest number of winners in its 25-year history. Sarannath shared how he dropped out of his ITE electronics course as he saw no point in it after a month. He nearly signed on with the Navy during his National Service before an officer convinced him to continue studying. He took up the officer’s advice and passed his Nitec before enrolling in SP. Similar story was reported in Lianhe Zaobao. [The Sunday Times, pA15]

26-09-2016

Scholarships fulfil the aspirations of young accountants

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Accountancy student Nursyafiqah Azammudin as one of the recipients of the first education programme bursary from the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (Isca) for needy accountancy students. To help her father who is working as a laboratory assistant, Nursyafiqah worked part-time at Universal Studios Singapore as a waitress. A total of 15 students from disadvantaged families with a monthly income of not more than $625, received scholarships with a total value of $55,000 from Isca. [Berita Harian, p26]

23-09-2016

$55k bursary gives accounting students a leg up

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Accountancy student Angeline Phung as one of the recipients of the first education programme bursary from the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (Isca) for needy accountancy students. While preparing for her O levels two years ago, Angeline’s father died suddenly of gastric cancer. To help out with her family’s expenses, Angeline worked two jobs to make ends meet and at times was so strapped for cash that she would eat only bread for her meals. Besides financial assistance, Angeline will also get internship and mentorship opportunities along with her bursary. [The Straits Times, pB10]

23-09-2016

NorthLight’s approach holds value for S’pore’s education system: PM

Article featured SP’s Hotel and Leisure Facilities Management student, Muhammad Asyraf Chumino, who was cited in Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s speech at the launch of Northlight School’s new campus at Towner Road. Asyraf had dropped out of school at the age of 10 to care for his mother who was suffering from depression after his father died of cancer, and thought that he would never be able to complete his studies. Three years later, with his mother’s encouragement and support from self-help group Mendaki, Asyraf enrolled in NorthLight School. With support from a dedicated teacher, he went on to become one of the school’s success stories. To date, about 1,400 students have graduated from NorthLight, of which about a third have successfully progressed to various Institute of Technical Education colleges while 14 graduates have gone on to polytechnics. Similar story was reported in The Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao and Channel News Asia. [Today, p18]

22-09-2016

Lego got her interested in Civil Engineering

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Civil Engineering with Business graduate Erni Farisha Nor’Azhar. She shared how Lego got her interested in designing and developing “buildings” at a young age and spurred her interested in Engineering. Erni who is currently working as a project supervisor for Tiong Seng Contractors has just been awarded a Building and Construction Authority scholarship to pursue further studies. Article also mentioned that Erni is one of four women in her company who is involved in the planning of construction projects. [Berita Harian, p6]

22-09-2016

45-minute dengue test kit to hit market in 3 years

SP and Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) has jointly developed a new test kit which takes just 45 minutes to diagnose dengue with a 100 per cent accuracy rate. The kit will also be able to determine the dengue serotype among the four known strains of the virus. First announced in 2013 as a prototype, the kit has since undergone 24 months of laboratory testing. SP is currently in talks with a company to launch the test kit in the market within the next three years. SP’s Centre for Biomedical and Life Sciences Director, Dr Tan Eng Lee, shared how the dengue test kit is one of the first in the market to use nanotechnology and is both affordable and simple to use. SP and TTSH also signed a second Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in researching new methods for the early detection of infectious diseases over the next three years. Both institutions also announced that a prototype test kit for both the dengue and Zika virus is in the works. Similar story was reported on Channel 8, Suria, Vasantham, 938Live, 95.8FM, Ria 89.7FM and Warna FM. [ChannelNewsAsia]

21-09-2016

Poly students given opportunity to deepen skills at Tan Tock Seng Hospital

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Biotechnology (DBT) graduate Zikry as one of the students who completed an internship at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) under a previous memorandum of understanding (MOU). Zikry got the opportunity to research on HIV as part of his internship. He shared that he pursued the DBT course as he was inspired by his grandmother to contribute back to the community. Article also mentioned that one of the objective of the second MOU that was signed between SP and TTSH is to tap on next generation sequencing to identify superbugs and prevent their spread and infection. The new MOU will also provide more learning opportunities for students like Zikry to deepen their skills and nurture their interest in biomedical science. [Berita Harian, p8]

21-09-2016

Locally developed diagnostic kit can diagnose dengue in 45 minutes

SP and Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) has jointly developed a new test kit which takes just 45 minutes to diagnose dengue with a 100 per cent accuracy rate. Compared to the current diagnostic kit used in hospitals which takes around 4 to 6 hours, general practitioners will be able to use this kit to test for dengue among patients, thus saving resources for the hospitals. The kit will also be able to distinguish between the four known strains of the dengue virus. The kit has undergone two years of laboratory testing of 152 blood samples. SP’s Centre for Biomedical and Life Sciences Director, Dr Tan Eng Lee, shared that their goal is to develop faster, better and cheaper diagnostic kits for easier use by the medical professionals. They are currently in talks with companies to commercialise this kit and hope to launch it in the market within the next three years. As the kit is still in the development stage, they are unable to comment on the price but they will try to make it competitive. SP and TTSH also signed a second Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate in researching new methods for the early detection of infectious diseases over the next three years. Both institutions also announced that a prototype test kit for both the dengue and Zika virus is in the works. Similar story was reported in Shin Min Daily News. Similar story in Lianhe Wanbao mentioned that the MOU also provides internship opportunities for SP’s Diploma in Biomedical Science students to work on genome sequencing and diagnostic kits for infectious diseases such as dengue. It also mentioned that SP students have been involved in the development of the prototype kit for dengue and Zika virus which currently takes three hours to diagnose the virus. [Lianhe Zaobao, p9]

21-09-2016

Passion and Science in Art

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Architectural Technology graduate Midah Arshad and her passion for painting. She is currently an artist and her works have been displayed in galleries in Asia. [Berita Harian, p10]

20-09-2016

Track and Field athlete was eligible for the admission despite his mediocre results

Tan Pei Yi, who successfully enrolled into SP’s Diploma in Music and Audio Technology (DMAT) course via the Early Admissions Exercise (EAE), shared her childhood passion in music and the interview process. Due to her bad ‘O’ Level results last year, she retook her ‘O’ Level examinations as a private candidate this year. She opined that EAE allowed students to showcase their passion in music and not be at a disadvantage because of their academic results. Yusof Ishak Secondary School student Huang Yu Sheng, who successfully enrolled into RP’s Diploma in Sports and Exercise Science via EAE, was also featured. [Lianhe Zaobao, p6]

20-09-2016

Daring to innovate

Editorial by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) featured the finalists of the LTA Engineering Challenge. Among the finalists are two teams from SP. A team of students from SP’s Diploma in Aerospace Electronics have come up with a prototype of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to conduct track inspections in long and deep MRT tunnels. Another team of students from SP’s School of Architecture and the Built Environment has developed a computer model to show how MRT trains can be extended to ease crowd congestion during peak hours. [The Sunday Times, pA7]

19-09-2016

Longest-serving principal of Singapore Poly dies, aged 80

SP’s longest-serving principal Dr Khoo Kay Chai has died at the age of 80. SP’s Chairman of the Board of Governors Mr Bill Chang, who is also an alumni, mentioned how Dr Khoo had always cared for the student community. SP Graduates’ Guild president Jimmy Lim shared Dr Khoo’s role in developing the alumni clubhouse. SP’s senior director (Administration Cluster) Mr Tan Peng Ann, who worked with Dr Khoo in the 1980s and 1990s, talked about how Dr Khoo was always open to listening to ideas. Dr Khoo saw the need for students to have pastoral care and also initiated foreign exchanges and career guidance at a time when these initiatives were not common. Article also mentioned that Dr Khoo introduced advanced diploma courses, arranged degree transfers with the then University of Singapore in 1969 and set up a department of industry services to maintain links with the industry. Similar story was reported in Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News. [The Sunday Times, pA15]

19-09-2016

SkillsFuture awards open to people with disabilities

People with disabilities and the job coaches and professionals who support them can now take up SkillsFuture Study Awards to upgrade their skills. Applications for the awards will be open until December for the first phase. Further application windows will open next year. SG Enable will accept applications for study awards in two categories. The first is for people with disabilities who have shown resilience in learning and working towards achieving their full potential. The second is for job coaches and professionals who support those with disabilities in employment. Each recipient will receive $5,000, which can be used to defray expenses for courses such as local and overseas training programmes, bachelor and master's degrees and specialist diplomas. SP’s Diploma in Business Management graduate Ambrose Lim, who has severe sight problems because of a genetic disorder shared his thoughts on applying for the new study award to help defray the costs of his part-time business degree. [The Sunday Times, pA11]

19-09-2016

How Singapore Polytechnic is personalising learning

Ms Agnes Kwek, who currently helms the Corporate Transformation and Futures Division at the Land SP’s Director of Information and Digital Technology and Chief Data Officer Loh Gin Chye, shared how the polytechnic is using technology to transform itself into a ‘Smart Campus’. He mentioned how personalised learning services, the ‘flipped classroom’ approach as well as training staff in the area of education technology will allow SP to improve its students’ experience. [Govinsider.asia]

16-09-2016

Changi Airport places third in the world for shopper spend

SP’s senior retail lecturer Sarah Lim opined on how the layout of shops and signage at Changi Airport allowed it to make $2.2 billion in total retail sales last year. This amount is the third highest in the world. [The Straits Times - Life!, pD4]

15-09-2016

DesignSingapore Council appoints new executive director

Ms Agnes Kwek, who currently helms the Corporate Transformation and Futures Division at the Land Transport Authority, will take over from Mr Jeffrey Ho, as the new executive director for DesignSingapore Council from 1 Nov. Article mentioned that Mr Ho was a lecturer at Singapore Polytechnic and founded its School of Design in 2004. [StraitsTimes.com]

15-09-2016

Gaining hands-on practical skills

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Mechanical Engineering graduate Sairin Sani, who recently graduated with first class honours from Nanyang Technological University (NTU). He shared how he dropped out of the express stream in secondary school as he was not interested in studying. Sairin decided to change his attitude after secondary school and enrolled in ITE as he felt that he was more of a kinaesthetic learner. He excelled in ITE and poly and went on to do well in university as well. Sairin who is employed by multi-national aerospace company United Technologies Corporation Aerospace Systems, has recently received a scholarship to pursue a Master in Manufacturing Systems and Engineering at NTU. [Berita Minggu, p10]

13-09-2016

Overcoming challenges in life

Article featured SP graduate Siti Masturah Ramlan and her experience at the Business Expert Forum at Harvard Business School in the United States. Instead of sharing about her business journey, Masturah shared her challenges in life and what it means to be happy and to accept herself. Her fresh approach during her five minute slot at the forum was well received by the audience. [Berita Harian, p5]

13-09-2016

Choo closing in on mark to turn pro Ironman

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Music and Audio Technology graduate Choo Ling Er and her plans to become a professional Ironman athlete. [The Straits Times, pC11]

09-09-2016

Conserved buildings: Consult public before slicing and dicing

Opinion column featured the tearing down of the conserved Ellison Building to facilitate the construction of the North-South Corridor. Many in the heritage community have slammed the decision to demolish and reconstruct the Ellison Building, describing it as a regressive move. Article also mentioned that the Bestway Building which housed the former SP campus has already lost part of its features to the Circle Line’s Prince Edward station. The Bestway Building housed Singapore’s first architecture school and many in the architectural community believe the site should be kept intact to be better understood as a school compound. [The Straits Times, pA36]

08-09-2016

Post National Day Forum

Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, chaired a post National Day forum which was organised by the Yayasan Mendaki. The forum explored topics such as the Global Future and developing entrepreneurial spirit among youths. SP’s Singapore Maritime Academy Director, Captain Mohd Salleh Ahmad Sarwan, was mentioned as one of the panellists on the forum. [Berita Harian, p4]

07-09-2016

Samsung Note7: Phone exchange starts next week

SP’s marketing and retail lecturer Amos Tan opined on Samsung’s plans to recall and replace the new Note7 phones after reports of the handset’s battery exploding while being charged. [The Straits Times, pB3]

07-09-2016

University student determined to become nightclub DJ

Article by NTU student correspondent featured NTU engineering second-year student and SP alumnus Liang Zheng Ping who is now working part-time as a DJ in a nightclub. Zheng Ping was first introduced to the DJ (electronic mix) club and the DJ competitions by his peers when he was in his second-year at SP. Initially he wanted to join the basketball club but failed to qualify for the team. He shared his experience performing at various events and competitions and his reasons in wanting to become a full-time DJ after graduating from university. [Lianhe Zaobao - zbNow, pB3]

07-09-2016

Sep 2016 - Morning Express - Tue 6 Sep 2016

Health and Nutrition experts, including SP’s Diploma in Nutrition, Health and Wellness lecturer Yvonne Ban and NYP’s Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition lecturer Xu Ming Zhe, opined in the the daily news programme “Morning Express” about the health benefits and characteristics of the brown rice. Yvonne Ban also shared some tips on choosing the rice with the healthier option. The segment on brown rice is from 15:25 to 22:47. SP’s segment is from 20:00 to 21:56. Video clip: http://video.toggle.sg/en/tv-show/news/sep-2016-morning-express/tue-6-sep-2016/443345 [Channel 8]

07-09-2016

Maritime emergency preparedness exercise to test responses to ferry mishaps

Article featured the annual emergency preparedness exercise “FEREX 2016” conducted by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), together with more than 450 personnel from 15 agencies and companies. Fifty SP students volunteered as trapped passengers in the exercise. SP’s Diploma in Nautical Studies first-year student Yan Kai Jie, who aspires to be a ship captain, shared his reasons for volunteering and the lessons learnt. Similar story was reported in myPaper. [Lianhe Zaobao, p10]

02-09-2016

Shop, Meet the designers & watch tailors at work

SP’s retail expert and senior lecturer Sarah Lim opined on how home-grown retailers should be mindful of their financial resources and timing despite their strength in offering alternative retail experiences. Samuel Tan, course manager of TP’s Diploma in Retail Management also opined on the risk factors of opening new stores in the weak retail climate. [The Straits Times - Life!, pD4-D5]

01-09-2016

Track fault on North-South Line causes rush-hour delays

A track fault caused delays of up to 20 minutes on the North-South Line during the morning rush-hour yesterday, resulting in overcrowded trains and stations, and longer commutes. Article mentioned that SP pushed back the first of three examination sessions yesterday by 15 minutes — from 9am to 9.15am — to allow students to arrive on time. A SP spokesperson shared that the 15-minute grace period was sufficient for students to report on time for their exams. A spokesperson from NYP also shared that seven students arrived late for their 9am exams, but they produced slips from SMRT explaining the hold-up and were given the full duration of the exam time. Similar story was reported in Straitstimes.com. [Today, p19]

31-08-2016

Behind the Spotlight

Article featured this year’s nominations for National Youth Film Awards (NYFA) 2016 which were commented by Teenage magazine to be equally promising as the NYFA award winners. These include “Heartwave” produced by SP’s Diploma in Creative Writing for TV and New Media students, as well as “Lullaby” produced by NP’s Diploma in Film, Sound and Video students. [Teenage, p87]

31-08-2016

A shipping career onshore

Article mentioned that the MaritimeONE Scholarships give talented young Singaporeans a boost in the maritime industry and train them to become future industry leaders. The MaritimeONE Scholarships are sponsored by the maritime companies in the industry, which includes SP’s Singapore Maritime Academy. Since the inception of the MaritimeONE Scholarships in 2007, 275 scholarships worth over $7.3 million have been awarded to outstanding students to pursue maritime courses here and abroad. [Today, p17]

31-08-2016

Following her nose

SP advertorial features third-year student Doreen Ting from the Diploma in Perfumery and Cosmetic Science (DPCS). She shares her experience being in the DPCS course and how it has sparked a new interest in her. [Teenage, p90-91]

31-08-2016

The outstanding 20-somethings who’ve just joined HSBC in Hong Kong and Singapore

Article featured SP’s Diploma in International Business alumna, Cheryl Tay, who currently works as an analyst at HSBC global banking and markets in Hong Kong. While in SP, Cheryl took part in two ‘spring weeks’ – the sessions investment banks run to give students their first taste of the industry – at Rothschild and Goldman Sachs in 2014. She later secured an internship at Rothschild that same year. After graduating, she went on to Durham University in the United Kingdom where she received a degree in Business and Management. [efinancialcareers.com]

30-08-2016

Design home-base

Article featured some of the participants of the Ikea's Young Designer's Award 2016. Among the participants is SP’s Diploma in Experience and Product Design student Melody Koh. She designed a pot that can be compressed, so the user will be able to save space and keep an organised kitchen cabinet. Article also featured two other participants from TP. [The Business Times, pL4-L5]

29-08-2016

CDAC tuition helped her ace O levels

NP’s accountancy student Ng Hui was featured as one of the 564 beneficiaries of self-help groups. She shared how she received tuition in mathematics and English from the Chinese Development Assistance Council since she was in Primary 1. Ng Hui was also one of 14 winners of the Best Overall Academic Performance Award at an annual ceremony which was held at NYP. Another award recipient who was mentioned in the article is New Town Secondary School’s student Kerthana Shree Shanmugavelu. She scored five distinctions in the N levels last year and hopes to get into SP’s Diploma in Perfumery and Cosmetic Science course. Similar story was reported in Lianhe Zaobao and Shin Min Daily News. [The Sunday Times, pA16]

29-08-2016

More going for master’s degree amid more choice

Article featured the rise of the master’s degree in Singapore as local universities boost their graduate programmes and Singaporeans see the need to improve their skills and knowledge in a rapidly changing work environment. TP’s fashion design and merchandising graduate Jada Seet, shared her reasons behind pursuing a Master of Science in Innovation at the Singapore Management University. [The Straits Times, pB5]

29-08-2016

Paying respects to Mr S R Nathan

Article mentioned that SP student Xu Yu Shan was one of the members of the public who paid her respects to Mr S R Nathan. Yu Shan was a beneficiary of the S R Nathan Education Upliftment fund and is grateful for the help received. [Lianhe Zaobao, p6]

25-08-2016

Falling in love with a career that requires endurance

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Nautical studies student Mohammad Huzaini Hashim and Diploma in Maritime Business graduate Iffah Syafiqah Imran as two of the 53 recipients of the annual MaritimeONE scholarship. Both graduates shared how they discovered their passion for the maritime industry at SP’s Singapore Maritime Academy and their future aspirations. Article also mentioned that Iffah will read Maritime Business and Logistics at the University of Plymouth in Britain. [Berita Harian, p12]

24-08-2016

Recognising his NDP efforts

President Dr Tony Tan organised a thank-you reception for 151 National Day Parade (NDP) performers and helpers, including SP’s Diploma in Marine Engineering student Muhammad Faiz Darman. Faiz was the contingent commander of the National Civil Defence Cadet Corps during the NDP. [Berita Harian, p20]

24-08-2016

President Dr Tony Tan organised thank-you reception for National Day Parade performers and helpers

President Dr Tony Tan organised a thank-you reception for 151 National Day Parade (NDP) performers and helpers, including SP’s Diploma in Information Technology alumna Neoh Yew Kim. During the mass song-singing activity at the NDP, Yew Kim used sign language to lead 150 special needs participants. Yew Kim, who suffered from hearing loss when she was six months old, shared her feelings and thoughts about performing during NDP. [Lianhe Zaobao, p12]

23-08-2016

Earn and Learn Programme launched for energy and chemicals sector

The Singapore Workforce Development Agency and SP launched an 18-month Earn and Learn Programme to build a pipeline of skilled local manpower for the energy and chemicals sector. Participants of the programme will undergo on-campus training at SP, along with structured on-the-job training and mentorship with their employers, which include leading firms in the industry such as Shell, Mitsui and Hyflux. The minimum starting salary for the job component of the programme is between $1,400 and S2,000 with a shift allowance of $800 to $1,100, and participants may also receive wage increments or promotions based on their performance. The article mentioned that 26 participants from different polytechnics have been placed in eight companies since May this year. These participants will be trained in areas such as process principles, design, optimisation and safety, and assessed by industry practitioners from the sector. Graduates who successfully complete the programme will receive an Advanced Diploma in Chemical Engineering from SP, and will have the opportunity to pursue a related degree in the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Institute of Technology-Newcastle University with exemptions in selected modules. Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung shared that the energy and chemicals industry lacked manpower despite its importance to Singapore's economy, and emphasised the importance of the SkillsFuture movement. SP’s Diploma in Chemical Engineering alumna, Masyitah Ceralvo, opined that joining the ELP has given her deeper insights into the industry, which may help to make university studies easier in the future. She is currently working as a process technician at Shell. [Channel News Asia]

23-08-2016

Talent pipeline for energy and chemicals sector

SP and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency has launched a 18-month earn and learn programme (ELP) for the energy and chemicals sector. The ELP is open to those who have graduated from selected polytechnic courses. Those who graduate from the ELP will be exempted from selected modules if they later pursue a related degree at the National University of Singapore or the Singapore Institute of Technology-Newcastle University. The new programme which has signed up 26 participants in the inaugural batch will see participants attending lessons at SP, get trained on the job and be mentored by their employers. They will be paid a starting base salary of $1,400 to $2,000 a month with a shift allowance of $800 to $1,100. SP’s Diploma in Chemical Engineering graduate from the class of 2016, Masyitah Hasunah, shared that gaining work experience was a key factor in her decision to sign up for the ELP. Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung, who launched the ELP at Pulau Bukom reiterated the importance of the SkillsFuture movement in light of major technological disruptions happening in the world. Photo used in the story featured Masyitah Hasunah giving a demonstration to Acting Minister Ong. Similar story was reported in myPaper. [The Straits Times, pB4]

23-08-2016

National Day Rally follow-up: Interest in Aerospace field

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering graduate, Abdul Halim Ali Akbar, who dropped out of Innova Junior College to pursue his interest in space and aircraft. He went on to receive a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Imperial College London, and is now a research intern at A*Star. Abdul Halim shared how SP nurtured his passion for aeronautical engineering. He hopes to get a PhD in the near future and plans to develop new technologies for the aviation industry. [Berita Harian, p5]

23-08-2016

Ong Ye Kung: Deepening the skills of the local employees will help to overcome future challenges

Article featured the official launch of the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme (ELP) for the Energy and Chemicals Sector by Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung at Shell Eastern Petroleum Pte Ltd, Pulau Bukom. He shared the importance of the SkillsFuture movement as well as the importance of the Energy and Chemicals Sector to the economy. To illustrate the importance of introducing new technology to improve productivity, he mentioned how Shell is using automation in its inspection procedures so as to save manpower. Participants of the ELP will undergo on-campus training at SP, along with structured on-the-job training and mentorship with their employers, which include leading firms in the industry such as Shell Eastern Petroleum Pte Ltd, Hyflux and Glaxo Wellcome Manufacturing. The minimum starting salary for the job component of the programme is between $1,400 and S2,000 with a shift allowance of $800 to $1,100, and participants may also receive wage increments or promotions based on their performance. The article mentioned that 26 participants from different polytechnics have been placed in eight companies since May 2016. These participants will be trained in areas such as process principles, design, optimisation and safety, and assessed by industry practitioners from the sector. Graduates who successfully complete the programme will receive an Advanced Diploma in Chemical Engineering from SP, and will have the opportunity to pursue a related degree in the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Institute of Technology-Newcastle University with exemptions in selected modules. Kimberly Siar, SP’s Diploma in Chemical Engineering graduate from the class of 2016 and a staff of Hyflux under the ELP, opined on the reasons for joining the ELP and how she has benefitted from the on-the-job training. Article also mentioned that the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) has launched 37 ELPs in 22 sectors and plans to increase to 40 ELPs by end of this year. Photo used in the story featured SP’s Diploma in Chemical Engineering graduate and current ELP participant Masyitah Hasunah giving a demonstration to Acting Minister Ong. Similar story was reported in Berita Harian, myPaper and Capital 95.8. [Lianhe Zaobao, p9]

23-08-2016

The search for Pokémon

SP’s Diploma in Games Design and Development Course Chair Loh Chi Yong opined on the reasons behind the popularity of the ‘Pokémon Go’ game. He also mentioned that there may be more augmented reality games on different platforms in future. [Lianhe Zaobao, p21]

22-08-2016

Aiming high in space research

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering graduate, Abdul Halim Ali Akbar, who dropped out of Innova Junior College to pursue his interest in space and aircraft. He went on to receive a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Imperial College London, and is now a research intern at A*Star. Mr Halim was cited by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in the Malay segment of his National Day Rally speech as an example of a young Malay who is participating fully in the new economy. In his speech, Mr Lee highlighted one of Mr Halim's projects at A*Star – building drones that can receive instructions from QR codes. Mr Halim will do his PhD soon and research plasma propulsion drones. He also hopes to do a post-doctoral stint at the United States' National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Similar story was reported in Today and Berita Harian. [The Straits Times, pA6]

22-08-2016

Starting his own handicraft business

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Architecture graduate Ahmad Azaree Atan and his handicraft business. Interested in arts and craft at a young age, Ahmad recently quit his job to pursue his passion in crafting and binding unique notebooks. [Berita Harian, p20]

19-08-2016

Acquiring new skills to advance in their careers

Article on SkillsFuture featured alumnus from SP’s Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA), Fernandez Bryan Joseph, as well as SP’s Specialist Diploma in Port Management and Operations student, Liang Wen Hao. Both of them opined on how the SkillsFuture initiatives have given them opportunities in their career and equipped them with relevant skills for the maritime industry. Fernandez, who has been working at Emas Offshore for eight years, completed the Certificate of Competency Class 1 course at SMA under a company scholarship. He has also achieved the NTU’s Master of Science in Maritime Studies this year even though his academic results were not as outstanding when he was younger. With the score of 150 for his PSLE, he entered the Normal (Technical) stream and proceeded to study electrical engineering at ITE. Fernandez was one of 22 recipients from the maritime industry for the SkillsFuture Study Awards. Article also mentioned the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme for the Maritime Sector which was launched in June this year and has trained 41 polytechnic graduates to become port operation officers, deck officers and marine engineers. After working in PSA Corporation for two years, Wen Hao joined the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme for Port Operations and is currently studying for a specialist diploma in port management and operations at SP. He shared his experience of the programme and how it has helped him to better understand port operations. Wen Hao who graduated from TP, highlighted the importance of lifelong learning and mentioned that learning should not stop after graduation. [Lianhe Zaobao, p11]

17-08-2016

Volunteer arm of SCDF marks 10th anniversary

Article featured the 10th anniversary of the Singapore Civil Defence Force’s volunteer arm. One of the featured volunteers is SP’s Diploma in Aerospace Electronics student Leow Jun Cong. He shared how he helped fight a warehouse fire in Tuas alongside full-time firefighters after graduating from the volunteer firefighting course. Jun Cong hopes to become a full- time firefighter after completing his national service. Similar story was reported in Today. [Straits Times, pB7]

15-08-2016

From ‘stupid’ to perfect GPA

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Architecture graduate, Zhang Zhirong, who recently graduated with a Master of Architecture from the National University of Singapore. He shared that in 2005, he had a score of 105 for his Primary School Leaving Examination and only qualified for the Normal Technical stream in secondary school. Not wanting anyone to look down on him, Zhirong worked hard and went to the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), where he graduated with a perfect GPA of 4.0. He then continued to study architecture in SP. He also mentioned that he worked part-time as a waiter, then as a sales assistant to finance his studies during his ITE, polytechnic and university years. [The New Paper, p6]

15-08-2016

Meet Glenn

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Information Technology graduate and Institutional Medallist from the Class of 2016, Glenn Ng. He shared how he overcame Dyslexia to pursue his passion for Information Technology in SP and the various opportunities that he was given during his poly days. [Ida.gov.sg]

11-08-2016

Pretty sign language instructor wins hearts at NDP

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Information Technology alumnae Neoh Yew Kim, who used sign language to lead 150 special needs participants during the mass song-singing activity during the National Day Parade. Yew Kim, who suffered from hearing loss when she was six months old shared how she coped with her disability and her aspirations. Similar story was reported in Shin Min Daily News. [Asiaone.com]

11-08-2016

A common vision of helping the needy

Article featured the Project We Care programme that was started by the People’s Association in 2012. The programme brings together companies and pools their resources to meet the different needs in the community. One example mentioned in the article is the SPECtacular Experience where optical shops provide eyewear and eye screening services for the needy, while lens and equipment manufacturers contributed their eye screening equipment and lenses. SP and NP students from the Diploma in Optometry are also involved in the initiative. [Straits Times, pB12]

11-08-2016

National Day Awards 2016

Congratulations to all winners of the National Day Awards 2016. Ms Ng Geak Hong, Director, Department of Human Resource, was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver). Mr Chan Weng Lin, Deputy Director, Department of Academic Services, Mdm Lee Keng Hoe, Deputy Director, School of Digital Media & Infocomm Technology, and Ms Doris Nga Bee Ming, Deputy Director, School of Communication, Arts & Social Sciences received the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) Pingat Pentadbiran Awam (Gangsa). Mr Terence Ho Cheng Wen, Senior Manager, Department of Student Development & Alumni Relations, Mr Ong Wooi-Hsen, Senior Lecturer, School of Communication, Arts & Social Sciences, Mr Soh Kim Fai, Academic Mentor, School of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering and Mr Tan Poh Seng, Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture & the Built Environment received the Commendation Medal Pingat Kepujian. Staff from other polytechnics also received similar awards. Similar story was reported in Channel News Asia. [Straits Times, pB8-B14]

10-08-2016

Try-umph for Ridhwan who goes from N-levels to PhD

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Biomedical Science (DBS) alumnus Ridhwan Muzaki who would be pursuing a PhD at NTU on a prestigious scholarship after graduating from the NTU’s School of Biological Sciences. After graduating from SP, he only managed to enter NTU a year later, on his second attempt. His elder brother who is also an NTU biological sciences graduate received his PhD scroll on the same day as Ridhwan. Ridhwan shared that the turning point for him came in Secondary 4, after a chat with a school teacher on his future. That year, he became the top N-level Malay student. [Hey! The NTU Magazine, p7]

08-08-2016

From Poverty to Possibilities

Article featured SP alumnus Nigel Tan who graduated from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) with a first-class honours in materials engineering this year and is now working as a research engineer with NTU. This top ‘N’ level student was determined to do well to make life better for his family after his father became bankrupt when he was in primary school. Since his parents’ divorce in 2000, Nigel had to juggle many jobs and school, on top of cleaning house and looking after his two younger sisters. [Hey! The NTU Magazine, p7]

08-08-2016

600 students join Toy Design Competition

Weekly column on activities and competitions in campuses across Singapore featured SP’s Toy Design Competition. The competition, which is organised for the 10th time by SP’s School of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering aims to get students to explore engineering. Participants competed in two categories: one in which they made toys with moving gears, and the other in which they created aircraft-type toys using computer programs and 3D printers. The winners in both categories were mentioned in the article. [Straits Times, pB8]

08-08-2016

Thriving on lifelong learning

Advertorial featured Port of Singapore Authority’s senior operations supervisor Neo Boon Hou and his journey towards lifelong learning. He share how he gained additional knowledge and skills after attending SP’s Specialist Diploma in Port Management and Operations course. [Straits Times, pB8]

08-08-2016

Building ideas with Lego

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Architecture student Aqilah Alwi as one of the recipients of the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) scholarship. This year, BCA presented 158 scholarships to undergraduates and diploma students from built environment courses. Awarded in partnership with more than 200 industry firms, the scholarships represent an initiative by the BCA and the industry to attract and retain talent in sectors such as construction, architecture, and engineering. Aqilah shared how she had an interest in building things out of Lego bricks as a child. In ITE, she pursued a course in civil & structural engineering to follow her passion. She decided on her current course at SP as she wanted to design buildings for the silver generation, given the increasing number of the aged in Singapore. Aqilah was awarded the scholarship after impressing her supervisors during her internship at S A Chua Architects Pte Ltd. Similar story was reported on The Straits Times. [Berita Harian, p3]

05-08-2016

S’pore Poly launches centre for special needs students

Article featured the new Special Education Needs (SEN) Centre at SP. The $200,000 facility which took two years to set up is the first of its kind among the institutes of higher learning. The SEN Centre will allow special needs students to borrow assistive technology devices that will help them in their learning. For example, students with hearing difficulties can borrow a device that can amplify a lecturer's voice; those with visual disabilities can borrow a mini "telescope" to help them see the lecturer or whiteboard, or a tablet that can change the size and contrast of words. The SEN Centre is also equipped with a soundproof room and a sofa bed for special needs students who need a quiet place to rest. Mr Clarence Chua, SP’s Director of Student Services, shared the importance of having a dedicated facility for special needs students. He also shared that there are plans to train all academic staff in SP to better manage and advise students with SEN. Currently, there are around 400 students with SEN out of 15,000 full-time students in SP. Ng Li Jie, a Year 2 student with autism in the Diploma in Biotechnology course opined on how the new SEN Centre will empower and help students like him. He also hopes that the new facility will raise awareness of SEN and foster an inclusive community. [Straits Times, pA2 & B6]

04-08-2016

Olympics: Singaporean Wang Shao-Ing to officiate at rugby sevens competition

SP’s adjunct lecturer and national women’s rugby coach Wang Shao-Ing, will be the rugby sevens sole judicial officer at the upcoming Olympics. In her role, Shao-Ing will be tasked with ensuring clean game-play across all 76 matches in both the men's and women's events, during the three-day competition. She has the authority to determine disciplinary matters arising from players who receive a red card, or when there is a foul that a referee fails to spot. [Straits Times, pC10]

04-08-2016

Singapore Polytechnic launches Special Education Needs Centre

Article featured the new Special Education Needs (SEN) Centre at SP. The $200,000 facility which took two years to set up is the first of its kind among the institutes of higher learning. The new facility is equipped with a rest area and resources such as books on SEN and assistive technology devices. Diploma in Business Information Technology student and wheelchair user, Mohamed Najulah, shared how the dedicated facility will greatly help students like himself. When he enrolled in SP two years ago before the SEN Centre was set up, he did not know who or where to go for assistance in navigating the campus. Najulah also shared how SP’s special needs advisor Charles Rajan, linked him up with the Society for the Physically Disabled, when he was seeking financial help. Najulah also mentioned how the workshops and informal sharing sessions organised by the SEN Centre helped him to develop confidence and soft skills. This was essential to him clinching the Microsoft YouthSparks scholarship last year. SP’s Customer Relationship Executive Mohammad Asyran Selamat, shared how he hopes to apply his newly acquired sign language skills to help more students at the SEN Centre. In the article Mr Charles Rajan and Mr Clarence Chua, SP’s Director of Student Services, shared the aims and future plans for the SEN Centre. [Berita Harian, p9]

04-08-2016

He just wants to solve problems

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Computer Engineering alumnus, A Saravanan, who recently graduated from Nanyang Technological University (NTU)’s Electrical and Electronic Engineering department as one of his cohort’s valedictorians. Saravanan shared that he had an early start in the programming field. As a child, Saravanan was interested in faulty computer games that could not be played, and started troubleshooting them when he was just eight. His good grades in NTU earned him the chance to work with the US Air Force Academy, where he worked on a code to repair a faulty sensor in a satellite that had been launched by the academy. He worked with NTU’s Satellite Research Centre for his final-year project, which determines whether a smartphone-based satellite can function in space. Saravanan is now working as a software engineering analyst with multinational consulting firm Accenture. [The New Paper, p16]

03-08-2016

Dad's knife-point robbery sparked police career

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Architecture alumnus and Singapore Police Force (SPF) sergeant Lee Chee Guan who shared how his passion of becoming a police officer was sparked off after knowing about his father’s robbery situation. After graduating from SP, he decided to hold off further education in order to pursue his passion of serving in the police force. Sgt Lee will be pursuing a Bachelor in Accountancy at Nanyang Technological University this year and will continue in the SPF after clinching his accountancy degree. [The New Paper Online]

01-08-2016

Three siblings graduate together

Article featured three siblings who graduated together from Nanyang Technological University. One of the siblings is Siti Nur Amira, who is an SP Diploma in Business Administration graduate. One of Siti’s brother graduated from NP with a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. [Berita Minggu, p20]

01-08-2016

Yong’s lonely ride against the tide

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Hotel and Leisure Facilities Management student and national windsurfer Audrey Yong who shared about her experience participating in the various windsurfing competitions. Audrey, who is set to be Singapore’s first female windsurfer to compete at the Olympics, hopes that her participation will inspire others to take up the windsurfing. Article also mentioned that after narrowly missing out on 2016 Olympics qualification in March, she had decided to take a break from the sport to focus on completing her studies at SP in November. She also said that she wants to finish her scholarship bond with Marina Bay Sands. [Today, p30]

01-08-2016

More than 600 people participated in the Learning Journey on board Cruise Ship to learn about entrepreneurship

Article mentioned that more than 60 students and lecturers from SP and TP participated in the Learning Journey on board a Cruise Ship, jointly organised by Shin Min Daily News and Mandarin-speaking entrepreneur group Bosses Network, to gain insights from entrepreneurs. [Shin Min Daily News, p14]

01-08-2016

From Normal stream to PhD course

Article featured two SP graduates who shared their journeys from the Normal stream in secondary school to studying for PhDs. Diploma in Computer Engineering alumnus and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) graduate, Ernest Tan, shared how he did not bother studying much in secondary school as he had no interest in the subjects he was doing. This changed when he studied Communications Technology in ITE, and his interest in computers pushed him to believe that he could continue into polytechnic. His determination allowed him to maintain good grades in NTU. His final-year project (FYP) impressed his FYP supervisor who then linked him up with aerospace firm Airbus for an internship. As part of the Industrial Postgraduate Programme introduced by the Economic Development Board, he was able to enrol in NTU’s PhD in Computer Engineering course as well as work to gain industry experience. Ernest is now a research engineer at Airbus, working on improving the use of radio frequencies for aeronautical communications. Diploma in Chemical Process alumnus and NTU graduate, Nigel Tan, shared about how he was unable to focus on his PSLE preparations as his family had to downgrade to a two-room rental flat due to his father’s business going bankrupt. As a result, he did not do well for his PSLE and entered Normal (Academic) Stream. His parents could not find stable jobs and later divorced. At 14, he became a part-time chef while studying to support his mother and two younger sisters financially. Nigel eventually topped his N-level cohort at Marsiling Secondary School but later struggled with his studies at polytechnic. With the encouragement from his mother, he persevered and did well enough to enter university. Initially he wanted to work immediately after national service but after working for a year, he realised that he needed a degree to go far professionally. He entered NTU in 2013 as a student in Material Science and Engineering. Nigel is now a Graduate Research Officer, allowing him to work full-time and pursue his part-time postgraduate studies in NTU. [The Straits Times, pB20]

01-08-2016

Nurturing teachers of tomorrow

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Biomedical Science graduate, Lim Yu Jie, as one of 176 recipients of the Ministry of Education’s teaching scholarships and awards. Yu Jie shared how a seven-month stint at Yuan Ching Secondary School helped shaped his aspiration to become a teacher. He will pursue a biological sciences degree at Imperial College London in October. [Straits Times, pB17]

01-08-2016

To act or not to act, like mum and dad

Article featured parents who are celebrities and their children who are following in their footsteps. SP’s Diploma in Music and Audio Technology graduate, Joel Choo, was featured for being the younger son of well-known actor, Zhu Houren. Joel is the also the singer and guitarist in his band Maxime. Article also mentioned that Tay Ying, a TP student in the Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management course, is the daughter of actors Zheng Geping and Hong Huifang. [Sunday Times-Life!,pC2]

01-08-2016

Serving as an NDP Motivator

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering student, Humayra Jeba Mohd Habibur Rahman, as one of the student motivators at the National Day Parade (NDP). The role of the motivators is to engage the crowd and encourage them to sing along to the medley of songs. [Berita Harian, p14]

28-07-2016

Changi Airport ranks 3rd in traveller spending

SP’s business school lecturer Raine Anastasia Chin opined on Changi Airport’s efforts to expand its retail and dining options to attract travellers. [Straits Times, pB1-B2]

27-07-2016

Olympics: Self-belief conquers waves of uncertainty

Article profiled some of Singapore’s 2016 Olympians to show how far they have come. Windsurfer Leonard Ong, who is an SP Diploma in Chemical Engineering graduate, shared his trials and tribulations on the way to representing Singapore at the Rio Olympics. [Straits Times, pC20]

27-07-2016

Controlling Pokemon will kill creativity

Game experts expressed that it is good for the government to exercise some control to the Augmented Reality games, such as the “Pokemon Go” game which will soon be launched in Singapore. SP’s Diploma in Games Design and Development Course Chair Loh Chi Yong opined that there should always be guidelines on areas which are prohibited for access, for safety or security reason, and members of the public should understand the reasons for these guidelines and play the games accordingly. Besides making engaging games for the audience, game designer’s responsibility also lies in promoting proper and responsible use of technology. [Lianhe Zaobao, p5]

26-07-2016

Top graduates from NTU

Article featured the top graduates from Nanyang Technological University(NTU)’s Class of 2016. One of the featured graduates is SP’s Diploma in Aerospace Electronics graduate, Ahmad Ibrahim Mohammad Taha, who will be graduating with a First Class Honours Degree in Computer Engineering. Ahmad shared how he decided to start working as a police officer after his diploma to save enough money for his degree. He also shared how his interest in Computer Engineering was nurtured during his time in SP. Article also featured an NYP Diploma in Animation graduate who is receiving a First Class Honours Degree in Digital Filmmaking. [Berita Harian, p4]

25-07-2016

Ong Ye Kung tells parents and students not to measure success by academic results

Article featured three of the top ITE graduates from the Class of 2016 – Chen Guang Jun, Chen Rui Ting and Weng Han Rong. These graduates shared that they would like to work instead of studying at university after they complete their poly education. Guang Jun who is currently studying in SP’s Diploma in Chemical Engineering course came from a single parent family. To ease his mother’s financial burden, he chose to work as a part-time waiter. He also took out $5,000 from his savings to pay for his sister’s kidney operation last year. Despite these obstacles, he did well academically and took on the roles of the student council’s president and grassroots volunteer. He was awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal for his outstanding achievements. Rui Ting who is dyslexic since young was awarded the Tay Eng Soon Gold Medal for her outstanding achievement in arts. She is now studying interior design at TP. With his outstanding N level results, Han Rong chose to study Mechatronics under the ITE’s Direct Admission Exercise, instead of taking the O-level examinations. The fish cutter which he developed together with his course mate as part of a project is now used at the Singapore Zoo. Han Rong is currently studying in SP’s Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering course. [Lianhe Zaobao, p5]

25-07-2016

Failure to qualify for JC and poly was not the end for him

Article featured Lutfil Hadi Abdul Manaf as one of the top ITE graduates from the Class of 2016. Lutfil who is currently in the Diploma in Integrated Events and Project Management course at SP shared how his dreams of making it to junior college and polytechnic was dashed when he didn’t do well in secondary school. However, he did not give up his aspiration and did his best in ITE in order to qualify for a polytechnic. Lutfil graduated from ITE with the Sng Yew Chong Gold Medal. Similar story was reported in The Straits Times. *COMMS Note: Article incorrectly mentions Lutfil as a current NYP student. [Berita Harian, p13]

25-07-2016

Gym closures signal change in fitness scene

SP’s senior retail lecturer Sarah Lim opined on the closure of the California Fitness gyms in Singapore. [Straits Times, pA8]

25-07-2016

‘It felt surreal’

Article mentioned that SP’s Diploma in Music and Audio Technology alumnus, Joel Choo, was nominated for the Best Original Music award at the National Youth Film Awards (NYFA) this year. Joel, who was nominated for his work on short film ‘Bake In Action’, is the son of local actor Zhu Houren. A similar story reported in Channel News Asia mentioned that RP student Zachary Ian Tessensohn was awarded the Bert Lighting House Best Lighting award for the drama ‘DISPATCH’. The NYFA is a film-making competition organised by *SCAPE and local film project consultancy management and training company Sinema Media, which aims to establish a benchmark in national excellence and talent identification between the film industry and Institutions of Higher Learning that offer film-related and animation courses. [The New Paper, p10]

25-07-2016

Incoming prisons chief a 26-year career veteran

Article featured the career of incoming Commissioner of Prisons Desmond Chin and mentioned that he will succeed the incumbent Soh Wai Wah, who will take over the post of principal and CEO of SP from 1 Oct. [Straits Times, pB12]

22-07-2016

PSC Scholarship applications at five-year high

More than 2,700 applicants applied for the Public Service Commission (PSC) Scholarship for the 2016 cycle. This figure is a five-year high and a 13 per cent increase compared to last year. Among the 73 scholarship recipients this year is SP’s Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduate William Tan, who will be pursuing a joint degree in Engineering and Business Management at the Singapore University of Technology and Design and the Singapore Management University. William shared how his late grandfather was the driving force for him to do well in poly. [StraitsTimes.com]

21-07-2016

Foreign workers get some tender loving care

Article featured The Octopus Residency, a community initiative that is aimed at fostering a greater sense of community and belonging in Little India. Article also mentioned that the founders of the initiative include Ms Chee Yunn Ee, an adjunct lecturer from SP’s School of Architecture & the Built Environment. [Straits Times, pB12]

21-07-2016

Local windsurfing athletes enter Olympics again after 32 years

Article on the Rio Olympics featured SP’s Diploma in Chemical Engineering alumnus and NTU’s first-year business student Leonard Ong and SP’s Diploma in Hotel and Leisure Facilities Management student Audrey Yong, as part of the Olympics contingent who will be representing Singapore in windsurfing at the Rio Olympics. They shared their dreams and their proudest moments in their journey thus far. Both Leonard and Audrey emphasized on the importance of finishing their studies after the Rio Olympics. Audrey mentioned that she aims to complete her scholarship bond before focusing on the 2024 Olympics. [Lianhe Zaobao, p30]

21-07-2016

Public service officers need to innovate to help Singapore progress: Teo Chee Hean

At the Public Service Commission (PSC) Scholarships Award ceremony, Minister-in-Charge of the civil service Teo Chee Hean, shared that public service officers need to do things differently to help Singapore progress. The news clip also featured SP’s Diploma in Infocomm Security Management graduate and Institutional Medallist from the Class of 2016 Daniel Ho, as one of the 73 scholarship recipients this year. Daniel shared that his goal is to educate others on how to protect themselves from cyber exploitation. During his time in SP, Daniel took up a community involvement project in Nepal, where he experienced the kindness and empathy exhibited by the locals. The unique experience brought him out of his shell and sparked his desire to serve the community. SP’s segment starts from 1:13 in the news clip. [Channel News Asia]

21-07-2016

Teo Chee Hean: government officers should have “3H” traits

More than 2,700 applicants applied for the Public Service Commission (PSC) Scholarship for the 2016 cycle. This figure is a five-year high and a 13 per cent increase compared to last year. SP’s Diploma in Infocomm Security Management graduate and Institutional Medallist from class of 2016 Daniel Ho is one of the 73 scholarship recipients this year. He shared about his interest in cybersecurity as well as his reasons for joining the public service and for choosing a local university to pursue his studies. [Lianhe Zaobao, p17]

21-07-2016

Malls, crowded places advised to gear up for terror threats

SP’s senior lecturer Sarah Lim opined on how additional security checks in the wake of recent terror attacks could affect malls and consumers. [Straits Times, pA3]

19-07-2016

Survey on intangible cultural heritage to start soon

The National Heritage Board (NHB) has listed SP as one of 20 buildings which contribute to Singapore’s tangible heritage. Information on these 20 buildings will be put up on NHB’s heritage portal Roots.sg today. Similar story was reported in Lianhe Zaobao. [Straits Times, pB1]

19-07-2016

New Commissioner of Prisons to be appointed on Oct 1

Current Commissioner of Prisons Mr Soh Wai Wah will be appointed as the Principal and Chief Executive Officer of SP with effect from 1 October. Similar story was reported in Lianhe Zaobao and Channel News Asia. [StraitsTimes.com]

18-07-2016

More corporations are collaborating with institutions on food science R&D projects

SP’s Chemical and Life Sciences Deputy Director Ngan-Loong Mann Na shared that the poly’s Food Innovation & Resource Centre (FIRC) has worked with more than 500 companies on more than 850 projects since its establishment in 2007. Mann Na, who is also the Centre Director of FIRC shared that students have also worked with local SMEs to develop many food products. One example is the recent food project with Suki Group to investigate the effects of fast and slow freezing on the texture and juiciness of their food products. SP’s Diploma in Food Science and Technology third-year student Rui Jie Ng Kok Weng, shared his experience working on the Suki Group project and opined on how the collaboration between corporations and institutions benefit everyone. NUS’s Food Science and Technology Programme Director Dr Zhou Weibiao shared about the food research and development projects between corporations and the university. NYP’s Chemical and Life Sciences Assistant Course Manager Dr Yan Xin Hui also shared that many start-up companies have approached the polytechnic to develop new food products and more than 60% of the projects involve developing healthier or nutritional food products. [Lianhe Zaobao, p6]

18-07-2016

CEOs for stat boards to boost lifelong learning announced

Current SP Principal and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr Tan Choon Shian will become the CEO for the new statutory board, Workforce Singapore (WSG) from 1 Aug. WSG is under the Ministry of Manpower and is part of the government’s efforts to enhance the competitiveness of Singaporeans in the long term. Similar story was reported in The Business Times, Lianhe Zaobao and Channel News Asia. [Straits Times, pB4]

18-07-2016

He takes inventions from lab to market

Article featured Dr Kevin Koh, the founder of Vivo Diagnostics, a local start-up that spots good innovations and works with their inventors and scientists to take them from lab to market. One of the innovations commercialized by Vivo Diagnostics is the rapid Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) kit that was invented by SP’s Director for the Centre for Biomedical and Life Sciences, Dr Tan Eng Lee. Dr Tan also opined on the importance of finding the right partner to commercialise any lab innovations. [Straits Times, pB19]

18-07-2016

Big Band Sundays: Singapore Polytechnic Jazz Band

The SP Jazz Band will be performing a series of numbers from different eras and genres at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre on Sunday, 17 Jul. [Straits Times - Life!, pD5]

18-07-2016

Father among the top graduates in SMU

SP’s Diploma in Mechanical Engineering graduate Muhammad Nazir Abdul Hamid has graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science cum laude from the Singapore Management University (SMU). Despite juggling between his work as a prisons officer and taking care of his three children, Nazir still managed to do well for his degree due to his passion for learning and support from his family. [Berita Harian, p13]

18-07-2016

Generation of young composers

SP’s Diploma in Music and Audio Technology alumnus, Reyza Hamizan, was featured for being one of the young and upcoming composers in the local scene. Reyza has already composed soundtracks of well-known local Malay television programmes. [Berita Harian, p10]

18-07-2016

Young high flyers

Article featured the 45th anniversary of the Singapore Youth Flying Club (SYFC) and mentioned SP’s Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering student Matthew Chia as one of the 6,000 students who have learnt to fly at the club. The SYFC is open to tertiary students and aims to promote interest in aviation among youth and groom them for a potential career in the airforce. [Straits Times, pB10-B11]

18-07-2016

Running in memory of their late brother Zaki

SP’s Diploma in Interior Design student Nabilah Huda Sapari and her brother Zakiah, a nursing student at NP, were featured for taking part in the 5km Mizuno Ekiden race at Marina Bay. The siblings were running in memory of their late brother Zaki, a former record-breaking national hurdler who died in a motorcycle accident in 2014. [Sunday Times, pA37]

18-07-2016

Singapore Flyer part of Malay cultural event

The Malay Language Society from both SP and NYP will put up performances as part of a Hari Raya event taking place at the Singapore Flyer this weekend. [Berita Harian, p11]

18-07-2016

Jul 2016 - CNA Singapore Tonight - Sat 9 Jul 2016

News clip on recycling food waste in Singapore mentioned that SP is one of the schools leading food waste recycling efforts. It was mentioned that SP has been recycling food waste in three food courts since 2011. Ms Emily Goh, Deputy Director of SP’s Department of Estates and Development, shared that recycling food waste helps to prevent rodent problems and reduce smell at the bin centre. Similar story was reported in Channel 5 and Suria. [Channel News Asia]

11-07-2016

Acting is in his blood

SP’s Diploma in Business Administration graduate Adli Ihsan Eddynor was featured on his fledgling career in acting. [Berita Harian, p13]

11-07-2016

This ‘Tortoise’ comes up aces

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Information Technology graduate Ervin Kwan Fu Sheng, who graduated as one of the top NUS graduates from the Class of 2016. Ervin, a former EM3 pupil, shared that he was inspired by his teacher in secondary school and made it to SP and later NUS, where he was selected to serve as a teaching assistant during his second year. He is now working as a software developer at a start-up. [The New Paper, p16]

11-07-2016

42-year-old father, former EM3 pupil among graduates

Article mentioned SP’s Diploma in Information Technology graduate Ervin Kwan Fu Sheng, who graduated as one of the top NUS graduates from the Class of 2016. Ervin, a former EM3 pupil, shared that he was inspired by his tutor in secondary school and made it to SP and later NUS, where he was selected to serve as a teaching assistant during his second year. [The Straits Times, pB3]

08-07-2016

Tackling the lack of women in the technology industry

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Electrical & Electronic Engineering graduate Othman Asmawati, who is currently working as a risk manager with Paypal. She shared that even though technology has evolved in the past 20 years since she graduated from polytechnic, the number of women in the technology industry is still low. Asmawati also shared how Paypal has started initiatives to attract female students to be interested in coding and technology. [Berita Harian, p15]

08-07-2016

Young take on xinyao

SP students Lim Wei Xiang and Joyce Seah emerged as champions of the National Schools Xinyao Singing And Song Writing Competition 2016’s singing group category. The article mentioned that they plan to actively spread awareness about xinyao and intend to upload covers of xinyao songs onto Youtube. The competition, which aims to promote xinyao while discovering new talent, was held last Saturday at the Singapore Polytechnic Convention Centre. [The Straits Times, pD9]

07-07-2016

More organisations offering internships for students with disabilities

Article featured how SG Enable, an agency dedicated to enabling persons with disabilities, has successfully worked with 10 additional organisations to offer internships for students with disabilities. Since 2013, the agency has helped sourced for internships for 68 students from various institutes of higher learning. A SP spokesperson shared how it can be a challenge for organisations to offer internships for students with disabilities as not every organisation has the resources to care for the student. Besides working with SG Enable to source for internships, SP also offers internships within its various academic schools and departments. A TP spokesperson also shared how the poly works with various organisations to source for internships and mentioned the importance of matching students to relevant internships and organisations. [Lianhe Zaobao, p11]

07-07-2016

Three hundred and fifty youths learn about entrepreneurship

Last month, 350 youths had the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship through the Youth Entrepreneurship Symposium organised by nEBO. Besides the symposium, youths could also take part in the Quick Pitch Challenge where they had to come up with an innovative business idea and plan. The runner-up team for the Quick Pitch Challenges comprises SP student Chen Zhen Jie and his friends from various junior colleges and NUS. His team came up with the idea of an interactive travel app that introduces visitors to attractions that are off the beaten trail. [Lianhe Zaobao - zbNow, p3]

07-07-2016

All roads lead to Rome – Graduating from University

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Information Technology graduate Ervin Kwan Fu Sheng as one of the top NUS graduates from the Class of 2016. Fu Sheng who will be graduating from NUS with top honours shared how he was labelled as “hopeless” after he was streamed into EM3 during primary school. With the encouragement of his secondary school teachers and peers in poly, he found his passion in programming and aspired to be a programmer. A TP graduate was also featured in the article. [Lianhe Zaobao, p14]

07-07-2016

Minister Ong Ye Kung: Xin Yao is our cultural heritage

At the finals of the Xin Yao competition which was held in the SP Convention Centre, Guest-of-Honour Minister Ong Ye Kung, shared that Xin Yao is a cultural heritage that belongs to all Singaporeans. SP students Lin Wei Xiang and Xu Hui Ling were crowned as the winners of the team category in the competition. [Lianhe Zaobao, p8]

04-07-2016

Sharing the voices of youth through art

Article featured SP’s School of Chemical and Life Science student Huang Li Jie as one of the participants at the Singapore Youth Festival 2016. Through events and arts performances, the festival is aimed at encouraging youths to act on their inspirations and dreams to achieve a promising future. Li Jie, who is diagnosed with mild autism, will be displaying a painting titled “Frayed and Torn” - a reflection of his personal challenges and dreams. [Lianhe Zaobao, p13]

04-07-2016

Windsurfer Audrey Yong charting her own course

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Hotel and Leisure Facilities Management student, Audrey Yong, who will be the first Singapore woman windsurfer to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics. She was a late addition to Singapore’s sailing contingent after she was nominated by the Singapore Sailing Federation to take up the unused women's RS:X quota place awarded by world governing body World Sailing. Audrey mentioned how she is honoured to represent Singapore in the Olympics, and hopes that this will bring windsurfing here to new heights. Similar story was reported in Channel News Asia. [The Straits Times, pC11]

04-07-2016

Pan-Asian models

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Infocomm Security Management student Sean Robert Den Hartog as one of the Pan-Asian models in the industry. Sean is currently a model with NOW Model Management and has been working as a part-time model for half a year. [Lianhe Zaobao -zbNow, p1,4]

04-07-2016

Knowing the meaning of community service

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Tourism and Resort management student Farishia Osman as one of the recipients of this year’s National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA). She shared how she was not interested in community service until she was studying in ITE. After becoming a member of ITE’s student council, she became more involved in reaching out to the community and helping the less fortunate. Article also featured another NYAA recipient from NYP’s Diploma in Nursing course. [Berita Harian, p24]

01-07-2016

Jun 2016 - Hello Singapore - Wed 29 Jun 2016

SP’s marketing and retail lecturer, Mr Amos Tan, was featured in a live interview on the topic of the Great Singapore Sale (GSS) campaign. He opined on the challenges faced by the GSS and the measures which retailers can take to boost sales during this campaign period. [Hello Singapore]

30-06-2016

“Beat the Sun” contestants share their running journey

Article featured Chen Guo Hui and Raviin Kumar who will be representing Singapore in the international Asics “Beat the Sun” relay race. Both runners shared their passion for the sport and tips for those who wish to take up running. Raviin Kumar, who is a national athlete and SP graduate, was a member of the poly’s Track and Field team and represented Singapore in the Men’s 1500 Meter Run for last year’s SEA Games. [Lianhe Zaobao, zbNow, p3]

30-06-2016

Jun 2016 - News 5 - Tue 28 Jun 2016

Global Skills Survey conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) revealed that young adults in Singapore - aged 16 to 34 – are above the global average in literacy and numeracy while the older adults in Singapore – aged between 45 and 65 – attained some of the lowest scores among all the 34 participating economies. The Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA)’s chief executive shared that they need to continue, through SkillsFuture, to invest in education systems to ensure that learning is spread out across one’s life, as well as to allow opportunities for an individual to build skills over a period of time. SP’s Principal and CEO Tan Choon Shian opined on how the survey results reflect the efforts by the education sector in equipping younger adults with the relevant skills. He also shared how educational institutions like SP can bring more real world examples into its pedagogy to boost teaching and learning. Similar story was reported in Channel News Asia, Channel 8 News and The Straits Times. [Channel 5 News]

29-06-2016

Bookends

SP’s Diploma in Music and Audio Technology graduate Beth Yap, shared details about her latest album and her favourite novels. [Sunday Times - Life!, pC14]

27-06-2016

Wind’s back in Yong’s sails

Article mentioned that SP’s Diploma in Hotel and Leisure Facilities Management student and national windsurfer, Audrey Yong, was given a slot in the women’s RS:X event at the Olympics this year. She will be the first female windsurfer from Singapore to compete at the Olympics. [The New Paper, p20]

27-06-2016

Three new Earn and Learn Programmes launched for the Maritime sector

Three Earn and Learn Programmes (ELP) for the Maritime sector has been launched by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). The three ELPs for seafaring deck officers, marine engineers and port operations officers were jointly developed by SP, MPA and the Workforce Development Agency. The ELPs aim to give fresh graduates from local polytechnics a head-start in their maritime careers by deepening their skills through facilitated training, in-house structured programmes and mentorship with industry partners. SP’s Diploma in Nautical Studies graduate Christina Tan Shi Hui was mentioned as one of the graduates who has signed up for the seafaring officers ELP. Christina is currently a 4th officer with shipping company Pacific International Lines. Similar story was reported in Lianhe Zaobao. [StraitsTimes.com]

27-06-2016

Amrin Amin: Increase in youth drug abusers due to misperceptions

Parlimentary Secretary for Home Affairs Amrin Amin shared about the increasing number of youth drug abusers, at the annual Anti-Drug Abuse Campaign (ADAC) jointly organised by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) and the National Council Against Drug Abuse (NCADA). One of the activities at the ADAC is the anti-drug themed “The Escape Game”. Article mentioned that SP students were involved in the planning of “The Escape Game” and the collection of the anti-drug abuse pledges from 1000 youths, to encourage youths to stay away from drugs. Similar story was reported in Shin Min Daily News. [Lianhe Zaobao, p5]

27-06-2016

National Schools Xinyao Singing and Song Writing Competition Special Feature

Article featured NP student Huang Ling Yi and SP students Lin Wei Xiang and She Hui Ling, as some of the finalists from the respective solo and group category at the National Schools Xinyao Singing and Song Writing Competition. Ling Yi shared his experience in singing competitions and mentioned how his work experience helped to enhance his singing skills. Wei Xiang and Hui Ling are members of the SP Chinese Music & Cultural Club. Hui Ling has never performed outside of campus while Wei Xiang, who wants to be a musician in future, has his own YouTube Channel where he uploads cover songs. Article also mentioned that the finals of the competition will be held at the SP Convention Centre. [Lianhe Zaobao, zbNow, p9]

24-06-2016

Helping young artistes through their struggles

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Music and Audio Technology graduate Beth Yap as one of 96 young people selected for the SHINE x *SCAPE Talent Development Programme, which pairs aspiring performers with mentors in the business to create works specially for the festival. Beth, who is also an Institutional Medallist, shared that she did not regret choosing the poly route despite qualifying to enter junior college. Beth mentioned how SP nurtured her musical talents by giving her opportunities to join bands and to experiment with songwriting. After initial misgivings, Beth’s parents supported her decision after noticing her passion and growth. [Business Times, p25]

24-06-2016

Eighty students help distribute goodies to more 100 recipients in Toa Payoh

Article mentioned that 80 volunteers from SP and Madrasah Al-Maarif Al-Islamiah helped distribute food and supermarket vouchers to 140 elderly and disabled residents in Toa Payoh as part of community bonding efforts. [Berita Harian, p8]

22-06-2016

Polys expecting more early admissions students

Article mentioned that the polytechnics are expecting more students to apply via the new Early Admissions Exercise (EAE). The EAE which will replace the Direct Polytechnic Admissions Exercise (DPA) and the Joint Polytechnic Special Admissions Exercise, allows students to receive a conditional offer for admission to a diploma course even before sitting the O-level exams. The new EAE can also admit up to 12.5 per cent of the intake. The mode of assessment under the EAE can vary and may include interviews, portfolio submissions and aptitude tests. Polytechnics may consider achievements such as awards, roles assumed in and out of school, work attachments and involvement in relevant projects. At SP, students applying for the music and audio technology diploma course are required to go for auditions where they will have to display musical proficiency. Applicants for SP's applied drama and psychology diploma must also undergo a drama workshop. Article also mentioned that for TP’s informatics and information technology courses, the selection panel assesses applicants during interviews on their knowledge of how IT is applied in areas like healthcare. RP’s registrar opined on how the new EAE could help students discover their passion and interests. Similar story was reported in myPaper. [Straits Times, pB1-B2]

22-06-2016

NUS and NTU claim the top two spots in Asia university ranking

NUS and NTU have taken the top two spots respectively in the latest Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings. SP’s recent graduate Huang Jie Sheng opined that the university ranking only serves as a reference for his choice. He is more interested in the courses offered and the quality of the curriculum. [Lianhe Zaobao, p5]

21-06-2016

Shocked star

SP’s Diploma in Music and Audio Technology alumnus, Shun Ng, was featured for clinching the annual Holly Prize at this year’s Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Gala in New York City. The prize recognises breakthrough singer-songwriters. The article mentioned that Shun, now a full-time musician, received high praise for his musical talent from renowned US music producer Quincy Jones in 2013. [The New Paper, p16]

21-06-2016

Starbucks customer sees unsold food being discarded, gives it to migrant workers instead

Article mentioned how Singapore permanent resident Ms Dipa Swaminathan was inspired to start a new initiative to redistribute unsold food to migrant workers after an afternoon coffee run at the Starbucks outlet at Singapore Polytechnic. She spotted the staff clearing away food as the branch was about to close at 4pm, and asked to pack the food for migrant workers working nearby. She later wrote about her impromptu gesture in a Facebook post, which has since gone viral. [Todayonline.com]

20-06-2016

Now for work and studies

SP’s Diploma in Hotel and Leisure Facilities Management student, Audrey Yong, was featured for clinching the Sailor of the Year title at the SingaporeSailing’s annual awards gala night. The article mentioned that last year Audrey won Singapore’s first windsurfing gold at the Southeast Asia Games in 26 years. She is taking a break from the sport to focus on her studies and career. She is currently completing her hotel management internship, and has an 18-month bond with a local hotel to complete after her graduation in November. [The New Paper, p24]

20-06-2016

Great Singapore Sales can’t seem to heat up this year

SP’s marketing and retail lecturer Amos Tan opined on how consumer behaviour is affected by the lacklustre economy. [Channel 8 news]

20-06-2016

Compared to four years ago, there is a 51% increase in residents benefiting from the Eastern Community Health Outreach

Article featured the launch of SPECtacular Experience @ Tampines, a new initiative providing free or subsidised eye screening for Tampines residents. At the launch on Saturday, Singapore National Eye Centre conducted free cataract screening, together with SP and NP, for 80 elderly Tampines residents. [Lianhe Zaobao, p10]

20-06-2016

Sparing no resources to nurture the next generation

Editorial featured the winners of the Teochew Entrepreneur Award. Among the winners is SP alumnus and founder of QZY Resources, Mr Patrick Koh. He shared how he founded his construction business over the years and the resources he has put into training the next generation of entrepreneurs. [Lianhe Zaobao - Editorial, p8]

17-06-2016

Dressing up as a mascot to bring joy and laughter

Article featured NP’s Diploma in Aerospace Technology student Qiu Haoxiang who shared his part-time job experience where he dressed up as mascots at various events. Together with his primary school friend and SP student Su Zheng Hao, they took turn to dress up as the mascot “Sharity Elephant” at the “Car-Free Sunday SG” event organised by Families for Life on 29 May 2016. [Lianhe Zaobao, p15]

16-06-2016

Singapore Children’s Society honours donors, volunteers

Mr Tay Chiew Teck, a process innovation manager at SP’s Department for Technology, Innovation and Enterprise, received a Platinum Service Award at the Singapore Children's Society(SCS)'s awards presentation ceremony. Mr Tay has volunteered at the SCS for the past 15 years and was one of 52 donors and volunteers who received their awards from Mr Ong Ye Kung, Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills), in recognition of their contributions. [Straits Times, pB2]

16-06-2016

Poly student gets 10-day short detention order for causing passenger’s death in lorry accident

SP’s final-year Diploma in Marine Engineering student Syed Oli Bathushah Habeb Rehman was given a short detention order of 10 days and banned from driving for four years for causing the death of a passenger in his lorry. He pleaded guilty to a charge of causing the death of his passenger through a negligent act not amounting to culpable homicide. At the time of the accident, Syed Oli was studying at SP and working part-time with KSV AVL Pte Ltd, an events management company. Similar story was reported in Lianhe Zaobao. [StraitsTimes.com]

15-06-2016

Young Singaporeans ‘more open to entrepreneurship’

Article featured the ninth Youth Entrepreneurship Symposium, organised by the youth arm of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC). Over the three-day symposium, participants will attend talks and networking events with start-up founders, and learn about aspects of entrepreneurship such as pitching and coming up with business ideas, and digital marketing. Article mentioned that last year’s symposium was organised by SP’s Diploma in Aerospace Electronics student, James Lye, who is also the co-founder of a start-up called Personal Media. Mr Lye, who secured Spring Singapore funding of $50,000 last year for his start-up opined on how Singapore provides a conducive eco-system for start-ups. Similar story was reported in Lianhe Zaobao. [Straits Times, pB2]

14-06-2016

BETADINE from Mundipharma, a More Effective Way in Preventing Hand Foot & Mouth Disease

Dr Tan Eng Lee, Centre Director of SP’s centre for Biomedical and Life Sciences, conducted an in-vitro research that showed that the BETADINE 7.5% skin cleanser is able to achieve a 99.99% kill rate against the Hand Foot & Mouth Disease viruses EV71 and CA16. His research also shows that the skin cleanser is able to get rid of EV71 and CA16 viruses within 30 seconds and 60 seconds of exposure respectively. Similar story was reported in Shin Min Daily News. [Biotechin.asia]

13-06-2016

Feeling the squeeze: Older and smaller attractions on Sentosa

SP’s tourism and resort management lecturer, Ms Lorraine Gan, opined on how Resorts World Sentosa maintained its popularity by packaging and marketing the various attractions to tourists. She added that “uniquely Singapore” attractions such as Fort Siloso and the Merlion could be better packaged and marketed as “historical” packages. Course Manager of NYP’s Hospitality and Tourism Management diploma, Ms Shirley Tee, opined that older attractions could focus on culture, history and food to differentiate themselves from RWS. [Channel News Asia]

13-06-2016

Health on the line

Article on young Singaporeans who lead a sedentary and unhealthy lifestyle mentioned SP graduate Aloysius Kee, who weighs 100kg partly because of his online gaming addiction. He is currently waiting to enlist into national service (NS), and hopes that he will get in shape after NS. The article also featured NP graduate Jerome, who would spend about eight hours daily on his laptop watching Youtube videos and playing online games. [The New Paper, p8]

13-06-2016

Overcoming failure to pursue a PhD at NTU

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Biomedical Science (DBS) alumnus Ridhwan Muzaki who will be graduating from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) with a biological sciences honours degree in August. Ridhwan overcame a challenging childhood to become the top N-level Malay student in 2005 before enrolling in SP. He almost dropped out of his diploma course after achieving a GPA of 2.3 in his first semester. However, his parents encouraged him to stay in the DBS course as they could see his passion for it. Ridhwan graduated from SP with a GPA of 3.2 and applied to NTU’s School of Biological Sciences in 2010. His first application was rejected, but he did not give up and applied again the following year and got into his dream course. By pushing himself to work harder than his peers, Ridhwan became a three-time Dean’s lister and has been offered the Nanyang President’s Graduate Scholarship that will allow him to pursue a PhD. [Berita Harian, p3]

09-06-2016

Les Miserables: 1996's Gavroche recalls 'highlight of my life'

Article mentioned that SP’s Diploma in Nautical Studies graduate, Surendran Subramaniam, played the role of street urchin Gavroche in Les Miserables when it was staged in Singapore in 1996. Mr Surendran mentioned that he rejected a potential stage career for practical reasons and went on to work as a seafarer after he graduated from SP. He is now a shipbroker and loves his job. [Asiaone.com]

09-06-2016

Moment of near-failure spurred him to succeed

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Biomedical Sciences alumnus Ridhwan Muzaki who will be graduating from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) with a biological sciences honours degree in August. Ridhwan overcame a challenging childhood to become the top N-level Malay student in 2005 before enrolling in SP. In 2010, his application to NTU's School of Biological Sciences was rejected, but he did not give up. He applied again the following year and got into his dream course. By pushing himself to work harder than his peers, Ridhwan became a three-time Dean’s lister and a scholarship recipient. NTU has also offered him a postgraduate scholarship in recognition of his efforts and success. [Straits Times, pB2]

08-06-2016

Increase in admission for polytechnic’s part-time diploma courses over the six years

Even though the number of full-time students enrolling in polytechnics has declined over the years, the number of adult learners has increased. The Ministry of Education shared that the enrolment for part-time diploma and post-diploma courses has increased from 6400 to 13800 from 2008 to 2014. All five polytechnics shared the number of part-time diploma and post-diploma courses they are currently offering. The polys also mentioned that they have introduced new courses to cater to the increasing number of adult learners. For example, after introducing two new part-time diploma courses last year, SP currently has seven part-time diploma courses and 28 post-diploma courses. Spokespersons from RP and NP opined on the reasons behind the increase in number of adult learners. One of the reasons mentioned is the greater support for the SkillsFuture initiative. Article also featured RP’s part-time diploma in Applied Science (Nutrition and Food Science) graduate and CerealTech baking school lecturer Chen Zhen Yuan who shared his reasons for pursuing the part-time diploma and his positive course experience. He plans to pursue other part-time diploma courses in future. [Lianhe Zaobao, p1 and 5]

08-06-2016

Noise Singapore opens its doors to musical talents

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Music and Audio Technology graduate Namira Rasman as one of the talents who benefitted from the National Arts Council’s Noise Singapore mentorship programme. In the article, Namira shared her musical journey after graduation and her future aspirations. [Berita Harian, p10]

07-06-2016

Interview with SP lecturer Amos Tan

SP’s marketing and retail lecturer Mr Amos Tan opined on the topic of the Great Singapore Sale and how retailers can make use of the period to improve sales. Listen to the clip here. [938LIVE]

07-06-2016

[Old Malls] Worlds of their own

SP’s marketing and retail lecturer Mr Amos Tan opined on the challenges faced by older, niche malls in Singapore and the steps the landlords can take to attract customers. [The Middle Ground]

06-06-2016

Famous spiker from the 1980’s national team dies at age of 52

Article featured the former player from the 1980s men’s volleyball national team, Lu Chao Jia, who died from pulmonary thromboembolism. After retiring from the national team, Chao Jia became the volleyball coach for several schools, including Chung Cheng High School (Yishun) and RP. RP students commented about his dedication as a coach. Article also mentioned that he is a SP graduate. He has been actively playing volleyball since his secondary school days and was recruited into the national team at the age of 18. Similar story was reported in Lianhe Wanbao. [Shin Min Daily News, p4]

06-06-2016

Admiralty Secondary sets sail for future with new Space

Admiralty Secondary School has launched a high-tech space equipped with gadgets such as drones, robots and 3D printers. The new space is about the size of two to three classrooms and was designed to be an interactive learning space for students to come up with solutions to real- life problems faced by industry or the community. Admiralty Secondary will also work with industry partners such as the SP-IDA Robotics and Maker Academy (RMA) to teach its students coding and robotics. RMA Director and SP’s Advanced Robotics and Intelligent Control Centre Director, Dr Zhou Changjiu shared how robotics and coding will become important in the future. SP’s Diploma in Electrical and Electronics Engineering student Wilson Tai, who is also an Admiralty Secondary alumnus, shared how the new facility will help Admiralty Secondary students learn about coding and robotics. [Straits Times, pB6]

03-06-2016

Great Singapore Sale kicks off with longer run, new official card

SP’s senior retail lecturer Sarah Lim opined on how the longer sale period for the Great Singapore Sale could impact both locals and tourists. [Straits Times, pA6]

03-06-2016

Retailers get in early before GSS kicks off

SP’s senior retail lecturer Sarah Lim opined on how retailers who start their sales earlier could dilute the impact of the Great Singapore Sale (GSS). [Sunday Times, pA15]

30-05-2016

Tough times for luxury watch retailers

SP’s marketing and retail lecturer Amos Tan opined on the possible reasons luxury watch retailers have seen their profits dip as compared to last year. [Straits Times, pC1]

30-05-2016

Using drama to engage youths on community issues

SP’s Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology student Lidya Radzaly Kamila and her classmates will be starring in a community theatre project titled Stigma, which explores and challenges the stigma of mental illness among youths. The project is part of the Celebrate Drama! 2016 festival which will be held on 15 and 16 July at the Arts House. The festival is organised by the Singapore Drama Educations Association and aims to attract youths to the field of drama. [Berita Harian, p9]

26-05-2016

Hello Singapore

On the daily evening news programme on Channel 8, SP’ marketing and retail lecturer Amos Tan opined on the issues affecting retailers along the Orchard Road shopping strip. He also suggested strategies that retailers can consider to woo back shoppers. SP’s segment starts from 11:40. [Channel 8]

26-05-2016

New standards for handling frozen seafood launched

SP’s senior lecturer for the Diploma in Food Science & Technology, Ting Heng Luan, opined on how the latest regulations on handling frozen seafood will affect distributors and sellers. [Lianhe Zaobao, p10]

26-05-2016

Sengkang mall finds its compass again

SP’s senior retail lecturer Sarah Lim opined on the latest name change of the former Compass Point mall to Compass One after its facelift. [Straits Times, pB3]

25-05-2016

NTU Maritime Student

Article featured SP graduate Taufiq Azahari, who is currently pursuing Maritime Studies at the Nanyang Technological University. Taufiq shared how he took the junior college route before realising that his passion lies in the Maritime industry and made the switch to a polytechnic education. Taufiq is also a recipient of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Global Internship Award which provides high-achieving students a meaningful and enriching internship experience in the maritime industry in Singapore or abroad. [Berita Harian, p4]

24-05-2016

Wang Bang Pao – from playing to serious business

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Electrical Engineering graduate and founder of All Link Medical & Health Products Wang Wei Pao. He shared how he started a business in selling traditional Chinese medicine. [Lianhe Zaobao, p24]

23-05-2016

Old shops now ROSy

SP’s retail lecturer Sarah Lim opined on how HDB shops can draw new customers through HDB’s Revitalisation of Shops (ROS) scheme. [The New Paper, p9]

23-05-2016

Shining a light on young S’pore film-makers

The Temasek Short Film Project saw 20 groups of young aspiring film-makers come up with 20 short films of varying genres, which will be rolled out online. The participants come from the five polytechnics as well as LASALLE College of the Arts, Nanyang Technological University, and School of the Arts (SOTA). The short films, ranging from documentaries to fiction narratives, look at life in the various communities here. They are inspired by real-life stories drawn from the work done by non-profit philanthropic organisations and community programmes supported by Temasek. The article mentioned that the students were mentored by a selection of notable local film-makers. The first four films — I Believe, Windmill, Home For A Heart and Paati, My Beauty — were put up online (http://www.project20twenty.sg/) last Friday, and the rest will be rolled out in the next four weeks. Similar story was reported in Shin Min Daily News. [Todayonline.com]

23-05-2016

What’s it really like to be a woman in the Singapore Army: 4 women’s stories

Article on women in the armed forces featured SP’s Diploma in Information Technology (DIT) alumna, Lee Jiayan. Ms Lee, who is currently a Third Warrant Officer with the Singapore Army’s Combat Engineers Formation shared her experiences as a servicewoman. [Herworldplus.com]

19-05-2016

Ace SP student's childhood dream of becoming doctor: I want to save countless lives

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Biomedical Science (DBS) graduate and Institutional Medallist Goh Wei Sheng who wanted to be a doctor. He selected DBS as his first choice because of its reputation for nurturing successful alumni for the healthcare sector. His holistic achievements earned him the National Youth Achievement Award (Gold) in 2015. As an A*STAR Science Award recipient, Wei Sheng had the opportunity to go on a three-month internship with A*STAR’s Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology. Besides A*STAR, Wei Sheng also worked as a phlebotomist intern for three weeks at Woodlands Polyclinic. [STOMP]

17-05-2016

Dad's stint in Air Force and success with engineering firm spurs son to excel in diploma course

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering graduate and Institutional Medallist Lee Boon Yao. He was inspired by his father who has worked with the air force and now owns an engineering firm. Article mentioned that his father is also a SP graduate. Boon Yao experienced first-hand working on aircraft components during his internship with Taikoo Aircraft Engineering Company in Xiamen, China. As an A*STAR Science Award recipient, Boon Yao did his second internship at the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technologies where he conducted engineering research alongside engineers and scientist. He plans to continue his aeronautical engineering studies with a local university after his national service. Upon getting his degree, he hopes to work for an established engineering firm and eventually join his father’s company and expand it overseas. [STOMP]

17-05-2016

Disadvantage? SP Electrical and Electronic Engineering student realises dyslexia helps him visualise better

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduate and Institutional Medallist Pavan Singh Gill. Pavan initially thought that he may be disadvantaged because he is dyslexic. To his amazement, he found that his condition actually helped in his course because he could visualise better. Pavan also shared his experiences in Cambodia, where he helped to build a study shelter, repair broken facilities and teach English in an orphanage. In Singapore, he also volunteers with community involvement projects such as the distribution of food to needy homes in Chinatown. Pavan has secured a place with the Singapore University of Technology and Design with a Global Leadership Programme Scholarship to University of California, Berkeley. In ten years’ time, he hopes to own a technological start-up that focuses on robotics, sustainable energy or aerospace. He also hopes to spend some time researching how to help children with special needs learn. [STOMP]

17-05-2016

From security officer to engineer

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Mechanical Engineering graduate Arifiswandy Sarip as one of the first batch of participants in the Wafer Fabrication Professional Conversion Programme (PCP) that was launched by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency. The PCP will allow professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs) to acquire skills required in the wafer fabrication industry and make a mid-career switch. Ranging from six to 12 months, the PCP comprises modules from the Wafer Fab Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ), structured on-job-training and in-house classroom training. [Berita Harian, p2]

17-05-2016

JC student's mediocre results spurs her to become Direct Honours student in poly

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Experience and Product Design (DXPD) graduate and Institutional Medallist Kwek Ai Ling. Due to her poor ‘A’ level results, Ai Ling could not qualify for the university course of her choice. Later, she enrolled in a part-time course in jewellery design at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Being mesmerised by the design exhibits at SP Open House, she decided to enrol in the DXPD course. Ai Ling plans to further her studies by pursuing her dream course in industrial design at the National University of Singapore (NUS). [STOMP]

17-05-2016

Sunlight hurts her due to rare condition, but her love for the ocean leads her to maritime industry

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Maritime Business graduate, Lee Hwee Leng, who suffers from Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), an autoimmune condition that can affect any part of the body and can be fatal. Her condition is such that she cannot be exposed to sunlight, which can result in skin rash or internal organ swelling and damage. In spite of her condition, Hwee Leng loves the ocean so much that she has decided to pursue her passion and work in the maritime industry. She shared how she is looking to work onshore to escape the worst of the sun’s rays. [STOMP]

17-05-2016

Overseas project turns quiet and reserved SP student into confident and outspoken young man

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Accountancy (DAC) graduate and Institutional Medallist Philbert Lim. He shared how his challenging childhood became a powerful motivating factor for him to study hard so he can give his family a better life in future. He did well in his ‘O’ Level examinations and chose to continue his studies at a junior college. After two months, he decided that to appeal to DAC, after struggling with the style of learning in junior college. The most memorable SP experience for Philbert was a two-week overseas trip to Laos where he experienced the villagers' harsh living conditions. All of these unique experiences have changed Philbert from a quiet and reserved teenager to one who is now confident and increasingly outspoken. After his national service, Philbert plans to further his studies in accountancy with a local university. In the long run, he hopes to use his connections with the finance industry to create community programmes that will benefit youths from broken families. [STOMP]

17-05-2016

She stays strong despite weakening muscles

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics graduate, Emily Ho. At the age of 14, Emily was diagnosed with Pompe disease, a rare hereditary neuromuscular disorder that causes progressive muscle weakness. Despite having to go to Changi General Hospital for treatment once a fortnight, Emily is not letting her debilitating condition affect her happiness. She was nominated for this year’s Hero Patient award, one of the Eastern Health Alliance Caring Awards which pays tribute to sterling staff, patients and caregivers. Emily is now working as a graphic designer at the Faith Community Baptist Church. [The New Paper, p20]

16-05-2016

More seniors going back to school

Article mentioned that more seniors in their 50s or 60s are signing up for part-time diploma courses conducted by the polytechnics. Mr Suresh Punjabi, Director of SP’s Professional and Adult Continuing Education Academy opined that seniors could be keeping their knowledge and skills current due to the technological advances and the changing global economy. He also mentioned that the rise in numbers could be due to the Ministry of Education and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency working with post-secondary institutions to put in place lifelong learning initiatives. Directors of RP and NP’s Continuing Education Academies also opined on the reasons behind the increase. Recent SP’s Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical Technology) adult graduate Mr Gunalan Kandasamy Arumugam, shared his learning journey and aspirations. NP electrical engineering graduate Ng Chong Soon, TP’s digital advertising technology and analytics graduate Johnnie Chia and NYP’s specialist diploma in nursing graduate Foong Seow Sim also shared their reasons for pursuing their diplomas. RP’s specialist diploma in business analytics graduate Sebastian Lim was also featured on his passion for lifelong learning. [Straits Times, pB1-B2]

16-05-2016

Struggling, surviving

SP’s retail lecturer Sarah Lim, opined on the challenges that HDB shops faced in the current economic climate. [Straits Times, pB12]

12-05-2016

SUTD taking in record 467 students

The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) will take in a record number of 467 students this year. A factor behind the rise is its broad-based approach, which requires students of all disciplines to take common subjects such as physics and humanities. SP’s Diploma in Mechanical Engineering graduate and current SUTD student, Leong Hei Kern, opined on how the common curriculum helps students to understand each other’s specialisations. Hei Kern, who is the Institutional Medallist from the Class of 2013 and a Public Service Commission scholar, also shared how working with students from different specialisations could result in products that are both user-friendly and functional. Similar story was reported in Lianhe Zaobao and myPaper. [Straits Times, pB1]

12-05-2016

Bringing back Orchard Road buzz

SP’s marketing and retail lecturer Amos Tan opined on how malls along Orchard Road can improve on their shopping experience, in a bid to attract more shoppers. [Straits Times, pA22]

11-05-2016

Man United ambassador Park Ji Sung shares thoughts with S’pore Poly students

Former Manchester United player Park Ji Sung was in SP yesterday to participate in a series of football challenges with the polytechnic’s students. [StraitsTimes.com]

11-05-2016

Spring Singapore makes board appointments

The Ministry of Trade and Industry has announced board appointment changes at Spring Singapore. Among the four new members appointed to the board with immediate effect is Jeanne Liew, principal and chief executive officer of NYP. The four board members who stepped down at the completion of their terms on March 31 2016 include SP’s principal and chief executive officer, Tan Choon Shian. [BusinessTimes.com.sg]

10-05-2016

Interview with Singapore Poly graduates

Radio interview featured two outstanding SP graduates - Diploma in Experience and Product Design graduate and Toh Chin Chye Award winner Kwek Ai Ling and Diploma in Mechatronics and Robotics graduate Lu Ziwen. Ai Ling could not get into the university course of her choice after scoring poorly for her ‘A’ Levels. She later enrolled into a part-time jewellery-making course at NAFA and started working part-time at a coffee shop. Ai Ling shared how her part-time work helped to improve her confidence and her communication skills. Lu Ziwen did not get into the diploma course of her choice and was not interested in studying. The interesting curriculum and course modules soon changed her attitude and approach to the course. Listen to the clip here. [Capital 958FM]

09-05-2016

Diploma opens up options, opportunities

Article on top poly graduates and their aspirations featured SP’s Diploma in Maritime Business (DMB) graduate, Choy Yin Shan. She shared how she was fascinated by ships at a young age and hence decided on the DMB course despite qualifying for junior college. Yin Shan also shared how the modules in her course as well as her internship gave her a deeper understanding of the maritime industry. Yin Shan is still considering between working first and furthering her studies. The valedictorian believes that her diploma is good enough for her to work and that the maritime industry offers many opportunities even without a degree. [Straits Times, pB10]

09-05-2016

Top graduates of SP: He will keep the cyber world safe

Article featured Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (DISM) graduate and Institutional Medallist, Daniel Ho. The article mentioned that Daniel’s interest in cyber-security started when he was a teenager, and that the DISM course in SP was his first choice. It was also mentioned that Daniel, a recipient of the DSO Diploma Scholarship, completed a six-month internship as a defence researcher at the DSO National Laboratories where he was involved in research projects related to network forensics and malware detection software. [Stomp]

06-05-2016

It’s a fund, it’s a scheme – no, it’s SkillsFuture

Commentary by education correspondent Amelia Teng explored what the term ‘SkillsFuture’ means to the man on the streets after the national initiative was launched one and a half years ago. She mentioned that due to the philosophical nature of SkillsFuture, it is harder for Singaporeans to understand it compared to other policies. Among poly students, the Enhanced Internships and Earn and Learn Programmes will be familiar to them as these two SkillsFuture components will affect them directly. However, Amelia also noted that it is unclear if SkillsFuture will have any impact on pent-up demand for university education among poly graduates as the number of poly students enrolling in local universities have been rising over the years. SP principal Tan Choon Shian shared that the polytechnics aim to help students get a better sense of what different jobs are like, so that students can make an informed choice. Mr Tan also mentioned that for students whose results allows them to pursue further studies or work, the polytechnics will not influence them in either way and will respect the student’s decision. However, for certain sectors like food manufacturing whom the polytechnics have deep partnerships with and where there are good plans in place for employees, the polytechnics will advise students to take on work experience first. Commentary also noted that Acting Education Minister Ong Ye Kung has summed up SkillsFuture in three key ideas: Mastery of skills, a broader and more inclusive meritocracy and finally, a personal enterprise. Mr Tan echoed Minister Ong’s comments and mentioned that for an individual, SkillsFuture is about a choice and a journey of mastery, pride and success as one needs to learn all the time. Ultimately, the community will recognise mastery and celebrate such learners. [Straits Times, pA30]

05-05-2016

$1.2m scheme to tackle lack of marine engineers

In a bid to tackle the acute shortage of marine engineers, the Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union (SMOU) has launched the $1.2 million Tripartite Engineering Training Award (Teta) programme. Teta is a joint initiative by SMOU, Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), and the Employment and Employability Institute (e2i). Conducted by SMOU's training arm Wavelink Maritime Institute, Teta will subsidise cadets' training and secure placements with shipping companies even before they begin. Cadets will have to pay only 10 per cent of the training course fees, with 80 per cent subsidised by e2i and another 10 per cent by SMOU. Cadets will also receive training allowances of between $1,200 and $1,400 during the three-year programme, which will include a 15-month stint sailing with a commercial ship. A Teta graduate can expect to earn a starting pay of $4,033 (US$3,000) a month and look forward to a monthly salary of $9,411 (US$7,000) as a chief engineer. SP’s Diploma in Mechanical Engineering graduate, Muhammad Noor Azhar, was featured as one of the Teta cadets. Similar story was reported in Berita Harian and Channel News Asia. [Straits Times, pB5]

04-05-2016

Funan DigitaLife Mall should incorporate lifestyle and experience themes

SP’s retail marketing senior lecturer Amos Tan opined on the improvements that Funan DigitaLife Mall can adopt in order to appeal to the consumers. [Channel 8 News]

03-05-2016

Sunlight hurts her

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Maritime Business graduand, Lee Hwee Leng, who suffers from Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), an autoimmune condition that can affect any part of the body and can be fatal. Her condition is such that she cannot be exposed to sunlight, which can result in skin rash or internal organ swelling and damage. In spite of her condition, Hwee Leng loves the ocean so much that she decided to pursue her passion and work in the maritime industry. She shared how she is looking to work onshore to avoid exposure to the sun. [The New Paper, p9]

03-05-2016

His ‘disability’ helps him excel in mathematics

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Aerospace Electronics graduand Lionel Lee, who has Asperger’s syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism. With his condition, Lionel has problems interacting with others. However, his condition was also instrumental in growing his passion for mathematics as it helped him to focus specifically on details. Lionel, who was recently accepted into Nanyang Technological University’s Mathematics Sciences course, shared how he hopes to get a PhD and prove a Mathematical theory in the future. [The New Paper, p9]

03-05-2016

He overcame pain to go back to school

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Creative Writing for TV and New Media graduand, Lim Tong Lee. Tong Lee suffers from a rare autoimmune disorder, called vesiculobullous disease, which results in painful blisters on his body. Due to his condition, he dropped out of the Singapore Institute of Management where he was pursuing a degree in business at the age of 24. In 2013, his condition finally improved after he tried a drug that suppresses the immune system, and he decided to study again and enrolled in SP at the age of 30. Tong Lee also shared how his classmates and lecturers helped him juggle his health and studies. For modules that required filming, his classmates and lecturers arranged for him to do more pre-production and post-production work as he was unable to work outdoors for long hours. In his final year, Tong Lee did a six-month internship at the Autism Resource Network where he edited press releases and filmed training videos. His supervisor, Mr Dino Trakakis, praised Tong Lee for demonstrating initiative and grit in his work despite his skin condition. [The New Paper, p8]

03-05-2016

Opening your mind is the secret to success

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Visual Communication and Media Design (DVMD) gold medallist Atika Alisa Mahat. She shared how the learning environment at SP allowed her to try out new design ideas and concepts. She also credits the nurturing lecturers and her classmates for pushing her to do well. Atika also mentioned her experience in exhibiting one of her projects to the public and the joy she received when she read the positive comments and feedback she received. Atika, who will be graduating with a GPA of 3.79 has already received offers from various educational institutions to further her studies. [Berita Harian, p4]

03-05-2016

SP Design School students turned passion into dream

Article featured SP Design School outstanding graduands – Diploma in Interior Design (DID) graduand Yip Jing Wei and Diploma in Games Design and Development (DGDD) graduand Terence Ng. Jing Wei shared how she got posted to SP’s Diploma in Interior Design even though it was not one of her twelve choices. She did well for the Design and Technology subject in secondary school but only wished to go to pursue the JC route which she deemed as a safer education route. She was not interested in the DID course until year 2 where the encouragement and guidance by her lecturer Mr Kelly Lee fuelled her interest in interior design. She commented that not all students are aware of their interest during secondary school days and if they are willing to learn, they are still able to benefit from their course. She will be pursuing an architecture degree in NUS. Unlike Jing Wei, Terence Ng knew that he was passionate in game design and felt that a good game can illustrate a good story and captivate the audience. He was determined to enrol in the game development course even though he scored 10 points for his ‘O’ Levels and his parents wanted him to enrol into JC. He gathered materials on the game development course to convince his parents who was worried that he might not be to find a job in future. He plans to enrol in a game design course jointly conducted by the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and DigiPen Institute of Technology. [Lianhe Zaobao, p6]

03-05-2016

One in three local university students admitted last year is a polytechnic student

The Ministry of Education (MOE) has revealed that last year's local university intake had the highest ever proportion of polytechnic graduates at nearly 34 per cent, up from 24.7 per cent in 2011. Educators said the greater proportion of poly graduates in local universities is in line with the rising aspirations of diploma holders who want a university degree. A NP spokesman mentioned that poly graduates today also have more choices as they can choose to work or further their studies. The expansion of universities have also allowed more poly graduates to get a spot in the course of their choice. SP’s Diploma in Mechanical Engineering graduate Dylan Tan, who is studying sustainable infrastructure engineering at the Singapore Institute of Technology opined on how the expansion has allowed him to fulfil his aspirations. Poly graduates from NYP and TP also shared their feelings on being accepted into a local university. Similar story was reported in AsiaOne, Lianhe Zaobao, Shin Min Daily News and Lianhe Wanbao. [Straits Times, pB1 - B2]

03-05-2016

Meet the new ‘hawkerpreneurs’ of Singapore

Article featured SP graduate Tom Loo, who felt the calling to be a hawker and currently runs Cityzoom Mee Pok Tar in Ghim Moh. He started learning how to make fish balls from a friend’s mother right after he did his National Service in 2007 and opened a stall the following year with his savings. [Todayonline.com]

03-05-2016

Teen girl with lupus graduating with good results

Article featured SP's Diploma in Maritime Business graduand Lee Hwee Leng who were diagnosed with lupus at age of 14. She shared the challenges she faced due to her condition – she had to give up outdoor activities and wushu that she loved and her school work was affected by her condition. Her most memorable moment in SP was the jetty jump which is a compulsory requirement to pass that module. She was interested in maritime industry as she frequently goes out to the sea with her father for fishing. She plans to pursue a local degree and subsequently a career in port management at Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. [Shin Min Daily News, p7]

03-05-2016

Proving her abilities in Mechatronics

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Mechatronics and Robotics (DMRO) graduand Nur Irza Tutty Roslan. She shared how the DMRO course was not her first choice and how she did not enjoy her studies initially. However, with the help of the course curriculum and nurturing lecturers like her course chair Mr Ho Sum Lim, she began to discover her confidence and passion for engineering. She subsequently interned at SICK Pte Ltd where she developed a series of sensors as part of her project. Her work was praised by her lecturer and supervisors and the company offered her an engineering job before her graduation. Irza has taken up the job offer and will be going to Germany for training before starting her new job. [Berita Harian, p4]

03-05-2016

Taking up a course to compose a song

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Music & Audio Technology student Ahmadul Amin Haron, who shared his passion for music and reasons for pursuing his current course. Ahamadul has also released a single as part of his final year project. [Berita Harian, p20]

03-05-2016

Twenty students represent Singapore in poetry competition

Article featured some of the 20 SP students who will be representing Singapore at the Pisma 2.0 Malay poetry competition. The entire team is made up of members from the SP Malay Language Society and includes the president of the club and SP’s Diploma in Human Resource Management with Psychology graduand Muhammad Shareefuddin Malimshah. Other members include SP students Nurul Amirah Mohamad Razali, Ahmad Zaid, Irfan Razni, Ahmad Faqih Mohd Fadzuli and Farah Nur Zakiah Roslee. All of them shared their love for the Malay culture and language and their inspiration for taking part in the competition. [Berita Harian, p8]

03-05-2016

Trying a different path to success

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Business Innovation and Design (DBID) graduand Atikah Zainuddin. She shared how she spent two years in a Junior College before realising that the teaching style did not suit her. She then decided to enrol in SP’s DBID course as its modules appealed to her. Atikah also felt that the applied learning route will be more suitable to her. Her decision to enrol in the new course paid off as she also received the Ministry of National Development scholarship during her first year. She shared how the course also gave her the chance to visit Canada. Atikah who will be graduating with a GPA of 3.92 will be reading business management at the Singapore Management University. [Berita Harian, p4]

03-05-2016

Adult learner pursuing a part-time diploma

Article featured SP graduand Mohamed Yamin Masop, who is also the Head of Department of Information Technology at Jurongville Secondary School. In order to gain skills that would complement his work, Yamin pursued the part-time Diploma (Conversion) in Digital Media Creation. He shared how the support of his family allowed him to juggle his work and part-time studies. Yamin, who is also the valedictorian speaker for his session also shared how his love for knowledge and passion for life-long learning motivated him to continue learning despite holding a Master’s Degree. [Berita Harian, p1]

03-05-2016

Pursuing her love for Engineering

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Engineering Systems (DES) gold medallist Nurfarzana Saini. She shared how her love for maths and science made her to apply for the new DES course three years ago. She also mentioned that the unique mix of mechanical engineering, electronic engineering and social sciences modules in the DES course were a huge draw to her. Nurfarzana also shared how her internship with the Land Transport Authority gave her the opportunity to deepen the skills that she picked up in her course. During her internship, she had to pick up a new programming language and also got the chance to help test the new Downtown Line. Nurfarzana will be furthering her studies in Mechanical Engineering at the National University of Singapore after graduating with a GPA of 3.96. [Berita Harian, p4]

03-05-2016

Five wildlife photography tips from Laurel Chor

Article featured National Geographic Young Explorer and renowned photographer Laurel Chor, who gave wildlife photography tips for budding photographers. It was also mentioned that Ms Chor has covered the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong, the Nepal earthquake in 2015, and the deforestation situation in Sumatra. She was recently at SP’s Youth Leadership Summit Talk, where she spoke to students about leadership and pursuing her passion for conservationism. [Youth.sg]

29-04-2016

Certificate of Competency graduation ceremony

Newsclip featured the SP’s Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA) Certificate of Competency (CoC) graduation ceremony. SMA Director Captain Mohd Salleh Bin Ahmad Sarwan shared how the maritime industry provides many opportunities for youths. With SMA’s new courses that are aligned with the SkillsFuture movement, youths can upgrade their skills and competencies in order to take their maritime career to the next level. Newsclip also featured CoC graduates Nuur Rizzuwanni Jasmani who shared her passion for sailing as well and aspiration. SP’s segment begins from 12:15. [Suria Berita]

26-04-2016

Seven hundred polytechnic students hope the school will reconsider the attendance taking system

Article mentioned the petition by 700 SP students on the attendance taking system (ATS) implemented since last April. Students have expressed concerns that the system might have glitches and not reflect their attendance accurately. The slow Wi-Fi connection in the poly can also affect the marking of the attendance. Students also mentioned that they were penalised when they forgot to mark their attendance despite turning up for classes. Students also mentioned that the ATS could also impact their grades as modules with attendance rates below the minimum 75 per cent is only marked as passed or failed. [Shin Min Daily News, p2]

25-04-2016

Achieving the dream of working abroad

Article featured Class 5 Certificate of Competency (CoC) graduates Nuur Rizzuwanni Jasmani and Budi Harianto. Rizzuwanni shared how she overcame her family’s objections to enrol in the CoC course at SP’s Singapore Maritime Academy. Both graduates shared their passion for sailing as well as their aspirations. [Berita Harian, p6]

25-04-2016

Poly’s app attendance system stirs concerns

Article featured the concerns raised by SP students over the attendance tracking system (ATS). Students have expressed concerns that the system might have glitches and might not reflect their attendance accurately. Students also mentioned that they were penalised when they forgot to mark their attendance despite turning up for classes. The first of its kind system could also impact the grades of students as those with attendance rates below the minimum 75 per cent are given pass or fail grades. Diploma in Marine Engineering student Lorenzo Santos shared how the bad Wi-Fi connection in the poly can affect the marking of his attendance. A computer engineering student who wanted to be known as Nathan mentioned how the new system was implemented without warning and there was no flexibility in it. Another recent graduate from the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering shared that it was common for people to beat the system as they could get friends to mark attendance for them. However, SP students from the Diploma in Chemical Engineering and the Diploma in Business Administration shared that the new system is convenient and encourages them to manage their time well. Article also mentioned the attendance taking methods at the other polytechnics. Similar story was reported in myPaper. [Straits Times, pB1]

22-04-2016

Turning soya bean waste into a medium for yeast to grow on

Article featured how Nanyang Technological University(NTU)’s scientists have developed a method that turns soya bean residue into a solution that can be used to grow yeast. The latest method can cut the cost of cultivating yeast, which is used for various purposes such as baking, making beer and in vaccine production. SP’s Food Innovation and Resource Centre director, Ms Loong Mann Na, opined on how NTU’s research is a good example of sustainable production methods that aims to make better use of by-products from manufacturing processes. [Straits Times, pB12]

22-04-2016

Mother took care of her paralysed son for 17 years

Article featured the mother of SP graduate Yuli, who has been bedridden due to a traffic accident after graduating from poly 17 years ago. Article mentioned how Yuli’s mother took care of him and his handicapped father over the years. [Lianhe Wanbao, p9]

22-04-2016

Maritime sector is not just for dock hands

Article featured the Singapore Maritime Week which was launched by Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan on Sunday. The event by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and industry partners aim to heighten awareness of the maritime sector. Some of the events open to the public during the week include an exhibition at Marina Square, where people can use a simulator to get a feel for what it is like to pilot a ship. The Singapore Shipping Association will dock two offshore support vessels at VivoCity mall's waterfront from Thursday to Saturday. Seminars on topics such as smart ships and maritime sustainability, as well as networking events, will also take place this week. Photo used in the article featured SP’s Singapore Maritime Academy student Rajamohan Krishnan guiding Transport Minister Khaw on a ship simulator. [Straits Times, pB4]

22-04-2016

Ong Ye Kung: In order to let students from tertiary institutes showcase their talents and passion, there will be more intake via aptitude-based admission

A total of 10 individual and team awards were presented to 54 youth leaders at NTUC nEbO’s annual Spirit of Youth Awards (SOYA) in recognition of their contributions to the youth community in Singapore. SP’s Diploma in Engineering with Business (DEB) student Toh Lip Ann, who was one of the Excel Award recipients featured in the article, shared how his temper improved after joining nEbO. Article also highlighted his success in leading the Youth Entrepreneurship Symposium (YES) 2015, an initiative to promote and encourage youth entrepreneurship. COMMS Note: Toh Lip Ann and SP’s DEB alumnus Teo Jian Rong also received the Team of Versatility Award for organising YES 2015 together with students from other polytechnics. [Lianhe Zaobao, p5]

20-04-2016

Will ‘new’ Funan still have the IT factor?

SP’s marketing and retail lecturer Amos Tan opined on how the new Funan mall can stand out from its competitors by creating an enhanced shopping experience that cannot be gained through the Internet. [Straits Times, pB4]

18-04-2016

He invested money meant for university

SP’s Diploma in Banking and Finance graduate, Matthew Pay, was featured on his interest and expertise in investing. Matthew, who is studying business administration at the National University of Singapore, shared how he developed a passion for investing while in secondary school. He also gave tips on investing in a side column. [The New Paper, p19]

18-04-2016

Saving For Big Ticket Items

First Look Asia, a television news programme on Channel News Asia, featured SP’s Financial Literacy Trainer Ms Peggy Chan on the topic of financial planning and saving for big ticket items. She opined that consumers should consider one-off as well as recurring costs when purchasing big ticket items, such as a car or a condominium. She also advised consumers to put in a buffer in their budget for contingencies. In addition, she mentioned the MoneySENSE -Singapore Polytechnic Institute for Financial Literacy, which provides free financial education programmes on basic money management, financial planning and investment know-how. Video can be viewed here: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/tv/tvshows/firstlook/lotsmore/saving-for-big-ticket/2690990.html [First Look Asia]

14-04-2016

All five local universities have received more admission applications with SIT having 35% increase in applications

Article mentioned that the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), which is the fifth local university conducting 42 degree courses mainly for polytechnic students, has received 13,000 admission applications this year. More than 80% of their applicants are polytechnic graduates. SP’s Diploma in Biomedical Science graduate Jiang Pei En who applied to SIT’s Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy shared her reasons for doing so. [Lianhe Zaobao, p6]

14-04-2016

He went to make coffee just to improve his acting skills for “Kopitiam”

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology graduate Zhuo Wei Ping who is a psychology student in NTU and one of the main actors for the local theatre play “Kopitiam”. This play is adapted from Cultural Medallion recipient Kuo Pao Kun’s 1986 play “Kopitiam”. He shared that he acted as a homosexual in his first play during his poly days. His idea of combining sign languages and drama in his final year project was rejected by his tutor who felt that he and his course mates did not have sufficient knowledge in this area. This motivated him to learn sign languages and make plays for the hearing-impaired after graduating from SP. He also shared his role in the play “Kopitiam” and his future career path. [Shin Min Daily News, p1]

13-04-2016

Cooking up Hawker Centre 3.0

The Ministry of Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) has set up the Hawker Centre 3.0 Committee to explore ideas on how to support the hawker trade in Singapore. The committee will review and make recommendations to the Government on the management and design of new hawker centres, as well as provide suggestions to sustain and promote our hawker trade. Members of the committee include SP’s Deputy Principal (Development), Mr Hee Joh Liang, RP’s Office of Planning Director, Mr Chng Jiun Yih, and RP’s School of Hospitality Director, Mr Lee Kok Wai James. [Channel News Asia]

13-04-2016

Committee of Supply Debate: Ministry of Transport; Ideas of the day

During a parliament debate, non-constituency MP Daniel Goh suggested that the food-waste recycling programmes currently at two hawker centres be expanded to include nearby coffee shops, foodcourts and HDB households. In her reply, Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources Amy Khor said that food-waste recycling machines have been installed in about 30 places, including SP and Resorts World Sentosa. [Straits Times, pB5]

13-04-2016

Iswaran: Food and hotel companies can seek for long term business opportunities by tapping on various initiatives

Minister of Trade and Industry (Industry) S Iswaran mentioned in his speech at the opening ceremony of the Food and Hotel Asia 2016 that companies in the food and hotel industry can still find long-term business opportunities and tap on the various initiatives by the government. To illustrate his point, he mentioned how local rice trading company Gan Hup Lee and SP’s Food Innovation and Resource Centre developed Yamie Rice, an easy-to-cook rice product that comes in different local flavours, that has been successfully exported to many countries. He added that seven Centres of Innovation have helped around 300 companies to better leverage on technology for their businesses. [Lianhe Zaobao, p29]

13-04-2016

Polytechnic student willing to work in wet market despite the low base salary and tiring job

Article featured Diploma in Integrated Event Management graduate Li Wen Yong who founded online market Purelyfresh together with his ex-boss’s son after working as wet market assistant for four years. He shared his passion working in the wet market despite the low base salary and long hours. [Lianhe Wanbao, p5]

12-04-2016

Tertiary Students Spark Off Ideas for Green Community Space atop City Square Mall

A team of five students from Singapore Polytechnic emerged champions at the finals of BCA-CDL Green Sparks Competition 2015/16 held on Friday, 8 April 2016 at BCA Academy. Coming in second and third positions were another team from Singapore Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic respectively. [Media Release by City Development Ltd]

12-04-2016

Get to know yourself before selecting a new field at the university

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Biotechnology graduate, Rizwan Ahmad Shamin Ahmad, and how he realized that Biotechnology was not his real interest. Rizwan then took two years to identify his real passion before reading Economics and Management at SIM and graduating with First Class Honours. [Berita Minggu, p8]

11-04-2016

The new Pioneer Generation: Freelancers

Article featured seven freelancers and how they are redefining the notion of work. SP’s Engineering graduate, Madam Noorhana Kairi, was featured for leaving her previous job to become a freelance tutor. [Sunday Times, pB1 -B2]

11-04-2016

Six students, one common passion: Conservation

SP’s Diploma in Environmental Management and Water Technology graduate Ho Xiang Tian, was mentioned as one of the six winners of the annual HSBC/NYAA (National Youth Achievement Award) Youth Environmental Award. The award recgonises young people for their green contributions and comes with a $500 book voucher and a HSBC-sponsored expedition to Spain. The expedition will be led by international non-profit environmental research group Earthwatch Institute. Similar story in Lianhe Zaobao mentioned that a NYP graduate is among the six winners. [Straits Times, pB11]

08-04-2016

Breathing life into Xinyao with songwriting contest

Chinese-language daily Lianhe Zaobao will be organizing The National Schools Xinyao Singing and Song Writing Competition 2016 in collaboration with TCR Music Station, Jurong Junior College, SP and NP. The event aims to breathe new life into the Xinyao genre and there is a new songwriting category in this year’s edition. The preliminaries, semi-finals and finals of the competition will be held at SP Convention Centre and will be aired on E City (StarHub TV Channel 111/825). Similar story reported in Lianhe Zaobao, Shin Min Daily News and Lianhe Wanbao. [Straits Times - Life!, pD10]

07-04-2016

Nurture the spirit of enterprise

Excerpts from Finance Minister Heng Sweet Keat’s speech at the end of a three-day debate in Parliament on the Budget mentioned the need for Singapore and her industries to create the right jobs, develop the right skills among employees and enable the right match. Mr Heng cited the example of SP’s Diploma in Mechatronics alumni Winson Ng, who joined precision engineering firm Feinmetall after graduation. After working for five months, Winson was sent by Feinmetall for advanced training in Germany and upon returning to Singapore, Winson noticed that one of the processes used to bend needles for semiconductor wafer testing could be done better. He conceptualised a way to automate it and worked with a systems integrator to develop a machine for it. As a result of this innovation, productivity increased four times and operations run 24 hours a day. The machine also reduced the training time required for the process from nine months to one week. In summary, Mr Heng empahsised that SkillsFuture is the way forward for Singapore’s economy to grow and transform and that the government will keep investing in SkillsFuture. Mr Heng also urged Singaporeans to make full use of SkillsFuture to continually learn, get the skills the world needs and have the resilience to overcome personal setbacks and adapt to change. [Straits Times, pA26]

07-04-2016

Food that goes the extra mile

Article highlighted new food products developed by scientists here in recent years which make it easier for the health-conscious and those with chronic diseases to boost their nutrition. Madam Lau Kum Yee, SP’s course chair for the Diploma in Food Science and Technology, opined that there is significant potential for innovation in food products with added health benefits as Singaporeans are now more aware and concerned about their health and are taking a more pro-active approach to eating well. The article mentioned that SP’s School of Chemical and Life Sciences has developed eight food products suitable for people with various health conditions, such as a low-glycaemic index (GI) banana chocolate cupcake and a low-GI brownie, which are currently available at The Diabetic Shop. SP students and lecturers also developed healthier versions of local snacks, such as a layered jam cake and kueh bahulu for patients on haemodialysis, as well as kaya with reduced sugar, fat and cholesterol. The article also mentioned NYP’s Centre for Functional Food and Human Nutrition, which works with commercial enterprises in the area of functional food research. [Today, p26]

06-04-2016

Global leadership conclave to attract 1,200 delegates

Leaders from all walks of life will be in town for IIMPact 2016, a global leadership conclave hosted by alumni of the prestigious Indian Institutes of Management (IIM). IIMPact 2016 will be themed around re-imagining and reinventing the pursuit of happiness through personal life, professional work and societal impact. Speakers include technocrat and entrepreneur Sam Pitroda as well as SP’s deputy principal of corporate development Hee Joh Liang. [Straits Times, pC6]

06-04-2016

The hospital’s blood collector

Article featured Ms Malar Kodi, a phlebotomist at Mount Alvernia Hospital. Before taking on her current role, Ms Kodi, furthered her studies in phlebotomy at SP for three months. [Straits Times, pB14]

05-04-2016

SP and NYP students emerge as winners of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup Singapore 2016

Two student teams from SP were crowned as the Games and Innovation champions at the recent Microsoft Imagine Cup Singapore 2016. Centred upon the theme “Creating with Code”, this year's Imagine Cup competition saw a total of 65 project entries from 150 tertiary students in Singapore. For the Games category, Diploma in Information Technology (DIT) final-year students Russell Loh and Isaac Lim created a role-playing fantasy game titled ‘Imagine’. For the Innovation category, DIT second-year students David Choo, Azeem, Ian Soo and Lau Che Hoe created NYX, a customisable chatbot-driven platform set to transform event planning and end-to-end customer care. A team from NYP emerged as champions for the World Citizenship category for creating an interactive social robot designed to assist the elderly in Singapore as a personal assistant or companion. [Computerworld Singapore]

05-04-2016

Encouraging students to start own businesses

Article featured how the various polys are supporting entrepreneurship among students. At SP, final-year students in the Diploma in Business Administration can take up a year-long entrepreneurship option where they have to complete a final-year project to set up and commercialise their business ideas. About 400 students have been through the programme in the past 10 years, with about 10 per cent continuing their businesses after graduation. Since 2010, SP has also offered a Mentorship Attachment Programme. Under the programme, entrepreneurship students are attached to companies for six weeks where they receive mentorship from a supervisor. At NP, a mentorship programme was launched for alumni in 2013. Five entrepreneurs-in-residence meet student and alumni entrepreneurs once a month to dish out advice or chat about business ideas. TP has also offered a mentorship scheme since 2005 and more than 60 businesses have been launched. [The Straits Times, pB12]

04-04-2016

Final-year project becomes real business

Article on poly students becoming entrepreneurs featured Marshal – a business selling customised leather products – set up by four students from SP’s Diploma in Business Administration. The business started out as a final-year project by the students as part of their year-long entrepreneurship module. With SP’s support, the four students were attached to a local company selling leather products. The owner of the company taught them the skills needed to create their own leather products. After mastering the trade, the team promoted its good on social media platforms and contacted companies to seek business opportunities. The company has made $6,000 in profit over the past six months and the team plans to run their own workshop in the future. Article also featured the phone business belonging to a NP Business Studies graduate and a crowdsourced courier service run by two TP graduates. [The Straits Times, pB11]

04-04-2016

Teen makes U-turn on closing blog on Thomson Line after meeting LTA

Article mentioned that SP’s Diploma in Civil Engineering with Business final-year student, Nethaniel Foo, wanted to close down his blog about the construction of the Thomson MRT line after negative encounters in the course of producing content for it. After an informal meeting with Land Transport Authority (LTA), however, Nethaniel decided to continue running the blog and was offered a “direct line of communication” by LTA for information on their projects. Nethaniel opined that he started the blog in 2013 because the public and stakeholders deserve to have frequent updates and understanding of the progress of construction works for government projects which are funded by taxpayers. [Today, p16]

04-04-2016

The personality of a city

The photos used in the article featuring the Graffiti Alley at Toronto, Canada, was taken by SP’s Diploma in Business Innovation and Design student, Cheong Jun Hong. [Lianhe Zaobao, zbNow, p14 and 15]

04-04-2016

Customer Satisfaction Index of Singapore 2015

Jointly developed by the Institute of Service Excellence at Singapore Management University and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency, the Customer Satisfaction Index of Singapore measures and reports customer satisfaction for various sectors. The index serves as an independent and objective national benchmark for the nation’s economy. Last year, SP received a score of 74.8, this is slightly lower than its score in 2014. However, SP’s score is still higher than the average score of 69.8 for the polytechnic sector. For more info, please visit ises.smu.edu.sg. [The Business Times, p5]

04-04-2016

Some small businesses still ignorant of new rules on payslips

Changes to the Employment Act that kick in today will require companies to provide workers with itemised payslips and key employment terms. SP students have developed a free payslip-generating software to help small and medium sized business adapt to the latest changes. [Straits Times, pB4]

01-04-2016

Old hand and the sea

Article featured Maritime Port Authority’s (MPA) Senior Assistant Director, Captain Irinjalakuda Gopalkrishnan Sangameswar, who shared his journey and experiences in the maritime industry. Today, in his role at MPA he shares his expertise with younger generations of aspiring seafarers. In partnership with SP’s Singapore Maritime Academy, he also comes up with assessments that help to certify new seafarers. [The New Paper, p12]

31-03-2016

Students behind ‘pop up’ stores

Editorial promoting the latest issue of ZBcomma, a supplementary Chinese newspaper for secondary schools, mentioned how SP students are learning about retail and business operations through the setting up of pop-up stores. [Lianhe Zaobao, p10]

30-03-2016

Rotary Club of Singapore West raises $1 million

Article mentioned that the Rotary Club of Singapore West has been awarding scholarships to SP, NP as well as other tertiary institutions since 2010. [Lianhe Zaobao, p11]

28-03-2016

Seventy per cent of volunteers are aged 60 and above

Under a new Memorandum of Understanding, SP students will have the opportunity to volunteer at various senior activity centres under the NTUC Health Cluster Support. NTUC has pointed out that the majority of their current volunteers are aged 60 and above. [Lianhe Zaobao, p8]

28-03-2016

Poly student songs recognized among the best

SP's Diploma in Audio and Music Technology (DMAT) student, Khairul Ridzwan Zainal, shared his passion for songwriting and how it pushed him to pursue other music related activities such as busking and performing at events such as the Verve Arts Festival, outside of his school curriculum. Khairul's self-composed song and final year project, Take Us Home, was featured as one of the best 19 songs at Render 2016 (DMIT Graduation Show) and also uploaded to Spotify. Khairul plans to continue studying music in London and making a name for himself overseas. [Berita Harian, p26]

28-03-2016

Young entrepreneurs

Article on young entrepreneurs featured SP’s Diploma in Engineering with Business graduate, Wellon Zhou, and his memory-training company. Wellon shared the inspiration for starting his business as well as the challenges he has encountered thus far. Over the years, his company has trained many students as well as 25 senior lecturers from SP. [Lianhe Zaobao, p34]

24-03-2016

My parents, my role models

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Banking and Finance (DBKF) graduate, Mohamed Abbas, who was recently listed in this year’s Forbes 30 under 30 in the finance and venture capital category. In March last year, Mr Mohamed worked with a friend to launch Onelyst, a website that lets consumers apply for loans and compare loan offers from licensed moneylenders. His start-up currently works with 42 licensed moneylenders in Singapore and it earns its revenue by charging them a monthly subscription. Onelyst also has a social responsibility component, and will refer loan applicants with many debts to counsellors. Mr Mohamed started the company while he was doing his degree in business with a major in banking and finance at National Technological University. He has plans to replicate the Onelyst model in Malaysia and Hong Kong, and also intends to start another platform on the website for business loans in the middle of this year. [tabla!]

22-03-2016

Singapore Polytechnic Graduation Showcase 2016: Efficient method to book gas

Article featured a mobile app and integrated system developed by students from SP’s Diploma in Information Technology (DIT). The app which is a collaboration between SP and Energy Union, allows customers to book gas cylinders, accessories or services, while the integrated system consists of an application for admin staff to call agents and personnel to check and manage orders. Previously, EU’s customers could only call a hotline for these services. EU has mentioned that they will most likely implement the mobile app and integrated system developed by the students. DIT student, Siti Heryani opined that she and her team feels happy to develop a real-life system that has an impact on the community. [Berita Harian, p5]

21-03-2016

Singapore Polytechnic Graduation Showcase 2016: Film discusses issue of depression

Article featured the film Semi;, a final-year project by students from SP’s Diploma in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics (DVEMG). The film which was screened at Render 2016, the graduation showcase for students from the School of Digital Media and Information Technology, aims to raise awareness on depression. The film is based on the real-life experiences of DVEMG student Mohamed Syamil Mohamed Shah, and his struggles with the medical condition over the years. Syamil who is also the film’s producer hopes that Semi; will allow viewers to better understand depression and empathise with the struggles that sufferers go through. Article also mentioned that Semi; received an award in the 48 Hour Challenge last year, where teams had to produce a film within 48 hours. [Berita Harian, p5]

21-03-2016

Vishnucharan does social work through drama

Article featured SP’s Model Student Award recipient Vishnucharan Naidu. A Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology student, Vishnu shared his passion for drama and his aspirations to get more youth involved in the arts, through his theatre company ‘Big Bird Productions’. Vishnu received the Model Student Award from SP Principal and CEO Mr Tan Choon Shian on 14 March. [Tamil Murasu, p4]

17-03-2016

If you persevere, there will be no obstacles

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Information Technology final-year student and this year’s Model Student Award winner Glenn Ng, who shared how he discovered his passion and competence in IT. Despite being dyslexic, he has been accepted to a local university and has a current GPA of 3.91. Glenn also founded his own IT solutions firm which he runs with a fellow SP classmate to provide web design, game development and consultation services for enterprises. Article also mentioned how his lecturers supported him by providing opportunities to take part in competitions and nominating him for the Infocomm Development Authority’s Enhanced Learning in Information Technology (ELITe) scholarship to gain more industry experiences. [Lianhe Zaobao, p17]

17-03-2016

SP students behind biochip that speeds up detection of deadly viruses

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (DEEE) students, Leong Guang Hao and Pavan Singh Gill, who developed an advanced disposable biochip that can potentially speed up the detection of deadly viruses such as Ebola, SARS and HIV. This innovation, done in collaboration with SP’s Centre for Biomedical and Life Sciences and the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology, will mean that the equipment needed to diagnose these viruses will also be far more portable — from big machines to a chip smaller than the palm of a human hand. Pavan and Guang Hao worked on the chip for six months under the joint Polytechnic Student Research Programme, and their project was among 10 that received the best project award. The programme aims to expose students to future career possibilities in research and development while working with different institutions such as the National University of Singapore and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). Mr Philip Lim Feng, CEO of Exploit Technologies at A*STAR, opined that it is important for polytechnic students to be exposed to research, and that he hopes the students will be inspired by the research and its processes. A similar news clip in Channel News Asia mentioned a team of RP students who developed a high resolution micro camera that allows airline security staff to screen meal carts without physical strain. [Todayonline.com]

17-03-2016

Enterprises can search for more information online

Article listed the various online tools and information that can help SMEs in formulating their payroll. One of the online tools is SP-Pay, a free payroll software developed by SP students. [Lianhe Zaobao, p34]

17-03-2016

They find new life after family deaths

Article featured SP’s Model Student Award recipients Lim Bo Zhi and Vishnucharan Naidu, and their experiences in overcoming personal tragedies in life. Both students still managed to achieve success academically and made efforts to give back to the community. Diploma in Computer Engineering student, Lim Bo Zhi shared that SP was “a new beginning” for him and credits his achievement to his counsellor at St. Joseph’s Institution, Ms Christina Tang-Lien. Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology student, Vishnucharan Naidu shared how his father’s death was his inspiration and how he uses his theatre group Big Birds Productions to reach out to other disadvantaged groups. [The New Paper, p2-3]

16-03-2016

Let me tell you about NTU – A Saravanan

SP’s Diploma in Computer Engineering graduate, A Saravanan, was featured in Nanyang Technological University (NTU)’s bimonthly magazine. Now a final-year student in NTU’s Electrical and Electronic Engineering course, Saravanan mentioned his internship experience with the United States Air Force Academy, where he worked on satellites with cadets from other countries. [Hey! Magazine, p16]

16-03-2016

Empowering students to make educational choices, career

Article featured the inaugural ECG fair at Tampines Secondary School organized in conjunction with the Ministry of Education (MOE), industry partners and educational institutions including the five local polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College East. Besides career talks, there were also exhibitions which aimed to give secondary school students more information and insights into the life sciences and chemical industries. Guest of Honour, Parliamentary Secretary (Education and Social and Family Development), Professor Muhammad Faisal Ibrahim opined that ECG will make the education and career journey more attractive and help funnel students to their preferred choice of learning and career. [Berita Harian, p4]

15-03-2016

Science opens up opportunities for food innovation

Article focused on the collaboration between FIRC and small and medium enterprises (SME), including Muslim companies. Centre Director of FIRC, Ngan-Loong Mann Na noted that since inception in 2007, FIRC has since helped 500 companies run 850 projects. Through food technologists, FIRC works with companies to undertake projects such as creating food, improving food quality, extending the life of food and developing automated machines. Companies who utilize FIRC’s services can apply for government grants offered by Spring Singapore such as the Innovation Credit scheme and Capability (ICV) worth $ 5,000 and Capability Development Grant (CDG) to finance up to 70 percent of project costs. [Berita Harian, p5]

15-03-2016

From budding artist to model student

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology student, Vishnucharan Naidu, and his achievements in the applied drama scene. Vishnu was among 22 students who were awarded the Model Student Award, in recognition of his academic and co-curricular activities, as well as his contributions to the community. In the article, Vishnu shared how he set up his own production company to produce theatre shows that engage the audiences in social causes. He also mentioned the future plans for his company and his aspirations. [Business Times, p23]

15-03-2016

Gunning for another shot

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Financial Informatics student, Linn Min Htoo, who emerged the winner of the Nerf competition at the TNP Readers Carnival last year. Min Htoo hopes to defend his title this year at the same event this year. [The New Paper, p13]

14-03-2016

Future of robots expected to be as early as 10 years: Expert

News clip mentioned SP’s Robotics and Maker Academy, a collaboration between the Infocomm Development Agency (IDA) and SP, where primary and secondary school students can learn to build robots. Dr Zhou Changjiu, Centre Director of SP’s Advanced Robotics and Intelligent Control Centre, opined that the academy equips students with programming skills and an appreciation of robotics that will help develop Singapore’s ‘Smart Nation’ programme. Similar story was reported in Channel 8 News. [Channel News Asia]

14-03-2016

Shining light on mental disorders via theatre

SP’s Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology (DADP) student, Mr Vishnucharan Naidu, was featured for addressing mental disorders via an interactive play, titled in(VISIBLE). As part of their final-year project, his group scripted three scenes that depict the daily life and struggles that young people with conditions such as depression, anxiety and psychosis go through. The audience could then choose to intervene in the scenarios the second time, replacing a character in the scene to come up with alternative actions that could improve the situation. The play was first presented at SP last year before it was re-staged at *Scape last month, with a total of 250 people attending two runs of the show. Mr Vishnu, who hopes to pursue further studies in theatre after graduation, is in discussion to stage the play at other places, such as schools, universities and social service organisations. [The Straits Times, pB11]

14-03-2016

Drama-based teaching on the rise

From primary schools to universities, more educators have been using drama to engage students and deepen their understanding of various issues and subjects, including non-arts ones like mathematics, psychology or even business management. Article mentioned SP’s Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology (DADP) course, which teaches students how to engage communities through theatre. DADP’s course chair, Ms June Wee, opined that in applied drama, practitioners break down the fourth wall to create a dialogue with the audience. She mentioned that for the course’s final-year project, students have to students have to integrate both disciplines by conducting research into an area of psychology, and use that research to design a drama programme for a specific group in the community. She added that a majority of students who have graduated enter the social service or education sector, working with theatre organisations as drama facilitators. [The Straits Times, pB12]

14-03-2016

Home owners still ready to pay for exclusive decor: Experts

SP’s marketing and retail lecturer, Mr Amos Tan, opined on how a home accessories store finds it difficult to build brand loyalty because consumers could easily find similar items online, at lower prices. [The Straits Times, pB5]

14-03-2016

Singapore Poly students design call police app to fight crime

Article featured a mobile app developed by five students from SP’s Diploma in Business Information Technology students. The app, Call Police, was on display at SP’s annual Project Showcase, which showcases more than 200 projects spanning across 12 disciplines ranging from game design, landscape architecture to digital media. The ‘Call Police’ app allows the user to dial 999 with the press of a button and sends his particulars and location directly to the police. Students worked with officers from Jurong West Neighbourhood Police Centre for six months to develop the current prototype. Another project that was highlighted was the ‘Secret to Success’ video conceptualised by two students from SP’s Diploma in Visual Communication and Media Design. Working with members of the Dyslexia Association of Singapore, the video aims to raise awareness about dyslexia by featuring an emotional story of a child reaching success despite his learning disorder. The video was posted to Facebook two weeks ago and currently has over 15,000 views. Article also mentioned NYP’s School of Design’s graduation showcase at the National Library. [Straits Times, pB12]

11-03-2016

Students, SPF develop app that sounds alarm to deter offenders, sends crime evidence

Article featured a mobile app developed by five students from SP’s Diploma in Business Information Technology (DBIT) students. The app, Call Police, was on display at SP’s annual Project Showcase, which covers works by outstanding graduating students from the polytechnic’s School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Design School (SD), and the School of Digital Media & Infocomm Technology (DMIT). A notable feature of the ‘Call Police’ app is a shrill alarm that will set off a piercing siren when the user is in distress. The students worked with officers from Jurong West Neighbourhood Police Centre for six months to develop the current prototype, which won the Merit Award at the Ministry of Home Affairs’ Security Awareness For Everyone Competition last October. DBIT student and project leader Nicolas Wee opined that the team’s hope is to bring down the crime rate with their app. Article also mentioned that other exhibits by ABE and DMIT are open to the public on Friday (March 11), while SD’s showcase is open to the public from March 12 to 17. Similar story was reported in Channel News Asia. [Todayonline.com]

11-03-2016

Rescuing an injured animal via an SPCA app

Article featured the “SPCA Rescue” app developed by five students from SP’s Diploma in Business Information Technology students. The app allows users to report incidents of animal injury and aims to increase the efficiency of animal rescue. The app, which is being developed in partnership with Singapore Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), was among 220 final-year student projects featured at the SP Project Showcase 2016. SPCA has given feedback to the students for further improvements to the app and is considering to make the app available to the public soon. Article also featured another SP final-year student project – the “Call Police” app which was developed in partnership with the Singapore Police Force (SPF). It lets a user disseminate relevant details to the authorities about a potential crime being committed through the push of a button. The app can also trigger a shrill alarm to thwart any perpetrator of a crime. The “Call Police” app has won an award at a competition organised by the Ministry of Home Affairs. [Yahoo News]

11-03-2016

Futuristic concept for NDP 2016

SP’ visual communications and media design student Chelsea Lim, was mentioned as the designer of this year’s National Day Parade logo. Chelsea designed a geometric heart with four shades of red to represent the diversity of Singapore and the various races and religions living together in harmony. Her design was shortlisted from 250 submissions and eventually chosen by a public vote. Chelsea spent 10 days during her exams last year to come up with the logo. Similar story was reported on all SPH newspapers and Mediacorp platforms. [Straits Times, pA3]

10-03-2016

What will make headlines – March 10, 2016

SP’s joint graduation showcase was listed as one of the key events happening today. The event showcases more than 220 projects ranging from IT solutions, product designs and architecture. These projects were conceptualised by students from 12 diploma courses. [Straits Times, pA2]

10-03-2016

Student wants a bucket of experience and visit the world

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Marine Engineering and Model Student Award recipient, Indrasyah Putera Kudsi Bin Dulkifli, on his challenges, motivations and successes in life. Indrasyah shared how he decided to join SP although he qualified for junior college. It eventually turned out to be the right choice after clinching the Model Student Award – an acknowledgement of his efforts academically and his co-curricular activities. Besides juggling school, Indrasyah also takes care of his aged grandparents, leaving him little time for himself and his friends. Indrasyah has already been offered a place with the SMU-SUTD Dual Degree Programme in Technology and Management, but will put this on hold as he will be slated for a six month sailing stint offered by his course.[Berita Harian, p16]

10-03-2016

11 Reasons to Visit Singapore Design Week 2016

Epilogue, graduation showcase by SP’s Diploma in Architecture and Diploma in Landscape Architecture, was listed as one of the eleven events for Singapore Design Week 2016. [SingaporeTatler.com]

10-03-2016

From wedding to anti-piracy mission

Article on women in the armed forces featured SP’s Diploma in Information Technology (DIT) alumna, Lee Jiayan. Ms Lee, who is currently a Third Warrant Officer with the Singapore Army’s Combat Engineers Formation shared her experiences as a servicewoman. [Straits Times, pB5]

09-03-2016

Building the cities of tomorrow

UniSIM’s Bachelor of Science in Facilities and Events Management student, Hendrik, is featured for his interest in sustainable built environments. He mentioned that the part-time degree, which is offered in collaboration with SP and the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), has been carefully planned and developed to be relevant to the industry. [Todayonline.com]

08-03-2016

Singapore Pools’ Care for Winners programme provides financial tips to those who won prize money of $100,000 and above

Singapore Pools and MoneySENSE jointly launched the Care for Winners programme to educate lottery winners with prize winnings of $100,000 and above on how to manage their newfound wealth better. The new programme consists of a kit that includes bilingual videos, brochures, posters, banners and standees. SP’s Institute for Financial Literacy and Ministry of Social and Family Development are the partners for this programme. [Shin Min Daily News, p4]

07-03-2016

Cleaning up Asia's polluted waters

Article featured Australian bio-technology company BioGill and its efforts to help China and other emerging nations treat wastewater in an affordable and low-carbon way. SP and other partners embarked on a joint study with BioGil to develop a way to clean up oil slicks and debris from seawater in ports. [Eco-Business]

07-03-2016

Singapore Polytechnic student designs logo in a first for Finance Ministry

SP’s diploma in visual communication and media design student, Toh Ping Huang, was featured for designing this year’s Budget logo. His designs which were supervised by his lecturers, went through seven drafts before it was finally approved. The Ministry of Finance (MOF) mentioned that Ping Huang’s logo was chosen for its vibrant and meaningful design. This is the first time that MOF has involved students in the design of the Budget logo. In the article, Ping Huang also shared his aspirations and the meaningful experience designing the Budget logo. Similar story was reported in The New Paper. [StraitsTimes.com]

07-03-2016

World-class rugby in the Lion City

Article featured how SP graduate, Muhammad Fadzil Mohamed Shahrir, got acquainted with rugby while studying at SP and was one of many rugby fans anticipating the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, scheduled to debut in Singapore on 16 and 17 April. [Berita Minggu, p19]

07-03-2016

Art lights the way

The “Terra.Glimmer” art piece built by SP’s School of Architecture and the Built Environment, was featured as one of the 25 artworks on display at this year’s edition of the I Light Marina Bay festival. [Straits Times - Life!, pD4-D5]

04-03-2016

Gardens glow in the dark

Article featured a small Japanese garden that glows in the dark at i Light Marina Bay 2016. The garden, named ‘terra.glimmer’, is designed by students from SP’s School of Architecture & the Built Environment. The article also featured other installation art designs by students from NYP. [Berita Harian, p10]

03-03-2016

Cyn and Derrick’s Gatsby Wedding at Four Seasons Hotel

SP graduates Cyn Chua and Derrick Chan, who recently married, were featured in Singapore Brides’ online portal. The couple first met in SP and were assigned to work in the same lab group in their first year. They kept in close contact throughout their poly years and got together after graduation. The photos in the article featured SP’s campus and the Plaza. [Singaporebrides.com]

03-03-2016

Let’s think about it – Acting Minister for Education Ong Ye Kung

The second of a three part series sees Acting Minister for Education Ong Ye Kung sharing his views and stories on how SkillsFuture can benefit students in Singapore. Mr Ong is joined by representatives from the industry and community, including SP’s Principal & CEO Mr Tan Choon Shian, Chairman & CEO of Singapore Education Academy Mr R Sinnakaruppan, TP graduate and founder of travel app ‘Wander’ Ms Krystal Choo, and NUS student and singer Ms Farisha Ishak. Topics discussed in this episode include the importance of helping students develop relevant skills for future jobs, as well as nurturing curiosity and creativity among youth. Mr Tan also stressed the importance of lifelong learning and intrinsic motivation in education. [Channel 5]

03-03-2016

A step closer to a Smart Nation

Opinion column by education reporter Pearl Lee featured how schools and relevant organisations like the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) are launching initiatives to help Singapore achieve its aim towards becoming a Smart Nation. She mentioned that 50 schools had already sent their students to the Robotics and Maker Academy that was launched by the IDA and SP, to learn more about programming and robotics. [Straits Times, pA2]

02-03-2016

MOE Kindergartens receive 'consistently favourable feedback': Ng Chee Meng

Article mentioned that MOE has partnered SP to pilot a full-time placement and training programme to better meet the manpower needs of the MOE kindergartens and other providers in the pre-school sector. [Channel News Asia]

01-03-2016

Spring Singapore aims to help firms drive topline growth

Spring Singapore is shifting its focus towards helping companies drive topline growth with innovation as a key thrust. SP’s Food Innovation & Resource Centre (FIRC) was mentioned as a resource that companies could tap on. FIRC has already helped companies such as Freshen Group and 1 Percent LLP (Foodbox) to develop a ready-to-serve packaged soup and a ready-to-eat rice meal that requires no refrigeration despite having no added preservatives. Similar article in Channel News Asia mentioned that packaging firm Fagerdala has benefited from the support from SPRING Singapore and NYP, having rolled out a robotics system that uses smart visual recognition. [Business Times, p3]

29-02-2016

Winners of Green Wave Environmental Care Competition 2015

A team of SP students have won the 3rd prize of $4,000 in the annual Green Wave Environmental Care Competition. Two other teams from SP won the Merit Award and Commendation Award of $1,000 and $500 respectively. Teams from NP and RP also won prizes in the competition. The annual competition organised by Sembcorp Marine and co-sponsored by Shell and bp aims to promote the green cause and to encourage the sharing of ideas and insights to further enhance environmental sustainability. [Straits Times, pC3]

29-02-2016

Given a second chance

Article featured Muhammad Isa Saman, who is a beneficiary of the Yellow Ribbon STAR bursary. Isa decided to turn over a new leaf while he was in jail for loanshark-related activities and took the ‘O’ levels as a private candidate. He subsequently enrolled in SP’s Diploma in Nautical Studies and is currently trying to fulfil his dreams of becoming the captain of a ship. Photo used in the article was taken at Full Mission Bridge Simulator within the Singapore Maritime Academy at SP. [Berita Minggu, p1]

29-02-2016

Tchoukball hopes for NSA status so it can achieve even more

Article featured how the Tchoukball Association of Singapore is trying to achieve National Sports Association (NSA) status in order to get more funding and support. SP alumnus and national tchoukball player Nico Quek opined on how a NSA status will help players like himself and the sport to grow. [The Straits Times, pC12]

26-02-2016

Parts of heritage site Palmer House to be cleared for MRT

Part of the Bestway Building which housed the first SP campus, will be demolished to make way for the future Prince Edward MRT station. The Urban Redevelopment Authority previously said that the Bestway Building will be studied for conservation. Some members of the architectural community opined that the Bestway Building, which was home to Singapore's first architecture school, should be kept intact to be better understood as a school compound. [The Straits Times, pB1]

25-02-2016

Creating a gem of a logo to capture Singapore’s values

An advertorial by DesignSingapore featured SP’s Diploma in Creative Media Design graduate, Justin Tan. Justin who is also the creative director and owner of Apt 811 Design & Innovation Agency won the pitch to capture Singapore's new designation as a Unesco Creative City of Design in a logo. Together with his team of three, he created a logo comprising of a cut and polished diamond at the core, with its lines joined to create the five stars in Singapore's flag, representing democracy, peace, progress, justice and equality. The logo will feature widely in all collaterals relating to local design, including the guide book for the Singapore Design Week. [Straits Times, pB5]

23-02-2016

Singapore #Fitspo of the Week: Hisyam Osz

SP graduate Hisyam Osz was featured in Yahoo’s #Fitspo of the Week, a series dedicated to all inspirational men and women in Singapore leading active lifestyles. Article mentioned that he competed in bouldering for a few years, representing Singapore Polytechnic. [Yahoo Sports Singapore]

23-02-2016

Expert in Singapore waters

Article featured SP’s Nautical Studies graduate, Muhammad Zulhadis Zulkeplie, who is currently a harbour pilot with PSA Marine. He noted that his ambition was to become a pilot, but got interested in a maritime career instead after attending the Polytechnic Open House. [Berita Minggu, p7]

22-02-2016

March In Line

SP’s AeroHub was featured as a venue for a military inspired fashion photoshoot. [Teenage Magazine (March), p32]

22-02-2016

Chapter closes for 77-year-old shop

SP’s marketing and retail management lecturer Mr Amos Tan opined on the closure of Kaiming Enterprises, a 77 year-old stationery shop. [Sunday Times - Life!, pC2]

22-02-2016

Smart glasses technology will change the concept of future school campuses

Article featured how smart glasses, such as Google Glass and HoloLens, that apply the augmented reality technology may be widely used in schools in future. SP was mentioned as one of the campuses that is applying augmented reality technology in classroom learning. Director of SP’s Department of Information and Digital Technology Services, Loh Gin Chye, shared how Google Glass is currently used by SP students in their lessons. He also mentioned that this technology can be useful for Diploma in Architecture students as it will allow them to better visualise architecture models. Article also featured the Smart Campus Initiative by SP, Cisco and NCS and SP’s flipped classroom concept. [Lianhe Zaobao, p6]

22-02-2016

Discovering her passion for mini food models

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Experience and Product Design student Chen Zhi Jie who has created more than 100 mini food models over five years. [Lianhe Zaobao, p11]

18-02-2016

Piracy site Solarmovie to be blocked

Ms Chong Li Min, SP’s senior lecturer from the School of Communication, Arts & Social Sciences, opined on the Singapore High Court’s order to Internet service providers to block access to piracy website Solarmovie. [Straits Times, pA8]

17-02-2016

SP student balances budding modelling career with ethical hacking aspirations

SP’s Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (DISM) student, Sean Robert, was featured in an article published in the youth section of Stomp’s online website. First published in SPirit magazine, the article highlights Sean’s memorable experiences in SP and how he was scouted by reality campus search programme ‘Hey Gorgeous’ last year. [Stomp]

17-02-2016

Merchants here cite high fees for closure of Rakuten

SP’s marketing and retail lecturer, Mr Amos Tan, opined on the closure of online marketplace, Rakuten Singapore. [Straits Times, pC2]

17-02-2016

Boeing patents winning innovations from Singapore Poly students

Article in the online publication by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, featured the three innovations that was jointly developed by SP students and Boeing. The article also mentioned SP’s new Aerohub facilities and how SP will be working closely with key aerospace partners to offer enhanced internships for its students. [Bridgingskies.com]

17-02-2016

He turned life around during last jail stint

SP’s Diploma in Chemical Engineering student, Mr Mohammad Azahari Abdul Razak was profiled for turning his life around after getting caught multiple times for drug trafficking and consumption. Similar story was reported in Lianhe Zaobao. [Straits Times, pA6]

16-02-2016

Two sub-groups hold their respective first meeting

Two of the Committee on the Future Economy's (CFE) five sub-groups - one looking at "future jobs and skills", the other on the "future city" - had their first meetings yesterday. The former was co-chaired by Acting Education Minister (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung, and Singtel's chief country officer in Singapore and CEO of group enterprise Bill Chang. Mr Ong shared that there are plenty of opportunities in terms of jobs creation in the medium to long term. He also mentioned that within the country itself, the right skills need to be developed so that expanding sectors such as IT, telecommunications, healthcare and aviation can find people with the deep skills needed. Mr Chang who is also the chairman of SP’s Board of Governors, noted that technological advances in key sectors such as manufacturing could result in some jobs being lost. However, he stressed that workers should also take advantage of new openings as well. Similar story was reported in The Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao and Today. [Business Times, p2]

16-02-2016

Focus on future as Asia’s top aviation event soars

More than 1,000 firms from 50 countries will be participating in the Singapore Airshow 2016. The event aims to showcase emerging technologies and provide a platform to tap new opportunities. For the very first time, the show will also feature the Singapore Airshow Aero Campus, an initiative that explores higher education and career possibilities in aviation. SP’s recent collaboration with Boeing on three inflight solutions was mentioned as an example of Singapore’s push to develop talent and skills in the aviation industry. Article also mentioned that NYP will be showcasing its 3D aerospace manufacturing capabilities at the event. Similar story was reported in all SPH newspapers and Mediacorp platforms. [Straits Times, pB6]

15-02-2016

Passengers using concession pass do not scan their cards when alighting

Article mentioned that passengers using concession pass do not have the habit of scanning their cards when alighting, thus affecting the data collected via the scanning machine. The collected data is used to indicate how congested the bus is through apps such as “MyTransport.SG”. The data can also be used for long-term planning by LTA to enhance transport services. According to data collected last year, only 41% of poly students scanned their concession cards when alighting. SP student Zheng Xin En and NP student Zhong Shi opined that many students do not scan their cards when alighting because they were not aware that this would affect the data collected. [Lianhe Zaobao, p7]

11-02-2016

Singapore Polytechnic launches real-world hangar to mark a new milestone in engineering education

Article in the magazine of the Institution of Engineers, Singapore, featured the launch of SP’s new AeroHub. The article mentioned how the AeroHub offers an integrated learning experience for SP Engineering students. It also shared the unique partnerships that SP has with leading industry partners and how this benefits SP Engineering students in terms of internships. The three novel in-flight solutions developed by SP students for Boeing was also featured in the article. [The Singapore Engineering, p46-47]

11-02-2016

Forum for youth theatre

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology student, Vishnucharan Naidu s/o Vijayan’s final year project – a theatre forum titled ‘in(VISIBLE)’ that will explore three mental illnesses: depression, anxiety and psychosis. Vishnucharan opined that besides raising awareness and empathy for mental illness issues, the project also allows greater opportunity for public discussion these issues. [Berita Harian, p10]

11-02-2016

Retail chains look to Muslim market

SP’s senior retail lecturer Sarah Lim opined on the global boom in Muslim fashion and how local retailers are adapting to the trend. [The Straits Times, pA3]

10-02-2016

Help teens browse through exercise time

Article featured SP's Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduate, Muhammad Firdaus Fidrishah, and how he established Vamos Fitness - a fitness centre that teaches calisthenics and yoga to youth to help them overcome stress. [Berita Harian, p16)

10-02-2016

He lost his wife and found Comfort Keepers

Weekly column on individuals who have overcome great challenges in life featured Mr Cheong Mun Sang, a former director at NP. Mr Cheong shared how he lost his wife Mrs Doreen Cheong in a road accident in 2003. Mrs Doreen Cheong was then the director of educational staff development at SP. Mr Cheong subsequently embarked on a journey to discover his faith before starting Comfort Keepers, which offers care giving services to the elderly. [The Sunday Times, pB7]

10-02-2016

Work in the field of Data analysis

Article featured NUS computer engineering graduate, Khairul Anwar Abdul Aziz choice to change his area of profession to data analysis by signing up for the Squared Data & Analytics Program (a tie-up between Google and IDA). Khairul is also currently undertaking SP's specialist diploma in statistics and data mining. [Berita Harian, p6]

10-02-2016

Young entrepreneurs dream of their own clothes

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering graduate, Mohamed Thaqif Mohamed Hatta, who started his own online clothing store with his girlfriend. [Berita Harian, p7]

10-02-2016

Poems for Quiet Mornings

Article featured NTU graduates Cherilyn Lim and Humairah Jamil and their first ever poetry book “Quiet Mornings”. The 45 poems in the book, centred on the theme of leaving, are influenced by their personal experiences and memories. They shared about their experience in publishing the book and how their passion for writing stemmed from reading a plethora of books and novels in their childhood. Article mentioned that they first met each other at media studies course in NYP. Article also mentioned that Cherilyn currently works at SP as a communication executive while Humairah is now an English teacher. [Youth.sg]

05-02-2016

He Pursues his IT passion

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Infocomm Security Management student, Shawn Pang, a recipient of the iPoly Scholarship from IDA, awarded to outstanding ‘O’ level students who chose to pursue an infocomm-related course in the Polytechnics. Article noted that Shawn did well enough to qualify for Junior College, but decided to pursue the polytechnic route, especially after clinching the iPoly Scholarship. An adjacent article also featured NP’s Diploma in Information Technology student, Daniel Lee, another recipient of the iPoly Scholarship. [The New Paper, p10-11]

05-02-2016

Pedestrian Nights on Orchard Road have had no real impact, retailers say

Article on how Pedestrian Night on Orchard Road have no real impact on retailers’ earnings featured SP’s retail lecturer, Mr Amos Tan, who opined that the novelty of the event wore off quickly after its launch. Mr Tan also suggested bringing street performances into malls to create the impetus for visitors to wander in, and decorating malls in tandem with the theme of the night. NP’s senior tourism lecturer, Dr Michael Chiam, opined that having different themes for each Pedestrian Night made it difficult for visitors to keep up with the changes. [Today, p8]

05-02-2016

Singapore Budget 2016 Logo

Article by Ministry of Finance gave special thanks to SP lecturers and student for designing the logo and featured the characteristics of the Singapore Budget 2016 logo designed by SP Design School’s second-year student Toh Ping Huang. The project supervisors were SP Design School’s lecturers Yanzo Pang and Jovan Peh. Ping Huang also shared his inspirations for the design as well as what he learnt from designing the logo. [Singapore Budget Website]

04-02-2016

Creative Inventions by PestBusters – pest-fighting drones and intelligent mouse traps - save time and energy

Article featured the two productivity initiatives developed by PestBusters – drones to fight pests and intelligent mouse traps. These initiatives tapped on the fund from the Employment and Employability Institute’s Inclusive Growth Programme to help industries redesign and improve productivity. Article also mentioned that the intelligent mouse traps are co-developed with SP students. Thomas Fernandez, CEO of PestBusters, mentioned that the pest-fighting drones are ready for operational use while the intelligent mouse traps are still in the development stage. [Lianhe Wanbao, p4]

04-02-2016

2,000 households to take part in energy-saving challenge

News clip featured the SP solar car team in the backdrop of the ECo Day Out, where Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli and Mayor of the South West District Low Yen Ling announced an energy-saving challenge to reduce the electricity consumption of Singapore households in the South West district. The solar car, SunSPEC4, was conceptualized and built entirely by students and staff from the schools of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering. [Channel News Asia]

02-02-2016

A Smart Campus to serve students and staff

Article featured the partnership between SP, Cisco and NCS to cultivate a holistic smart campus that will benefit staff and students. Article also mentioned examples of how SP is tapping on technological devices and software by Cisco and NCS to digitise teaching and learning. The digitalisation of the campus will also make possible the highly secure collection, analysis and evaluation of rich data to provide insights and intelligence that will help SP to fine-tune its service offerings. TP’s Smart Campus initiative that was launched in 2014 was also mentioned in the article. [ida.gov.sg]

01-02-2016

Supermarket operators should be careful of shop-lifting via self-checkout counter

Article mentioned that there were several shoplifting cases due to the use of self-checkout counters at supermarkets such as Giant and Cold Storage. SP's retail lecturer Amos Tan opined that locals are still unfamiliar with self-checkout counters so the culprits took the opportunity to commit the crime while the cashiers were busy helping other customers with the system. He elaborated that the system can be further improved to prevent against shop-lifting. [Lianhe Zaobao, p5]

01-02-2016

Social media - the good and the bad

Article noted how more youth are getting too obsessed with social validation, citing how they get excited when their photos on social media receive 'likes' from followers, leading them to check their social media accounts excessively, and scrutinize online comments made. On the other hand, some youth feel that social media can also provide positive exposure. SP's diploma in aeronautical engineering student, Mohamed Ammar Abu Bakar, opined that his Instagram account was solely for uploading his professionally taken photographs, so that he can seek advice from the online community on improving his photography skills. [Berita Harian, p18]

01-02-2016

Bombardier’s Singapore Service Center Marks Opening Of AeroHub

Article featured the new AeroHub facility in SP for Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (DARE) and Diploma in Aerospace Electronics (DASE) students. It was also mentioned that the opening follows a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in February 2014 between Bombardier Business Aircraft and SP to advance real-world training of students in aeronautical engineering. [Aero News Network]

01-02-2016

MOE warns of fake poly websites

On Sunday, the Ministry of Education (MOE) warned of eight fake websites belonging to the five local polys and three universities. The addresses of the fake websites are almost similar to those of the official school websites and have photos of the schools on the home pages. They also list corporate profiles of the schools and course information. All the websites have an EduTrust logo - a quality mark issued by the Council of Private Education, which regulates private schools here - but none of the institutions are private schools. As of 11pm on Sunday night, the five bogus poly sites were down. The official websites are not affected and can still be accessed. MOE has also reminded members of the public to remain vigilant of bogus educational websites, especially for transactional purposes. Similar story was reported on all SPH papers and Mediacorp platforms. [The Straits Times, pB2]

01-02-2016

Let there be (sustainable) light

Article featured SP’s light installation, Terra Glimmer, at i Light Marina Bay – Asia’s leading sustainable light art festival. SP’s installation seeks to explore how phosphorescent paint can be used practically as an alternative to light. Using Japanese zen gardens as inspiration, it features a bed of pebbles painted with glow-in-the-dark paint. Similar story was reported on The Straits Times - Life, TODAY and Lianhe Zaobao. [Business Times, p28]

29-01-2016

Musician bittymacbeth stakes her claim in the scene, unusual stage name and all

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Music and Audio Technology (DMAT) alumna and musician, Beth Yap, who will be launching her new single, Californian Dream, tonight at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre. This comes ahead of her upcoming eight-track album Beauty For Ashes. The article mentioned that despite Beth’s musical background, she had to convince her mother of the wisdom of pursuing music studies in SP rather than in junior college. She had dreams of being a singer since she watched one of the earliest seasons of American Idol, and never thought her dream was possible until she decided to pursue DMAT to learn how to compose, arrange, produce and record music. [Today, p9]

29-01-2016

Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts, free performances catered to all ages

Event listing featured the various programmes for Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts organised by Esplanade, including the performance by Little Fellas, a six-member Singaporean Chinese Rock Band. Event listing also mentioned that SP’s Diploma in Music and Audio Technology graduates KC, Jerry Poh and Darren Tan play the lead guitar, keyboard and bass for Little Fellas respectively. [Lianhe Zaobao, zbNow, p5]

28-01-2016

i Light Marina Bay festival to become yearly event

For the first time, Asia’s leading sustainable light art festival, i Light Marina Bay, will feature light installations from SP, NYP, National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University. The annual festival will see more than 20 art installations from local and international artists light up the Marina Bay waterfront. Of the more than 20, five are designed and produced by local tertiary institutions. Article mentioned an interactive installation, Clockwork Stories, which is designed and produced by students from NYP’s Diploma in Interaction Design. This installation is made of environmental receptors, and will be activated by surrounding light sources, wind, water current and human interaction. i Light Marina Bay will run from 4 March to 27 March with free admission. Similar story was reported in Today, My Paper, Lianhe Zaobao, Shin Min Daily News, Channel 8 News and Singapore Business Review. [Channel News Asia]

28-01-2016

Singapore Polytechnic to transform into a Smart Campus

SP has announced its partnership with Cisco and NCS to work on leveraging technology to cultivate a holistic smart campus that will benefit academia, operational and administrative staff, students and visitors. Article mentioned that SP aims to achieve digital transformation through the use of sensors, devices, networks and data to deliver innovative services that will boost teaching, learning and operational efficiency. The digitalisation of the campus will also make possible the highly secure collection, analysis and evaluation of rich data to provide insights and intelligence that will help SP to fine-tune its service offerings. [eGovinnovation]

26-01-2016

Bombardier congratulates Singapore Polytechnic on opening AeroHub

Bombardier Business Aircraft congratulated SP on the grand opening of the AeroHub. Article noted that the opening follows a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in February 2014 between Bombardier Business Aircraft and SP to advance real-world training of students in aeronautical engineering. [Skies Magazine]

26-01-2016

These are the highest paying industries for polytechnic graduates in Singapore

Article mentioned SP and NP’s Diploma in Optometry courses and how despite a high demand for optometrists in Singapore, only around 120 students go into an optometry diploma course each year. Results from the Polytechnic Graduate Employment Survey also showed that fresh polytechnic graduates today can expect to earn a median salary of $2,100 a month. [MoneySmart.sg]

25-01-2016

First sergeant is now a first class captain in SCDF

Article featured SP's Diploma in Mechanical Engineering graduate, Captain (CPT) Muhammad Azhar Said, and how he was awarded the best cadet in the Rota Commander Course. Prior to the course, CPT Azhar graduated from the Singapore Institute of Technology with first class honors in mechanical engineering design. [Berita Harian, p1]

25-01-2016

Polys push students to develop for the market

Article mentioned that polytechnics have been clinching more licensing deals with companies, filling more patents and starting entrepreneurship programmes for students. Several, including NYP, have piloted schemes to protect students’ projects as they have noticed a growing interest from companies to adopt their work. Director of NYP’s Centre for Technology Innovation and Commercialisation Dr Valdew Singh and SP’s Food Innovation Resource Centre senior manager Dr Lee Mun Wai opined on the importance of involving students in industry projects. The article also mentioned the number of patents filed by the respective polys. Among the polytechnics, NYP has filed the most number of patents – about 160 patents in the last 10 years and 57 from 1998 to 2004. It also clinched 60 licensing deals since 2009. TP filed 51 patents – six of which were awarded- in the last five years. Article also featured NP’s innovation and entrepreneurship office The Sandbox. NP’s third-year business studies student shared how NP and the Sandbox helped him to develop two of his ideas – sustainable cardbox packaging and integrated smart terminal. Another student project featured was the diagnostic kit developed by RP biotechnology students to differentiate between the dengue and chikungunya viruses in a single test. the prototypes currently displayed at the Future of Us exhibition at Gardens by the Bay. [The Straits Times, pB12]

25-01-2016

S’Pore Poly forays into 650 food projects

Article featured SP’s Food Innovation Resource Centre (FIRC) which was set up in 2007 to provide food enterprises with technical expertise and have been involved in 650 food projects in the last nine years. The number of products that are commercialised has grown from around 10 per cent in 2012 to 30 per cent currently. FIRC’s senior manager Dr Lee Mun Wai also shared that the centre tried to involve SP’s Diploma in Food Science and Technology (DFST) students in its work to equip them with practical training in line with industry needs. Every year, it takes in 15 to 18 students on internships and attaches them to various projects. Third-year year DFST students Shaun Koh and Seah Xin Hui shared about their internship experience at FIRC including the experimenting with different types of packaging and making the prototypes currently displayed at the Future of Us exhibition at Gardens by the Bay. [The Straits Times, pB11]

25-01-2016

Singapore Polytechnic students’ final year project to help the less fortunate

Article featured the wheelchair elevator for HDB steps developed by five Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering students. This cost-effective elevator was designed to make it easier for the elderly and disabled to enter HDB units which have steps at the entrance. Article mentioned that this project started when SP’s Live Well Collaborative knew about the challenges faced by Mr Lok whose mother-in-law was wheelchair-bound and approached the students to design the elevator. Article also mentioned that this is one of the 110 final-year projects showcased in SP’s Engineering Show 2016 on 21st and 22nd Jan 2016. Other projects include the card scanning machine developed by SP’s mechanical engineering students and ‘Sun Gauntlet’ to help the visually-impaired to navigate around obstacles without walking crutch. Photo of article featured the students demonstrating the wheelchair elevator. [MyPaper, pB1]

25-01-2016

Singapore Polytechnic embarks on Smart Campus project

Article covered the announcement of SP’s partnership with Cisco and NCS to work on a digital transformation project to create a "Smart Campus" to deliver new services to students and lecturers, and also save more than S$1 million a year on energy costs. At a media roundtable Director INDT opined that by leveraging on innovative technology by Cisco and NCS, SP aims to make teaching and learning more inclusive and accessible to staff and students. As one of the first educational institutions to be aligned with Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative, SP hopes to continue to produce graduates who are future ready. [Convergence Asia]

25-01-2016

SP Engineering Show

Half page article featured SP’s Engineering Show 2016, noting that a total of 110 projects by 400 final-year engineering students were on display. The article featured three projects: (A) automated wheelchair ramp, (b) MOM card scanning machine and the (c) modifiable geriatric chair, and interviewed the project groups on their motivations and takeaways from undertaking their projects. [Berita Harian, p4]

25-01-2016

Teenagers are increasingly less interested in the library?

Article noted that facilities in public libraries are becoming increasingly sophisticated. SP's Diploma in Media and Communication student, Syafil Yusof, opined that he appreciates what the National Library Board (NLB) is doing to raise awareness of the library. He added that he loves how design is a key feature at library@orchard. The article also noted that 32 out of 50 youth polled did not visit the library within the past six months, citing lack of time as the key reason. [Berita Harian, p20]

25-01-2016

She earned her stripes on ‘brutal’ trading floor

Article featured Amanda Chen, a member of SP’s Board of Governors and Nomura’s deputy head of wealth management, who shared how a good attitude helped her in surviving the high-pressure environment of the trading floor. She also shared her experience working at the investment banks, namely Morgan Stanley and Nomura. [The Straits Times, pC2]

25-01-2016

Online purchasing trends show that men spend more

Article featured results from a survey conducted by students from SP’s Diploma in Media and Communication (DMC) course, who found that young men tend to spend more on online purchases compared to women. DMC lecturer Ms Clarice Sim opined that Singapore youth appreciate being able to shop online for things without scrutiny from other people, and that some may have secret buys they want to hide from family and friends. An adjacent article interviewed NP's diploma in mass communication student, Mohamed Danial Mohamed Abdul Gofar, noting how online shopping affords him convenience and time savings. [Berita Minggu, p5]

25-01-2016

Engineering real-life solutions

Article featured extensive coverage of SP’s Engineering Show 2016, highlighting three projects, (a) Pest Controller’s Assistant, (b) Sun Gauntlet, and (c) Automated Wheelchair Ramp. The article noted that the Engineering Show gives SP’s final year engineering students an opportunity to showcase their projects to students, staff, industry visitors and the public, demonstrating their ‘tech-readiness’ in an era where technological innovation is valued. Similar article carried on TNP Online, featuring a video of how the Pest Controller’s Assistant UAV works. [The New Paper, p19-20]

22-01-2016

Students develop smooth way for wheelchair users to enter flats

Article featured SP’s Engineering Show 2016 focusing on five Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering students who developed an automated wheelchair ramp designed to make it easier for the elderly and disabled to enter HDB units which have steps at the entrance. The article also noted another project involving a drone that can aid pest controllers destroy bee hives. Similar article carried on ST Online, featuring a video of how the automated wheelchair ramp works. [The Straits Times, pB11]

22-01-2016

SAVE President receives EcoFriend accolade

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Environmental Management and Water Technology alumna and NUS third-year Environmental Studies undergraduate Elaine Sam Hui Xian. She was awarded the National Environment Agency’s EcoFriend Award for the Youth and Students category for her involvement in many environmental programmes, including driving recycling campaigns and outreach activities since her polytechnic days. Article also mentioned that she is the President of NUS Students Against Violation of the Earth and was one of the Co-Chairmen of the NEA-initiated Youth for the Environment Day. [NUS News, p7]

22-01-2016

Singapore Polytechnic partners Cisco, NCS to create Smart Campus

SP has announced its partnership with Cisco and NCS to work on leveraging technology to cultivate a holistic smart campus that will benefit academia, operational and administrative staff, students and visitors. Article mentioned that SP aims to achieve digital transformation through the use of sensors, devices, networks and data to deliver innovative services that will boost teaching, learning and operational efficiency. The digitalisation of the campus will also make possible the highly secure collection, analysis and evaluation of rich data to provide insights and intelligence that will help SP to fine-tune its service offerings. The article was also carried on Computerworld Malaysia, CIO Asia and MIS Asia. [Computerworld Singapore]

22-01-2016

Health and safety is in the hands of companies

Article mentioned SP’s specialist diploma in Workplace, Safety and Health graduate, Mis'Idayu Amin, who is an Operational Excellence (OE) Expert with Chevron International Pte Ltd. The OE role, a predominantly male role, involves ensuring that the workplace is free from unwanted incidents, conduct training and implementing processes. Mis'Idayu shared that her positive work attitude helped her to overcome her initial reluctance to take on the OE role where she had no experience in. This challenge also led her to pursue a specialist diploma with SP, to better equip herself with knowledge to meet the requirements of her job. [Berita Harian, p7]

22-01-2016

Welcome to your future

Article rounded up the offerings that polytechnics and junior colleges put up for their respective open houses. SP’s Gusto cheerleading team was featured in a picture montage, noting that SP offers more than 100 co-curricular activity clubs for students. In addition, the article also mentioned SP’s newly launched AeroHub and the revamped Diploma in Applied Chemistry. [The Straits Times, IN, p12-13]

22-01-2016

Engineering projects on show

Article which highlights the interesting events of the day featured the SP Engineering Show 2016. Projects that were mentioned include an automated ramp that can help people struggling with steps at the entrance of their homes, an unmanned aerial vehicle that allows pest control workers to destroy hives from a distance, and a wearable device that warns a blind person of obstacles. [Straits Times, pA2]

21-01-2016

Digital Buyers in Singapore Research Purchases Frequently

Article summarised the results from a survey conducted by students from SP’s Diploma in Media and Communication (DMC) course, citing that young adults who make digital purchases in Singapore are fair frequent buyers looking for products they can’t get easily elsewhere. The survey also noted the frequency of online purchase behaviour and the frequency of digital product research among youth. [eMarketer]

20-01-2016

Tech for good

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Business Administration graduate Keith Tan, who is the co-founder of Start Now, a site that offers a full suite of tools for social enterprises. After selling Start Now to local company Goodtizens for S$378,000, Keith is currently working on his next start up, Wonderlabs, with fellow SP graduate Kuriakin Zeng. Wonderlabs aims to help start-ups set up, text and validate their products within a very short time. [The Alumnus, p11]

19-01-2016

SP launching Smart Poly collaboration

SP’s Smart Campus collaboration was highlighted as one of the events happening in Singapore today. The Smart Campus initiative is aligned with the country's Smart Nation programme which seeks to harness information and communications technology to support better living and create more opportunities. Photo used in the article featured SP’s new AeroHub. [Straits Times, pA2]

19-01-2016

10 great companies to work for

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduate, Soh Xiaoqi, who is a quality-assurance inspector at Turbine Overhaul Services (TOS), the maintenance, repair and overhaul business unit of Pratt & Whitney. Xiaoqi is currently pursuing a part-time bachelor’s degree in aerospace systems at UniSIM, through Pratt & Whitney’s Employee Scholarship Programme (ESP), which sponsors the finances of her degree course, and gives her an opportunity to advance her career within the company. [TheEdge Markets]

19-01-2016

Students affected by dying patients

Article featured the small number of males working in the female-dominated nursing industry. One of the featured profiles is SP’s Diploma in Biomedical Science (DBS) graduate, Mohamed Nasruddin Roslan. Nasruddin was an ‘A’ level graduate who became a medic with the Singapore Civil Defence Force during his national service. Inspired by how he can make a difference to the community, he subsequently enrolled in SP’s DBS course. After graduating from SP, Nasruddin enrolled in NUS’ Degree in Nursing programme and is currently a first year student. [Berita Harian, p7]

18-01-2016

SIT launching Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours in September this year

Article featured the Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours as one of the seven new applied degree programmes launched by the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) in 2016. This four-year programme will focus on Food Product Technology, combining food science, food engineering and food business. The first intake is 50 students and will be increased to 60 after two to three years. The career opportunities for graduates include Food Technologist, Product Development Technologist, Quality Specialist and Food Safety Specialist. Currently, the only local universities that provide food technology programmes are NUS and NTU. SIT’s Bachelor of Food Technology programme manager shared that this course aims to equip students with the applied food technology skills via a 28-week work experience in the food industry under the Integrated Work Study Programme (IWSP). SP’s third-year student Lai Rui Song opined on her interest in this course and the benefits of IWSP. Similar story was reported in Channel 8 News. [Lianhe Zaobao, p10]

18-01-2016

Young men shop less but spend more for online purchases

Article featured results from a survey conducted by students from SP’s Diploma in Media and Communication (DMC), who found that young men tend to spend more on online purchases compared to women even though they spent less time browsing online. It was mentioned that the survey is part of the students’ project for their Mass Media Research module. Second-year DMC student Chong Joo Xuan explained that males tend to spend more on digital and IT-related products while females tend to spend on clothes and beauty products. DMC lecturer Ms Clarice Sim opined that the topic of online shopping was selected this year due to its growing relevance and trendiness among youth and hopefully the results would help marketers understand the trend in online shopping. [Lianhe Zaobao, p7]

15-01-2016

Women shop more but men spend more

Article featured results from a survey conducted by students from SP’s Diploma in Media and Communication (DMC), who found that young men tend to spend more on online purchases compared to women. It was mentioned that the survey is part of the students’ project for their Mass Media Research module. DMC lecturer Ms Clarice Sim opined that SP advocates hands-on learning and that the module equips students with relevant skills for prospective employment. Second-year DMC student Elizabeth Foo explained the findings and opined that the most challenging part of the survey was picking out people to interview. Similar story was reported in Shin Min Daily News. [The New Paper, p12]

14-01-2016

It's a tenant's market in malls

Article noted that challenging retail conditions seem to be prompting landlords to extend lease lengths to attract and keep sought-after tenants. SP’s senior retail lecturer Sarah Lim opined that the long-lease trend could mean that shoppers will have a wider variety of brands here and more reasonable prices. [The Straits Times, pA3]

14-01-2016

Brunei to get fully certified IMO trainers

Article featured senior lecturer at SP’s Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA), Captain Osman Sam, who is in Brunei to deliver the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)’s second fundamental training course for instructors. The first course, labelled 6.09 and delivered last September equips trainers with instructional techniques necessary to teach IMO courses to students, while the second 3.12 course gives instructors the tools necessary to assess these students. Captain Osman opined that the combination of the two courses would equip instructors will the ability to teach and assess IMO courses. Academic mentor at SMA, Mr David Tay, opined that the Institute of Brunei Technical Education has expressed their intention to SMA to run a second round of both trainer courses in the near future. [The Brunei Times]

14-01-2016

SkillsFuture under MOE to integrate education, training: Ong Ye Kung

Article noted Minister Ong Ye Kung’s comments at a MOU signing between SP, NP, NYP, ITE and 17 companies to enhance student internships and postgraduate diplomas. Minister Ong opined that bringing all things SkillsFuture under the Ministry of Education will change mindsets towards training and lifelong learning in a more holistic and coherent fashion. Minister Ong further announced more SkillsFuture initiatives for the power engineering sector comprising (a) enhanced internships with 17 companies and (b) two Earn and Learn diplomas in electrical design and operation and power engineering by NP (launched in Oct 16) and SP (launched in Apr 16). Similar stories reported across SPH and MediaCorp publications. [The Straits Times, pA4]

14-01-2016

MOE asks for patience in review on free parking

The Ministry of Education (MOE) has acknowledged the debate generated by the issue of whether teachers should pay for parking in schools. Local daily The Straits Times received about 25 letters to its Forum pages on the issue, with most calling for parking for teachers to remain free. In a Facebook post yesterday, MOE mentioned that it is aware of the concerns raised by members of the public and will review the carpark policy for schools carefully while bearing in mind civil service guidelines and the recent observations by the Auditor-General’s Office (AGO). Last year, the AGO pointed out in a report that the ITE, SP and TP charged below-market rates for the use of their carparks. Similar story was reported on Channel News Asia, Today and Lianhe Zaobao. [Straits Times, pB7]

13-01-2016

Singaporean youth prefer affordability over quality: Survey

Article featured results from a survey conducted by students from SP’s Diploma in Media and Communication (DMC), who found that Singaporean youth prefer affordability over product quality when shopping online. The survey also found that Qoo10 and Carousell were the most popular online retailers among respondents. Second-year DMC student Chong Joo Xuan opined that she is surprised to find that males actually spend more than females, because there is a common perception that females spend more on shopping. Second-year DMC student Nicholas Sim opined that between 8pm and 12am is the best time to hold any sort of promotions or special deals or even any new arrivals. DMC lecturer Ms Clarice Sim opined that students from the course conduct a survey on youth-centric issues annually, and that the topic of online shopping was selected this year due to its growing relevance and trendiness among youth. A similar article in Vulcan Post and e27.co featured second-year DMC student Elizabeth Foo, who opined that the survey findings will be useful to marketers because there are few localised surveys targeting Singapore youth. [Yahoo Singapore]

13-01-2016

Around the world with Plymouth University Graduation

Article published on Plymouth University’s website featured Mr Roland Tan, the former Director of SP’s Singapore Maritime Academy. Mr Tan was conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Business for his work in championing maritime education. [Plymouth University]

13-01-2016

Young men spend more than women shopping online: Survey

Article featured results from a survey conducted by students from SP’s Diploma in Media and Communication (DMC), who found that young men tend to spend more on online purchases compared to women. The survey also revealed that the main motivations for shopping online among those surveyed were to get items or brands that are not available in Singapore, to access a wider range of items or brands, and convenience. Privacy also appeared to be a driving factor, especially for young men. DMC lecturer Ms Clarice Sim opined that Singapore youth appreciate being able to shop online for things without scrutiny from other people, and that some may have secret buys they want to hide from family and friends. A similar story aired on 938Live featured second-year DMC student Chong Han Lyn, who explained the survey findings and opined that she found it interesting how many of the youth surveyed said they shop online to hide their purchases from family and friends. Similar story was reported in The New Paper, Singapore Business Review and Class 95 FM. [Channel News Asia]

13-01-2016

SP PACE Academy Advertisement

SP’s PACE Academy ran an advertisement publicising the April 2016 part-time diploma courses, advanced diploma courses, specialist diploma courses and diploma conversion courses. [The New Paper, p32]

12-01-2016

Bringing power to various villages and witnessing the progress in energy development for 50 years

Article featured ex-managing director of Singapore Power Grid and SP’s power engineering graduate Su Shou Chang who shared about his previous work experience and the development in the local energy industry over fifty years. Article also mentioned that his interest in dismantling and fixing things since young got him to pursue a power engineering diploma in SP and subsequently a degree in engineering. [Shin Min Daily News, p7]

12-01-2016

Five sub-groups to study key areas of Future Economy

SP’s Chairman of the Board of Governors, Mr Bill Chang, has been appointed as the co-chair of the Future Jobs and Skills sub-committee. The sub-groups will review key issues that will affect the nation’s economy in future by identifying global trends and how these will impact Singapore. Mr Chang is also Singtel’s Country Chief Officer for Singapore and CEO of group enterprise. Similar story was reported in Channel News Asia, The Business Times, Today, Lianhe Zaobao, Asiaone.com and Singapore Business Review. [Straits Times, pA3]

12-01-2016

My climate change pledge

SP’s Diploma in Business Administration student Charlotte Chua shared the steps that she is taking to combat climate change. [Straits Times IN, p12]

12-01-2016

Guide dogs at work

SP’s Diploma in Media and Communication (DMC) student, Charissa Lee, opined on how restaurants can consider allocating spaces for guide dogs that accompany people who are visually impaired. DMC student Megan Lim opined that guide dogs that are allowed access into establishments should be monitored more closely. [Youth.sg]

11-01-2016

Powering up the future

Article mentioned recipient of the Energy-Industry Scholarship (EIS), SP’s Diploma in Energy Systems and Management student, Lim Jun Kiat. Upon graduation, he is slated to join Senoko Energy, where he will be a part of the operations or asset management team, overseeing Senoko’s power generation assets. As part of this scholarship, Jun Kiat will be interning at Senoko Energy in March where he will undergo on-the-job training and close mentorship. [The Straits Times, Recruit – Scholars Choice, p11]

11-01-2016

Event Listing – 9 Jan 2016

Event listing mentioned last day of open house for all five polys and Get Moving Bazaar co-organised by NTUC lifestyle club nEbo and NP Youth Academy [Lianhe Zaobao, p14]

11-01-2016

Reactions on Netflix launch in Singapore

Article quoted SP’s Diploma in Nautical Studies student, Husni Falah Ibrahim’s view on the Netflix (a popular internet television service) launch in Singapore, noting how it is now more convenient to watch his favourite shows especially having to be out at sea for a few months at a stretch. [Berita Harian, p5]

11-01-2016

Between two markets

Article investigated how youth were seen to frequent supermarkets more than wet markets. SP’s Diploma in Media and Communication student, Syafil Yusof, noted that wet markets usually operate in the mornings while supermarkets operate for longer hours and even up to 24 hours a day. Youth are busy with work or school in the day and tend to sleep in on weekends, making supermarkets a natural choice. TP student, Farah Nadhirah Sazali, further opined that supermarkets are a one-stop shop with a wide variety of products; instead shoppers at wet markets have to go from shop to shop to get what they want. [Berita Minggu, p8]

11-01-2016

Debate over free school parking for teachers

Article reported the views of teachers and the public after it was announced that the Ministry of Education (MOE) is reviewing carpark charges for national schools and junior colleges in accordance to civil service guidelines. Article mentioned that the move was prompted after last year’s AGO report found that SP, TP and ITE are charging below market rates for their carpark spaces. [The Straits Times, pB1]

11-01-2016

Six polytechnic students recognised as co-inventors of three inflight solutions patented by Boeing

Article mentioned that six SP students have been recognised as co-inventors of three inflight solutions patented by Boeing and the designs would be part of a suite of fittings for new Boeing plane models in the future. The three ideas are: A new larder system with interlocking larder cases; removable sink covers; and integrated locks with visual indicators. SP’s Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering graduate and co-inventor for new larder system and integrated locks with visual indicators, Elston Cheah, opined that working with Boeing was very eye opening because there were a lot of resources that the students could access, such as interacting with cabin crew in Hong Kong and the tour of Boeing facility in Seattle. Article also featured the new AeroHub facility in SP for Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (DARE) and Diploma in Aerospace Electronics (DASE) students. SP’s principal and chief executive Tan Choon Shian opined that students will hone their technical and soft skills through authentic and multi-disciplinary projects, and be ready to develop and deliver real-world solutions in their respective fields after they graduate. SP’s DASE third-year student Siau Shang Le also opined that the new AeroHub enabled students from different diplomas to work together on multi-disciplinary projects more easily. [Lianhe Zaobao, p8]

11-01-2016

MOE reviewing free school parking

Article reported that the Ministry of Education (MOE) is reviewing carpark charges for national schools and junior colleges in accordance to civil service guidelines. Article mentioned last year’s AGO report on SP’s and TP’s parking charges and how both polys are still working with the relevant authorities to review their parking charges. Similar story was reported in myPaper and Lianhe Wanbao. [Straits Times, pA3]

08-01-2016

Event listing - Polytechnic Open House

Event listing featured SP Open House which will be held from 7th to 9th Jan 2016, 10am to 6pm. It also featured open house of the other polys. [Lianhe Zaobao, p18]

07-01-2016

Standardising it with other government agency? MOE reviews the parking charges for institutions

Article mentioned that Ministry of Education (MOE) is considering whether to standardise the parking charges for institutions to be the same as that of other government agency. Article also mentioned last year’s AGO report on SP’s and TP’s parking charges. Two primary school teachers and a government officer raised various concerns about the standardisation of parking charges and highlighted that the working environment is different for teachers and government officers. Also, it would be difficult to standardise due to the numerous schools in Singapore. They understood that MOE wished to be fair, but they felt that the fee need to be reasonable as institutions serve an important role to educating the next generation. [Lianhe Zaobao, p8]

07-01-2016

Psst, want to know Victoria’s Secret?

SP’s senior retail lecturer, Ms Sarah Lim, opined on Singapore being an ideal test bed for international brands looking to break into South-east Asian markets, on the back of plans by international lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret to open a local flagship store later this year. [Straits Times, pB1]

07-01-2016

Poly students’ ideas may feature in future Boeing aircraft

Six SP students saw their inventions become new Boeing patents and are credited as co-inventors of the patents. They were awarded the patents at the opening ceremony of SP’s new AeroHub. The student-developed innovations were created as part of a collaboration with Live Well and Boeing. SP’s Diploma in Mechanical Engineering graduate, Dexter Tan, was involved in developing one of the patents, a compartment lock system with visual indicators. He opined that the idea came about when air stewards he interviewed said they would individually touch every lock to ensure it is locked, and that he wanted to come up with an easier way to identify if the locks are secure. SP’s Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering graduate, Elston Cheah, opined that students from the business disciplines, who were involved in creating the inventions, showed him how to implement survey results to improve user experience. [Yahoo News]

07-01-2016

S’pore Poly students’ ideas set for takeoff with Boeing

Article noted how SP was the first educational institute in Singapore to work with Boeing to patent three inventions to increase safety and productivity. SP’s Diploma in Mechanical Engineering graduate Dexter Tan opined that working on the patent gave him a glimpse of the aviation engineering industry and broadened his perspective through working with Boeing’s management and staff. SP’s principal and chief executive Tan Choon Shian opined that students will hone their technical and soft skills through authentic and multi-disciplinary projects, and be ready to develop and deliver real-world solutions in their respective fields after they graduate. [Asiaone.com]

07-01-2016

IMarEST Supports Mentoring Programme in Singapore

Article by maritime website Marine Insight featured a new Industry Mentors’ Network (IMN) programme, initiated by NP, which sees first-year polytechnic students linked up with industry professionals to gain access to career advice and industry networking. In line with the SkillsFuture movement, the programme seeks to provide greater opportunities for education and career guidance and to get students in Singapore to think about career aspirations early in their polytechnic education. SP and TP will also be adopting the IMN programme. Principal of NP, Mr Clarence Ti, opined that through the programme, students will learn from their mentors about what their dream job entails, professional ethics and work ethos that will make them successful. [Marine Insight]

07-01-2016

S’pore Poly students’ ideas set for takeoff with Boeing

Article noted how SP was the first educational institute in Singapore to work with Boeing to patent three inventions to increase safety and productivity. SP’s Diploma in Mechanical Engineering graduate Dexter Tan opined that working on the patent gave him a glimpse of the aviation engineering industry and broadened his perspective through working with Boeing’s management and staff. SP’s principal and chief executive Tan Choon Shian opined that students will hone their technical and soft skills through authentic and multi-disciplinary projects, and be ready to develop and deliver real-world solutions in their respective fields after they graduate. [The Straits Times, pB3]

06-01-2016

S’pore Polytechnic students’ inventions patented by Boeing

Article mentioned that six SP students from a range of engineering, business and design diplomas have been recognised as co-inventors of three inventions patented by Boeing. The three ideas, which were picked by Boeing from 10 other shortlisted patents, are: A new larder system with interlocking larder cases; removable sink covers; and integrated locks with visual indicators. The six students received their Boeing Patent Awards at the opening of SP’s new aerospace training facility, known as the Aerohub. SP’s Diploma in Mechanical Engineering graduate, Hisham Bary, who worked on the larder systems patent, opined that the existing larder cases - used to store miscellaneous objects such as food for catering - can weigh as much as 20kg when filled, making them difficult to operate. SP graduate Elston Cheah, opined that working with Boeing was very eye opening because there were a lot of resources that the students could access, such as the Boeing agents who came down to work with them. The executive director for SP Live Well Collaborative Singapore, Mr Goh Siak Koon, who coordinated the programme, opined that he was impressed by the students’ ideas and how Boeing found them useful for their aircraft. [Today, p16]

06-01-2016

Local innovations take flight

Article noted how six SP students were presented with the Boeing Patent Award at the opening of SP’s AeroHub for working with Boeing to patent three inventions that will improve air crew safety and productivity. Guest of honour Ms Low Yen Ling, Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Trade and Industry opined that multi-disciplinary projects are opening opportunities for SP students to develop practical solutions for real-world problems. The Boeing patents are a good example of how students from various disciplines can come together to hone their skills, and use them to benefit the community. Boeing representative Cynthia Vandewall further opined that the patents are testament to SP student’s breadth of creativity and industry-centric skills, and looked forward to many more successes with SP students in the coming years. [The New Paper, p16]

06-01-2016

SP students design improvements to Boeing planes

Article mentioned that six SP students have developed inflight solutions that have been patented by Boeing, whose designs will be part of a suite of fittings for new Boeing plane models in the future. For their solutions, the students received the Boeing Patent Awards at the opening of SP’s AeroHub. SP’s Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering graduate, Elston Cheah, opined that he feels honoured to have received recognition for his role in developing one of the inflight solutions. The article also mentioned that the new AeroHub is designed to simulate a hangar and will feature new facilities aimed at encouraging students from multiple disciplines to work together, especially those in the Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (DARE) and the Diploma in Aerospace Electronics (DASE). Course Chair for DARE Mr Liew Hui Sing opined that the AeroHub provides work spaces where each specialisation can come together and combine their technology and development, which answers to the call of industrial standards and allows for integration of learning. Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Trade and Industry Low Yen Ling, who was also present at the opening ceremony, opined that multidisciplinary projects are also opening up more opportunities for SP students to develop very practical solutions for real-world problems. The video clip shows the demonstration of the projects by the SP students as well as some of the facilities in the AeroHub. Similar story was reported in Channel 5 News and Channel 8 News. [Channel News Asia]

06-01-2016

What IT’s all about

Article interviewed three polytechnic graduates: SP graduate in Games Design & Development (DGDD), Mr Jum Tan, NYP graduate in Electronics, Computer and Communications Engineering, Ms Suryani Sortin and NP graduate in Electronic and Computer Engineering, Mr Lee Sing Jie. SP graduate Mr Jum Tan opined that the polytechnic route is better for students who want to be in the tech sector because the environment in school offers a more practical and hands on experience. [The New Paper, p20-21]

04-01-2016

The Electricity Times

Advertisement by Singapore Power featured the highlights of SP’s self-designed and built solar car, SunSPec4. [Straits Times, pB17]

04-01-2016

Singapore’s Club Ecstasy are reuniting

SP’s Diploma in Music and Audio Technology senior lecturer, Mr Geoffrey Low, was featured for being a member of Club Ecstasy, Singapore’s premier electronic music outfit back in the 1990s. From 1992 to 1996, the band put out three albums, had several hit singles and won several accolades and awards, including Best Local Album — before going their separate ways. The article mentioned that Mr Low and fellow member Mr Shawn Chin were childhood friends with a common interest in dance music, and they even set up their own mobile disco outfit. It was also mentioned that Mr Low set up recording studio SoundFarm, and was also involved in the production of the 2015 National Day song Our Singapore. [Today, p40]

04-01-2016

New kids on the block

Fashion spread of Teenage magazine featured SP students Sean Robert and Rachael Lim at various SP facilities – new study area at the Admin Building, llao llao outlet, rock-climbing wall at the new SPorts ARena as well as the new Business School Building. [Teenage, p38,39]

31-12-2015

Taking their stories to another level

This SP advertorial features Diploma in Creative Writing for TV and New Media third-year student Jamie Tan, Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology second-year student Dorothy Lim, as well as Diploma in Media and Communication graduate Jasmine Goh who is also the Gold Medallist from Class of 2015. They shared their reasons for choosing their courses and their memorable experiences in SP. [Teenage, p72,73]

31-12-2015

Fifty ITE, poly graduates tell success in book

SP’s Diploma in biotechnology alumnus, Dr Jonathan Loh, has published a book to raise awareness of the role of applied and technical education in Singapore. Titled ‘A Nation of Skilled Talents’, the book traces the development of skills and abilities over the years and features the stories of 50 poly and ITE graduates. Mr Izzat Ismail, a NP advanced multimedia alumnus, who owns an e-learning company was one of the graduates featured in the book. Similar article in Straits Times featured Mr Wayne Lim, a senior graphic designer who graduated from NYP with a diploma in industrial design. Wayne shared how the skills he learnt in school helped him to pursue his interest in designing and making toys. [Channel News Asia]

31-12-2015

Wealth and intelligence, re-defined

Article profiled Professor Hang Chang Chieh, from the National University of Singapore who mentioned that he studied in the electrical engineering degree course at SP for two years before the programme was absorbed by the University of Singapore’s department of engineering. [AsianScientist.com]

31-12-2015

The Maritime Advantage

Advertorial by Singapore Maritime Foundation and Maritime One in Teenage Passport, a supplement of Teenage magazine, features SP’s Diploma in Maritime Business graduate Marilyn Lim and NP’s Diploma in Marine and Offshore Technology student Muhammad Noor Izzan B Zaharuddin. They shared how their internship experiences gave them a head start in their career. Marilyn also shared that she was offered direct entry to final year of the top-notch maritime degree programme with Plymouth University in UK and even secured a scholarship for her overseas studies through SP’s affiliation with the university. [Teenage Passport, p44]

31-12-2015

Kosin-ing up to engineering

This SP advertorial features Diploma in Mechanical Engineering student Kosin who shared about her internship experience at Resorts World Sentosa, her experience as an emcee in MAE events and her advice for girls who want to try engineering. [Teenage, p74,75]

31-12-2015

Spreading the Pepero love

Teenage Moments section featured the activities co-organised by Teenage and the LOTTE Confectionery (S.E.A) team at SP to celebrate Pepero Day. They visited Food Courts 3, 4 and 5 to surprise SP students with free boxes of Pepero as well as to conduct various games such as the kissing game and the stacking game. [Teenage, p87]

31-12-2015

Your success and happiness lies in you

Four SP students – Diploma in Business Administration student Armand Izzaq Shaqur, Diploma in Mechanical Engineering students Khoo Wen-En and Muhammad Aqif as well as Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering student Lee Si Yuan were featured in opening page in the Textbook section of Teenage magazine. SP facilities – AeroHub and the new Business School Building were also featured. [Teenage, p71]

31-12-2015

Singapore students help give sight and rebuild lives in Myanmar

An article on ophthalmic optics company Essilor’s website featured a team of 25 students from SP’s Diploma in Optometry (DOPT) course, who screened over 2,000 villagers and gave out 1,300 pairs of glasses during a two-week vision care mission to Myanmar in September, supported by the Essilor Vision Foundation. Third-year DOPT student, Litnus Gasper, opined on the challenges of providing primary eye care to a country where 32 per cent of the population live below the poverty line. [Essilorseechange.com]

30-12-2015

SEA Games boost for canoe polo

Article on canoe polo’s upcoming debut at the next SEA Games in 2017 featured a photo of a canoe polo training session held at SP. Similar story was reported in Channel News Asia. [Todayonline.com]

30-12-2015

What’s Next: Poly and ITE success stories in a book

A book titled “A Nation of Skilled Talents”, which captured the success stories of 50 poly and ITE graduates, will be launched today by Acting Education Minister Ong Ye Kung. The book was written by SP’s Diploma in Biotechnology graduate and scientist at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Dr Jonathan Loh, and a graduate student Chadi El Farran. [The Straits Times, pA2]

30-12-2015

Want more hip Dempsey clusters? Don't award land to highest bidder

SP’s senior retail lecturer Sarah Lim opined on why Como Lifestyle was awarded the tender to develop Dempsey cluster and how this could attract other tenants with similar offerings to the area. [The Straits Times, pA21]

29-12-2015

Becoming medical officer makes Fadhli less shy

Local actor Fadhli Abdullah shared how he pursued his childhood dreams in acting and how he managed to overcome his shyness after becoming medical officer. Article also mentioned that he was given the role of a doctor in docudrama Tabah while he was still pursuing a mechanical engineering diploma in SP. [Berita Harian, p11]

29-12-2015

Terence Tea, leader for three listed companies, made successful turnaround

Article featured SP alumnus and entrepreneur Terence Tea Yeok Kian who is the managing director and CEO for Jubilee Industries Holding Ltd and holds directorships in WE Holdings Group and EG Industries Berhad. He shared how he managed to achieve turnaround for the companies after suffering huge losses. [Lianhe Zaobao, SG50 Singapore Story,p30]

28-12-2015

Life Art Society sowing the seeds of creativity

Article featured Life Art Society which have worked with various local organisations for the past 43 years to promote art to the Singapore community. These organisations include SP, Singapore Discovery Centre, National Library Board, The People’s Association, Civil Aviation Authority, SMRT, National Arts Council and the various clan associations and art galleries. [Lianhe Zaobao, SG50 Singapore Story, p37]

28-12-2015

Youth support measures to ban tobacco displays in local stores

Article noted that more than half of youth between 15 and 19 years old surveyed supported the move to ban the display of tobacco products in local stores starting 2017. SP student Muhammad Syamil Idris opined that the ban would be good for young people as this would minimize exposure to tobacco products and could impact them positively in the long run. [Berita Harian, p1]

23-12-2015

Sec 5 studies less popular as new paths to poly open

Article featured the year-long Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) and the two-year Direct-Entry-Scheme to Polytechnic Programme (DPP) as alternative routes for post-secondary education that are available to Normal (Academic) students. The PFP is a one-year preparatory course that covers English, mathematics, and domain-specific modules such as life sciences or physics. If a student passes all the modules, he will move on to the first year of his chosen diploma. SP’s PFP student Lee Jing Hua, who hopes to study Aerospace Electronics opined on how the PFP is helping him to realise his aspirations. Mr Patrick Phang, SP's course vice-chair for the PFP shared how the programme's curriculum is similar to that of the O levels and how students learn about science concepts through simple experiments and pop quizzes in a small group size. Mr Phang also shared the various safety nets that SP has put in place to help students pass their PFP. In the same article, Andrew Tan who is in the second year of SP’s Diploma in Computer Engineering shared how the DPP was an alternative pathway to him as he preferred more hands-on work. Under the DPP, students spend two years in a Higher Nitec course in ITE and are guaranteed a spot in a polytechnic if they meet the minimum grade point average, which is between 2.5 and 3.0. Article also mentioned a NP student who is doing her PFP as well as the various measures RP has in place to prevent PFP failures. [The Straits Times, pB11-B12]

21-12-2015

A Fresh Face

Cover story of a quarterly fitness guide magazine featured SP’s Diploma in Banking and Finance student and winner of Channel 8 talent hunt programme Hey Gorgeous 2015 Gan Zhi Jian. He was also featured on the cover of the magazine. He shared his experience participating in Hey Gorgeous, his training regime and diet for maintaining his good physique, as well as his experience being in SP’s Dragon Boat team. Story also mentioned that Zhi Jian will be present at SP’s Open House from 7 to 9 January 2016. [i Fitness, Cover and p6-9]

21-12-2015

Seeing how far music can fly

SP’s Diploma in Aerospace Electronics (DASE) graduate, Benjamin Lim, was featured in an online news article by New Zealand newspaper Manawatu Standard for his passion in music. Benjamin is currently studying towards a Diploma in Music, has completed all his ABRSM graded exams in Violin and Music Theory, and holds an Aviation Bachelor’s Degree from Massey University. The article mentioned that he has also set up the Violin Music Academy, an online database and resource site for interested learners. His ultimate goal would be to offer supplemented music lessons to encourage more children from all walks of life to learn music. [Manawatu Standard]

21-12-2015

Road to excellence

Editorial on the success and achievements of past ITE graduates featured Lim Jin Ru, who enrolled in SP’s Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2010 after attaining her Nitec. [Straits Times, pB17]

18-12-2015

New ITE course - NITEC in Service Logistics

Article noted the NITEC in Service Logistics course that will debut at ITE next year, and how graduates may go on to pursue a Diploma in Supply Chain Management offered by RP or the Diploma in International Business or Maritime Business offered by SP. [Berita Harian, p16]

17-12-2015

Singapore's famed Instagram Tree felled

SP student Soe Htet was one of a handful of youngsters who visited a famous tree at Punggol Waterway Park, known as Instagram Tree, before it was removed in the interest of public safety. [Channel News Asia]

17-12-2015

Cool new facilities you thought you’d never see in school

Online story by Teenage features the various cool and new facilities in SP that SP students get to use for their studies as well as for recreation. [Teenage Online]

17-12-2015

Interview with Singaporean beatboxer Mark Su

SP’s Diploma in Information Technology graduate and musician, Mark Su, was featured in a lifestyle blog. The post mentioned that upon graduating he created music company SG Beatbox, which specialises in beatboxing. While in SP, he was the founder and president of the SP Beatboxing Club, which later inspired him to start his music company. [Simandan.com]

16-12-2015

Evening news on 15 December 2015

News broadcast at 10pm featured SP’s School of Chemical and Life Sciences senior lecturer Ting Heng Luan, who explained how established restaurants uses efficient cold chain management and relevant food safety practices to ensure the quality and safety of their raw fish. He also shared preventive measures that consumers can take to ensure the safe consumption of raw fish. The news segment about cold chain management of raw fish starts from 6:14 while the segment featuring Mr Ting starts from 6:56. Similar story was broadcasted at Hello Singapore on Channel 8 and evening news on Channel U. [Channel 8 News]

16-12-2015

First-year students from 3 polytechnics to benefit from new mentorship programme

First-year students from SP, TP and NP will soon benefit from a new Industry Mentors' Network programme. Under the programme, students will be linked to industry professionals who can provide career advice. Previously, such mentorship was usually extended to final year students during their internship stint. More than 200 mentors from at least 20 companies are part of the Industry Mentors' Network programme so far. NP has already started a pilot of the programme involving 850 students since October 2015. The students come from eight diploma courses such as Real Estate, Advertising and Public Relations. NP said about three to four students will be paired to a mentor who best matches their career interests. SP will begin its programme from April 2016. Similar story was reported in The Straits Times and Berita Harian. [Channel News Asia]

15-12-2015

President’s Design Award; Winning designs

The library@orchard which was designed by SP staff and students in collaboration with DIA Group, National Library Board and New Space Architects was mentioned as one of the 13 winners in the Design of the Year category. The category is part of the President’s Design Award, the most prestigious design accolade in Singapore. [Straits Times - Life!, pD10]

14-12-2015

Library@Orchard

The library@orchard which was designed by SP staff and students in collaboration with DIA Group, National Library Board and New Space Architects was mentioned as one of the 13 winners in the Design of the Year category. The category is part of the President’s Design Award, the most prestigious design accolade in Singapore. [Lianhe Zaobao, zbW, p18]

14-12-2015

New path for polytechnic graduates to become qualified accountants

NP will roll out an 18-month SkillsFuture Earn-and-Learn Programme for Accountancy in August next year, the curriculum of which is jointly developed with the Singapore Accountancy Commission. Polytechnic graduates will pursue part-time further studies through a structured work-study pathway, where upon completion they will be awarded the Advanced Diploma in Accountancy by NP and SAC, which makes them eligible to enroll into the Singapore Qualification Programme to become chartered accountants of Singapore, without having to obtain degree qualifications. Article in Lianhe Zaobao featured NP’s School of Business and Accountancy Director Zhu Xiao Hong, who opined on how this programme will help to prepare students for their future career in accountancy. The five polytechnics also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with 16 accounting firms and financial institutions to provide internships for their students. The collaboration, set to begin in 2016, is aimed at improving the internship experience of students in the accountancy and financial services sector and includes companies such as Citibank, DBS, HSBC, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Singapore Exchange and OCBC. Similar story was also reported in Channel News Asia, Channel 8 News, Bertia Harian and Star Daily Standard Times. [Todayonline.com]

14-12-2015

Meal in dissolvable soup bag developed by polytechnic approved by Prime Minister Lee

Article featured the edible soup bag developed by SP’s Food Innovation and Resource Centre (FIRC) which is currently showcased at “The Future of Us” exhibition. SP’s Diploma in Food Science and Technology third-year student Seah Xin Hui explained the science behind the food product and did a demonstration for Prime Minister Lee when he visited FIRC’s booth at the exhibition. FIRC’s researcher Dr Lee Mun Wai shared that with an ageing population, there is an increasing need for more innovations which reduce wastage. Article also featured other food and packaging innovations developed by FIRC such as the food jelly, food spoilage indicators and Nasi Go!. These products are currently showcased at the exhibition too. Pictures of the article featured Prime Minister Lee visiting FIRC’s booth and the preparation method for the meal in edible soup bag. [Shin Min Daily News, p9]

11-12-2015

Always dreamed of becoming a rock star

Article featured SP’s Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering graduate Rifat Hidayat and his journey into acting on television. Rifat also expressed his dream to be a pilot, and will pursue a bachelor’s degree in aerospace science with the Embry-Riddle Aerospace University, in the United States, from 9 January. [Berita Harian, p14]

11-12-2015

Mr Gerald Ng (EEE/1995)

Quarterly magazine for NTU alumni featured the profile of NTU’s Centre for IT services (CITS) e-learning Manager who mentioned that he worked in SP for twenty years specialising in technologies with focuses on Learning Designing and Applications before joining CITS. [NTULink, p44]

10-12-2015

Nanyang Alumni Achievement Award

Quarterly magazine for NTU alumni featured the profile of SP’s Board member and alumnus Dr Lee Shiang Long, who is one of the recipients of Nanyang Alumni Achievement Award – an award to recognise achievements of outstanding NTU alumni. [NTULink, p6]

10-12-2015

ASEAN Para Games: Truly one team Singapore

Article quoted SP lecturer Mohammad Rosdi comments on how he was impressed by the skill of the visually impaired bowlers at the ASEAN Para Games. He added that there were other valuable lessons that spectators could take away. [The Straits Times, pC13]

10-12-2015

Black Friday in store for Orchard Road?

SP’s senior retail lecturer Amos Tan opined on the advantages of a Black Friday event for the local retail scene. Black Friday, or the day after Thanksgiving in the United States, is an occasion for retailers to have steep discounts for various items. [Straits Times, pB4]

07-12-2015

Employer lauded for going the extra mile for her maid

The sixth Foreign Domestic Worker Day which was attended by 6,000 maids and employers was held at SP. During a ceremony, outstanding domestic helpers and employers were presented with awards. Similar story was reported in Today and Lianhe Zaobao. [Straits Times, pB5]

07-12-2015

Poly Open House 2016

Article on the highlights of open house in all the five polytechnics [Teenage, p102-103]

04-12-2015

Teenage Campus Run

Teenage Moments section features the Campus Run 2015 activities by Teenage at the four polys – NYP, RP, SP and TP - earlier this year. [Teenage, p146-148]

04-12-2015

Get Down to Business with SP

SP advertorial features Diploma in Business Administration student Phang Hui Li, Diploma in Banking and Finance student Gan Zhi Jian and Diploma in Tourism and Resort Management student Rena Shafiqah Bte Rosmadi who share their reasons for choosing SP Business School, their favourite course module, their CCAs, as well as what they like about SP. [Teenage, p114-115]

04-12-2015

What’s your best memory of 2015?

Article interviewed SP students – Diploma in Architecture student Victoria Tan, Diploma in Tourism and Resort Management student Rena Shafiqah Bte Rosmadi, Diploma in Banking and Finance student Zhi Jian, Diploma in Mechanical Engineering student Kosin Tan, Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering student Pavan Singh, Diploma in Chemical Engineering student Jia Jun and Diploma in Nautical Studies student Chong Xueen - on their best memory of 2015. Victoria mentioned that her overseas trip to Shangri-La under the SP Outstanding Talent Programme allowed her to find clarity of mind which enabled her to balance her school work with other personal commitments. [Teenage, p112]

04-12-2015

Teenage Campus Run 2016

Advertisement by Teenage mentions that the magazine will be at the open house at four polys – NYP, RP, SP and TP for the Teenage Campus Run 2016 [Teenage, p104]

04-12-2015

Poly Open House 7-9 Jan 2016

Joint-poly open house advertisement put up by the five polys with the theme “Experience learning like never before”. [Teenage, p5]

04-12-2015

Sharp Girl, Smart Choice

SP advertorial features Diploma in Financial Informatics (DFI) first-year student and Infocomm Development Authority’s iPoly Scholarship recipient Goh Jia Yi who shares her reason for choosing DFI course and how it prepares her to pursue her dream job of becoming a system analyst. She also shared about her CCA activities and the new SP Business School building. [Teenage, p113]

04-12-2015

PSA and SP training collaboration

Article mentioned that PSA and SP have developed a Specialist Diploma in Port Management and Operations. The 12-month Earn and Learn Programme (ELP) will be launched in June 2016 and is thought to be the first of its kind specifically designed for the Singapore port industry. PCEO Mr Tan Choon Shian opined that SP and PSA’s collaboration reflects SP’s commitment to help deepen the skills and knowledge of Singapore’s workforce and further strengthen the maritime sector. [Port Strategy]

04-12-2015

Visually Handicapped Received Braille-Wallets from Singapore Pools

Article mentioned that Singapore Pools bought 100 pieces of Braille wallets, designed by a group of students from Pioneer Secondary School, and donated to the Singapore Association of Visually Handicapped (SAVH). The group of students were one of the finalists for Young Entrepreneurship Challenge (YES) 2015, an event organised by SP’s Business School. The event provides an excellent platform for secondary school students to mould a business idea and implement it in real life. [Singapore Pools]

04-12-2015

Asean Award Under Its Belt, Burma Business Group Vows to Continue Work

Article mentioned SP as one of 10 winners of the ASEAN People’s Award, which honours individuals and organisations for outstanding contributions toward the creation of a united, prosperous and caring ASEAN community. [The Irrawaddy]

04-12-2015

The Design Whiz

This SP advertorial features Diploma in Visual Communication and Media Design (DVMD) student Joanna Yeong who shares how her older sister who was SP alumna recommended this course to her and how DVMD provides her with skillsets useful for a career in the creative industry. She also shares about the perks of being in DVMD. Advertorial also mentions that DVMD is a course that teaches students how to design beautiful graphics and create eye-catching branding advertisement for products. [Teenage, p112]

04-12-2015

Every end is just a new beginning

Three SP students – Diploma in Media and Communication student Tracy Ong, Diploma in Applied Chemistry with Materials Science student Benji Nah and Diploma in Infocomm Security Management student Sean Robert – were featured in the opening page for the Textbook section of Teenage magazine. [Teenage, p99]

04-12-2015

Singapore Red Cross (SRC) mobile app launch

Article mentioned the launch of ‘Red Cross Connection’, a mobile application developed by SRC to engage youth on blood donation matters, at SP on 25 Nov. SP student, Muhammad Rifqi Abdul Muttalib opined that the application was effective in engaging youth who have never donated blood, to do so. [Berita Harian, p12]

03-12-2015

PSA Corporation Limited and Singapore Polytechnic signed memorandum of understanding

PSA Corporation Limited (PSA) and SP signed five-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop a Specialist Diploma in Port Management and Operations, among other initiatives. This is a 12-month work-study Earn and Learn Programme (ELP) under the national SkillsFuture initiative. It will have a first batch of 20 graduates, and will expand to take in as many as 1,500 over the next five years. The ELP will provide fresh polytechnic graduates with a head-start in maritime careers relevant to their course of study. They will benefit from full-time employment, a structured learning framework and career advancement pathways. Eligible PSA staff, who graduated from polytechnic less than five years ago, can also enrol in the ELP to deepen their skills and attain industry-recognised certification. [Lianhe Zaobao, p14]

03-12-2015

Work-study programme for fresh polytechnic graduates in the port industry to start next year

SP and PSA Corporation Limited (PSA) have signed an agreement worth more than $1.5 million to develop a 12-month Earn and Learn programme, among other initiatives. The scheme, which will start in June next year, is the first of its kind for the Singapore port industry. It will have a first batch of 20 graduates, and will expand to take in as many as 1,500 over the next five years. Those who complete the programme will earn a specialist diploma in Port Management and Operations. Under the partnership, SP and PSA will also work together in areas such as engineering, information technology and maritime business to equip students and graduates with relevant job knowledge and skills. SP’s Principal and Chief Executive Officer Tan Choon Shian opined on the poly’s commitment to ensure that the workforce remains relevant to the maritime sector and Singapore. Similar story was reported on HellenicShippingNews.com. [Straits Times Online]

02-12-2015

Healthier marine life with good water quality

Article featured SP’s diploma in chemical engineering graduate Muhammad Rahim Fhaizal, and his unique career analysing water quality at the Resorts World Sentosa aquarium. [Berita Harian, p5]

30-11-2015

The story behind the storyteller

Article featured Wong Kim Hoh, the journalist behind the weekly profile series, It Changed My Life. Kim Hoh, who was a former SP lecturer shared how he managed to get interviewees to open up and share their inspirational stories for his articles. [Sunday Times, pA12]

30-11-2015

No regrets entering the maritime industry

Article featured SP lecturer and Director of SMA Captain Mohamad Salleh Ahmad Sarwan, who recounted his journey graduating with a diploma in nautical studies, and how it has given him excellent job and development opportunities. Captain Mohamad Salleh who made captain in 11 years, eventually chose to be a lecturer at SP because he wanted to share his experience and train others. He also received a scholarship from SP to pursue a degree at the Maine Maritime Academy in the United States. [Berita Minggu, p6]

30-11-2015

S’pore Poly, Waseda set up joint biomed lab

Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and Waseda University (Waseda), a top research university in Tokyo, have set up a joint biomedical lab with up to 15 local and Japanese researchers. The researchers could work on innovations in cancer detection and treatment for dementia. Currently, the joint research team is developing a new class of biomaterials for a precise drug delivery that is safer than conventional chemotherapy. Researchers will also look into bioimaging developments and modern sequencing technologies to study biological systems. The lab will also benefit the SP’s biomedical science and biotechnology students who will have an opportunity to intern and work alongside the joint research team on projects. Both SP principal Mr Tan Choon Shian and Waseda’s senior executive vice-president for academic affairs and provost Dr Shuji Hashimoto opined on the benefits on the partnership and joint biomedical lab. [Straits Times, pB4]

30-11-2015

More youth increasingly interested in the maritime industry

Article featured SP lecturer and Director of SMA Captain Mohamad Salleh Ahmad Sarwan’s extensive career experience and the history of SMA. Captain Mohamad Salleh opined that two main factors that attract youth to the maritime industry are: the opportunity to travel and the structured career development within the field. [Berita Minggu, p6]

30-11-2015

Singapore Polytechnic partner with Waseda University to set up joint biomedical laboratory

Article featured the opening of a joint biomedical laboratory by SP and Waseda University (Waseda) to pursue the development of new technological advancements in the area of biomedical sciences. This is also Waseda’s first-of-its-kind research facility being set up in an Institute of Higher Learning in Singapore. The new 2000 square-foot facility in SP is built to house up to 15 local and Japanese researchers who will be conducting research on topics such as bio-imaging and next generation sequencing. These topics could potentially lead to new innovations in the areas of cancer detection or treatment for dementia. The joint team is also developing a new class of bio-materials for targeted drug delivery to allow for a safer, more efficient and precise drug delivery system. The new lab will also benefit students from SP’s Diploma in Biomedical Science and Diploma in Biotechnology as they will have the opportunity to intern at the lab and work alongside its researchers and learn about the latest trends in the biomedical science industry. SP’s Principal and Chief Executive Officer Mr Tan Choon Shian opined that the latest collaboration draws on the strengths of both Singapore Polytechnic and Waseda University as both have strong capabilities in common areas such as biomedical sciences, robotics and research. Through this collaboration, they hope to translate the research into innovative solutions that are beneficial for the community and the world. Article also mentioned about the annual joint symposium by SP and Waseda. The theme of this year’s symposium is ‘Robots in Society’ to look at how robotic technology and applications can be useful to society, especially in the fields of healthcare and education. SP and Waseda took turns to organise the annual symposium and last year’s symposium was in Japan. [Lianhe Zaobao, p12]

27-11-2015

Cashback on third-party online shopping sites allow you to “make money” while doing online shopping

SP’s retail and marketing lecturer Amos Tan opined on the other aspects that the online shoppers should look out for, besides the amount of cash rebates by the third-party online shopping sites. [Lianhe Wanbao, p9]

27-11-2015

 

Other Polys in the News

American Eagle Outfitters to exit Singapore

Article highlighted that American fashion retailer American Eagle Outfitters will be exiting the Singapore market at the end of the month. Ms Esther Ho, deputy director of NYP’s School of Business Management, opined on the factors that resulted in its exit. Similar story was reported in The New Paper. [The Straits Times, pB4]

23-02-2018

Making learning more interesting for pre-schoolers

Article featured a group of TP students from the Diploma in Business Information Technology course, who spent half a year developing an app that uses augmented reality to bring story book characters to life. The third year students hope that the app will make reading and learning enjoyable for kids aged four to six years old. Another project by TP students is “TechHealth”, a mobile app that monitors the user’s heart rate and is capable of sending out distress signals when necessary. The app is suitable for monitoring a national serviceman’s physical conditions during training and can be used for major sports events including marathons. [Lianhe Zaobao, p6]

22-02-2018

Passion turned business

Article featured TP Diploma in Interior Architecture and Design graduate Muhd Masyfu 'Md Noor whose work was featured at the Space Eleven Cloud Nine exhibition at Hotel NuVe Heritage. [Berita Harian, p11]

20-02-2018

Eddino Abdul Hadi Music Correspondent recommends; Gigs Picks

Events listing of upcoming music events featured the Esplanade's Foreword February series. The acts include dikir barat groups from RP and NP. [The Straits Times – Life, pD4]

19-02-2018

Dogged determination

Article featured plans by business leaders in the coming year. Oceanus Group Limited’s CEO Peter Koh mentioned the strategic partnerships with leading institutions such as TP to collaborate on aquaculture training and R&D. The company hopes to be at the forefront of cutting-edge aquaculture technology and wants to put Singapore on the world map for innovative aquaculture technology and food security. [The Business Times, p14]

19-02-2018

Starting a new life with a new sport

Article featured TP Diploma in Electronics student Shahrul Izwan Shaiful Bahri who found a passion in wheelchair racing after being diagnosed with spastic paraparesis, a disorder that causes weakness of the legs. [Berita Harian, p1 & p11]

15-02-2018

Raising quality of security jobs through innovation

Article featured the introduction of the Specialist Diploma in Security Consultancy. This one-year part-time programme, developed by the Ministry of Home Affairs' Centre for Protective Security Studies and the Security Industry Institute under TP, will cover topics such as risk assessment, building security and security technologies. It aims to train 250 consultants by 2021, with its first intake planned for next year. Similar story was reported in all SPH newspapers and Mediacorp platforms. [The Straits Times, pA6]

14-02-2018

China tourists top arrivals here, surpassing Indonesia

Article highlighted the surge in visitors from China, who remain the biggest spenders in Singapore. NP’s senior tourism lecturer Michael Chiam opined on Singapore’s appeal to visitors from Chinese cities. [The Straits Times, pA1]

13-02-2018

Eight Chinese New Year Traditions to get right

Dr Kang Ger-Wen, course chair for Chinese Studies at NP’s School of Humanities and Social Science, opined on the traditional value of coins in red packets. [The Straits Times Online]

12-02-2018

Are sugar substitutes the answer to Singapore's war on diabetes?

Article highlighted the Health Promotion Board’s (HPB) push for the use of healthier sugar substitutes. Mr Stewart Tan, senior lecturer at NYP's School of Chemical and Life Sciences, shared about the cost of sugar substitutes such as isomaltulose and allulose. Dr Kalpana Bhaskaran, domain lead for applied nutrition and glycaemic index research at TP’s School of Applied Science, opined on the importance of moderation until long-term risks and benefits are more fully understood. [The Straits Times, pA8-9]

12-02-2018

National Library launches free resource centre for those looking to live and work in Asia

Article featured the National Library’s new resource centre to help students looking for internship opportunities abroad, and those who want to live and work overseas. The resource centre comes in the wake of recommendations by the Committee on the Future Economy to deepen and diversify international connections, and to help the young in Singapore to acquire Global-Asia market insights and immerse themselves in overseas markets. Business China and NP will launch a two-day course in May for young working professionals. Similar story in Lianhe Zaobao highlighted that NP will be opening up a course to teach students about China’s economy and encourage them to take up internships in China. Business China is also exploring the possibility of setting up a fund to provide financial assistance to needy students who are interested to take up internships in China. [The Straits Times Online]

12-02-2018

Young parents in Singapore prefer formula milk powder for their kids

Article shared that Singaporean parents prefer to feed their toddlers formula milk rather than fresh milk. This preference and the market structure could be the reason why milk powder prices are high. Nutritionists commented that children over the age of one can drink fresh milk and obtain the same nutrients from formula milk. NYP’s School of Business Management lecturer commented that the government can encourage parents to choose fresh milk over formula milk and let market forces stabilize the prices of formula milk powder. [Lianhe Zaobao, p11]

09-02-2018

It’s the best man, or woman, for the job

Article featured Elaine Quek, the principal of Maha Bodhi School, who is among the handful of principals who do not have a degree. Elaine shared how she discovered her passion for teaching after graduating with a Diploma in Electronic and Computer Engineering from NP. She also shared her teaching journey over the past 20 years and the various opportunities for her to upgrade her skills and knowledge. [The Straits Times]

09-02-2018

Boy excels in studies despite family challenges

Article featured Luqman Al-Hakim who won the Silver award for his excellent O-Level results at the recent Madrasah Al-Arabiah Al-Islamiah (MAI) ceremony. Luqman managed to excel in his studies even though his family went through a hard time when his father was severely injured in a road accident few weeks before the release of the O Level results. Together with his sister, he had to take care of his four younger siblings while his mother took care of his father at the hospital. Luqman will be enrolling in RP’s Diploma in Biomedical Sciences course in April. [Berita Harian, p8]

08-02-2018

Local restaurant uses jackfruit sugar instead of white sugar for CNY dish

Article featured a local restaurant that has switched to using Allulose, a natural sweetener instead of white sugar, for their Chinese New Year sauces and rice cakes. According to research by Kaplana Bhaskaran, Manager of TP’s Glycemic Index Research Unit (GIRU), natural sweeteners will help slow down the increase in blood glucose level by 20%. [Lianhe Wanbao, p8]

07-02-2018

Goalkeeper with big shoes to fill

Article featured RP graduate Muhammad Syazwan Buhari who was recently recruited by Tampines Rovers Football Club. Syazwan opined on the pressure of filling in for the team’s key goalkeeper and national player, Izwan Mahbud. [Berita Harian, p15]

07-02-2018

Glowing plastic cows? Here’s what to expect at I Light Marina Bay 2018

A light art display by NYP students will be exhibited at the annual I Light Marina Bay festival this year. The festival, which is being organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), will take place from Mar 9 to Apr 1. Similar story was reported in The Straits Times. [Channel NewsAsia]

07-02-2018

Spreading festive cheer through healthier food packs

Article featured the efforts by 30 Keppel Land staff volunteers and RP students, who helped distribute festive packs and red packets to about 320 low-income families residing in the rental units in Gambas. [The Business Times]

07-02-2018

NP offers global trade course

Article featured the new international trade and business (ITB) course offered by NP. The course is jointly developed with IE Singapore and will have more than 100 students in the first batch. It seeks to develop students' business skills through annual overseas learning trips and an overseas internship in the third year of the course. Unlike a conventional business course, the new course will focus on facilitating trade across borders between companies. Article also featured two students who have enrolled for the course. [The New Paper]

07-02-2018

NRF to set up research-industry group to promote innovative membrane products, technologies

Article featured the Singapore National Membrane Consortium (SG-MEM), which aims to connect expertise in local research institutes with companies. This will translate cutting-edge research in membrane technologies into products and technologies that meet industry needs. The SG-MEM will harness the research & development capabilities of research institutes including NP’s Environmental and Water Technology Centre of Innovation. Similar story was reported in The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao. [The Business Times Online]

06-02-2018

Supermarkets rolling out QR code payment via Nets

Article mentioned that supermarkets have begun to embrace the Nets QR code, the cashless payment system that hundreds of hawkers have been using since last September. Ms Esther Ho, deputy director of NYP’s School of Business Management, opined on the impact of the cashless payment system on customers and merchants. [The Straits Times, pA8]

05-02-2018

New facilities and programmes at the polytechnics; New global trade diploma at NP

Article featured the new Diploma in International Trade and Business (ITB) programme offered by NP. It will help students understand international trade practices and supply chain management, as well as learn skills in finance, purchasing and logistics. Developed with International Enterprise Singapore, the three-year course is the first of its kind to be offered by a local polytechnic and will take in its first batch in April. Article also highlighted the new facilities and programmes at the other polytechnics. This includes SP’s Diploma in Facilities Management, which incorporates business and technical modules. Students will also work with the latest technologies in the Smart Building Lab. [The Straits Times, pB9]

05-02-2018

Hip food, heartland setting: What to eat at the new Paris Ris hawker centre

Article mentioned that NTUC Foodfare has introduced a hawkerpreneurship programme to encourage aspiring hawkers to join the trade. There are three people on the programme so far, including Tasty Street owner Cheryl Tan, a TP culinary and catering management graduate. [The Straits Times – Life, pC20]

05-02-2018

Nursing degree offers mid-career switch

Article featured the new degree-level Professional Conversion Programme (PCP) for Registered Nurses administered by the National University of Singapore (NUS). Singaporeans can now make a mid-career switch to nursing and get a degree in two years. The latest offering is in addition to an existing two-year accelerated course for registered nurses at the diploma level, conducted by NYP. Similar story was reported in Channel NewsAsia and Lianhe Zaobao. [The Straits Times, pA12]

05-02-2018

SG Cares Carnival

Article featured NP Diploma in Marine & Offshore Technology graduate Muhammad Farrhan Othman who plays for Wheelchair Basketball Association (Singapore). Playing for the association allows Farrhan to pursue his passion in social work and sports. Farrhan’s story was among those featured at the SG Cares Carnival, a national movement to build more inclusive homes and caring community members. [Berita Harian, p10]

05-02-2018

35 year old Singaporean plays important role in Hollywood movies

Article featured NYP graduate Lee Wei Liang who is currently working with Industrial Light And Magic (ILM). He leads a group of people to work on the motion graphics and special effects of movies such as Iron Man and the Avengers. [Shin Min Daily News, p2]

01-02-2018

RP collaborates with 2 tech companies

RP collaborates with MediaTek and SMK to provide internship opportunities and scholarships to students. The two companies will invest a total of $13000 within 2 years and provide training for students in the Internet Of Things. Article also featured the project of a year 3 RP students. They worked with Singapore General Hospital to come up with the smart disinfectant system to ensure that patients’ wards are kept sanitary and clean. [Lianhe Zaobao, p16]

01-02-2018

Survey ranks S’pore among least exciting cities

Article highlighted online survey findings by Time Out, an international travel magazine. Findings include Singapore’s ranking as one of the least exciting cities in the world. NP’s senior tourism lecturer Michael Chiam opined on factors that contribute to Singapore’s low score on culture or nightlife. [Today Online]

01-02-2018

Young artists breathe new life into Chinese ink painting

Article featured practitioner of Chinese ink painting Leon Yeo. His interest in Chinese ink painting and calligraphy came about while he was pursuing his Diploma in Visual Communication at NYP, and later while completing his bachelor of arts degree from The Glasgow School of Art in collaboration with the Singapore Institute of Technology. [The Straits Times – Life, pD1]

30-01-2018

Safety in food consumption

NYP Senior Lecturer in Food Science & Nutrition Yan Xin Hui opined that it is best to not consume expired food, as pathogen that can cause diseases may be present even if the surface is not mouldy. [Lianhe Zaobao, p1]

30-01-2018

Artist on quest to modernise ancient art

Article featured artist Malik Mazlan, who wears VR goggles to trace calligraphic script in virtual reality. He has done many traditional performances using ink and paper, including for the National Library last December and for the World Islamic Economic Forum last November in Kuching, Malaysia. He will be performing VR calligraphy using Google Tilt Brush at Paragon shopping centre this weekend. Malik is a graduate of RP’s Diploma in Material Science programme. [The Straits Times – Life, pD2]

30-01-2018

Republic Polytechnic rolls out fitness programme for pre-enlistees

Article highlighted that RP has joined the list of schools that offer fitness programmes to get students physically ready for National Service, after earlier results showed that more students had passed their individual physical proficiency test (IPPT) from such programmes. Four post-secondary educational institutions had participated in a 2015 pilot initiative to implement fitness programmes to build up students’ fitness levels before they enlist, including TP. RP student Muhammad Akmal Abdul Halim shared how his motivation has boosted after the third session when he noticed that his stamina had improved. Similar story was reported in Channel NewsAsia and Lianhe Zaobao. [Today Online]

30-01-2018

Fit And Fab; Trainer strives to be a positive influence

Article featured jump rope enthusiast Cheryl Loh, who leads fitness classes at fitness and martial arts school FaMA. She holds a Diploma in Sports and Wellness Management from NYP. She shared about her five-month overseas study exchange programme in Taiwan during her last semester in NYP, where she trained for a jump rope competition and went for weekly cheerleading practices. [The Straits Times, pB8]

30-01-2018

Themed cafes thrive on constant change

Article highlighted that Japanese-French café Kumoya will switch to their third character-based theme in eight months. Mr Timothy Kao, section head of the Diploma in Culinary and Catering Management at TP’s School of Business, opined that the strategy works for cafes and malls as its short lifespan leverages on millennials' fear of missing out while providing new reasons for crowds to visit the mall. [The New Paper, p11]

29-01-2018

On The Job as a wet market butcher: A dying trade being killed off by supermarkets?

Article featured the challenges facing the wet market trade. Mr James Sim, deputy manager of NYP’s School of Business Management, opined on the factors that contribute to these challenges. [Channel NewsAsia]

29-01-2018

Cruises added $706m to S'pore economy: STB

Article highlighted that the joint Asean Declaration on Cruise Tourism will give a boost to South-east Asia's aim to transform the region into a vibrant cruising destination. NP’s senior tourism lecturer Michael Chiam opined on the factors that contribute to the growth of the cruise industry. [The Straits Times, pB8]

29-01-2018

Early festive cheer for low-income Gambas residents

Article featured the WeCare @ North West - Service Weeks campaign. Packs filled with healthier food items and red packets containing $20 in FairPrice vouchers were handed out by 70 volunteers from Keppel Land and RP, with support from Education Minister (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung. The three-week programme will involve about 1,600 corporate, school and community volunteers helping to distribute festive packs to 6,000 rental households across 13 divisions within the North West District. [The Straits Times Online]

29-01-2018

Mature employment

NYP School of Business Management Lecturer Gerald Chen opined that redesigning job scopes for mature workers allow companies to leverage on their extensive knowledge and experience. [Berita Minggu, p8]

29-01-2018

'Hipster' hawker centre opens in Pasir Ris

Article featured the new Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre, which offers traditional and hipster cuisine at affordable prices, as well as a taste of the arts and music. For aspiring "hipster" hawkers like Cheryl Tan, the centre provides an opportunity in entrepreneurship. She quit her job of more than three years as a pastry chef to set up a stall with two friends from her culinary course at TP. Her stall Tasty Street - Our Little Red Dot, sells donburi, fusion rice bowls with ingredients such as wagyu beef or chicken breast cooked sous vide. [The Straits Times, pb6]

26-01-2018

An Insider Guide To Singapore

Article featured the book Harris Bin Potter, an all-Singaporean parody of Harry Potter. It is written by NP graduate Suffian Hakim. [The Business Times (Weekend Magazine), p10]

26-01-2018

Feature; Smart mirrors with allure

Article featured Fred Technologies’ new device Mirror, the world’s first Android-powered smart mirror. Its features include optimal lighting around the rim which allows for make-up precision, and the ability to connect to the internet for social media updates. Fred Technologies was founded by NYP’s Diploma in Accountancy and Finance graduate Jonathan Yuan. [The Straits Times, pD4]

24-01-2018

Halal food industry

Article featured TP Diploma in Information Technology graduate Herni Fadlina Suleiman who left her career as a software engineer to pursue her passion in the halal food industry. Together with a partner, Herni set up Aisar Aqid Consultancy & Services to offer consultation to F&B companies interested in obtaining halal certification. [Berita Minggu, p13]

22-01-2018

American lecturer shoots documentary on Haw Par Villa

Article featured NP’s senior lecturer, Craig McTurk, who has shot a documentary on Har Par Villa. [Lianhe Zaobao - zbNow, p3]

22-01-2018

Resorts World Sentosa pair overcome disabilities to come up winners

Article featured aquarist Kenneth Chin, who has been deaf since he was two years old. His disability did not stop him from pursuing a career in marine life and husbandry at SEA Aquarium. Kenneth graduated from TP’s Diploma in Veterinary Technology and joined Resorts World Sentosa (RWS). Article also featured SPD Youth Aspiration award-winner Shahrul Izwan Shaiful Bahri, who was an active floorball player before he was diagnosed with Lower Limbs Spastic Paraparesis at age 16 and confined to a wheelchair. He shared about his motivations, including his involvement in a new sport, wheelchair racing, in which he hopes to represent Singapore someday. He is currently pursuing a Diploma in Electronics Engineering at TP and will be graduating in April. Similar story was reported in Shin Min Daily News. [The Straits Times Online]

22-01-2018

Scaling up supply of Mother Tongue pre-school teachers

Newsclip featured the growing demand for Mother Tongue pre-school teachers as the efforts by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) to address the issue. ECDA is currently working with NP and the Ministry of Education to offer Mother Tongue Language training for early childhood professionals. NP’s Diploma in Tamil Studies and Diploma in Chinese studies are some of the platforms which produces Mother Tongue pre-school teachers. A student from the Diploma in Tamil Studies shared how the course is helping her to contribute to the early childhood sector. [Channel NewsAsia]

22-01-2018

Many benefits of poly foundation programme

Article highlighted the benefits of the Polytechnic Foundation Programme for N level students, including a seamless transition to their diploma programmes and exposure to a holistic education. Mr Tan Kok Hui, Chairman of the PFP programme in RP, shared that the number of students enrolled in the programme grew by more than 10 percent annually over the past three years. In the past few years, PFP students have also been given the chance to visit social welfare organisations for their Social and Emotional Learning modules. This allows them to learn about social and emotional issues and contribute to society. A revamp was also made to the Physical Education module last year, giving students an exposure to various types of sports. [Berita Harian, p1]

19-01-2018

Dreaming up design-centric solution at Nanyang Poly’s MakerSpace

Article featured NYP’s MakerSpace facility. Launched in June 2016, Maker¬Space is open to students to experiment for free with technologies like 3-D printing and virtual reality. Gadgets like laser cutters and materials like fabric and cardboard are provided for students to use in their projects. Those who complete training courses can in turn, teach their fellow students. Article also featured an innovative chair that can double as a bed. The chair is a joint project between Tan Tock Seng Hospital and NYP and was developed by students using the equipment in the MakerSpace. [The New Paper]

18-01-2018

Generation Grit; Braving family crisis and emerging stronger

Article featured NYP hospitality and tourism graduate Angel Ng. She went through adversity in her younger days, including having to work in secondary school to ease the financial burden on her family. She also worked 20 hours a week during her first year at NYP to pay her school fees after her father walked out on the family. She finally sought financial support through bursaries and scholarships, after asking for help from her course manager at NYP. After graduating second in her cohort of 167 students, Angel won a bond-free scholarship from ARA Asset Management to study business management at Singapore Management University (SMU). [The Straits Times, pB9]

17-01-2018

Start spring cleaning by throwing things out

Article featured Chinese New Year spring cleaning tips from RP student Hong Wen Wei. Wen Wei, who has been working as a part-time home cleaner for the past three years also shared his work experiences. [Lianhe Zaobao, p2]

17-01-2018

Adapt teaching methods for future

A secondary 3 student mentioned in an opinion article that there is a need to relook our current education methods. He highlighted that creativity is something that will differentiate us from robots, and it is also what society will need in future. Schools should allow more time and opportunities for students to develop their innovative ideas and bring them to life. Such opportunities include the global tourism competition held at TP for students in secondary schools. In this competition, teams of students are required to come up with ideas and suggestions to improve tourism in Singapore. [The Straits Times, pA19]

17-01-2018

Singapore passport inspires animation on Total Defence

Some of the entries for this year’s annual inter-school animation competition, N.E.mation!, were inspired by the Singapore passport or National Service. A team of NYP students whose work is among the top 10 for the Youth Crowdsource category shared the inspiration behind their clip. [The New Paper]

15-01-2018

Local talents selected to play for Albirex Niigata Singapore FC

Article featured TP alumni Shahul Rayyan and RP student Adam Swandi who was selected to play for Albirex Niigata Singapore FC. [Berita Harian, p15]

15-01-2018

Delinquent is now a university graduate

Article featured NP alumni Erwin Rohman who went through great challenges to become a teacher. Erwin was a delinquent during his time in secondary school and ITE. Seeing his father’s disappointment, Erwin turned over a new leaf and concentrated on his studies. His hard work paid off when he successfully enrolled in NP’s Diploma in Mechanical Engineering as a mature student. After graduating from NP, he pursued his studies at the National Institute of Education/Nanyang Technological University and is now a full-time teacher. [Berita Minggu, p3]

15-01-2018

More pursuing a career in nursing

Article featured Toh Zheng An, who switched from engineering to nursing after one semester. After completing the Diploma in Health Management and Promotion at RP, he applied for and received the Healthcare Merit Award to study nursing at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Zheng An is one of the estimated 2,000 students who took up nursing last year. This is a third more than the 1,500 who took up nursing courses in 2012. Article also featured the range of nursing scholarships available. The Ministry of Health (MOH) says the number of students taking up nursing has been rising gradually. It has been trying to raise interest in nursing as a career, given the large number of nurses Singapore will need as more healthcare facilities open. [The Straits Times, pB1-2]