After graduating from Singapore Polytechnic with a Diploma in Electronic, Computer & Communication Engineering (DECC) in 1995, Raymond joined the Singapore Police Force while he furthering his education at the SIM Open University Centre (now known as SIM University). He obtained a BSc in Mathematics with a Certificate of Commendation and went on to Australia as an international student in January 2001. After completing a Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) in Applied Maths and a Master of Information Technology in 2002 at the University of South Australia (UniSA), he was offered PhD scholarships at both UniSA and Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
With a 2009 Fulbright Professional Australia-U.S. Alliance Studies Scholarship, he spent three months at Rutgers University’s School of Criminal Justice and the Palo Alto Research Centre to undertake a project looking at the future cybercrime threat environment.
Raymond currently works for the Australian Government’s Australian Institute of Criminology. He is also a visiting fellow at Australian National University’s Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security, and a member of the Australian Computer Society’s ACT Branch Executive Committee Board.
Raymond remembers the support of lecturers, staff and fellow students of SP. The encouragement, motivation and support by passionate lecturers and my peers helped me to stay on track throughout my studies”, he said. The problem-solving and analytical skills learnt during SP education are invaluable. He added, “The long-lasting friendships established during my SP days are certainly the best memories of my time spent in the polytechnic.”
Raymond has this advice for fresh poly graduates, “Never give up, even in the face of adversity! Although I have taken a ‘detour’ in life (to get to where I am today), I have never regretted the choices I had made”, he said.
As an SP alumnus, he has proposed organising events such as an annual or biennial Alumni Conferences to bring together local and international students and alumni to share knowledge and experiences. He suggested that awards such as Outstanding Student/Alumni of the Year could be presented at such a gathering.
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