DAC Alumni Awarded the NTU Koh Boon Hwee Scholars Award
SP Accountancy is proud to share that our alumni, Joel Lee Jun Zhi, graduate of Singapore Polytechnic’s Diploma of Accountancy (DAC), has been presented with the prestigious Koh Boon Hwee Scholars Award. Joel, who graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy (First Class Honours) with a Second Specialisation in Business Law, honoured Ms Tan Yen Yen from Singapore Polytechnic DAC who had inspired him and contributed to his education.
The Koh Boon Hwee Scholars Award is a prestigious award by Nanyang Technological University (NTU). As described in NTU’s publication, “This award gives recognition to the influence of inspirational teaching, and the enduring bonds that are forged between teachers and students. It aims to establish long-lasting and fulfilling relationships between the University, the students and their teachers. Top NTU students who win this award have achieved excellent academic performance, displayed strong leadership ability, demonstrated potential for contributing to society, displayed exemplary conduct and been held as role models for their peers.”
Winners of the award give recognition to an NTU faculty member and a teacher from their former junior colleges, polytechnics, or equivalent institutions, who have inspired them and contributed significantly to their education.
In an interview with Joel, he shared about how Ms Tan Yen Yen had inspired him. “Ms Tan was my lecturer for the Diploma Plus in Applied Psychology course. In the classroom, Ms Tan encouraged learning beyond the stipulated syllabus, and always related her lessons to how the practice of applied psychology can help in pragmatic business contexts. However, Ms Tan is more than a teacher - she was a personal mentor. Outside class, Ms Tan was quick in giving me encouragement when I mentioned about my interest in business cases. As a mentor, she mentored me during my first international case competition where I competed in a team in the global finals. This inspired me to contribute to the business case community in Singapore while I was at NTU. For her dedication towards me and many students alike, Ms Tan is truly deserving.”
As the honoured teacher recognized by Joel, Ms Tan Yen Yen will have a $5,000 cash grant established in her name. The grant was given to Chan Jiong Rui, a freshman NTU student and SP Business School Alumni. Through this, a virtuous cycle in education is created as another promising student gets the opportunity to excel in NTU, following in the footsteps of his or her senior through Ms Tan, the teacher as the common link.
Congratulations to Joel on his achievement in NTU! We wish you all the best in your future endeavours!
Written by : Ms Rachel Yip DAC/FT/2A/11, Year 2017/18