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Singapore Polytechnic

Diploma in Chemical Engineering (DCHE) graduate, Winna Santi (Class of 2012) shares how she carried on her Singapore Polytechnic (SP) final year project well beyond Singapore!

Winna is now pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). She had the following to say about her experience:

"My final year project at SP was one of the most exciting projects. I am glad that I was able to continue with the project even after graduation. The continuation of the project enabled me to work with team mates from Duy Tan University (DTU) located in Da Nang, Vietnam and also gave me the opportunity to participate in CDIO Academy held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, USA in June 2013.

The trip to Vietnam was wonderful and the Vietnamese are extremely friendly! It is very well known for its coffee and food is absolutely delicious!

I am glad that I was able to share my work with my team mates in DTU and together we perfected the prototype my project team conceptualized while in SP.

The highlight was without doubt the 5 days CDIO Academy in Boston. The experience allowed me to interact with people from various institutions and cultural backgrounds.

Though we spent most of our time working on the project and rarely had the time to tour around Vietnam and Boston but our hard work paid off, our project came in second place!

After the conference, we spent some time enjoying ourselves in US where we travelled to Atlantic City and New York City.

Winna with her team mates posing in front of the John Harvard statue

I must say that DCHE had prepared me well during my three year study in SP, especially with its CDIO-enabled curriculum; not only in terms of the technical know-how, but more importantly in equipping me with various life skills that had proven so beneficial to me as I embarked on the next phase of my learning journey."

Winna (centre) and her DTU team mates displaying their final prototype – solar-powered alphabet blocks that helps children in rural areas study at night

Winna posing with Prof Edward Crawley, founder of the CDIO Initiative, at the prize presentation ceremony in Harvard University