Singapore, 27 September 2014 - Singapore Polytechnic (SP) will be paying tribute to 41 graduates and two registered societies for their outstanding contributions towards the institution at the Grand Alumni Homecoming Dinner today. This is the first time that more than 700 alumni, including current and past SP staff, are coming together to celebrate the 60th birthday of Singapore’s first polytechnic.
For the alumni, this will be a meaningful reunion since their graduation in the past decades, and they will be celebrating the achievements of their fellow graduates who are receiving the polytechnic’s first Alumni Service to SP Award. These recipients are recognized for their relentless time and effort to help nurture the building blocks of society. These include tapping on professional connections to secure prestigious internship opportunities for SP students, mentoring SP students and graduates in their relevant fields or contributing resources to support SP projects or initiatives. All their contributions have paved the path for the next generation of SP graduates and given them the opportunity to excel.
The awards and dinner underscore the long tradition of SP in generating a pool of accomplished alumni who are architects, industry captains, scientists, creative talents and entrepreneurs who have made a difference to Singapore’s socio-economic development in one way or another.
One such award recipient and accomplished scientist is Dr Johnathan Loh, who graduated in 1997 with a Diploma in Biotechnology. He is currently a renowned researcher at A*STAR’s Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology and played a role in discovering the world’s first method in growing stem cells from a drop of blood.
Dr Loh has always been grateful to SP for nurturing his passion in science and for equipping him with the basic knowledge and skills needed to be a researcher. To ensure that future generations will have the opportunity to excel further, he secured internship placements for SP students with Harvard Medical School, Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr Loh shared, “I hope that many of these students who benefitted from their internship will eventually take up a career in research and turn Singapore into a knowledge powerhouse.”
Another alumnus who has contributed to SP and the community is Mr Alex Lo, who graduated with a Technician Diploma in Electronic & Communication Engineering in 1983. SP taught him life and technical skills that he put into good practice.
After overcoming many challenges in his early career, Mr Lo is now the founder of TechSource Pte Ltd, a company that provides quality technology solutions to empower the engineering and research community. His current clients include many research and development institutes as well as multinational companies operating in this region.
Mr Lo is an avid supporter and contributor to SP’s Engineering initiatives. He regularly shares his life and work experiences with current Engineering students and has recently donated to the students’ efforts in the World Solar Challenge 2013 in Australia.
“SP helped me to be successful in life and in my career. That is why I want to do my part to impact the younger generation, and spark off their passion in engineering.” said Mr Lo.
Among the younger generation of award recipients is Mr Justin Tan, who graduated in 2009 with a Diploma in Creative Media Design. Just 25 years old, Mr Tan has already won multiple international industry awards such as the Crowbar and YoungGuns Student Awards. He was also offered a DesignSingapore Overseas scholarship in 2011 as testament to his talent and passion for design.
As testament to his talent and drive, Mr Tan is has already set up two design consultancies, APT811 and The Something Something Company. He has never forgotten his roots though, and regularly conducts workshops and mentors current SP Design students despite his busy schedule.
Sharing his thoughts, Mr Tan said, “I have always been a strong believer in sharing my knowledge with my juniors, letting them both learn and improve my methods. It is a symbiotic relationship as I get to learn from them too.”
Affirming the contributions by the alumni, SP Principal & Chief Executive Officer, Mr Tan Choon Shian said, “The award recipients exemplify the traits that Singapore Polytechnic seeks to imbue all students with, such as becoming an inspired learner who serves the nation with mastery while spending time and effort to care for the community. I hope all SP alumni will continue their good efforts to bring the institution to newer heights.”
For a list of all award recipients, please visit: http://www.sp.edu.sg/publications/alumniservicetoSP.pdf
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From left to right: Dr Johnathan Loh , Mr Alex Lo and Mr Justin Tan, with their Alumni Service to SP Award.
Group shot of Alumni Service to SP Award recipients with former SP principals, Dr Khoo Kay Chai and Mr Low Wong Fook (seated, 8th and 10th from left respectively) and current SP Principal & Chief Executive Officer Mr Tan Choon Shian (seated, 9th from left).
More than seven hundred alumni, including current and past SP staff, came together for the first time to celebrate the 60th birthday of Singapore’s first polytechnic.
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Established in 1954, Singapore Polytechnic (SP) is Singapore’s first polytechnic. It has 10 schools that offer 49 full-time diploma courses for close to 16,000 students. SP adopts a proven creative teaching and learning framework and offers students a holistic, authentic and industry-relevant curriculum, innovative and vibrant learning spaces, and enriching overseas programmes.
The Polytechnic is committed to producing competent and versatile graduates (who are also imbued with sound values, so that they can be work ready, life ready and world-ready. SP has more than 178,000 graduates and among them are successful entrepreneurs, top executives in multi-national and public-listed corporations, and well-known professionals across various industries and leaders in government.
SP is the first polytechnic to be awarded the President’s Award for the Environment in 2010 and the President's Social Service Award in 2011.
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