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2017 2016


O level student wins Young Engineer Award from SP

Azhari Saputra from East View Secondary School won the Young Engineer Award awarded by SP’s School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering.

A step closer to futuristic transport

Amos Ng, Leon Kwang, Chen Xiao Wei, Thant Zaw Aung and Lew Lin from SP’s School of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, together with their lecturer Leong Ying Wei, 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.

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

SP’s Diploma in Experience and Product Design student Lin Fo Xin overcame a challenging past, including being abandoned by his biological parents and abused by his adoptive parents, before discovering his passion for art.

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

Tan Jun Xiang, an SP Diploma in Biomedical Science graduate, 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.

SP Innomall houses Singapore’s largest vending machine cluster

SP Innomall, Singapore’s first and only gallery of novel vending machines for retailers to experiment new business concepts with the youth, is located in SP and mainly managed by students from the entrepreneurship specialisation of the Diploma in Business Administration (DBA) course. Companies can tap on the students' knowledge to conduct market research and develop new marketing ideas targeting millennials.

Singapore Polytechnic students give “Hang Nadim” a new life

SP's Malay Language Society recreated the story of Hang Nadim at the SP Arts Fiesta, the Malay boy who saved Singapore from 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!

Sungei Road vendors show Singapore Poly students their sales techniques

SP’s Diploma in Business Administration students Vince Agcanas, Elizabeth Woo and Kelyn Chur organised SP's Legal Black Market event. At the event, 15 vendors from the now-defunct Sungei Road market came together to show students their sales techniques and communication skills, which cannot be replicated in lectures.

SP and NTU leads SkillsFuture series in Advanced Manufacturing

SP and NTU will be leading the 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. 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.

Difficult race for S'pore Poly's solar car

The SunSPEC team took part in the 2017 World Solar Challenge! 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. They raced against 39 other teams from around the world along a 3,000km race course from Darwin to Adelaide in Australia!

Fancy some prata-instant noodles and chikuteh?

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.

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!

Driven by hunger for knowledge

While he was busy pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering in the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), 30-year-old Abdul Haffiz Abdul Aleem still found time to complete a part-time diploma in electrical engineering at SP!

'Diabetic-friendly' noodles developed to encourage healthier eating

SP’s Food Innovation and Research Centre (FIRC) and the Health Promotion Board (HPB) collaborated on two new noodle prototypes with a lower glycemic index. The first protoype was yellow noodles made with beta-glucan – an ingredient which is 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.

Inspired by grandfather to sail the seas

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

Students reliving spirit of xinyao

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! 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. SP’s Diploma in Food Science and Technology student Joyce Seah won in the solo category through her rendition of Farewell Sleeve!

MOE honors 163 students for innovation, resilience

SP student Raynard Chai received the Lee Hsien Loong Interactive Digital Media Smart Nation Award for developing the prototype "Bus, STOP". Read to find out more about his project.

Saying it with thumbprints

A record-breaking 3m by 6m thumbprint art work was 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.

From struggling students to top NTU graduates

Hoong Seng Kang, an alumnus from SP's School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering and former ITE student, graduated with First Class Honours from NTU this year. Now, he is working at a multinational technology firm Micron Technology. Read on to find out his journey from a struggling student in primary school to one of the top NTU graduates.

Chasing dreams

Hussain Fathah, who graduated from SP’s Diploma in Civil Engineering with Business and was from the first batch of PFP students has recently received a Housing and Development Board (HDB) scholarship. Find out more here.

He's got IT made

From SP’s Diploma in Information Technology course to partner technology manager at Google Asia Pacific. Find out how Chang Xiao Ran made it there.

Youngest lab head among NHG's Young Achiever Award winners

SP’s Diploma in Biomedical Science alumna Serene Kho was among the ten NHG Young Achiever Award winners. Two years ago, she became the youngest head of laboratory at National Healthcare Group Diagnostics (NHGD) at the age of 30. She oversees a team of 25, all older than her. Click to find out more about her achievements.

Parents support enabled his success

Muhammad Khairul Anwar Jamil recently graduated with first class honours at NUS and shared why he decided to enter SP after taking his A levels and completing National Service. Find out more about how he has achieved academic success here.

Female seafarer works non-stop for six months

SP’s Diploma in Marine Engineering alumna Tan Hui Xian is now working as the 4th engineer at home-grown shipping line Pacific International Lines. She finds herself as the only female seafarer on most ships. Despite the long hours and setbacks, Hui Xian shared that her job is a ‘childhood dream come true’. Find out more here.

Opening a new path for students

SP's Diploma in Civil Engineering with Business student Royston Koh shared how the EAE(I) gave him an alternative pathway to enter SP and pursue the course that he is passionate about despite his average grades.

Poly students with a passion

SP’s Diploma in Music & Audio Technology student Axel Teoh shared how the Early Admissions Exercise (EAE) afforded him a pathway for him to pursue his passion in music.

Early Admissions Exercise

SP’s Diploma in Music & Audio Technology student Axel Teoh shared about his motivations behind enrolling into SP via the Early Admissions Exercise (EAE) to pursue his passion in music.

From street fighter to top S'pore Poly graduate

Diploma in Integrated Events and Project Management graduate Muhammad Alfiz Kambali went from teenage delinquent to top student at SP, with the help of his lecturers and friends. Find out here.

Individuals should take charge of own learning journey: Iswaran

Sheikh Harun Mohammad Rafik, made a mid-career switch and sought relevant upgrading through SP PACE Academy’s Diploma (Conversion) in Shipping and Marine Offshore. Find out how life-long learning is making a difference for individuals like Sheikh.

Top poly graduates choose work over university

Find out why the top SP graduates - Low Guan Onn Award Winner and Diploma in Media and Communication (DMC) Gold Medallist Chong Han Lyn, Tan Kay Yong Gold Medallist and Diploma in Creative Writing for TV and New Media Esther Tan, and Batey Scholar Award and DMC graduate Tracy Ong - chose to work instead of pursuing a degree.

Furthering his studies despite owning a company

Despite having a Degree and owning his own construction company, Md Shariful Islam still enrolled in SP’s Diploma in Civil Engineering with Business three years ago. Find out how SP helped Shariful take his business to another level.

Naughty student becomes top graduate

From delinquent to one of the top graduates from the Class of 2017. Read how SP's Diploma in Integrated Events and Project Management nurtured Muhammad Alfiz Kambali's passion.

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 (Tourism Management) and was offered the Diploma in Business Information Technology. 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.

Dyslexia did not set him back

Despite battling with Dyslexia at a young age, Mohamad Arif Mohamad Azmi managed to excel in the Diploma in Landscape Architecture course. Today, he is graduating with a GPA of 3.918 and is currently working at Scenic Landscape Pte Ltd as a landscaping executive!

Female student majors in Engineering despite objections from family

Despite objections from her family, Diploma in Energy Systems and Management graduate Joanna Lum decided to pursue her passion in Engineering. Her hard work over the last three years has paid off as she will be graduating as the top student of her diploma. Read how she found success with Singapore's first School of Engineering.

Fast-track for SP accountancy students

Read how SP's Diploma in Accountancy students Jamie Lee and Nur Ariyanni Binte Hamidon are on the fast track to becoming Chartered Accountants in Singapore.

Students' kit can detect Zika and dengue faster

Three students from SP’s Diploma in Biomedical Science (DBS) – Serena Song, Lau Xue Ru and Rachel Chua – devised a kit that detects and distinguishes between the Zika and dengue virus. The team won the Polytechnic Student Research Programme (PSRP) Award.

Enhanced internships for Singapore Poly students

SP signed a Memorandum of Understanding with six social and community service agencies to roll out enhanced internship programmes for the Diploma in Applied Drama with Psychology (DADP) students. Final year DADP student Bryan Tan was among a group of students who benefited from the pilot 18-week enhanced internship last year. Read to find out more.

From bad boy to model student at Singapore Polytechnic

SP’s Diploma in Chemical Engineering final-year student Liew Zheng Jie was caned for playing truant at age 11 and his bad behaviour continued when he was in Unity Secondary School until he was appointed the class rep in Secondary 4. The responsibility made him a better student and now Zhengjie is our SP Model Student.

Where there’s a wheel, there’s a way

SP’s Diploma in Business Information Technology student Mohamed Najulah, who joined the poly as part of its pioneer Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP), was born with brittle bone disease and has been using a wheelchair for his safety. With his experience, he developed an app to detect wheelchair-friendly paths. Get inspired by SP Model Student Najulah!

Beyond just an act of social service

SP's Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology alumna and social worker, Noor Izzaty Ishak, is putting the skills and knowledge she picked up in the course to good use. Find out how she uses applied drama to reach out to marginalised communities.

Polys, unis to run more modular courses

Starting a family did not stop SP's Diploma in Mechanical Engineering graduate Mohamed Johannes Wahid from continuing his passion in learning. With the help of SP's Professional & Adult Continuing Education Academy, Johannes took up a modular course in Maritime and Offshore Operations. Find out how modular courses are helping working adults like Johannes.

Her artistic talents get recognised

Since the age of two, SP’s Visual Communication and Media Design (DVMD) student, Norazizah Hood, had loved art. She went on to study visual communication at the Institute of Technical Education and graduated with a perfect GPA. Today, she is an SP scholar and is pursuing her passion!

He finds path in life after father's death

Despite dropping out of junior college after repeating his first year and losing his father to cancer, Daryl Lim never gave up. The Diploma in Nutrition, Health and Wellness student found the motivation to do well and clinched the SP Scholarship along the way.

He gets scholarship from poly that once kicked him out

Diploma in Maritime Business student Quek Jun Hui was kicked out by Singapore Polytechnic years ago for skipping lessons and his Year 1 exams. Grabbing on to his second shot at a poly education, Jun Hui became focused and worked hard, bagging an SP Scholarship for his efforts.

Singapore Poly students' smart alarm keeps bikes safe

Losing two bikes to thieves spurred Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering student Bernard Soh to co-develop a Smart Bike Alarm. With GPS tracking and SMS alerts, bike thefts could be a problem of the past.

Growing real solutions to real-world problems

SP Engineering students have come up with real solutions to real-world problems. Read how an Urban Farming Kit and Smart Bike Alarm is changing the world!

Boy wonder grows up

Find out why the world's youngest programmer is taking the Diploma in Information Technology course at SP.

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

Read about the latest Newtrition Lab at SP! The lab, which is a collaboration with chemicals giant BASF provides opportunities for Diploma in Food Science & Technology and Diploma in Nutrition, Health and Wellness students to develop functional food.