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Whether it's Academic Pursuits or Career Aspirations, SP has equipped them to follow their dreams.

Mohamed Najulah
Institutional Medallist
Diploma in Business Information Technology (2017)

Who Am I
I was born with brittle bone disease. A trip or fall could be dangerous for me and I use a wheelchair for my safety. By the time I was in Secondary Four, I already underwent multiple operations to strengthen my bones or to fix my injuries.

Despite these challenges, I wanted to contribute to the community as much as an able-bodied person could.  Even though I had no prior knowledge about programming, I wanted to explore how Information Technology (IT) could be used to help others. Thus, I enrolled into SP’s Diploma in Business Information Technology course as part of the pioneer cohort of the Polytechnic Foundation Programme.

What Have I Achieved
During my time in SP, I took part in IT competitions such as the Data-Driven Innovation Challenge organised by the Info-communications Media Development Authority and the Transport & Youth Hackathon organised by the Land Transport Authority.

Along with my classmates, we developed an application called “Happy Wheel” that leveraged on publicly available data sets to suggest wheelchair-friendly paths to various locations. Our efforts were rewarded with the People's Choice Award at the Transport & Youth Hackathon and commended by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his Facebook post.

I was also awarded the Microsoft Youthspark Scholarship which supported promising youths with disabilities in IT-related fields and was given the opportunity to represent SP at the WorldSkills Singapore 2016 competition.

My Next Step
I will be pursuing a Degree in Information Systems at the Singapore Management University.

Chua Chor Teck Gold Medal
IMDA Gold Medal

Chong Han Lyn
Institutional Medallist
Diploma in Media and Communication (2017)

Who Am I
Enrolling in SP’s Diploma in Media and Communication course was never part of my plan. Initially, I took up a diploma course in the field of life sciences at another polytechnic. Months into the diploma, I realised that a career in science was not for me. I decided to then pursue my interest in Communication.

I visited SP during the Open House and was impressed by the facilities, as well as the warm lecturers and seniors from the School of Communication, Arts and Social Sciences. Spurred on by the idea of expressing my ideas through an integrated approach, I decided to pursue the Diploma in Media and Communication.

What Have I Achieved
My time in SP saw me working on several memorable projects including “Chance”, a short film for the Temasek 20/20 Short Film Project, as well as a one-month social media campaign in partnership with Migrant Workers’ Centre. The campaign video to raise awareness of migrant workers went viral and was picked up by local and online media outlets.

I also had the chance to intern at one of the leading media agencies, Starcom, where I developed consumer insights and recommend media strategies to clients. My abilities were recognised by the company and I was offered a full-time position even before completing my internship.

My Next Step
I accepted Starcom’s offer for the role of media executive and hopes to build a successful brand persona for myself. I also aspire to create a well-known platform to share my thoughts and ideas for the greater good.

Low Guan Onn Gold Medal
Asia Fund Space Gold Medal

Kwek Ai Ling
Institutional Medallist
Diploma in Experience and Product Design (2016)

Who Am I
Before SP, I was a part-time student at NAFA, studying Fashion Jewellery Design. Before
that I was in JC, where I had scored mediocre results.

When I attended the SP Open House, the product displays for the Diploma in Experience and Product Design (DXPD) course were so beautiful, and the aspect of user experience so well- thought-out, that I decided to join SP, with the support of my family and friends. (I’ve made it on the Director’s Honours List three years in a row!)

What Have I Achieved
During my second year, my class had to design a two-seater bench. My classmates and I would spend hours making benches in a studio; the ‘hardworking’ atmosphere of constant sawing and knocking, and the camaraderie shared is a priceless memory to me! I also enjoyed my internship at local design studio, Hans Tan Studio, and had the chance to act as the Organising Chairman for the DXPD section of the SP Design School Graduation Showcase, an exhibition of final-year design projects.

Eventually, I even gained the confidence to enter competitions on top of my schoolwork. I really enjoyed the Singaplural 48 Hours Challenge during the Singapore Design Week, where my teammates and I designed a makeover for a showroom owned by Castilla, an Italian furniture retailer.

My Next Step
I was awarded the NUS Global Merit Scholarship and am pursuing my dream course in industrial design at the National University of Singapore.

Toh Chin Chye Gold Medal
DBS Bank Gold Medal
Norton Prize

Pavan Singh Gill
Institutional Medallist
Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (2016)

Who Am I
In secondary school, I struggled because of my dyslexia. I became unmotivated. However, dyslexia became a gift in SP. Dyslexics tend to think in pictures, so this visual thinking helped me in my 3D modelling classes! Being in SP, and learning from friends and incredible lecturers, has changed me, my self- confidence and my self-belief completely.

What Have I Achieved
Friendly faces convinced me to join SP, when I interacted with SP students during the Open House and was impressed by their passion. I’ve also learnt much beyond the classroom. In the SP Students’ Union, I was a Corporate Coordinator, interacting with real-life entrepreneurs, business owners and sponsors. I became the President of the Student Entrepreneurship club. I’ve chaired a committee for the Youth Model ASEAN conference, a regional gathering of youths from all 10 ASEAN states! These experiences will definitely aid my future dream to be a technopreneur.

My Next Step
I have secured a place with the National University of Singapore (NUS) under the NUS Merit Scholarship to pursue Electrical Engineering.

Lee Kuan Yew Award
SMRT Gold Medal
OCBC Prize
The Institution of Engineers Gold Medal Award

Amanda Chia Siew Hui
Institutional Medallist
Diploma in Nutrition, Health and Wellness (2015)

Who Am I
I believe in making changes for the better. In SP, I founded the SP Sign Language Club, and though it took many sleepless nights of work, today more than 100 members are learning to communicate with the physically handicapped using sign language. I’ve also faced personal challenges to change my own life. In secondary school, I was overweight, but I took up sports, abstained from junk food, and started building a healthier life!

What Have I Achieved
My passion for fitness and health helped me to excel in my studies and receive the Temasek Education Foundation Sunburst Scholarship. I also took part in health screening and mapping exercises for the elderly, as well as blood donation drives. Besides my knowledge in nutrition, health, and sign language, I picked up other skills as well during my internship with an organic food company, where I learnt to market health food products and even conduct baking classes!

My Next Step
I’ve been accepted to study in the National University of Singapore's Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.

Singapore Food Manufacturers' Association Gold Medal
Temasek Education Foundation Sunburst Scholarship
Toh Chin Chye Gold Medal

Eileen Kong Ee Lin
Course Medallist
Diploma in Accountancy (2015)

Who Am I
I used to have lower self-confidence than many people, but my lecturers in SP motivated me to rise to the occasion and step out of my comfort zone. I came into SP with rather average grades, so I never expected to look back three years later to see that I’d improved so much!

What Have I Achieved
I completed my internship at KPMG LLP, one of the Big Four accounting firms in Singapore. I was also the President of the SP Business School Kindness Movement, and took part regularly in blood donation drives and entertaining senior citizens on trips to museums and the Botanic Gardens.

My Next Step
I’ve been offered places in Nanyang Technological University and the National University of Singapore to study business administration.

ACCA Prize
Far East Organisation Scholarship
LEAD Scholarship
Model Student Award

Lin Tong Shen
Course Medallist
Diploma in Clean Energy (2015)

Who Am I
I find the idea of buildings things fun, and when I was younger I also discovered how inspiring the field of renewable energy was. Studying clean energy in SP prepared me for my future goal of being a professional engineer in the energy industry.

What Have I Achieved
I got the chance to create a solar cell from a silicon wafer during class. I’ve also broadened my knowledge on two industrial attachment programmes, the first at an energy company in China, and the second at A*STAR, where I was attached to an IT project and picked up skills such as basic computer and app programming.

My Next Step
I’ve been offered a place in Nanyang Technological University to study electrical and electronic engineering. I’ve also been offered the Energy Market Authority Undergraduate Scholarship.

A*STAR Science Award
Singapore Power Prize


Esther Tan
Assistant Director, Big 3 Media
Diploma in Creative Writing for TV and New Media (2017)

Seeing her dreams in motion

You might have laughed at the funny moments in SP’s own web series, The Leon Theory, without realising the hard work put in by Esther Tan behind the scenes.

As part of her 22-week internship with Big 3 Media, Esther was entrusted with the role of the 1st Assistant Director – a role that no intern had previously been given – and assisted with the filming of the web series. Esther’s passion and good work ethics impressed her supervisors so much that they offered her a full-time position which she gladly accepted.

With a meaningful and enriching polytechnic education behind her, Esther, who is also an Institutional Medallist, hopes to accumulate hands-on experience and learn more about the media industry before pursuing further studies.

Crystal Wong
User Interface Artist, Bandai Namco
Diploma in Digital Animation (2016)

Earning her stripes at Bandai Namco

Playing games for work would be the dream for many. For Crystal Wong, life as an artist at Bandai Namco sees her playing games at work as she has to design and implement user interfaces such as menus and displays in a game.

Crystal’s career started when she was an intern at Bandai Namco. Crystal impressed her bosses with her impressive work on the game “Pokken Tournament” and they offered her a job after her internship ended.  

Crystal attributes her successful career to her meaningful time in SP. Her lecturers equipped her with the knowledge and understanding of digital animation and the latest technologies in the market, which gave her an edge over her peers.

Fenny Aw
Assistant Operations Manager, Kingsmen
Diploma in Integrated Events and Project Management (2015)

Bringing events to life

The 2015 Southeast Asian Games and the Louis Vuitton Kim Jones pop-up store in Bangkok are some of the memorable events that Fenny has worked on during her two years with Kingsmen, a leading communication design and production group.

Liaising with designers and suppliers, managing of profit and loss, responding to clients, and overseeing the set-up of events are some of the daily excitement in Fenny’s job. 

However, Fenny almost did not think that she was suitable for the events industry. Back in SP, she disliked and almost failed a module due to her weakness in Math. But, with the encouragement of her lecturer, Mr Fan Ay Deng (in picture), Fenny managed to pull through that module and graduate. Fenny also acknowledges that experienced lecturers such as Ay Deng, who came from the industry, prepared her well for work after graduation.


Vicki Lau
Vicki mainly works as a visual effects compositor, but lately, she's been venturing into Virtual Reality
Diploma in Digital Media (2011)

Handprints on Hollywood

You've probably watched Vicki Lau's work many times in the past few years without realising it. This is because her visual effects magic can be found in top movies and TV series across a wide spectrum of genres. The Walking Dead, Grey's Anatomy, Parks & Recreation, Independence Day 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy are just some of the hits she's worked on.

This Diploma in Digital Media graduate left SP in 2011 as an Institutional Medallist, and in the past five years since, has been furthering her studies and working as a freelancer in California, USA.

In May 2016, Vicki had the chance to share her knowledge at the TEDxNapaValley conference.

Shun Ng
Professional Musician
Diploma in Music and Audio Technology (2010)

Taking The World By Storm

Shun Ng worked very hard and cherished every opportunity given to him. After SP, he realised his dream and went on to enrol at Berklee College of Music. Shun said, “When I first graduated from SP, I told myself to dream big. I advise all SP graduates to not be afraid to take the world by storm. Be creative and daring. You are equipped with the right skills, use them and be the best that you can be.”

His time at SP prepared him with the knowledge and understanding of music recording and music synthesis, which gave him an edge over his peers at Berklee. His practical abilities in music and audio technology also gave him an advantage over other students who came from a more theoretical music background.

In June 2016, Shun Ng was presented with the prestigious Songmasters' 2016 Holly Prize at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

Shirdeen Chow Xue Tian
Fleet Management Executive, SIA Engineering Company Ltd (SIAEC)
Diploma in Aerospace Electronics (2006)

Career Took Flight

“I count my blessings every day. I have been given an opportunity to do what I want as well as learn and improve in the process. What more can I ask for?”

Graduating from the pioneer batch of SP’s Diploma in Aerospace Electronics, Shirdeen certainly felt prestige, honour and great responsibility.

Upon her graduation from SP, she was invited by the SIA Engineering Company (SIAEC) to join the apprenticeship scheme as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer. She became a full-fledged licensed Aircraft Engineer in 2008. She then pursued a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at Coventry University and graduated with flying colours in March 2013. She was later promoted to Planning Executive from her role as a Licensed Engineer.

Justin Tan, 25
Co-founder and Creative Director of Design and Innovation Agency APT811
Diploma in Creative Media Design (2009)

"Design is not just about creating perceived value or beautifying things. There is more to it. To truly
understand how different cultures can come together using design, or to improve processes or things around me, I needed to experience it first-hand. I had to go out there and see how things were done."

This thirst for knowledge has pushed him to take extraordinary steps during his time in school. Today, he co-owns his own Design and Innovation Agency APT811 and even makes the time to mentor his juniors from SP.

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Fauziah Ally
Research Officer at the Institute of
Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB)
Diploma in Biomedical Science

Aiming for her PhD

Fauziah Ally took the brave step of entering the Diploma in Biomedical Science (DBS) despite not having studied biology in secondary school. She worked extra hard to understand her lessons in SP, and eventually went on to read biology in Nanyang Technological University, graduating with a first class honours degree. Today, she is a research officer at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB), an institute under the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A * STAR). She aims to study for her PhD in future.

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Dr Alex Chua Koon Ting
Diploma in Biomedical Science (2007)

First Poly Grad to be a dentist

"Becoming a dentist is a way of remembering my father," Dr Alex Chua told the Straits Times six years ago when he became the first ever poly graduate to earn a place in NUS Dentistry. His father died when he was just 12, and it was his toothless grin that inspired Alex towards his dream.

Since then, he has graduated and is now a fully-fledged dentist, the first polytechnic graduate in Singapore to do so.

The top performer at Swiss Cottage Secondary School for both his 'N' and 'O' Levels picked SP's Diploma in Biomedical Science (DBS) as his first and only choice during his Joint Admission Exercise (JAE). In SP, he made use of the school's flexible timetable for lessons, juggling several jobs while studying to fund his schooling expenses while supporting his family. Not only did he manage to excel despite his many commitments (such as giving tuition, working in fast-food outlets and being a security guard); he also found time to volunteer at orphanages and old folks' homes, and obtained the National Youth Achievement Awards (NYAA) Gold Award.

To his juniors in SP, the young dentist has this to say: “Put aside all eyes of judgement; focus on your dreams and work hard towards it!"

Ng Tian Hwee (2008)
Reuben Shuan Raman (2010)
Mandric Tan (2009)
(Not in photo)
Founders of SoundFarm
Diploma in Music & Audio Technology


Two careers tend to worry parents of enthusiastic children more than anything else: music and entrepreneurship. Yet these three DMAT graduates have done both and come out smelling like roses. SoundFarm is a music production company set up by them in 2009 to provide music recording and audio solutions for live performances and concerts. So far, the business has already worked with more than 100 clients (more than 25 projects a year) ranging from children’s e-book makers to pop music and even church music productions!

Currently, Mandric and Reuben are furthering their education in Berklee College of Music and New York University respectively, with Mandric’s studies being financed by the Berklee Achievement Scholarship and the MES scholarship from the Media Development Authority of Singapore.

Photo source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

Patrick Siah
Owner of W5A
Diploma in Architecture
  "I feel my dyslexia was actually an advantage in SP. It’s said that many dyslexics have a strong ability to visualise things in 3D, and I know that personally, I was able to learn very quickly in classes involving 3D elements."

He’s well-built, trained to design buildings well, and has a winning smile that’ll melt any client he meets. Diploma in Architecture graduate Patrick Siah seems to have it all. He’s even recently started his own interior business, W5A, named after the architecture block in SP where he spent three memorable years. Make no mistake though. What Patrick has gained, he has earned.

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Note: Info is correct at time of article’s release.

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