Diploma in Mechatronics Engineering
Eljer Chua is a big fan of robot movies and especially loves the Terminator series. While in Woodlands Ring Secondary School, he joined the Robotics Club so that he could find out how robots are created.
After his GCE O Levels, he went straight for the course that he already knew would deliver more knowledge on everything about robots – the Diploma in Mechatronics Engineering, here in Nanyang Polytechnic.
During his three-year NYP journey, Eljer got involved in almost every robotic event that the School of Engineering organised. He was an active member of the Robotics Interest Group. He clinched a silver medal at the National Junior Robotics Competition 2016. The biggest achievement was winning a gold medal in WorldSkills Singapore 2016 in the Mechatronics category. This October, he will be in Abu Dhabi with nine other NYP WSS gold medallists to compete in the international finals.
He has been offered a scholarship by the National University of Singapore to pursue a degree in electrical engineering. He sees himself working as a design engineer who will develop solutions for industrial automation. Building his own robot will, of course, continue to be his favourite pastime.
Diploma in Medicinal Chemistry
He was once such a problematic student, he was told to buck up or get expelled. With months to his GCE N-Levels, Ray Tan Yi Rong put his mind to it and started excelling. He made it to his first choice course after his GCE O Levels – the Diploma in Medicinal Chemistry at Nanyang Polytechnic. The former Pei Hwa Secondary School student found the course unique and suited to his interest in Chemistry. He also felt it would open up options for him.
Ray led an active life in NYP. He was a student leader in several events organised by the School of Chemical & Life Sciences. He was also a member of the NYP team that clinched the top prize in the annual National Crystal Growing Competition organised by the National University of Singapore (NUS). Exposure to this competition deepened his interest in chemistry research and this was put to good use when he went for a three-month research internship with Monash University in Australia.
Ray has been offered places with the local universities and will likely pursue a degree in Science (Chemistry) at NUS. Career-wise, he aspires to join the Singapore Police Force to fulfil his desire to help the community and influence wayward youngsters – like he once was. In case you think it would be a waste of his years delving into chemistry, Ray thinks otherwise and says, "My chemistry knowledge will complement analytical and investigative skills."
Diploma in Information Technology
As a student in Ang Mo Kio Secondary School, Yeo Yi Jia Amabel became interested in software development when she took part in her secondary school's IT competition. To satisfy her curiosity, she took up free online tutorials and got hooked on tech. When the time came to decide on a polytechnic or junior college, she decided that the former would equip her with deeper IT skills and knowledge.
Her first choice was Nanyang Polytechnic as she'd gathered that the IT school was very advanced and had significant achievements in the IT field. Despite her parents' initial objections about IT being a suitable career for a female, she eventually convinced them to let her join NYP's Diploma in Information Technology. She shared that it was her best decision ever.
A recipient of the NYP-Industry Scholarship, Amabel did internship with ST Electronics, which gave her a clearer direction of her future in this industry. She was also a team member for the WorldSkills Singapore and Imagine Cup competitions.
She has three offers from the local universities and plans to pursue either a degree in computer science or information systems. She is extremely interested in open source development work.
Diploma in Animation
Rebecca Lou Le Hui was part of the pioneer batch of Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) students at Nanyang Polytechnic. When she qualified for the Programme, the former Anderson Secondary School student knew straightaway where she wanted to go because she had heard about, and thoroughly researched, the School of Interactive & Digital Media and its strengths in animation.
The avid storyteller says that it was fascinating learning new skills to tell old tales through different mediums from the school. One of her highlights in NYP was creating an interactive piece for the Journey to Infinity: MC Escher's World of Wonder exhibition at Art Science Museum. The project gave her a great sense of pride and fulfilment to see her works exhibited in public.
Rebecca interned for six months with the Walt Disney Company's Southeast Asia arm. The stint gave her experience in creating digital content for the company. One of her most exciting projects was developing live social media content with the cast from the blockbuster movie Captain America. The company was so impressed with her performance, they made her a full-time offer.
Rebecca is thinking about working for at least a year to get some experience under her belt, before taking up a degree programme that would complement her creative skills, such as entrepreneurship, business and marketing.
Diploma in Nursing
Tan Si Hui Evangeline has always lived her life with a big heart. An Open House visit to Nanyang Polytechnic's School of Nursing when she was in Secondary three opened her eyes to the possibilities of nursing as a career. And it was her first choice after her GCE O-Levels at Ang Mo Kio Secondary School.
Besides working hard on her core modules, she was an active member of her school and took part in many activities. For her holistic achievements, she was awarded the Healthcare Merit Award by the Ministry of Health Holdings (MOHH).
Evangeline also volunteers with the Singapore Association of the Deaf and Youth Corps Singapore. With the former, she helps to organise activities that integrate the hearing impaired with mainstream society, and is learning sign language to communicate better with her charges.
NYP's practical learning curriculum has taken Evangeline to various health organisations like KK Women's and Children's Hospital and Institute of Mental Health for attachment programmes. She also did a four-week clinical attachment in Krankenhaus Bad Cannstatt, an academic teaching hospital in Stuttgart, Germany.
With a MOHH scholarship, Evangeline plans to pursue a nursing degree at King's College London. In the long run, she hopes to be a clinical educator where she provides healthcare for her patients in a clinical setting while sharing her experiences with young and aspiring healthcare workers.
Diploma in Multimedia & Infocomm Technology
Fauzan B Abdul Aziz is graduating with an almost perfect GPA score. It's been a long journey for the young man whose family background meant he has had to work since he was 15 years old to support himself.
After leaving Admiralty Secondary School, he took up a higher Nitec course at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE). He did very well and was awarded the LKY-STEP Scholarship to pursue his diploma studies at Nanyang Polytechnic where he enrolled in the Diploma in Multimedia & Infocomm Technology.
Fauzan was among the top three students for his course and won the Best Mobile Application for Student Showcase organised by the School of Engineering. He was the vice president of his course club and led in organising events like the Open House. He also took part in road runs and rock climbing competitions. Despite his busy schedule, he still found time to tutor weaker students.
A six-month internship with OCBC Bank gave Fauzan the opportunity to apply the skills he learned in NYP to real projects. Fauzan is now on the Earn and Learn Programme with Accenture. Upon completion of the programme, he hopes to pursue a degree in computer science or engineering. When he has acquired enough industry experience, he would like to return to NYP as a lecturer to nurture young minds.
Diploma in Hospitality & Tourism Management
Soh Hui Ling enjoys meeting people and making others happy. This prompted her to consider a career in the tourism and hospitality industry. After her GCE O Levels at Nan Chiau High School, she took the first step by enrolling in Nanyang Polytechnic's Diploma in Hospitality & Tourism Management.
Since then she has excelled, clinching several book prizes and scholarship over the years such as the Singapore Airlines Book Prize and the Max Lewis Scholarship Award. Hui Ling joined an events company for her internship that lasted six months. Punching above pay grade as an intern, Hui Ling's resourcefulness and sense of responsibility meant she quickly became an integral member of the company, so much so they asked her to go to China to complete the Palm Expo China 2016 in Beijing .There, she was involved in on-site operations management such as exhibitor registration. She also led a part-time team to produce marketing collateral.
Hui Ling is graduating with outstanding results. She has been accepted by local universities and wants to consider a degree that will help in her aspiration to work in the hospitality and tourism sector.
Diploma in Industrial Design
Goh Han Wei has had it very tough so far. He was committed to a children's home with The Salvation Army growing up, and has had to scrimp and save for years. Despite all that, he knew what he was good at – design.
Despite pressures to quit school early to start earning a salary, he's persevered. He took up a Nitec course in Product Design at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) after leaving Yuhua Secondary School, and graduated among the top of his cohort. And he finally landed his dream course at Nanyang Polytechnic with the Diploma in Industrial Design.
At NYP, he shone, winning three major awards – the AsiaStar Award, the Singapore Packaging Star Award and a second prize in the Electrolux Sustainable Urban Living 2016 competition.
Despite having to work part-time to finance his studies and living expenses, Han Wei did not let up. His good grades put him on the Director's List for five semesters. He also attended overseas exchange programmes in China and South Korea. In 2016, he received the NTUC Income OrangeAid Award which helps youth from lower income families achieve a better future through education.
After his National Service, Han Wei plans to pursue a degree in industrial and product design at the National University of Singapore. He hopes to become a designer who brings real benefits to end users.
Diploma in Molecular Biotechnology (Biomedical Sciences)
Phua Yi Yin initially thought of joining a junior college after her GCE O Levels at Pei Hwa Secondary School. A trip to Nanyang Polytechnic for course counselling changed that.
She spoke with a lecturer and found the Diploma in Molecular Biotechnology a match for her passion for science. During her diploma course, Yi Yin was rotated to several hospital laboratories for her clinical attachment. She showed her eagerness and enthusiasm to learn and earned positive nods from her supervisors.
The NYP Scholar did her final-year project at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, Australia. For her academic excellence, she was admitted to the Director's List every semester and also received the bioMérieux Gold Medal.
With her NYP friends, Yi Yin embarked on a trip to Cambodia under the Youth Expedition Programme where she taught children basic hygiene practices and eyecare habits. This earned her a Silver Award at the annual NYP Star Awards, which recognises achievements beyond the classroom.
She plans to pursue science-related degrees with a local university or the University of Queensland. Ten years down the road, she sees herself as a science teacher either in a secondary school or back at her alma mater polytechnic.