Bryan Lee Ming Xuan
Diploma in Business Management
School of Business Management
Joining NYP’s School of Business was definitely one of the best decisions I’ve made; I learnt so much about how strategy, marketing, finance, technology and operations all come together for business success.
However, this wasn’t my choice course when I started in NYP. I was originally an Information Technology student, and made a critical decision after a year to switch to a business course. I'd wanted to better understand how a business is managed – from both the strategic and operational viewpoint.
The switch wasn’t easy. I had to restart my polytechnic education. But I could assimilate because there is also an IT and data element that we integrate strongly in Business. I learnt to use my strengths, previous knowledge, while at the same time learnt skills in new areas.
For example, for my Entrepreneurship module, I did a project to help Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) digitalise their operations. I spoke with more than 30 business owners, including hardware shops, convenience stores, bicycle shops and fruit-sellers for this project. Based on their inputs, my team came up with an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system which integrates five aspects: accounting, human resource, inventory management, point of sales and e-commerce. We even applied this prototype to my friend’s parents' bak chor mee (minced meat noodles) stall at Albert Centre Market and Food Centre. We used this software to track flour, fishballs and noodles – and it helped them to identify what ingredients were running low..
Another highlight was my internship at DB Schenker's Asia Pacific Office. I wanted to find a way to streamline operations for the company, so I came up with a knowledge transfer database – an idea inspired by the NYP Library portal. I thought of various aspects of this database, including where to house it and the security measures involved – and my IT background certainly came in handy at this point.
Beyond studies, I got the chance to take part in competitions and come up with creative solutions. For example, I took part in a virtual hackathon by True Digital Park and Bosch, and my team proposed having virtual reality headsets and low latency Bluetooth controllers for customers to try out musical instruments like drums, piano and guitars without visiting physical shops during the pandemic. We won a bronze medal for our efforts!
I plan to further my studies and have been offered by Singapore Management University and Nanyang Technological University. The National University of Singapore has also offered its double degree programme in Business Administration and Communications & New Media.
In the future, I would like to take up a Master’s degree in supply chain management. I would also love to return to NYP to be a lecturer one day. I spent a lot of time talking to my NYP lecturers after class and got to know them well. My Personal Mentor Mr Tan Teck Chuan, especially, treated us like we were his children and took great care of us.