DISTINGUISHED Award Winners
Benedict Tan Han Jin
Diploma in Aerospace Systems & Management
Thales Gold Medal
Benedict Tan is a role model student. He consistently scored distinctions through his three years and, today, will graduate with a GPA of 3.95. The Diploma in Aerospace Systems & Management student is also the Thales Gold Award winner for 2018.
But it was not all about academics.
Benedict is also the outgoing president of The Communicators – Nanyang Polytechnic’s CCA which organises outreach programmes to secondary schools, and communicates NYP’s value proposition through its social media channels. He played an active part in the formation of this new CCA, and displayed exemplary leadership gelling the team together, and was a frequent ambassador at secondary schools.
All this while taking on part-time jobs throughout his polytechnic education to help his family’s finances.
He was selected for an internship with ST Aerospace, where he impressed his supervisors with his abilities and character. For six months, Benedict was part of the avionics product development team that focuses on software programming and design, and hardware testing. There, he also took the opportunity to learn as much as he could about the ins and outs of the aviation industry.
Benedict has been offered places at the National University of Singapore, as well as the Nanyang Technological University, to pursue a degree in Electrical Engineering. He aspires to work in the aerospace industry as an electrical engineer.
Tay Chay Yong
Diploma in Mechatronics Engineering
Lee Kuan Yew Award
Festo Bronze Medal
Tay Chay Yong is a regular with the Singapore Navy. When the Navy gave him an opportunity to further his studies at NYP, he went for it – even though it has been two decades since he did his ‘O’ Levels.
Despite the initial headwinds and doubts, Chay Yong studied hard to brush up on his maths and physics – so much so that, eventually, he was asked in turn to tutor his fellow course mates. He graduates with a perfect 4.0 GPA, and was on the Director’s List for three years consecutively.
It was not all work and no play for Chay Yong. Well-respected by the students in the School of Engineering, he found himself leading a team of four students and clinched the Gold Medal at the International Robot Contest 2017 in South Korea.
He demonstrated outstanding leadership, encouraging the team when they experienced the bitterness of their first defeat. They eventually clinched victory through a clever strategy to drain the batteries of their more-fancied opponents’ robots.
He credits his family and wife’s unrelenting support for his success. As a bonus, the couple welcomed their second child – a boy – during Chay Yong’s second year at NYP.
Diploma in Cyber Security & Forensics
Lee Kuan Yew Award
CSIT Gold Medal
CSIT Award for Outstanding Project Work
With an impressive ‘O’ Levels aggregate score of five points, Li Kangli had many options. But having seen how both his elder brothers excelled at Nanyang Polytechnic, he followed suit by pursuing the Diploma in Cyber Security & Forensics.
Since then, Kangli has not only achieved excellent grades, he’s also made his mark on several regional and international competitions.
At the regional Cisco Netriders Competition 2017, Kangli emerged champion after clearing two gruelling rounds. The competition won him an eye-opening trip to San Francisco in the United States, where he got the opportunity to visit the Cisco data centre, as well as Stanford University.
Just a few weeks later, Kangli took on the challenge of competing at the WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 Competition. There, he was up against top-notch competitors from 29 countries in the IT Network Systems Administration arena. He eventually emerged with one of Singapore’s three Bronze Medals.
Kangli today has chalked up numerous certifications – Cisco Certified Network Associate Routing & Switching, Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate in Windows Server 2012 and Red Hat Certified Systems Administrator – to improve his capabilities and skills as an IT practitioner.
Kangli has been offered places at the National University of Singapore and the Nanyang Technological University to pursue a degree in Computer Science.
Muhammad Khairil bin Abdul Malik
Diploma in Motion Graphics & Broadcast Design
Lee Hsien Loong Award
Mediacorp Gold Medal
Khairil Malik’s interest in motion graphics led him to enrol at NYP – his first choice – after his ‘O’ Levels.
During his three years, Khairil blossomed under the tutelage and encouragement of lecturers from the Diploma in Motion Graphics & Broadcast Design. He transformed from a shy teen into an award-winning star: Not only did he make the Director’s List for all his three years at NYP, he also earned the prestigious Yellow Pencil from the London-based D&AD foundation, and an honourable mention at the Adobe Design Achievement Awards – a global competition for student designers.
Khairil led a student team in creating motion graphics for Singapore’s National Day Parade 2017, and another team in producing a Virtual Reality experience for Rolls-Royce customers in the region. He was also able to take advantage of opportunities like a Paris-based internship with Parallel Studio, where he worked on the accounts of fashion houses like Dior and Chloé, and Parisian cosmetics brand Huygens.
Most recently, he headed another student team in developing and curating the experience for the school’s 2018 graduation showcase at the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
His dream is to create works that inspire. Khairil is the School of Interactive & Digital Media’s top graduating student.
Theng Wei Gin
Diploma in Nursing
Tay Eng Soon Health Sciences Award
Singapore Nurses Association Silver Medal
With Theng Wei Gin’s excellent scores at the ‘O’ Levels, she could have gone anywhere she wanted – and she made a beeline for NYP’s nursing course.
Her career choice was inspired by her mother’s poor health, which necessitates constant care. She reveals that she was impressed with NYP’s nursing training facilities when she visited during Open House, and felt that she could thrive here.
And thrive she did. She was on the Director’s List during her entire time in NYP. In her first year here, with her outstanding academic performance and leadership, she was identified for and offered the NYP Scholarship.
As part of her NYP experience, she had an opportunity to intern as a nurse in Taiwan as well as experience hospital attachments locally. During one of the attachments, she saw how a family had a difficult time dealing with death. She has since been inspired to help not just patients but their families as well. Her hospital supervisors have praised her skills, attitude and aptitude.
On her own accord, the remarkable young woman has taken online courses to improve her dialects such as Hokkien and Cantonese. She has also picked up some Malay and Tamil. All so that she can better communicate with patients.
Wei Gin plans to pursue a nursing degree at the Singapore Institute of Technology. In the long run, she hopes to be a nursing educator where she provides healthcare for her patients in a clinical setting while sharing her experiences with young and aspiring healthcare workers.
Gary Lau Hwei
Diploma in Social Sciences (Social Work)
Tay Eng Soon Award For ITE Upgrader
National Council of Social Service Silver Medal
Gary Lau has more than overcome a troubled youth, showing tremendous resilience through multiple obstacles, a large dose of discrimination and many rejections.
Inspired by his own life experiences, he wants to help other troubled and at-risk youths. He painstakingly took up his ‘N’ Levels and ITE certification after a break from formal education, and made it to the Diploma in Social Sciences (Social Work) at NYP with a 4.0 GPA from ITE.
In his three years at NYP, Gary has been a stellar student. He was also elected president of the Social Work Associate Network – the body for students in the field – and was on the Director’s List for his three years.
Today, he will also graduate as one of the School of Health Sciences (Allied Health)’s top students with the Silver Medal from the National Council of Social Service.
With the know-how and skills learnt at NYP, Gary recently founded a non-profit organisation called Happy Children Happy Future. Its aim is to help disadvantaged students through free tuition. Besides working through voluntary welfare organisations and educational institutions, Gary also went door to door at rental flats to encourage families to sign up with the programme. Today, there are 90 volunteers helping 60 children and it is set to grow.
Going forward, Gary aspires to pursue a degree in social work or sociology at a local university. He strongly believes in helping his youth clients and making a difference in their lives.
Toh Xin Ran
Diploma in Sport & Wellness Management
Sport Singapore Gold Medal
Cheers Holdings Award for Best Performance in the Teaching Enterprise Project
Toh Xin Ran turned himself around through sports. Disheartened by poor grades initially, the Normal (Technical) student got into a spot of trouble, hanging out with the wrong crowd. But he is today a top student graduating with honours from NYP’s School of Business Management.
At his lowest point, he decided to pick himself up. He found wrestling, and poured his energy into developing as an athlete, chalking up wins in competitions both local and overseas. Xin Ran is today part of Singapore’s national wrestling team.
When it came time to decide on his polytechnic education, he chose NYP’s Diploma in Sport & Wellness Management. He was attracted to the curriculum and the flexibility that it offered him as a student athlete. Xin Ran thrived in NYP’s environment and under the care of his lecturers. He went for two overseas opportunities and made it into the Director’s List for five semesters.
In his third year, he wanted to foster a spirit of giving among his fellow students. This led to Share to Enjoy, a social movement that seeks to provide sports equipment to those in need. While in NYP, Xin Ran also embarked on an entrepreneurial venture that seeks to transform the way we travel.
He has received offers from the local universities and plans to pursue a business degree.
Deborah Lee Shi Min
Diploma in Social Sciences (Social Work)
Ngee Ann Kongsi Award for All-Round Achievement
National Council of Social Service Gold Medal
With a cousin with autism, Deborah saw first-hand the challenges of caregiving, and social prejudice. So, she chose NYP’s Social Work course as her first choice after her ‘O’ Levels.
Deborah was an outstanding student – she was on the Director’s List for all three years. She led a student team for the diploma’s first public drama production to raise awareness of the stigma ex-offenders face. She spent four weeks in Hong Kong on an internship with Caritas, a charitable organisation. And for her final year project, she helped create a video series highlighting social prejudice against persons with disabilities and the need for inclusion.
As a Youth Corps Leader and member of the NYP Community Service Club and Rotaract Club, she had a hand in planning and leading projects which championed youth volunteerism. In addition, she served as secretary in the student-led Social Work Associate Network.
Outside of school, she volunteers regularly at AWWA Early Intervention Centre (Fernvale), Cheng San Family Service Centre and Teck Ghee Youth Centre (Care Corner). Her deep passion for community service bagged her the Daisy Phay-NYP Foundation Scholarship.
Deborah looks forward to fulfilling her long-held aspiration to be a social worker in the disability or medical sector in Singapore one day.