Mr Andy Kong, 22, holds a diploma in Financial Business Informatics from Temasek Polytechnic and is currently doing his National Service.
Mr Eddie Tan, 29, holds a diploma in Electronic & Computer Engineering, and works full-time in the E-Services industry.
It sounds unlikely that these two individuals would ever find themselves becoming classmates, given the difference in age and previous fields of education.
But that's exactly what happened when they decided to pursue Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degrees in Business Management from the University of Greenwich at ERC Institute.
ERC Institute (ERC) was established by ERC Holdings in 2003. Working closely with government bodies such as the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) and Singapore Tourism Board (STB), the private education institution provides education with a difference, aiming to groom and mentor a new generation of business leaders equipped with skills to analyse and solve the real world business challenges of today.
Given ERC's track record of achievements in the last 10 years, it's little wonder both Mr Tan and Mr Kong were drawn to the school.
"ERC's achievements, such as being amongst the first batch of private education institutions to achieve a full (four-year) Edutrust certification, was impressive," said Mr Tan.
The EduTrust certification is an award given to private education institutions for maintaining robust academic systems and processes, and upholding quality standards in its delivery of programmes.