SINGAPORE - Singapore Polytechnic (SP) celebrated the achievements of over 5,500 graduates at its 54th Graduation Ceremony on May 22, as they successfully completed their three-year learning journey in the institution.
The graduates are ready to enter the real world and pursue their dreams with deep skills and competencies that they have acquired through SP's robust range of teaching and learning innovations.
One of the latest innovations being Intrinsic Motivation that was piloted two years ago to inspire the less motivated students from the Diploma in Mechatronics and Robotics (DMRO) to rediscover their passion and unleash their potential. Today, a number of these students are graduating with marked confidence, enthusiasm and achievements.
One student who has benefitted from the Intrinsic Motivation framework is Neo Xin Ren. She joined SP with an aggregate score of 22 points and will graduate with a strong GPA, allowing her to pursue her dream to obtain a degree.
Xin Ren shared, "When I first joined the DMRO course, I was aimless, disinterested and did not know what I wanted to do in life."
"Today, I have to say that I had the most enjoyable and memorable time in the course. It has helped me develop a purpose in learning and ignite my passion in engineering that I never thought I had."
"The course has helped me develop a "Dare to Do' and 'Dare to Think' spirit, which will allow me to face any challenges positively in the long run. I am really grateful to my supportive classmates and lecturers who believed in me and pushed me out of my comfort zone, allowing me to dream again."
The Intrinsic Motivation framework is able to meet the different learning needs, interests and capabilities of students, just like the other teaching and learning frameworks that were initiated by SP such as Design Thinking and the Conceive, Design, Implement and Operate (CDIO) framework, so that no one is left behind in the education system.
It will also equip the students with valuable skills so that they remain relevant in the future.
Another student who has been nurtured by SP's teaching framework is Divesh s/o Singaraju, a Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering graduate and Lee Kuan Yew Award recipient.
He suffered a cancer relapse before he was due to commence his studies at SP and joined the course a year later than originally planned.
With the holistic engineering curriculum and motivation from his lecturers, Divesh persevered and challenged himself to get the best out of his poly education.
He co-founded a cancer support group for youth called Youth Comm, which encourages and supports physically challenged children during their cancer treatment, empowering them with hope and strength.
He also found time to serve the community both locally and overseas.
He has been offered a place in Imperial College London to study Aeronautical Engineering, the Global Merit Scholarship from National University of Singapore to do Mechanical Engineering, and the Nanyang Scholarship from Nanyang Technological University to read Aerospace Engineering.
The SP's holistic education also prepared graduate Teo Wan Ling from the Diploma in Food Science and Technology for a different pathway. She is one of the pioneers of SPRING Singapore's SME Talent Programme and will be joining Super Bean International Pte Ltd, the company behind soya bean food & beverage retailer, Mr Bean, upon her graduation.
Explaining her decision to gain work experience first, Wan Ling said, "Working in an SME will provide me with the opportunity to be exposed to different functions and job roles. I believe the experience and skill sets that I stand to gain will be beneficial should I choose to further my studies later."
Acknowledging the efforts of this year's graduates, SP Principal and Chief Executive Officer, Mr Tan Choon Shian said, "I wish them all the best in their future endeavours and hope that they will continue to learn after graduation so that they can make an impact to the society. I will also urge our graduates to be socially responsible, and make a difference to serve the community in every possible way. This will be a true mark of a SP graduate."
As the country's first polytechnic that was established in 1954, SP has nurtured more than 178,000 graduates in diverse fields and disciplines.
This year, the graduates will receive their diplomas, advanced diplomas, specialist diplomas and certificates over 14 sessions, and there are 5,026 graduates from the full-time courses and 484 from the part-time courses.
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