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									    Permit no. 132/02/2005
    February 2005 Issue 129

Aaron, IT Youth ƒ Ngee Ann Offers New
Diplomas ƒ New Track for Engineering
Course ƒ Helping the Tsunami Victims ƒ
                        A news magazine of
                        Ngee Ann Polytechnic
                        February • Issue 129

     On the cover:
     Aaron Tan,
     winner of the
     IT Youth award

    02 NP unveils Diploma in Chinese
    03 Fusing design and engineering
       Life sciences slant gives nursing
       grads an edge
    04 Overseas Education Centre in China
       F1 hits Singapore schools
    05 Ngee Ann scores double victory in
       NP holds first youth media
                                               NP unveils Diploma

    Feature Special
                                               in Chinese Studies
    06 Be more than an engineer
                                                       GEE Ann (NP) will be the first          curriculum.”
    07 Make the right choice
       Entrepreneurial engineers

    Campus with a Heart
                                               N       polytechnic to offer a Diploma in
                                                       Chinese Studies course, meeting the
                                               burgeoning need for professionals trained
                                                                                                   Prof Cheah Horn Mun, Dean/
                                                                                               Foundation Programmes, NIE, said: “NIE
                                                                                               is very pleased to collaborate with Ngee
    08 Waves of help for tsunami victims       in all things Chinese.                          Ann Polytechnic and we look forward to
                                                   Graduates can train to be Chinese           producing quality teachers through this
    Take a Bow                                 language teachers, or join the Chinese          programme.”
                                               media industry. The three-year programme            Students will hone their Chinese
    10 Aaron blazes IT trail
       The President’s Scout
                                               will commence in May 2005 with an initial       Language skills and sharpen their
       FMS wins Crowbar Awards                 intake of 80 students.                          knowledge of Chinese culture. To enhance
    11 ITE gold medallists in NP                   NP signed a Memorandum of                   their learning experience and add rigour
       The moon also rises…for Anthony         Understanding (MOU) with National               to the course curriculum, they will undergo
       Chen                                    Institute of Education (NIE) on 19 January      an immersion programme in Zhejiang
       NP garners 28 NYAA Gold Awards          2005, to allow graduates from this new          University City College (ZUCC) during
    12 Lecturers clinch third prize at         course keen on a teaching career to earn a      their second year.
       SG@Home Ideas Competition               Diploma in Education (Chinese Specialisation)       NP signed an agreement with ZUCC
       Ngee Ann leads in green wave
                                               from NIE in only one year. They will then       to jointly develop the immersion programme,
       Dragon rises again
                                               be deployed as primary school Chinese           to reinforce the learning of the language
                                               Language teachers.                              and appreciation of the Chinese culture
    Happenings                                     “We have worked very closely with NIE       including classical literature and philosophy.
    13 Open House offers that something        to develop the curriculum for this diploma,”    This marked an extension of the Polytechnic’s
                                               said Mr Tan Hang Cheong, NP’s Deputy            collaboration with ZUCC, which started in
    14 Social good in business
                                               Principal. “Their advice and input have         February 2004 when both parties signed an
                                                                                               MOU to provide exchange programmes. ƒ
       A pitch to success
    15 Students put Clementi online            been most helpful in ensuring a robust
       A poly student for five days


Fusing design and engineering
       TUDENTS with an eye

S      for design will not want
       to miss Ngee Ann
Polytechnic’s new Diploma in
Product Design & Innovation
    Training students to be
more than engineers, the
course will empower graduates
for exciting design career
opportunities in the
manufacturing and engineering
services industry. This three-
year diploma, offered by the
School of Engineering, will
commence in May 2005 with
80 students.
    Mr Chia Mia Chiang,             production of goods and pay       Understanding (MOU) with               NP and NAFA Students
Principal of Ngee Ann Polytechnic   greater attention to design       Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts       will attend common lessons
(NP), said: “Singapore is           innovations.”                     (NAFA) on 15 February to give      such as creative problem-solving
moving into higher value                In a bid to fuse design and   students from both institutions    and visual thinking while staff
creation. This means that we        engineering into the curricula,   a first-hand experience in         will also share pedagogic
have to look beyond the             NP signed a Memorandum of         integrating art and technology.    experiences. ƒ

Life science slant gives                                                                                 leading healthcare hub. “Under

nursing grads an edge                                                                                    this initiative, a target of one
                                                                                                         million international patients a
                                                                                                         year by 2012 has been set.
                                                                                                         Clearly, we need more nurses to
                                                                                  ITH Ngee Ann           cope with the expected

                                                                      W           Polytechnic’s new
                                                                                  Diploma in Health
                                                                      Sciences (Nursing) course,
                                                                                                         demand,” she explained.
                                                                                                             Graduates will enjoy
                                                                                                         valuable opportunities beyond
                                                                      graduates will be poised to take   nursing. This include health
                                                                      on a larger and more dynamic       promotion, disease prevention
                                                                      role in the healthcare, medical    and rehabilitation, drug
                                                                      and life sciences industries.      development and
                                                                          The three-year course will     pharmacology.
                                                                      commence May 2005 with a               This intensive programe
                                                                      target intake of 130 students.     will comprise lectures, tutorials
                                                                      Dr Sushila Chang, the Director     and clinical laboratories in
                                                                      of the School of Life Sciences     campus as well as 40 weeks of
                                                                      & Chemical Technology              clinical attachment in various
                                                                      (LSCT), said the Poly’s latest     hospitals. In the final year, all
                                                                      offering is in line with the       students will undergo a six-
                                                                      multi-agency government            month clinical placement in
                                                                      initiative, SingaporeMedicine,     hospitals and healthcare
                                                                      to develop Singapore into Asia’s   establishments. ƒ


    Overseas Education
    Centre in China
                                                                                   GEE Ann Polytechnic         Singapore and China to develop

                  N                                                                (NP) signed a
                                                                                   Memorandum of
                                                                           Understanding (MOU) with
                                                                                                               a bicultural perspective in
                                                                                                               education and future work.
                                                                                                               For a start, the OEC will
                                                                           G&W Group (Holdings)                offer diploma courses in
                                                                           Limited on 6 October 2004 to        Engineering.
                                                                           set up an Overseas Education            G&W, a subsidiary of
                                                                           Centre (OEC) in Shenyang,           Koh Brothers Group Limited,
                                                                           China. The OEC will serve as a      will tap NP’s reputation and
                                                                           strategic platform to provide in-   expertise to offer quality
                                                                           depth immersion programmes          diploma courses in China
                                                                           for the polytechnic’s staff and     while NP will leverage on
                                                                           students as well as for students    G&W’s presence in Shenyang
                                                                           from China.                         to facilitate the setting up of
                                                                               The new venture will make       the OEC and in seeking
                                                                           NP the first polytechnic from       suitable partnerships.
                                                                           Singapore to offer full-time            Following the MOU, the
                                                                           diplomas in China. A key            two parties have formed a joint
                                                                           feature of the curriculum is a      venture company, OEC
                                                                           fully integrated student            Investment Pte Ltd. The
                                                                           exchange programme that             courses are expected to start in
    Mr Chia (centre) and Mr T.C. Koh (right), CEO and MD of G&W
    Group (Holdings), signing the MOU
                                                                           will allow students from            September 2005. ƒ

    F1 hits Singapore schools
    SECONDARY school students           the opportunity to represent       Formula One model cars.
    are in for lots of heart-stopping   Singapore in the UK.               They will learn to appreciate
    action when the F1 in Schools           Said Mr Andrew Denford,        important concepts such as
    Team Challenge zooms into           the CEO of Denford Limited:        aerodynamics, take part in the
    Singapore.                          “We look forward to                race of their lives, and get as
        This opportunity is made        welcoming next year’s winning      close as they could to the real
    possible through a collaboration    school to our 2nd International    thing. ƒ
    between Ngee Ann Polytechnic        Final at the home of Jaguar cars
    (NP) and Denford Limited,           in the UK.”
    based in the United Kingdom.            “Through this event, we
    Denford Limited is one of the       hope to raise the profile of
    founding partners of the hit        engineering and facilitate the
    competition that has thrilled       learning of design technology in   Ready…go! Mr Andrew
                                                                           Denford showing the
    students in more than 25            the schools,” said Mr Lee Tuck     lightning speed at which
    countries around the world.         Seng, Deputy Principal of NP.      the F1 model cars can
        The Polytechnic has                 Using CAD/CAM software,        travel
    obtained a franchise to host the    budding engineers from
    inaugural competition in            secondary schools will design
    Singapore. The winner will get      and build their very own


Ngee Ann
scores double                                                           (From left): Ong Yi Yang,
                                                                        Teng Wei Kei and Ong Wei
                                                                        Hong represented NP in

victory in Japan                                                        the 25th All Japan
                                                                        Micromouse Contest

       QUEAKING                    cans and so did the first

S      victoriously was the
       micromouse team from
Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP),
                                   runner-up. Just that we did it
                                   in one try while they did in two.”
                                       This is the first time that
which won in two categories at     NP has clinched the first
the 25th All Japan Micromouse      place in the microclipper
Contest. The NP team beat          event, which is based on the
teams from Japan and Korea         highest number of cans flipped
universities to grab the           in a given timeframe.
championships in the annual            Senior lecturer, Ng Beng
international competition held     Kiat, on the other hand, is
in Tokyo last November.            a third-time champion: “The
    Ong Yi Yang, 20, a final-      best way to learn is always to
year Electronic & Computer         do it myself. And after I’ve
Engineering (ECE) student who      learnt how to do it, I can share
participated in the microclipper   the experience with my
event, said: “We were in the       students.”
open category so our opponents         His mouse beat the rest of
were very strong. For instance,    the pack, with a personal best
our clipper managed to flip 15     timing of 8.403sec. ƒ

NP holds first youth media conference
THE inaugural Singapore            on 26 January 2005 aimed to           conference.                          Straits Times, Mr Han Fook
Youth & Media Conference           be a platform for youths to                Said lecturer-advisor, Mr       Kwang, as well as Group
(SYMC), organised by Ngee          share their views on issues           Brian Lee: “We hope the              Managing Director of
Ann Polytechnic’s (NP) School      affecting their generation. Some      conference will become a crucible    MediaCorp Private Limited,
of Film & Media Studies            of the issues included youth          for the active exchange of ideas     Mr Shaun Seow.
(FMS) attracted over 1,000         apathy and its implications for       and dialogue on youth issues,            NTU’s Associate Professor
participants, including ministry   Singapore, censorship, and the        while examining ways in which        Ang said: “This conference is
officials, media practitioners     impact of news media and              the media can be a partner in        an opportunity for youths to
and academicians.                  communication technology on           highlighting and stimulating         test their ideas in a simulated
    Minister for Education, Mr     youths.                               public debate about these issues.”   marketplace setting. I’m
Tharman Shanmugaratnam,                Students from secondary                Some of the speakers            impressed that NP has taken the
graced the occasion as the guest   schools, junior colleges,             included the Dean of Nanyang         lead in organising this event.” ƒ
of honour.                         polytechnics and overseas             Technological University’s
    Organised by nine final-year   students from neighbouring            School of Communication &            Story adapted from NP campus
Mass Communication (MCM)           countries like Malaysia and           Informaton, Associate Professor      newspaper, Tribune, Volume 31,
students, the conference held      Philippines also attended the         Ang Peng Hwa, Editor for The         Issue 1, February 2005


          Minister for Education,
                     Mr Tharman
           checks out the latest
           Engineering projects

     Be more than
                                     MAGIC tricks and robots       honour said during the opening        during the five-day event.
                                     were part of the fun during   ceremony at the NP                        One interesting highlight
                                     the first Engineering Week    Convention Centre: “It is             was NP lecturer Mr Tan Jui
                                     held at Ngee Ann              critical that Singapore retains its   Kuan’s magic performance.
                                      Polytechnic (NP) last        focus and strengths in science        Mr Tan, who has taught
                                      November.                    and engineering. It gives us a        wafer fabrication for the past
                                           The event organised     special edge in the competition       eight years, performs tricks
                                       by the five local           of cities. We’re not just a service   during lessons to attract the
                                       polytechnics with the       economy but a vibrant and             students’ attention. “Some
                                        Ministry of Education,     diversified city-economy.”            students think engineering
                                        Economic                       Siti Nurdahyah, 19, a final-      classes are dull. So I think of
                                        Development Board          year NP Electronics &                 ways to keep them interested.
                                         and Singapore Science     Computer Engineering student,         Since I’ve learnt some magic
                                         Centre, aimed to          who displayed her project of an       tricks, I combined the concepts
                                          encourage post-          android at the event, said:           of magic and engineering.”
                                          secondary school         “Designing the robot helped               Muhammad Rafie, 14,
                                           students                me to understand my subjects          a secondary two student from
                                           to consider             better because I’m able to link       Tanjong Katong Secondary,
                                            engineering as a       what I learn with what I can          was definitely enthralled by
                                            career option.         create for everyday use.”             the performance. “I’m
                                                Mr Tharman             The various polytechnics          contemplating an engineering
                                 Shanmugaratnam, Minister          displayed their students’             course when I go to a poly
                                for Education, the guest of        projects and held activities          two years later,” she said. ƒ


Make the right choice
         EEN on engineering        Engineering and Mechatronic       more informed decision after          CYP’s strong foundation in

K        but not sure which
         course is best for you?
             Ngee Ann
Polytechnic (NP) now gives
school-leavers a year to make an
                                   Engineering, can choose the
                                   CYP route during the Joint
                                   Admissions Exercise. Successful
                                   candidates will take 15
                                   common modules during the
                                                                     getting a taste of the four
                                                                     courses,” said NP Principal, Mr
                                                                     Chia Mia Chiang.
                                                                         The CYP scheme will
                                                                     commence in May 2005 with
                                                                                                           engineering will enable students
                                                                                                           to work seamlessly together on
                                                                                                           varied projects.
                                                                                                                On why the CYP route
                                                                                                           is limited to only the four
informed choice, with its new      first year, and decide on their   an intake of 160 students.            courses, Mr Tan pointed out that
Common First Year Pathway (CYP).   preferred engineering course.     Mr Tan Hang Cheong, Deputy            these are the key engineering
    Here’s how it works:                The CYP course is tailored   Principal and Director of the         courses not just in Singapore
Students interested in             for school-leavers who are        School of Engineering (SoE),          but also around the world.
Electronic & Computer              unsure which engineering          said the new pathway reflects         Indeed, the new pathway will
Engineering, Electrical            discipline is best for them.      the Polytechnic’s multidisciplinary   help NP graduates to make
Engineering, Mechanical            “They can therefore make a        approach and is confident the         their mark on the global stage. ƒ

an engineer
                                                                     WITH a fund of $80,000 from           funding under the scheme

Entrepreneurial                                                      Spring Singapore under the
                                                                     new Entrepreneurship Talent
                                                                     Development Fund (ETDF),
                                                                                                           launched last June.
                                                                                                               Darran said about juggling
                                                                                                           his role as an engineer and

                                                                     five Ngee Ann (NP)                    entrepreneur: “As a researcher,
                                                                     engineering researchers hope to       I just have to do my stuff in the
                                                                     commercialise their super             lab. But now, I’m more
                                                                     computer chip in the near future.     concerned about how people
                                                                         Calling themselves Project        will use our product, so we
                                                                     Proteus, the team took about          have to go out and talk to
                                                                     two years to develop a                people to find out the usage
                                                                     configurable computer chip            pattern.”
                                                                     that works at a speed of 100              His teammate Wong Jit
                                                                     standard computers combined.          Chin, 24, said: “When you are
                                                                         “The grant will go into           an entrepreneur, there’s the risk
                                                                     funding equipment and                 of cost. But engineers also
                                                                     manpower cost,” said lead             undertake risk because we have
                                                                     researcher Darran Nathan, 24.         to be responsible for what we
                                                                         The ETDF is a grant               design, so we must ensure our
                                   (From left): Darran Nathan,
                                   Philip Wong, Kelvin Lim and
                                                                     scheme to encourage students          products are safe.”
                                   Andreas Weisensee look set to     from Institutes of Higher                 Project Proteus also won the
                                   commercialise their invention     Learning (IHLs) to start their        second prize at the fifth Start-
                                   with the ETDF
                                                                     own business. NP is the first         Up@Singapore National Business
                                                                     local polytechnic to receive the      Plan Competition last year. ƒ

     with          a heart

    Waves of help for tsunami
           ACKING relentlessly              Several student groups such

    P      boxes after boxes of
           donated items for two
    days did not wear Jason Mak
                                        as the NP Outward Bounders
                                        and NP Sports Club plunged
                                        swiftly into relief action after
    out. Instead, the Vice-President    receiving news of the tsunami
    of Ngee Ann (NP) Outward            disaster. They came together to
    Bounders, who spearheaded the       organise a donation-in-kind
    collection drive for tsunami        drive at the Atrium on 30 and
    victims, was heartened by the       31 December 2004. Within the
    espirit de corp of NP staff and     two days, NP collected 400
    students.                           cartons of items such as rice,
        “At first, we were afraid the   blankets and water purification
    response might be poor as we        tablets. The items were               Andrew and Grace Home, and        of InfoComm Technology
    had to do the collection in such    delivered to the Singapore            Operation Blessings to collect    (ICT) also leveraged on several
    a short time. But when we saw       Sinhala Buddhist Association,         clothes and canned food for the   activities such as donate-and-
    so many students and staff          Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist              tidal wave victims. About 60      get-free-car-wash and ICT Idol
    coming with so much stuff, and      Temple and later sent to Sri Lanka.   students and 10 staff spent New   Competition to raise funds.
    some volunteering to pack, we           At the same time, staff and       year’s Eve packing the donated    Students and staff from the
    were really overwhelmed,” said      students from the School of           items that were transported to    School of Life Sciences &
    Jason, 20, a final-year Business    Business & Accountancy (BA)           the Boys’ Brigade Headquarters.   Chemical Technology and
    Studies student.                    also collaborated with the                Students from the School      Early Childhood Education

                                                                                                            with a heart
                                     A shoulder                                                             Bags of
                                     to lean on                                                             rice and
                                     GIVING emotional support to                                            love
                                     grieving families was what
                                                                                                            SIXTY-FIVE bags of rice.
                                     Student Service Officer Ching
                                                                                                            That was the result of a
                                     Pui Fun and lecturer Chen Jen
                                                                                                            donation drive initiated by
                                     Tock did at the Tsunami
                                                                                                            three second-year Civil &
                                     Disaster Memorial Service.
                                                                                                            Environmental Engineering
                                         Trained as Emergency
                                     Behaviour Officers (EBOs),
                                                                                                                Dennis Neo, Jeremy Leow
                                                                        “I just wanted to do
                                     they volunteered to help
                                                                                                            and Khoo Lee Shan, who were
                                                                        my part for the
                                     families cope with the loss of
                                                                                                            moved to do something for the
                                     their loved ones.
                                                                        tsunami victims and
                                                                                                            tsunami victims, saw their
                                         “We visited the families a
                                                                        what I’ve done is
                                                                                                            contribution grew from about
                                     few days before the memorial
                                                                                                            $100 to more than $300 when
                                                                        nothing compared to
                                     service to get to know them.
                                                                                                            friends and relatives chipped
                                                                        those rescue workers
                                     Our task was to help them
                                     through the process of grieving
                                                                        and volunteers
                                                                                                                “We surveyed the prices of
                                     and come to terms with their
                                                                        helping out at the
                                                                                                            various items and realised that
                                     loss,” said Pui Fun, who has
                                                                                                            rice was the most value-for-
                                                                        disaster areas.”
                                     more than 10 years of
                                                                                                            money item,” said Lee Shan
                                     experience as a student
                                                                                                            who donated about $30.
                                     counsellor.                        Shyam Ramasamy, a first-year            She added: “If anything
                                         More than 50 EBOs              Aerospace Technology student
                                                                        who helped to pack donated          happens to us, we also hope
                                     volunteered at the service, held
                                                                        items at the Singapore Sinhala      others will help. Although we

                                     at the Singapore Expo Hall on      Buddhist Association                can’t travel to the tsunami-hit
                                     9 Jan.
                                                                                                            areas, we try to do the least by
                                                                                                            sending food over.” ƒ
                                         “I volunteered because
                                     I hoped to help the families in

                                                                        “This mission united
                                     distress. We want to show our
                                     compassion as a people, as a
                                                                        all members and
  Programme also raised funds
                                     nation,” said Jen Tock, a
                                                                        drivers with the most
  for the same cause.
                                     lecturer from the School of
                                     InfoComm Technology. ƒ
      The School of Film &
  Media Studies, with industry                                          meaningful ‘cross-
  partners, offered the use of a                                        over’ ever in time,
                                                                        space and mindset.
  Satellite News Gathering kit to
                                     “Lecturers and
                                                                        We made the ‘cross-
  the Singapore Civil Defence
                                     students whom we
  Force. The equipment and
                                                                        over’ from 2004 to
                                     don’t know
  satellite link were essential in
  disaster areas to facilitate                                          2005, from Singapore
                                     volunteered to help
                                                                        to Thailand, and
                                     and slog together to
                                                                        from being passive to
      An estimated 330 students
                                     pack the stuff. From
  were involved in the relief
                                     strangers, we became
  effort. In total, NP collected
  over $58,000 cash from the
                                     friends, and from
                                                                        Lecturer Soh Yew Peng from
  various donation drives,
                                     friends, we became
                                                                        the School of Film & Media
  including a campus-wide                                               Studies joined the convoy to

  donation drive on 6 and 7                                             transport essential items such
                                                                        as rice and canned food to
  January 2005. The money was                                           Thailand’s Krabi, one of the
  given to the Red Cross Society     Jason Mak, the Vice-President      tsunami-hit areas. It was a joint
  Tidal Waves Asia Fund. ƒ           of NP Outward Bounders who         effort between the Rotary Club
                                     spearheaded the donation-in-       of Singapore and Land Rover
                                     kind collection drive              Owners Singapore.

         take a             bow
     Aaron blazes                                                                                                      FMS
     IT trail                                                                                                          wins
            lifelong commitment to
            Information Technology
            (IT), relentless
                                          development skills by
                                          borrowing computer
                                          books from the library and
     resourcefulness, and creative
                                          spending countless hours on his
                                          computer. Soon, he launched
                                                                                Aaron Ta
                                                                                him the ’s achievements
                                                                                       IT Youth
                                                                                                        won            Awards
         All these factors helped         eShock Web Solutions to offer
                                                                                                                       STUDENTS from the School
     Ngee Ann (NP) graduate Aaron         web design and development            Web Design at the World Skills
                                                                                                                       of Film & Media Studies
     Tan Wei Cheng clinch the IT          services online. The business         Singapore 2004 competition.
                                                                                                                       (FMS) won one silver and
     Youth award on 5 March.              flourished, with over 90 per          He will be representing
                                                                                                                       three bronze awards at the
     Conferred by the Singapore           cent of orders originating from       Singapore for the World Skills
                                                                                                                       Students’ Creative Awards, also
     Computer Society, the award          the United States. All before         International Competition in
                                                                                                                       known as The Crowbar
     recognises outstanding youths        Aaron turned 16.                      Finland this year. He graduated
                                                                                                                       Awards, last September.
     for their creativity, critical           The techopreneur started          last year with a Diploma in
                                                                                                                       The annual event was
     thinking skills and IT               Onehost Web Hosting, offering         Information Technology with
                                                                                                                       organised by the Association of
     accomplishments.                     myriad online solutions from          Merit.
                                                                                                                       Accredited Advertising Agents
         “In 2000, I decided to join      technical support to account              Despite his numerous
                                                                                                                       Singapore (4AS) to promote
     Ngee Ann after seeing a banner       registration. With sound              successes, Aaron says he draws
                                                                                                                       young and creative talents in
     of the same award displayed on       business planning, networking         greater inspiration from
                                                                                                                       the advertising and media
                                                                                                                       industry. ƒ
     campus – I told myself I will        and a willingness to learn and        mistakes he’s made over the
     win it one day! Clinching it this    adapt, his business soon grossed      year by learning from them.
     year certainly spurs me on to        US$40,000.                                “Doing what one does best
     pursue all my dreams,” he said.          At the School of InfoComm         in is not an unusual feat. It is
                                                                                                                       Category: TVC
         Aaron’s IT love affair started   Technology (ICT), Aaron               bringing out the best in what
                                                                                                                       Silver award, “Red Fur Dog”
     at the tender age of 13. The         clinched numerous book prizes,        one does worst that is worth
                                                                                admiration for,” he said. ƒ
                                                                                                                       by Leong Chi-Keong, Danny
     technophile picked up web            and won the Gold award for
                                                                                                                       (Advanced Diploma in Film

     The President’s Scout                                                                                             Category: Poster (Transit)
                                                                                                                       Bronze award, “Save Water”
            ARRYING a 25-kg load          October. He had to undergo            was set up to test my reaction,”       by Daniel Yuan, Jiaxing/Jeremy

     C      and trekking around the
            island for four
     consecutive days was Chen
                                          various assessments over a period
                                          of two years, including a 150-
                                          km journey that stretched from
                                                                                he said.
                                                                                    Now the Vice-Chairman of
                                                                                the Rover Scouts, Xianghao
                                                                                                                       Huang (Mass

     Xianghao’s final feat to winning     Mt Faber to Punggol River to          oversees about 200 Scouts and          Category: Editorial
             the President’s Scout        Serangoon Secondary School.           plans activities for them. In          Publication
                  Award.                       “The most arduous part of        addition, he trains with his juniors   Bronze award, “For the Love of
                        Xianghao,         the trek was carrying the 25-kg       about five hours a week at his         God” by Kris Kam, Felix Ng,
                     20, is one of        load in the rain,” said the final-    alma mater, Greenrich Secondary.       Nicholas Ye (Mass
                     11 Venture           year Building & Service                   “When I was young, my              Communication)
                     Scouts to receive    Engineering student.                  seniors taught me a lot of things.
                    the prestigious            “There were different stations   Now I hope to be a role model          Category: Film
                     award from           along the way to test our abilities   for my juniors and inspire them        Bronze award, “Falling into
                        President S.R.    in first aid, survival skills and     to aim for the same award,”            Fuchsia” by Jon Lim Hock
                           Nathan         reaction. I remember finding a        said Xianghao, who is now              Boon (Advanced Diploma in
                              last        boy with his overturned bicycle       working towards the Baden              Film Production)
                                          in a big drain. He called for         Powell Award, an international
                                          help and I immediately rendered       scout award for outstanding
                                          first aid. I realised later that it   Scouts. ƒ
                                  Chen Xianghao is among the 11 winners to receive
                                  the President’s Scout Award last year

                                                                                                               take a         bow
ITE gold medallists in NP                                                                                      Ngee Ann
                                                                         Technology graduate from ITE
                                                                                                               garners 28
                                                                         East (MacPherson). “NP offers
                                                                         good prospects and I believe the
                                                                                                               NYAA Gold
                                                                         school will build up my
                                                                         foundation in the area which
                                                                         I’m interested in.”                   NGEE Ann students proved
                                                                             As for Phie Lip, apart from       their mettle, clinching 28 gold
                                                                         his elder sister’s praises of NP,     awards under the National
                                                                         his love for mathematics and          Youth Achievement Award
 Serene and Phie Lip                                                     electronics drew him to the course.   (NYAA) scheme. President
 are enjoying their                                                          “I used to be very poor in        S.R Nathan presented the
 studies in NP
                                                                         Maths but my confidence grew          award scrolls to the recipients
      HE motto of “never say         Kuan Yew Gold Medal and Sng         when I was in ITE,” said Phie         on 4 October 2004. HRH

T     die, always say try”
      motivated Institute of
Technical Education (ITE) gold
                                     Yew Chong Gold Medal
                                     respectively. They are two of the
                                     top three gold medallists during
                                                                         Lip who entered NP as a second-
                                                                         year student as he had done
                                                                         Electronics Engineering in ITE
                                                                                                               Prince Edward was the guest of
                                                                                                               honour at the event.
                                                                                                                   The NYAA recognises
medallists, Serene Yeo Shui          the ITE graduation last October.    West (Dover).                         youths with qualities of self-
Ling and Wee Phie Lip, to                After ITE, Serene decided           Both students agreed that         reliance and perseverance,
reach for the gold.                  to pursue her studies in Ngee       the pace in poly is much faster       who have contributed to the
    Serene, 24, a first-year         Ann Polytechnic (NP). “I was        compared to ITE, but they are         society. ƒ
Electronic & Computer                inspired by my ITE lecturer,        more than willing to adapt to
Engineering (ECE) student and        Mr Raymond Wee, who is an           the changes. “I would change as       Winners
Phie Lip, 23, a second-year          ECE grad from NP,” said the         much to adapt to the new              Ong Kok Boon
ECE student, have won the Lee        Info-Communications                 environment,” said Phie Lip. ƒ        Vinson Chen Jia Jun
                                                                                                               Chang Wei Shan
                                                                         assigned to translation, writing      Song Rui Sheng, Julian
The moon also rises…                                                     publicity materials and subtitle
                                                                         work. Then, came the big
                                                                                                               Cai Xu Sheng, Ian
                                                                                                               Goh Pei Ching
for Anthony Chen                                                         break. Knowing his interest in
                                                                         directing, Anthony’s supervisor
                                                                                                               Tan Lay Peng
                                                                                                               Jasmin Ho Hui Hua
A Film, Sound & Video (FSV)                                              in the department introduced          Lok En Cheng, Adrian
graduate from Ngee Ann                                                   him to Lin, who, in turn, offered     Chung You Xiang
Polytechnic (NP) got the                                                 him the job of second assistant       Ng Yixiang
opportunity to work with                                                 director in The Moon Also Rises.      Yong Bao Kwang, Martin
Taiwanese director Lin Cheng                                                 “It was a great experience to     Yeo Shui Ling, Serene
Sheng in his award-winning                                               work with such an accomplished        Foo Jiehua
movie, The Moon Also Rises.                                              director and cast. Yang Kuei-         Lee Chao Wen, Gary
    Anthony Chen, 20, was                                                mei, who won the Best Leading         Yang Zhilin, Salene
Lin’s assistant in the film which                                        Actress award, poured her heart       Tan Kian Tiong
won for the Best Leading                                                 and soul into her role,” he said.     Carmen Lee Mun Yie
Actress and Best Screenplay                                                  “Anthony’s opportunity            Poh Jing Chun
Adaptation awards at the 41st                                            to be part of an international        Phebe Yeo Ming Hui
Golden Horse Awards in                                                   production certainly testifies        Bay Hwee Guat
Taiwan on 22 December 2004.          Graduate Anthony Chen (right)       to the potential and capability       Ser Pei Xian
    “I got to know director Alex     with Best Leading Actress Yang      of our media talents in Singapore,”   Michelle Ow Su-Wen
Yang at the Singapore Film           Kuei Mei at the 41st Golden         said Ms Heng Li Lang, Senior          Suhada Bte Md.Sani
                                     Horse Awards
Festival. Alex, who was one of                                           Assistant Director, Industry          Tang Poh Seng
the judges at the festival, helped   said Anthony.                       Development of the MDA.               Wong Png Leong
me secure an internship at the           Anthony, who received an        “We hope that his success will        Koh Shu Yong
Central Motion Picture               Overseas Internship Award           inspire more Singaporeans to          Chua Hui Zhen, Jane
Corporation, the largest motion      from Media Development              join and be part of the growing       Ramanathan s/o Thurairajoo
picture company in Taiwan,”          Authority (MDA), was first          and exciting media industry.” ƒ

         take a            bow
     Lecturers clinch third                                                  Ngee Ann leads in
                                                                             green wave
     prize at SG @ Home                                                      THREE teams of Ngee Ann               the desired temperature. The
     Ideas Competition                                                       students have clinched the
                                                                             Green Wave Environment
                                                                                                                   new system allows water to run
                                                                                                                   out of the tap or shower only
                                                                             Competition 2004 awards.              when the water reaches the
                                                                                  The second prize of $6,000       users’ selected temperature.
     TWO School of InfoComm               cycles of computing resources      went to a group of five                   Another three BE students
     Technology lecturers, Charles        in homes, schools and              Mechanical Engineering                walked away with the merit
     Keck and Terence Choo, won           organisations.                     students who designed the             prize of $1,000 for a cleaner
     the third prize at the SG@Home           It was jointly organised       liquid & solid particles              discharger that collects debris
     Ideas Competition. Their             by the Infocomm Development        separator for a ballast system.       and prevents clogging in the
     winning idea, which uses grid        Authority of Singapore,            As for the third prize, two           kitchen sink.
     computing to predict the spread      the Educational Technology         Building & Environment (BE)               Organised by Sembawang
     of forest fires, was amongst more    Division of the Ministry           students won $4,000 for               Shipyard, the annual
     than 700 entries.                    of Education the National          designing a water saving shower       competition aims to increase
         The national competition         Grid Office, and the               system. Their survey showed           environmental awareness and
     aims to elicit innovative and        Singapore Science Centre           that 70 per cent of Singaporeans      encourage students to develop
     creative ideas to harness spare      (SSC). ƒ                           let cold water flow till it reaches   environmental-friendly ideas. ƒ

     Dragon rises again

            HE Ngee Ann Dragon           teams. It was also a triumphant    learnt to row standing up,             had more experience. To come

     T      Boat team has done the
            Poly proud, clinching
     four trophies in eight races at
                                         return to glory after an earlier
                                         meet at the Singapore Regatta
                                         Race, during which the teams’
                                                                            which is permitted in the
                                                                            Penang Pesta. Their efforts paid
                                                                            off when they came in first in
                                                                                                                   in first with rowers in the same
                                                                                                                   age group made the win extra
                                                                                                                   special,” added Lynus. Student
     the Pesta Penang Dragon Boat        boat was capsized.                 the Under-20 (20 crew) race,           Development Officer Mr
     Race on 5 December 2004.                Coach Lynus Heng, 29,          second in the Under-20 (12 crew)       Gopinathan s/o Retnam, who
         It was the team’s third and     recalled: “The team’s morale       race, and third in the Open Mixed      accompanied the team to Penang,
     best performance at the annual      was seriously affected by that     (20 crew and 12 crew) races.           said: "Competing against the
     meet, and success tasted even       crash and we didn’t perform            Winning the top spot was           national team was a good
     sweeter given the presence of       well, so we were determined to     especially poignant as it was          experience – our students learnt
     the Singapore national team         do well at the Penang Pesta.”      their first-ever attempt in the        to compose themselves and
     and some of Malaysia’s top              To prepare, the rowers even    category. “Many older rowers           work together under pressure.”ƒ


                                                                           Open House
                                                                           offers that

                                    HIS year’s Open House       Atrium, enthusiastic students     diploma offerings. Teams from
 “I like the Open H
 especially the CCA
 because there seems
                              T     theme, “That Something
                                    X’tra” said it all. Some
                              16,000 prospective students,
                                                                became DJs for a day. Visitors
                                                                got an idea of the myriad co-
                                                                                                  secondary schools participated
                                                                                                  in thrilling games such as a race
                                                                                                  between steam-powered can
so many activities to be      their parents and teachers were    “I heard from my                 boats. Visitors were also treated
                              treated to the Ngee Ann            teachers that the School         to an impressive glimpse of
join.”                        Polytechnic (NP) experience.       of Business &                    NP’s facilities through the
Loh Yi Song, 16                   Highlights of the annual       Accountancy (BA) is the          facility tours. ƒ
Siglap Secondar
                y   School    event included a parents’           best among the various
                              seminar featuring prominent         polytechnics so I'm
                              speaker Dr Mel Gill. At the         thinking of coming here
                                                                  after I get my results.”
                                                                   Sandra Lee, 16
                                                                   Zhonghua Secondary

                                                                curricular activities that NP
                                                                offers. At the newly built
                                                                Teaching Hub, visitors tried
                                                                their hand at catching crayfish
                                                                while relaxing in the Scented
                                                                Spa Garden.
                                                                    Crowds swarmed into the
                                                                Convention Centre to obtain
                                                                information on NP’s courses,
                                                                including our three new

     Social good in business
                                                                                                                    Fajar Secondary, winner of
                                                                                                                the Most Creative and Innovative
                                                                                                                Award, has selected Apex Club,
                                                                                                                a community service organisation,
                                                                                                                as their target. “When students
                                                                                                                spend more than $1.50 using
                                                                                                                the EZ-link card at the school
                                                                                                                canteen, an additional 10 cents
                                                                                                                from each transaction will go
                                                                                                                towards a food distribution
                                                                                                                scheme for the less privileged
                                                                                                                senior citizens. Ten cents may
                                                                                                                not be a lot but to people who
                                                                                                                can’t afford a meal, it means
                                                                                                                everything,” said Aw Xiu Qi,
                                                                                                                16, a Secondary 4 student.
     Siglap Secondary won the Most Enterprising Proposition Award for their plan to help Spastic Children’s         Dr Mohamad Maliki
     Association School                                                                                         Osman, Parliamentary Secretary
                                                                                                                for Health and Community
             ign up as a member and          The HYSE competition          competition.                         Development, Youth & Sports,

     S       use the gym and
             hydrotherapy pool at the
     Spastic Children’s Association
                                         organised by the School of
                                         Business & Accountancy (BA)
                                         and sponsored by Citigroup,
                                                                               “On top of the gym and
                                                                           spa, we intend to include other
                                                                           activities such as body massage
                                                                                                                graced the prize presentation
                                                                                                                held at The Atrium on 22
                                                                                                                January 2005.
     School. That could become a         challenged youths to develop      and Taiji classes so that people         The event was supported by
     reality after five Siglap           enterprising propositions for     of all ages can join.” said Santy,   the Ministry of Community
     Secondary School students           their chosen Non-Profit           17, a Secondary student who          Development, Youth & Sports,
     proposed this idea at the           Organisation. Over 420            won the Most Enterprising            the National Volunteer &
     Harnessing Youths for Social        students from 41 secondary        Proposition Award with her           Philanthropy Centre, and the
     Enterprise (HYSE) competition.      schools participated in the       teammates.                           National Youth Council. ƒ

     A pitch to success
     YOUNG aspiring filmmakers           “As a media school, we know       earth by hiding it in a zoo.
     got a chance to pitch their film    from experience that it’s not         “The most difficult part
     ideas during Pitch 04, the          good enough just to have a        was visualising the final
     inaugural competition               good story idea. It’s equally     product, so we had to use our
     organised by the School of Film     important to know how to          imagination to draw the
     & Media Studies (FMS).              convince others so that they      characters and scenarios,” said
         Aimed at encouraging            will want to invest in your       Chiu Pun Hei, 15, a Secondary
     creative storytelling for a short   production and be part of your    3 student.
     film production, the                crew.”                                His team mate El-Malique,
     competition also enhanced               Pasir Ris Crest Secondary     a Secondary 2 student, said:
     students’ presentation and          clinched the first prize of a     “We kept thinking of how
     public speaking skills as they      $800 cash voucher and a video     to sell our idea to appeal to
     pitched their ideas to an           camera with their entry,          the judges, so we spent a lot
     industry panel.                     The Last Heineken. It features    of effort in our graphics to
                                                                                                                Pasir Ris Crest Secondary
         Mrs Choo Cheh Hoon,             an agent protecting the last      make our presentation
                                                                           interesting.” ƒ
                                                                                                                pitched their film idea to
     Deputy Director of FMS, said:       bottle of Heineken beer on                                             success at Pitch 04


                                                                          A poly student for
                                                                          five days
                                                                          WHAT is poly life like? Some      considering joining a polytechnic
                                                                          100 ‘O’ level students signed     after my ‘O’ Levels. This
                                                                          up for the Ngee Ann Polytechnic   programme is very timely and
                                                                          (NP)’s Explorations! Programme    useful because it gives me a
                                                                          from 6 to 10 December 2004        preview of poly life.”
                                                                          just to check it out.                 Said Janice Yio from
                                                                               Organised by the School of   Tanjong Katong Girls’ School:
                                                                          Life Science & Chemical           “What I liked most was the
                                                                          Technology (LSCT), the            laboratory session.We got to
                                                                          programme let students            observe red and white blood
                                                                          immerse themselves in campus      cells under a microscope. And
                                                                          life, attending lectures and      unlike our secondary school
                                                                          tutorials, practicals and         labs where we have to share

Students                                                                  industrial tours, and even
                                                                          joining in the co-curricular
                                                                                                            microscopes, I had the
                                                                                                            microscope to myself.”
                                                                                                                Pleased with the turnout,
put Clementi                                                                   For some, the five-day
                                                                          experience changed their
                                                                                                            LSCT lecturer, Mrs Tang Guek
                                                                                                            Im said: “Teachers have

Online                                                                    perceptions of polytechnics.
                                                                          For others, it unveiled new
                                                                          discoveries about the
                                                                                                            expressed that students would
                                                                                                            like to experience poly life.
                                                                                                            We believe we are on the right
                                                                          polytechnic education system.     track in organising an event
       UTTERFLY buns, fish          involved in the project.                   Michael Ng of Regent         like this and feedback has been

B      porridge and Indian
       spices are among a host
of products that have made
                                    “Compared to other projects,
                                    this one was the most fun
                                    because it’s more hands-on,”
                                                                          Secondary School, said: “I am     positive.” ƒ

their way into websites             said the second-year
dedicated to promote shops          Multimedia Computing
and stalls in Clementi.             student.
    Created by students from             For second-year Business &
Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP),          Information Technology
the websites are part of the        student, Zhang Junhao, he is
Project Clementi Online             proud of what his team of three
(COL) which aims to develop         had accomplished for Deli
Clementi into an IT hub and         Snacks, which sells traditional
link all Grassroots Organisations   food such as butterfly buns.
(GROs) in Clementi on a single           “We even included a series
Web portal.                         of pictures to show how youtiao
    About 170 students from         (fried fritters) is made. This will
the School of InfoComm              give foreigners an idea what
Technology (ICT) and about          this local snack is about,” said
140 students from the School        Junhao.
of Business & Accountancy                There were additional
                                                                                                                                  f poly life
(BA) were mobilised for the         benefits too. “The stallholders                                                      a taste o
                                                                                                          l students got
project. A total of 70 websites     were very generous. They gave                                 ry schoo
                                                                                 Some 100 P
have been created.                  us lots of food to take back to                      at N
                                                                                 and fun
    Muhammad Hanafy Bin             campus and share with our
Hassim was one of the students      friends,” he recalled. ƒ

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