Tuesday, December 29, 2015

10 Awesome Places to Visit in NYP

School is not all about studies and grades – especially if you spend most of your time in campus. One of the key benefits of studying in a Polytechnic would be all the awesome facilities. With 2015 being the year NYP’s new facilities are scheduled to be completed, here’s the guide for you to check out the new and useful places to visit, and enjoy in 2016!

My Top 5 Reasons For Choosing NYP



You’ve just received your O-level results and you already know that polytechnic life is for you. But with 5 different polytechnics to choose from, it can get quite overwhelming. Read on to find out my top five reasons for Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP).


His Final Year Project Became His Enterprise


Even when he was still a student, entrepreneur Raniel Lee always had a plan. Raniel pursued his Diploma in Business Informatics (DBI) at NYP because he wanted to learn more about creating a profitable business. When he was still a student in NYP, Raniel set up his first business, InspireARTS LLP. Recently, he established his second business, Jobook, which was first conceptualised as a Final Year Project in NYP (in 2012).

My Experience as an Intern Journalist at SPH

Everyone thinks he or she understands what it means to be a journalist.

It's like those “What they think I do” memes (see below).


Being in Business School's Mass Media Management (JAE course code C93) opened my eyes to the importance of every aspect of media.  We had to do a lot of writing, and even had to pretend to be reporters in a mock press conference. We also came up with our own magazines and had to complete articles under a time limit, detailing facts from a fictional case.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Bringing Cheer to Ren Ci Patients

Photo by David Lau, The Write Stuff
In December, most people are busy doing Christmas shopping, trying to find the perfect gift for their loved ones, or occupied with decorating their homes for the festive season. However, NYP’s ambassadorial team and student volunteers from across NYP decided to organise an event to bring cheer to old folks at the Ren Ci Community Hospital.

Discover yourself at ECG @ Central


 The big question that every student will have to answer is not found in exam papers, and has no right or wrong answer. The answer is often attained through  trial and error. In NYP, however, ECG (Education and Career Guidance) @ Central looks to help ease the process of determining career choices for students. It is, however, not a place where the answers are given on a silver platter. ECG @ Central helps students discover themselves, before they go on to tackle the world.

Friday, December 11, 2015

AN ADVENTURE THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE


Who says you can’t have the best of both worlds? For Teo Yi Xuan (above, extreme left), a student pursuing the Diploma in Social Sciences (Social Work) at Nanyang Polytechnic, she sees the world and experiences another culture, all while making a difference in other people’s lives. Earlier this year, she went on a three-week overseas exchange programme to Hong Kong’s Caritas Institute of Higher Education, where she attended social work lectures, visited social service agencies, and participated in various outreach and volunteering projects.


However, the most rewarding part of the journey is the friendships forged between Yi Xuan and the social work students in Hong Kong. “They’re extremely welcoming,” she shares. “We’ve grown really close over the three weeks, sharing everything from our passion for social work to our troubles in life.”

She took home more than just memories – through the various field trips, she gained a better idea of the different approaches used in managing social service agencies: “The knowledge I gained on the trip helped to widen my perspective on social services. It made me ponder about our current systems and how we can improve them.”

Besides Hong Kong, she also went to Shanghai for a social work exchange programme and Malaysia for a Polytechnic forum. Yi Xuan looks forward to adding the “more developed” Western countries into her bucket, and plans to further her studies in social work at National University of Singapore.

Make the world your classroom. Be innovative and enterprising, choose your own adventure at NYP Open House from 7 to 9 Jan 2016!

Published in the Dec 2015 Issue of Teenage Magazine. Reproduced with Permission.

Monday, December 7, 2015

HIS OWN MULTI-MILLIONAIRE BOSS


One stellar entrepreneur in his own right, Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) alumnus from the Diploma in Sport & Wellness Management, Tan Tse Yong is fast making a name for himself in the industry. But what’s the secret to his start-up success?

From a star student to the boss of three lucrative ventures, Tan Tse Yong built a multi-million health and wellness empire after graduating from NYP in 2004. But what’s unexpected was that this former Junior College student once struggled with his grades. “I failed the General Paper at the GCE ‘A’ Level,” Tse Yong confesses, but it proved to be a good wake-up call. “This setback taught me that my worth in life was not to be determined by a piece of paper.”


After completing National Service, Tse Yong went to pursue Diploma in Sport and Wellness Management in NYP. It was there that he met his business partner, Steve Chan. With the encouragement from their lecturers, the duo went into gym management business and in 2010, they launched FitLion, a sports nutrition superstore to promote healthy living. Their decision to enter e-commerce paid off, with the brand emerging as the top sports nutrition online retailer in Singapore and is expecting a projected sales of $10 million this year. They also own seven gym outlets and recently started their food business arm, The Protein Cafe.

Crediting his achievements to his alma mater, he recalls how NYP had “prepared me to handle the different aspects of business like human resource, finance and logistics”. He also picked up networking and analytical skills, which provided a strong foundation for his businesses. Tse Yong is enjoying a tidal wave of success and it’s poised to grow even bigger. “We hope to go beyond the borders to establish ourselves in the region, such as Malaysia, Taiwan and China.”

Inspired by his entrepreneurial adventure? Be innovative and enterprising, choose your own adventure at NYP Open House from 7 to 9 Jan 2016!

Published in the Dec 2015 Issue of Teenage Magazine. Reproduced with Permission.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

AN EYE-OPENING REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE


Getting an internship opportunity in an airline is no easy feat, but Kush Yogesh Kumar Madia, NYP’s Diploma in Aerospace Systems & Management alumnus, was privileged to land into a 24-week internship at Jetstar Asia Airways Pte Ltd.

Armed with “an all-rounded education” from NYP, Kush was ready to become an integral part of the crew. Being a member of the Materials team and the Fleet Planning team from the Engineering and Maintenance Department helped him immerse in the workings of the industry and allowed him to gain an in-depth understanding of the airline operations.


The communication skills, multitasking and time management capabilities, and technical knowledge that he picked up in NYP came in handy at work. “Internship was an eye-opener for me. It brought my lessons to life.” says Kush. “I had opportunities to observe the aircraft as well as its systems and components up close. I also get to go on workshop visits, Maintenance Repair & Overhaul conferences and exhibitions, hangar visits and occasional rounds to the ramp area with the engineers to inspect the aircraft.”

It’s a whole new ballgame for Kush now that he signed on as an Air Force Engineer, but we’ve got to say that his journey thus far has been incredible.

Ready for a fun and rewarding internship? Be innovative and enterprising, choose your own adventure at NYP Open House from 7 to 9 Jan 2016!

Published in the Dec 2015 Issue of Teenage Magazine. Reproduced with Permission.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

A HEALTHY INDULGENCE

Fiona (first row, standing in the middle)

Check out how these Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) students transformed small ideas into big results with their ingenious innovations.

A guilt-free sweet treat? Sounds like a recipe for success. Having previously won the ‘Best New Ice Cream Award’ in 2010 and 2011, NYP continued its winning streak with Mangolina, a dessert that comprises three layers – fresh mango puree, skimmed milk pudding and spirulina bits. Created by four students from NYP’s School of Chemical & Life Sciences and packaged by three students from the School of Design, Mangolina clinched the ‘Best Dairy Dessert Award’ at the 2015 World Dairy Innovation Awards Competition, beating industry bigwigs like Unilever Pte Ltd.

“Our vision is to provide a nutritious treat for the young at heart,” explains Fiona Tan, NYP’s Diploma in Food Science & Nutrition alumna, on behalf of her team. “The unique selling point of our dessert is that we make use of modern molecular gastronomy art to create the spirulina bits. It’s a whole new experience for the palate.”


The baton was then passed to the students from the Diploma in Visual Communication, who came up with a packaging that epitomises the healthy ingredients in Mangolina. “We embarked on this without any expectations and giving nothing but our very best,” states Tong Lin, a member of the team. “NYP provided us a platform to express our talent and flair in design, as well as the support we needed for constant improvement.”

Tong Lin (extreme right)

Elated about the win, Fiona and her team express gratitude to her lecturers in NYP. “This was not the result of a single person’s idea or effort, but the result of everyone’s creativity. Without the guidance from our lecturers, we may not have come up with such a great product.” The team now hopes to introduce Mangolina into the market and share this healthy dessert with everyone.

Have the desire to change the world with your invention? Be innovative and enterprising, choose your own adventure at NYP Open House from 7 to 9 Jan 2016!

Published in the Dec 2015 Issue of Teenage Magazine. Reproduced with Permission.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

GOING ABOVE & BEYOND


Education doesn’t stop at the diploma level. Read about how Kong Ren Hwai, Diploma in Nanotechnology & Materials Science alumnus built a strong foundation at Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) to further his education.

When you get excited and intrigued about the invention of new materials like carbon nano rod and composite materials, Nanotechnology & Materials Science might just be your cup of tea. That was why Ren Hwai decided to pursue Diploma in Nanotechnology & Materials Science. He thought he will enjoy studying it and true enough, he did.

Studying in NYP further fuelled Ren Hwai’s interest and curiosity, as he was continually amazed by semiconductor technology and the ability to build transistors that are smaller than the width of a human hair.

After graduation, Ren Hwai decided to study Materials Engineering, specialise in semiconductor, in Nanyang Technological University (NTU). He credits his lecturers in NYP and his industry attachment for his comprehensive knowledge in semiconductors. “I can appreciate the teachings by the professors much better than others,” Ren Hwai comments. “Presentations and group projects in NYP also equipped me with the soft skills needed when I was studying in NTU.”

More importantly, Ren Hwai picked up essential life skills in NYP that helped him adapt well in the dynamic working world. The opportunities he gained when he was in the NYP’s School of Engineering Club developed his endurance and trained him to venture out of his comfort zone to take on different challenges. Ren Hwai is now the process engineer at Micron Semiconductor Asia Pte Ltd where he is in-charge of one of the production processes and takes on projects for improving productivity, quality and cost reduction.

Inspired by his adventure in pursuit of further studies? Be innovative and enterprising, choose your own adventure at NYP Open House from 7 to 9 Jan 2016!

Published in the Nov 2015 Issue of Teenage Magazine. Reproduced with Permission.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Not just a Pet – Two NYP Students Share Their Experiences

Growing up with the trauma of being chased by a dog and scratched by a cat, I always frowned upon pet owners. However, two students I met at school changed my mind about the takeaways and joys of being a pet owner.
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Meet Ashley Toh, 19, from the Diploma in Social Sciences (Social Work), an owner of not one, not two… but FIVE cats!


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Back To School Blues? Or Not!



So the first semester did not go so well; you struggled with some modules, did not enjoy your group projects, student life, and were burned out at the end of the semester. Now that the long awaited semester break has come to an end, here are some tips on how to lead a more fulfilling semester!

Monday, November 2, 2015

10 Great Gifts You Can Get From D'Studio

One of the highlights of 2015’s second semester for the campus would be the newly opened D’Studio. Not only is it spacious and aesthetically pleasing, it is also located at the heart of the campus (Block A, level 2), right next to Cheers. This mini shopping area offers a varied range of merchandise including fashion apparels for both genders, accessories, make-up products, electronics, sportswear and equipment, collectibles and NYP’s very own wearables and accessories. Be it for birthdays or even festive occasions like Christmas, the variety of merchandise sold might just make it the perfect place for you to get your gift shopping done!

For Him

Here we have a range of different printed t-shirts sold at the price of $15. Almost everyone owns at least one printed t-shirt. It may be a souvenir you bought or a shirt with a great design, printed tees are amongst the most common apparels. Have a friend who always dons a printed tee to school? Drop by D’Studio and get him one more. It may not be anything extravagant or fanciful but at least you can be sure he will put it to good use. Not forgetting, the soft and light material is simply perfect for Singapore’s weather. From simple prints to vintage and grunge patterns, you’ll be sure to find something.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Is it Time to Buck Up?


22th September 2015 was the day our results were released. That had brought about different feelings from NYP students living all around Singapore. If you received the results you wished for, that is great. However, if you have received results that did not meet your expectations, then keep working harder and think of better methods to improve your grades.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

“They Changed My Life, so I’ll Change Theirs”

Photo credit: Jade Teo

Just about anyone can volunteer to aid the less fortunate, but would he/she be willing to do so for 18 years?

Ms Sherlyn Khong (pictured above) has been motivated to help since her first trip to the Philippines when she was 22 and, has even founded a non-profit organisation (NGO) called “acts29”.
Since then, the NYP alumnus, who has an IT diploma, has continued to travel to Payatas in Quezon City, Philippines’ biggest open dumpsite, with other volunteers, to aid the community living around it.

Monday, October 12, 2015

NYP students are confident and creative, says Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology


Nanyang Polytechnic hosted students from Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, Vietnam, who visited Singapore on a cultural exchange trip, where they learned about health-care science, animation and interactive design.

Ms Dao Nguyen Nhat Huynh, Mr Vo Luu Tuan Minh, and Mr Nguyen Phuc Quynh Chau , students from Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology came forth, and shared their 3-weeks experience in Nanyang Polytechnic and Singapore. The facilities in NYP were what impressed them the most when asked about their experience in NYP, as there are not many labs back home in their university. They also provide for good contextual teaching and learning.

“There are a lot of labs here in NYP, which help us apply what we have learnt through books, most of the time we would just memorize this stuff, with very little time actually handling them. Also, the facilities such as canteen, and library make it very good and easy to learn”, said Huynh, the only girl amongst the three students.

Minh added that the campus is a very vibrant, which provides forgood learning experiences, thus allowing for more creativity from its students.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Interview with Ms Karen Chia

Ms Chia (extreme right, in red) with her students

It may be the term-break for most students, but most lecturers are already busy planning lessons for the next semester. Ms Karen Chia from the School of Business Management (SBM) is no exception. She is a personal mentor to her class MK1321 - Diploma in Marketing, and also lectures on “Entrepreneurship and International Business”, a module that is infamous for being one of the most challenging of the SBM modules. Having been with NYP for 11 years, her passion towards her students and teaching has not withered since Day One.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

My Failure was a Blessing in Disguise


My lecturer confirmed last Friday that I had failed my industrial placement module for year 3 semester 1.

This revelation had actually lifted much anxiety that had been weighing me down ever since I began my supplementary attachment. I had been feeling insecure over my industrial placement grade, thinking of how badly I had done. There was even a side of me that hoped that my grade would miraculously be good. At least now, the truth has come knocking: I can conclude that I had flunked.

Despite my failings, I was thankful my lecturers did not give up on me. They believed that there was potential in me to do better. And this was why they decided to give me a second chance by letting me undertake a supplementary placement.

Initially, I felt rather apprehensive about this supplementary placement, as it would be my final shot at proving my calibre as a social worker- if I don’t get my act up, it would sadly indicate that I wasn’t suited for this profession. Knowing that this was the last chance I had to prove my worth, I went all out. I had to push myself to get equipped with the adequate skill sets for this profession. The time had come for me to stop being a “client”. I had to step up to show my competencies as a social worker.

As it turned out, repeating this industrial placement module happened to be one of the best things that has ever happened to me! The challenges I encountered were no doubt daunting, but they were just what I needed to learn and grow in my pursuit of the vocation I am called into.

In an attempt to redeem myself, I was, in a way, “coerced” to learn to do things right.

During my previous placements, I made some serious errors regarding my written assignment and daily journals. My misinterpretation of the task requirement led me to the wrong approach, which resulted in me being heavily penalised, one of the main reasons why I failed.

My daily journals used to be filled with egocentric narratives about my experiences, thoughts, opinions, and immature “preachings”. To make things worse I so naively believed they would enable me to do well and wrote up to 10 times more words than the required word limit. The truth was, I lacked professionalism: the world doesn’t revolve around me.

Using a particular friend’s journal entries as reference, I was struck by the level of critical thinking professionals should have in their journal entries. Though writing in this manner was not something I was comfortable with, I needed to alter my narrow worldview to excel in this profession. I forced myself to step out of my comfort zone, I was determined not to repeat the same mistakes.

To get adequate content for my daily reflections, I asked more questions and took the initiative to offer my assistance whenever possible, leading me to gain more insights and new experiences.

Through a meeting with one of the lecturers, I learnt that I had made a grave mistake in the way I wrote my written assignment. Similarly to my journal, I had written it in the form of a “diary entry”.

Ashamed by my ignorance, and in my desperate need to do well in my written assignment, I started to inquire more whenever there were opportunities. The new internship environment I was placed in was highly supportive. Colleagues provided me with deeper insights on the application of theories and professional strategies I could use in my written assignment. Furthermore, I learnt to do referencing for the first time, which was something I had been excusing myself from all this while.

Repeating this placement not only helped me to develop more professionally in terms of my writing, it enabled me to break away from my own narrow minded assumptions of how things should be, opening my eyes to how professionals in the social work sector work.

On a more personal level, this attachment brought a paradigm shift to my perceived ideas about what I can achieve. Often focused on my physical and cognitive impediments, I would set limitations on what i can do. Admittedly, I often allow the fear of failure to inhibit me from trying.

However, this time it was urgent. I could not continue to be insecure, unless I wanted to be disqualified from ever becoming a social worker. Thus, I acceded to whatever was required of me, which included lugging my heavy laptop all the way to and from office, and staying late at night for the night shift.

Not only did I have to carry my heavy and bulky materials for work to office, I took around 1 hour to travel per direction. Hence, the fatigue of traveling often overwhelmed me before I even started work. Moreover, I would arrive before 9 am and leave after 9 pm at least once a week! For anyone, this tiresome lifestyle would be so draining already. It was even more exhausting for me, someone who is so flawed in terms of cognitive and physical abilities.

Regardless of the difficulties of this supplementary placement, I simply strived, taking on whatever came my way… and I am proud to say: I did it!

Now as I look back, I am glad I challenged myself. I could make those milestones after all! The improvements were only made possible because I dared to try. I found sufficient courage to give myself this chance largely because I wanted to surpass my limitations.

Surely, this experience indicates that I can certainly expect more from myself. As the days go by, I'm getting stronger and the things I can handle have improved tremendously. I just have to believe in myself, that I can achieve little but nonetheless significant milestones to my eventual success.

Failures are an unavoidable part of life, whether we like it or not. But they can also be opportunities for growth when we embrace them. At times, the defeat may be crushing to our souls. Nevertheless, we are invited to regain our foothold and use failures as stepping stones to success.

For me, this failure is akin to a door to hone my abilities for my future, which helped me to develop in ways I never would have imagined.

By Matthew Tan Ser Yung, Diploma in Social Science (Social Work)  



Matthew is 20 and pursuing his Diploma in Social Sciences (Social Work) at NYP. He may have suffered a traumatic brain injury in a judo competition and may have lost his hopes of becoming a judo champion,  but he has found new passion and interest in writing. He is happy to share how he feels and thinks, and hopes to encourage his readers with his writing.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

SINGING SENSATION

Winning the coveted championship title for NYP Jam! 2015 might’ve been their highlight of the year, but we spoke to the winners, Velonza Michah Jomille Laza (NYP Jam! 2015 NYP Champion) and Tiara Maimun Iskandar (NYP Jam! 2015 Secondary School Champion), to find out their biggest takeaway from the competition.


NYP Jam! 2015 NYP Champion
Velonza Michah Jomille Laza (middle in picture)
School of Engineering

A final year student studying for her Diploma in Digital & Precision Engineering, Michah’s NYP Jam! journey was riddled with obstacles – from nearly missing the registration deadline, to recovering from tonsillitis the day before the finals. Subscribing to the mantra “Quitters never win, and winners never quit”, Michah is a determined soul that never backs away from challenges.

Monday, September 7, 2015

10 Productive Ways to Spend Your Term Break

Exams are finally over and the term break has started. So how do we spend our term break productively and not waste our time away? Here are 10 ways to make efficient use of your term break:

1) Sports

Ever felt passionate about certain sports that you always wanted to try out but just could not because of your busy schedule? Since term break is here and there are no classes, use this chance to try out sports you have always wanted to try out, be it football, badminton, squash or anything else. NYP’s sports facilities are available throughout the term break, so grab this chance to try out a sporting activity!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Is PFP Worth It? Two PFP Students Share Their Experiences


While most students proceed with tertiary education after obtaining an O-Level certificate or upon completing their studies in an ITE institution, Ryan Christian Misson (above)  and Amira Binte Ismail (below) are part of a fortunate minority in Singapore’s Normal (Academic) cohort – securing a spot in NYP a year earlier than their peers in secondary school. Having obtained outstanding GCE N-Level results, they qualified for the recently introduced Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP). Instead of sitting for the O-Levels as a Secondary 5 student, they skipped their O-Levels and spent a year in PFP. Now, they have graduated and are currently in Year 1.


 In PFP, the curriculum structure consists of both common modules and domain specific modules
 relevant to their respective courses in Year 1. The common modules are similar to what is taught in secondary school – Language & Communication (English), Mathematics, Life Skills / National Education (Civics and Moral Education) and Physical Education. As for the domain specific modules, they are dependent on one’s chosen course.

For Ryan, a Diploma in Animation student, he took modules like Design Foundation and Applied Arts. Amira, a Diploma in Mass Media Management student, took modules like Contemporary Business Studies and Fundamentals of Accounting and Finance. This foundation year, also known as Year 0, acts as a bridge from secondary school to polytechnic.

Here’s what Ryan and Amira have to say about their experiences in their PFP year.

We Shine Brighter in the Darkness

Every day, life is spent filled with unpredictability. As students in NYP, we do face all sorts of challenges in our daily lives. An unexpected conflict between project group mates, financial issues, social issues, power struggle between classmates, etc.

Anything can happen.

But that is not all there is to life. How a person lives when things do not go his/her way depends on himself or herself.

Napoleon Hill once said: “Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” I cannot agree more. If someone was born perfect, there’s no way he or she could ever be human. They would never understand what it is like to hit rock bottom, to get back on their feet, or be able to empathize with those around them.

I decided to ask some NYP students what they are proud of, and what would they like to change about themselves.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

What’s in Farid’s bag?

What’s in Farid’s bag?



This week, Yusuf Chouthury Shaik Farid, a Year 2 student from the Diploma in Molecular Biotechnology, shares with us what’s in his bag.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Being Homeless for a Day


While Singapore might have achieved prosperity, there are still some  homeless people in Singapore who are often invisible and forgotten. That is why we, a team of Year 3 students from the Diploma in Social Sciences (Social Work), decided to focus on the homeless for our Final Year Project (FYP).

Monday, July 27, 2015

SBM Angels in Operation


What started out as a normal sunny day in NYP, ended with an experience to remember for approximately 100 students involved in Operation SBM.

What exactly is Operation SBM? It is an event organized by the SBM Club to educate preschoolers on the importance of cherishing Earth.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

What's good at Foodgle?


Since the start of this month, Foodgle Hub Food Court has gained the title of being Nanyang Polytechnic’s 5th canteen. Located in the newly built Block P Convention Centre, the food court is open every weekday from 7.30am to 7.30pm, and Saturday from 7.30am to 2pm. It features several brand-new stalls!

What’s even better about the food court is that diners there can enjoy their food in an air-con environment!  Yes, this is our second air-conditioned food court!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

SIDM Art Interactive Experience - Meeting Creative Minds

Recently, in June, the School of Interactive & Digital Media (SIDM) held a 3-day exhibition at the ArtScience Museum. Entitled the SIDM Art Interactive Experience, many artworks from students and alumni were showcased. This is the second year the ArtScience Museum was hosting SIDM. This year, our alumni were also invited to exhibit their works to celebrate SIDM’s 20th anniversary. I headed down to the exhibition and here are is what I saw.

Food Artist Catherine Leck

 The chameleon’s skin is made out of nerd candies! Who would’ve thought!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Going for Gold: NYP Competitors Gearing Up for WorldSkills

Behind you all the way!  NYP staff and senior management showing their support for our competitors at the tea session.
Recently, Singapore concluded the 28th SEA Games with an impressive 259-medal haul, surpassing the nation’s past record of 164 medals. However, we’re not quite done winning yet.
Come 11th to 16th August 2015, 22 competitors coming from the institutions of higher learning, will represent Singapore at the biennial 43rd WorldSkills Competition to be held in held in São Paulo, Brazil.

Of those 22, 10 are NYP students or graduates.  They will be competing in 8 skill areas ranging from Health & Social Care to Mobile Robotics. The competitors were all gathered at the NYP Lounge for a tea session on 12 June.  Attendees included former NYP Principal & Chief Executive Officer Mr Chan Lee Mun, Deputy Principal Mr Edward Ho and NYP staff who play an important role in coaching or training the competitors.

In his speech, Mr Chan encouraged the competitors to do their best.  He also noted that a haul of gold medals would make an excellent welcoming gift to Ms Jeanne Liew, who would be succeeding him as the new Principal & CEO of NYP come 1st July 2015. Mr Chan retired on 30 June 2015.

Let’s meet some NYP competitors and learn about their journey to WordSkills.

Health & Social Care: Lim Ling

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Celebrating SG50 with a Commemorative Cookbook!

The 11 chefs who contributed to the SG50 commemorative cookbook
 To celebrate Singapore’s 50th birthday, NYP  launched a commemorative cookbook at its very own L’Rez restaurant, on 10th June 2015. Called “The Singapore Heritage: Past, Present and Future”, the cookbook is co-authored by Dr Leslie Tay and features the recipes of two very talented NYP students and 9 renowned local chefs, including executive chef Tony Khoo.

8 Simple Ways to Help Keep our Campus Clean


On a typical weekday,  thousands of students and staff walk through NYP’s corridors. With the large number of people using its facilities on a day-to-day basis, our cleaning staff need to work hard to maintain the cleanliness in campus. Their hard-work often goes unnoticed, especially when we take the things they do for granted. 

Finding a clean and conducive studying environment around campus is easy thanks to our cleaning staff. Therefore, why not show our appreciation by helping to keep the campus clean?

Kids Impress at Robopreneur Carnival 2015

As early as 8 am in the morning on Saturday, 4th Jul 2015, Primary and Secondary students and their teachers started flocking to the NYP atrium to register and set up their booths. The atrium and auditorium were soon filled with students. The competitive spirit was in everyone’s hearts as students proudly displayed their SG50 themed robots, which they created in workshops held earlier. The aim of the event was to engage Primary and Secondary school students to enhance their thinking skills while having a fun filled learning experience with robotics.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

True Beauty Runs Deep


In a co-ed tertiary institution like Nanyang Polytechnic, it seems everybody wants to be beautiful. Reasons may vary. It may be simply to attract the attention of the opposite gender, to find a companion, or for one to feel more confident in class.

Some of us may become especially conscious about how we look, because we secretly hope to attract the cutest girl or guy to fall in love with us.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

What are you afraid of?


Ever since the beginning of time, fear is known for doing many things. Lurking deep in our hearts, fear constricts, hinders, and may even break the spirits and minds of people.  It eats at us from the inside, assaulting us with past failures and doubt, paralyzing us against our true potential.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Record Breaking Dance-Off at NYP!


On Saturday afternoon 20 June 2015, Nanyang Polytechnic hosted Singapore’s largest Zumba dance as part of the “SG50 Harmony Swing” at the NYP Stadium.  Despite the hot weather, a record breaking number 3,578 participants showed up! We definitely beat Singapore’s previous record of 1,162 participants!

What’s in a future designer’s bag?

 Ever wondered what's in the bag of a future graphics designer, a visual effects artist or an animator? Look no further! Quench your curiosity as I inspect Valery Seng’s bag. She is a Year 1 Motion Graphics & Broadcast Design student.



Of course, you would expect a laptop! What is poly life without a laptop right? Valery here owns the Macbook Pro 15-inch. The extra 2 inches is definitely useful as she needs to create and edit pieces on software like Photoshop and After Effects. This particular model weighs a hefty 2kg! Valery will definitely train her muscles carrying this.


Here’s an unconventional pencil case! In it is a notebook that is vital for a course without worksheets. But look closely, the black and white stick is actually a KNIFE! Being in a design course means there is a lot of crafting and cutting. So this X-ACTO knife is definitely handy in class. She also has a pen to take notes with, and a kneadable eraser for her Fundamentals of Drawing class!


On days when Valery has Colour Theory classes, she brings along these essentials. A lot of fun painting is involved. Here are paints in various colours, brushes of different shapes and sizes and a palette to mix her paints. That yellow bucket is for water. Why so many compartments? Valery was recently taught that a three-step cleanse is essential for a squeaky clean brush, and also, a section of clean water is important for keeping your painting wet.

 A long day in school means you’re hungry all day! So Valery carries along some sweets to keep her energised as she faces her lectures. Mint flavoured candy is definitely refreshing. Yummy!



Is your curiousity quenched yet? It’s pretty fun to look at students’ bag from different schools. Do keep a lookout for future editions of What’s in Your Bag! 

Written by Siti Hawa Noorashikeen, Diploma in Motion Graphics & Broadcast Design