Three Master's Degrees, a Bachelor’s Degree, an Advanced Diploma, One Specialist Diploma, Two Diplomas, Three Certificates, Many Other Short Courses… and Counting!
by Vimala Christie
Among the 1,089 adult-learners who graduated from TP’s 28 part-time courses this year, was Mr Tan Wee Teck, who has not stopped learning since he started primary school 50 years ago!
Mr Tan is the founder and managing director of CONINT Pte Ltd, a building construction company. He is also the co-founder and executive director of Kai Hospitality, a 33-room conservation boutique hotel located in the heart of the city.
He started his work life with the Republic of Singapore Navy. During his eight-year tour, he served as a navigating officer on board a minesweeper, as well as a gunnery officer and an executive officer on board a missile gunboat. His last held appointment was at the commanding office of a coasted patrol craft. Upon leaving the Navy, Mr Tan went into the building and construction industry.
Among his educational achievements are a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; an MBA from University of Warwick; a Master of Science in Construction Law & Arbitration from King’s College, London and National University of Singapore (NUS) joint degree program, and a Master of Science in Intellectual Property Management from NUS.
With five children of his own, Mr Tan is passionate about providing affordable childcare education in Singapore. In 2013, he enrolled in the Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education part-time course in TP’s Temasek SkillsFuture Academy.
Having completed that, he went on to do the pioneer Advanced Diploma in Early Childhood Leadership course, which he has just graduated from. His singular dream now is to provide pro bono early childhood services in developing countries like Cambodia and Myanmar. With his strong business foundation, Mr Tan even plans to retrofit buses as libraries for village children in these countries, to get them excited about pre-school!
"You have to keep learning, or society will progress without you. Learning new things and staying engaged is part of the meaning of life,” said this truly lifelong learner.