An Empire Down Under

Among the dozens of AMS (Diploma in Aviation Management & Services) diploma holders at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia, was Jonathan Soh, who graduated with an AMS diploma (Merit & Course Silver medal) in 2011. He tells of his experience.

So many students from the Diploma in Aviation Management & Services (AMS) have been pursuing their degree at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia, that we can literally set up a mini AMS empire in the campus.

When I was in my final year, there were 9 of us pursuing a Bachelor of Aviation Management degree at UNSW. Armed with an AMS diploma from TP, we all received an exemption equivalent to one year, which means we needed just 2 years to get our degrees. (Wow, fast and good, so why not?)


Jonathan (right) and Caderina (2nd from right) with their AMS mates at UNSW

I believe we are privileged to get this exemption because of the direct relevance of our AMS diploma to our degree course here. In fact, as TP is the first local polytechnic to offer such a diploma course, I didn’t see any other Singaporean at UNSW with an aviation diploma that was not from TP!

In fact, my AMS diploma from TP has given me the necessary knowledge to excel in the aviation industry, and it also helped me to win the UNSW Golden Jubilee Scholarship at university. Well I was fortunate to have done well enough academically to earn this scholarship given by UNSW. But more importantly, the things that I learnt at university made so much more sense, and was so much easier to understand, because I had been exposed to it during my AMS course in TP.

How’s life here? Well, as you can see from the picture, we’re all covered up! Of course it’s much colder than in Singapore. But I kept myself cosy with the warm memories of my days in TP. One of my most memorable events in TP was the annual campus relay, where the entire AMS population, from Year 1 to Year 3, gathered to cheer and support our lecturers and student runners. To me, this reflected the strength of the course, a camaraderie and bond that have been built into its students, something which not many other courses can replicate.

At UNSW, we often got together with our AMS mates there to reminisce about our days at TP. One of my juniors, Caderina Lim, feels the same way too. She once said to me: “I remember how our AMS lecturers were always willing to share their personal work experiences and give us useful industry tips.”

I’m glad I took the AMS diploma course, because it enjoys strong recognition both locally and overseas, with universities in Australia, New Zealand, UK and USA offering between 1 to 2 years of exemption for degree programmes!

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Flashback: Jonathan receiving his diploma and course silver medal on Graduation Day @ TP


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