Hear From Our Students

My all-time favourite TP dish is the tom yum fried fish ban mian at Short Circuit canteen. It never fails to warm the soul.

Nur Umairah
Diploma in Medical Biotechnology
Captain, TP Women’s Football Team

Rock steady in sports and studies
At 15, Nur Umairah’s on-field talent and solid defensive abilities earned her first call up to Singapore’s Women’s National Team. She’s already on 10 caps – and counting – playing in international tournaments.

Always ready to impart her footballing experience and knowledge to her teammates, Umairah was part of the team that claimed the 2019 POL-ITE championships bronze place finish – ending TP’s five-year medal drought! For her contributions, she was a deserved SOF-Peter Lim Scholarship Encouragement Awardee in 2021.

The Loyang View Secondary School alumna is currently interning at Parkway Laboratory’s histology department, gaining invaluable real-world experience in the medical and healthcare industry. She has her sights set on pursuing a biological sciences degree after she graduates from TP. In the meantime, she intends to make a difference in women’s football and inspire other girls to play the beautiful game.

It’s got to be The Flavours food court. It’s air-conditioned and conveniently located at my TP School of Informatics & IT.

Aden Koh
Diploma in Game Design & Development
WorldSkills Singapore 2021 Gold Medallist

Our gamer and tech whiz
Aden had always dreamt about using his talents as a game developer to create and innovate projects that would help society. Joining TP’s Diploma in Game Design & Development proved a natural fit, and Aden has not looked back since.

At the recent WorldSkills Singapore 2021, the ITE College (Central) alumnus took the Gold Medal in the Mobile Applications Development trade category! It was a noteworthy achievement indeed, as Aden had not done any modules relating to the subject, and had to balance his course assignments and competition training at the same time.

A TP Scholar, Aden is also a UiPath Student Champion which requires him to host events on campus and educate students about Robotic Process Automation.

Next up for Aden is his TP internship. He is looking forward to gaining valuable industry experience and is working towards getting an attachment with world-renowned gaming companies such as Nexon and Ubisoft.

I loved hanging out in the various CCA clubrooms. They feel so alive and active – and are the best places to bond, work and play!

RK Suriya Varshan
Class of 2021, Diploma in Mechatronics
Public Service Commission (Engineering) Scholarship recipient

A PSC scholar with a big heart
Suriya’s TP internship with Home Team Science and Technology Agency inspired him to pursue an engineering career in public service, which he eventually will! In 2021, he received the prestigious Public Service Commission (Engineering) Scholarship, and will pursue an Engineering Product Development Pillar programme, specialising in robotics at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).

His time at TP as a Mechatronics student was certainly rich in meaningful experiences. He held various leadership positions as vice president of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, president of the Engineering Makers Club, and manager of the SUTD Electric Vehicle competition 2019 team. Academically, he excelled and graduated from TP in 2021 as the second highest student in his course cohort.

Inducted into TP’s Temasek LEADership Programme, Suriya found many volunteering opportunities, in which he actively participated. He also joined the People’s Association-Temasek Polytechnic programme, went through a community leadership programme and began volunteering with the Woodlands Youth Network (WYN) – which he still does today.

The slightly out-of-tune piano over at the Temasek Convention Centre! It provided great ambience during our study breaks when cramming for exams.

Keisia Dominique Lim-Urquhart
Class of 2021, Diploma in Culinary & Catering Management
WorldSkills Singapore 2021 Gold Medallist

Meet TP’s culinary queen

Keisia’s first foray in the WorldSkills Singapore (WSS) competition in 2020 ended with a commendable bronze win in the Restaurant Service category. Determined to clinch that elusive gold medal, she returned to WSS 2021 stronger and triumphantly clinched a first-place finish! With this win, she will go on to represent Singapore at the WorldSkills Shanghai competition in 2022.

At TP, a five-time Hospitality Institution of the Year winner at the World Gourmet Summit Awards, Keisia enjoyed many beneficial learning opportunities. One of these was landing a coveted internship with the world-renowned three Michelin-star restaurant, Les Amis. The CHIJ Katong Convent alumna also appreciates all the support she received and the extensive network she built when she was in TP, which helped her flourish and graduate top of her diploma course cohort in 2021.  

Keisia will continue to hone her craft with the Culinary Institute of America’s Bachelor of Business Administration in Food Business Management (Culinary Arts) programme. This will take her a step closer towards realising her dream of becoming a head chef of a fine dining restaurant, specialising in French cuisine.

The camaraderie and funny antics that always happen in TP’s design studios while my course mates and I hustle to finish up our projects!

Clarence Liu
Diploma in Communication Design
Designer, Budget 2021 logo for the Ministry of Finance

He’s going places with his love for design

In TP's award-winning School of Design, Clarence is enjoying a wide range of opportunities that have helped to enhance his natural talents for storytelling and illustration. These include being a finalist at the Taiwan International Student Design Competition and getting selected to join a four-member TP team that designed Singapore's Budget 2021 logo for the Ministry of Finance.

A Bedok South Secondary School alumnus, he also participated in WorldSkills Singapore 2021 Competition and received the Medallion for Excellence in the Graphics Design Technology category for his efforts. Now in his third year in TP, he recently completed his internship attachment with brand consultancy firm, Somewhere Else, and has gained invaluable experience in the fast-paced design industry that he intends to join in the near future.

Under TP's guidance, Clarence has learnt to approach design with meaning, purpose, and style. He always keeps an open mind to any possibilities or ideas and endeavours to create works that positively impact people's lives and inspire others around him!

The breezy environment at the School of Humanities & Social Sciences (level 8) is an ideal setting for group discussions.

Erica Chervon Tang
Diploma in Psychology
Champion of community causes

Her secret to living is giving

Erica Tang has a heart of gold and is a positive influence on the lives of others. When her family went through a crisis last year, she used the counselling skills and coping strategies gained from her diploma course to elevate her family members’ spirits and pull them through this adversity.

Erica has a passion in helping others and enriching lives. She volunteered with Etch Empathy, where she assisted and cooked with the visually impaired. She also spent time at the Singapore Association of Mental Health, teaching Microsoft platforms such as Word, Excel, and Paint 3D to the youth and elderly. Today, she continues to contribute her time to various causes to bring about positive changes to society.

The Bedok View Secondary School alumna and two-time TP Director’s List and Certificate of Academic Achievement awardee isn’t just a giver, but a true leader too. She took up the mantle of class chairperson in 2019 and 2020, and led our TP team to a first-place finish in the ASEAN Virtual Entrepreneurship Hackathon Competition 2020, amongst others!

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