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Cultivating Home-Grown Industry Leaders

Tue, 02/17/2015 Deanna Bonaparte
Cultivating Home-Grown Industry Leaders The Singapore-Industry Scholarship (SgIS) aims to nurture ambitious individuals and channel them into industries identified as key to Singapore’s social and economic progress. It is a product of a partnership between the Singapore Government and 41 enterprises that are forerunners in their industries.

Teo Chin is reaping the benefits of the SgIS and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at Nanyang Technological University. She shares that the unique selling point of the SgIS is its varied industry collaborations. “In an increasingly interconnected world, this idea of collaboration among varied industries under the same scholarship was very appealing to me. I wanted to be part of this multi-industry effort to strengthen Singapore’s economy,” she tells us.

An Organisation of Choice

The SgIS Full-Term and Mid-Term scholarships support a range of 13 industries, from Arts and Culture to Transportations and Logistics, ensuring that individuals with all talents and interests can match themselves to an organisation where they will grow. Teo Chin hopes to work in the thriving maritime sector – more specifically with PSA Corporation.

She elaborates, “PSA operates one of the world’s leading container ports, which is connected to a global network of up to 600 ports. In 2013, it handled over 32 million containers in Singapore alone. These are loaded with everyday necessities such as food, clothing and electronic goods, not just for Singapore but for the rest of the world.”

Ready for Her Future

Although she is only in the midst of her undergraduate studies, Teo Chin is already benefitting from a comprehensive development programme at PSA. She enthuses, “I already have the road ahead of me mapped out – my future job at PSA will see me lead a team that oversees container port operations. I have already been informed of upcoming internships that will expose me to port operations and allow me to interact with working professionals with diverse backgrounds.

“These will prepare me for what to expect when I begin my career. The SgIS team will also be organising networking events for me to interact and bond with SgIS recipients from other industries. I’m also looking forward to the upcoming tea session with PSA leaders where I will be given the opportunity to learn more about the latest developments at PSA.”
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