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Anyone who meets Gabriel will find him a friendly, humble and humorous guy. He is always willing to offer a kind word or a helping hand and without a doubt a well-rounded and popular member of his class.

Even as a MOHH HMA scholar (allocated to Tan Tock Seng Hospital), he contributed actively in ROBUST (Recruitment Operations & Business Strategy Team) recruitment and branding efforts.

At the National Healthcare Group Scholars’ meet-ups, he is always participative and readily gives his insights on current nursing issues. Over years, we have seen him grown into a fine young man and his personality never wavered. Thus it was a great delight (but not much of a surprise) when he clinched the Singapore Nurses’ Association (SNA) Silver Medal Award on top of his Diploma in Nursing (with Merit)!

The SNA Silver Medal Award is a distinguished award given to individuals with exemplary academic achievements and Gabriel is truly deserving of this. Gabriel also received the Edusave Certificate of Academic Achievement and was in the NYP Director’s List for all semesters.

As usual, he downplays his achievement and takes everything in his stride with grace and humour. Gabriel is currently working at a vaccination centre and plans to travel before he starts his undergraduate studies at Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT).

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Pacific Prime USD1000 Scholarship Grant Opens to Asia Pacific Students

Pacific Prime opened its Scholarship Program 2022 to students of any age or nationality enrolled in either a full-time or part-time program in an educational institute in the Asia Pacific region. The scholarship program awards one exceptional student a bursary of USD$1,000 to offset study costs.

The award is determined by an essay submission. Applicants must submit an original essay between 600 and 1,000 words on the topic, “The Importance of Good Mental Health in Academia” by 30 September 2022. The scholarship recipient will be announced on 1 November 2022.

Neil Raymond, Founder and CEO of Pacific Prime, said: “Pacific Prime’s scholarship program is a key pillar of our CSR initiatives because we believe that education is a right, not a privilege. Our essay-based scholarship this year not only offers one deserving student financial help, but also encourages students to understand the importance of good mental health. As COVID-19-related school closures and online learning over the past two years must have taken a toll on students’ wellbeing, prioritising mental health will be the way forward for them.”


NUS Ranked Asia's Top University for 5 Consecutive Years

NUS was ranked Asia's best university in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) annual higher education ranking on 9 June 2022. NUS came in 11th globally, and has held the top position among Asian universities for the past five years the rankings. It comes ahead of institutes like University of Pennsylvania, The University of Edinburgh, Princeton University and Yale University.

Meanwhile, NTU lost its spot as 2nd best university in Asia to China's Peking University. It took 19th place, down from 12th last year.

This year's QS table is the largest with 1,418 universities included, up from 1,300 last year. Globally, the top 10 continued to be dominated by American and British universities.

NTU president Subra Suresh

NTU president Subra Suresh to step down in 2022 after Five Years

Come end December, Professor Subra Suresh will step down from his position as president of NTU. A search committee will be set up to identify his successor. Professor Suresh is the fourth president of NTU since its founding in 1991 and holds the Distinguished University Professorship, the highest faculty rank at the university.

Prof Suresh oversaw a number of key initiatives, from a university-wide consultation and development of the NTU 2025 Strategic Plan to establishing the NTU Sustainability Manifesto - its commitment to sustainability efforts - and a sustainability-linked bond which has raised $650 million. He has also remained active in research, publishing several papers with NTU researchers and local and global collaborators in top international journals.

In an e-mail message to students and staff, Professor Suresh said: "I will leave knowing that NTU is a world leader taking its rightful place among the top universities of the world. Together, we have strengthened NTU's foundation which my successor will be able to build on."


Global Ready Talent Programme by EnterpriseSG Grooms Young Talent

More than 15,400 young individuals have been matched with nearly 2,400 local firms on both local and overseas internships since the programme’s launch in 2019. Last year, EnterpriseSG supported about 6,500 internships and more than 1,500 companies, up from 5,000 internships and 1,300 companies in 2020.

The top three industries in terms of companies on board the programme are infocomm media and digitalisation, business services, and marine engineering services. The internships also show young individuals that they can have meaningful career development and growth opportunities within local enterprises.

Ms Lin Lixin, EnterpriseSG's director of industry human capital, told The Straits Times: "Even during the Covid-19 pandemic, companies did not let up on growing talent, and we saw an increase in the number of interns and companies joining the programme."

SMU Students

New $3m Scholarship for Needy SMU Students

A new $3m scholarship was introduced for needy students at SMU who are active in community outreach and show a strong academic track record. Each recipient of the bond-free scholarship will receive a sum of $10,000 annually to cover their four years of study at the university. The first batch of nine recipients for the upcoming academic year beginning in August will include students who are currently enrolled at SMU and incoming freshmen.

Named the JLFO-LHF Scholarship, it has been set up by the Lim Hoon Foundation (LHF), a private charitable trust of the JL Family Office (JLFO), to help cover recipients' annual tuition fees and study-related expenses.

Mr Andy Lim, group chief executive of JLFO and director of LHF, said: "At Lim Hoon Foundation, education is a cause that is close to our hearts because we believe it lays the foundation to a better future.”