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Have Come A Long Way
how far can ITE graduates go? Quite a long way, going by those honoured
at the Rotary-ITE Alumni Achiever Awards Presentation Ceremony held at
the ITE Headquarters on 21 February 2003.
Some were multi-millionaire entrepreneurs. Others, erudite academics.
Even the rare few who have taken less trodden paths - a TV star and a
water polo coach - each valued his ITE foundation as paving the way for
success. Among them, five stood out. They were: Sandy Oh, Abdul Wahab
b Abdul Rahman, Vincent Ng, Lau Kum Weng and William Sim.
Presenting the Awards, the Mayor for Central Singapore District and Member
of Parliament for Jalan Besar GRC, Mr Heng Chee How, applauded the recipients’
achievements as being inspirational to fresh ITE graduates. In his address,
Mr Heng also said: “The achievements of the award nominees clearly
demonstrate the success of an ITE education. It is an education that produces
graduates, who contribute to society and serve the community.”
We Salute the Recipients of the
Rotary-ITE Alumni Achiever Awards 2003...
Enterprising Graduate Awardee - Sandy
For turning his company around, Mr Sandy Oh is an entrepreneur to boot.
Univac Precision Pte Ltd, which he bought over for a mere $2,000, is today
a $132-million business enterprise. It manufactures engineering plastic
injection moulds for the local and global markets.
“I got where I am today, thanks to the ITE education. It has taught
me to respect genuine effort and helped build my sense of risk-taking,”
said Mr Oh. He graduated in 1973 with the National Technical Certificate
Grade 2 (now Nitec) in Precision Engineering.
Professional Achievement Awardee - Abdul
Wahab b Abdul Rahman
When it comes to learning, Associate Professor Abdul Wahab b Abdul Rahman
makes it a professional lifelong pursuit. After graduating from ITE in
1972 with an Industrial Technician Certificate (now Higher Nitec),
he went on to take up his Diploma, followed by his Bachelor’s and
He is presently teaching Computer Engineering at the Nanyang Technological
University, but the gungho academic is going after his PhD in Artificial
Intelligence and Signal Processing. Juggling both may take acrobatic efforts,
but Prof Abdul Wahab hopes his experience could show that an ITE graduate
would succeed if he or she were willing to work hard.
Achievement in Arts Awardee - Vincent
Combining wushu and acting, MediaCorp artiste Vincent Ng has
brought the Chinese martial arts to TV audience nationwide. His inclination
for both was recognised through the Award, an accolade the rising star
said he owed to his ITE teachers.
“They encouraged me to pursue my love for wushu. Opportunities
were also created for me to train for competitions,” said Vincent.
He represented Singapore nationally at the SEA Games, bringing home numerous
gold medals between 1989 and 1997. Vincent graduated from ITE in 1993
with a National Technical Certificate Grade 2 (now Nitec) in
Achievement in Sports Awardee - Lau
The usually impassive Mr Lau Kum Weng would beam at the mention of water
polo, his favourite sports. It is a passion he has nurtured while at ITE,
where sporting pursuits are encouraged, and chances created for greater
Representing the Singapore Water Polo Team in the SEA Games from 1981
to 1985, he notched up golds galore. However, he later turned towards
coaching. Out of the many teams he trained, Mr Lau has produced national
players from Hwa Chong Junior College, Anglo-Chinese School (Independent),
National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University.
He graduated with a National Technical Certificate Grade 3 [now Nitec
(Intermediate) Certificate] in Electronics.
Achievement in Community Service Awardee
- William Sim
Starting out young, Mr William Sim got involved in community service when
he used to follow his uncle to grassroots functions, entertaining guests
with magic shows. Today, he may have retired his wand, but he still volunteers
at the residents’ and grassroots’ committees in neighbourhood
constituencies, as well as Town Council community committees.
Mr Sim graduated in 1972 with a trade certificate [now equivalent to Nitec
(Intermediate) Certificate] in Furniture Making. Keeping in touch with
ITE through the Alumni, he observed that, “ITE has come a long way.
I feel proud to be associated with the institution and getting the Award
adds to it.”
For distinguishing themselves significantly in the fields of business
enterprise, professional pursuit, the arts, sports or community service,
these ITE graduates are worthy of the Awards. First presented in 2000,
the Awards celebrate the collaboration between the ITE Alumni Association
and the Rotary Club of Bugis Junction, Singapore.
Winners of Rotary-ITE Alumni Achiever Awards
Famous faces and illustrious individuals. Like this year's recipients,
the ITE graduates honoured with the inaugural Rotary-ITE Alumni Achiever
Awards presented in 2000 have done ITE proud. They were: soccer
icon Fandi Ahmad, fashion designer Esther
Tay, young entrepreneur Hong Hee Meng,
community service veteran Sarjit Singh and Silicon
Valley CEO Sam HO.