Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Education,
Mr Andrew Chong, Chairman,
ITE Members of the ITE Board of Governors,
Distinguished Guests, Industry Partners,
Graduands, Parents, ITE Colleagues,
Ladies and Gentlemen
Today, we celebrate the graduation and achievements of 14,091 students and adult learners from ITE’s Full-time, Part-time, Traineeship, Technical Diploma and Work-Study Diploma programmes for Academic Year 2022/2023. While most of the graduands are receiving their Nitec and Higher Nitec certification, 501 graduands are receiving their diploma.
To all graduands, our warmest Congratulations!
Graduands, your achievements are both the result of your own hard work and perseverance, as well as the dedication of your lecturers and the support of your family members. I invite everyone to express our congratulations to the graduands and their family members as well as our appreciation to the ITE lecturers.
Different Starting Points, Different Choices, Different Journeys of Success
Each graduand’s journey in ITE is different. I wish to share the journey of 6 graduands to reflect their struggles and triumph over their past set- backs, the choices they made and their determination to build a brighter future for themselves.
- Muhammad Cairel Bin Razali. Muhammad Cairel enrolled in Nitec in Western Culinary Arts in January 2015. After graduating in December 2016 with a commendable GPA of 3.149, Cairel decided to serve his National Service. He returned to ITE in April 2020 to enrol in the Technical Diploma in Culinary Arts. Cairel had two internship stints – 6 months at Table 65 (a fine dining restaurant in Resorts World Sentosa) and 3 months at Raffles Hotel Osteria Bar & Billiard Room. Cairel has done exceedingly well and is the top graduate of the Technical Diploma course. Cairel aspires to be an Executive Chef and to own his own restaurant one day. He has enrolled with Institut Paul Bocuse (IPB) for the Master’s Degree in Culinary Leadership and Innovation. Cairel will start his studies in IPB next month and he is given a scholarship of 5,000 euros from the French Embassy in Singapore.
Tan Chong Boon. Chong Boon is one of our mature graduands at 45 years old. He was working in the F&B industry when the Covid-19 pandemic began in 2020. His job was significantly affected. Chong Boon decided he should learn new skills and pivot to another industry sector. He enrolled in ITE’s CET Higher Nitec in Cyber & Network Security in October 2020. As a mature and highly motivated learner, Chong Boon excelled and achieved a perfect GPA of 4.0. His Higher Nitec qualification helped him secure a full-time job at Netpoleon Solutions in November 2022 as an Associate Support Engineer. In April this year, his employer sponsored Chong Boon for his Work-Study Diploma in Cyber Security and Forensics.
The six stories of our graduands represent all the individual stories of the 14,091 graduands. They had their different set-backs and struggles. They made different choices and chose different pathways. They were very determined and they pushed themselves very hard.
Graduands, my staff and I are privileged to be able to work alongside you, to cheer you, guide you and support you in your journey in ITE. Today, we are exceedingly proud of you and very pleased to celebrate your achievements with you and your family. We are confident that beyond ITE, you will continue to learn, thrive and succeed.
Once again, our Congratulations on your current achievements. We wish you more success and achievements in the years ahead! Be a strong ambassador and advocate for ITE.