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SIM-UOL Does It Again!

Ms Sylvia Yeo, Assistant Director, Higher Education 1, shares more on the university’s record-breaking achievement of graduates with First Class Honours and highlights some success stories.

The polytechnics from where the 218 Firsts graduated from

54% of the 218 Firsts are polytechnic graduates


Of the 218 Firsts, 32% are from overseas.

Of the 218 Firsts, 32% are from overseas.


It is yet another record-breaking year for SIM-UOL. The Class of 2017 who took their final examinations in May, saw 218 out of 2,100 complete their studies with First Class Honours, surpassing last year’s record of 191 Firsts.

218 out of 2,100 means about 10.4% of the cohort achieved top honours; more than last year’s 9.6%. This achievement is not just another statistic. In 2015, there was a bumper crop of 41 graduates with distinctions from the Diploma in Economics programme. A large number of them went on to achieve a First this year. Students are also more clued-in to what they can do to make a difference.

Carving Their Paths To Success

Among the 218 Firsts are three who were tasked to be the inaugural Senior Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) Leaders Nur Sabrina Bte Zainuren, Chang Kai Siang and Raymond Hong. The PAL programme refers to a programme whereby seniors help juniors with their academic course by coaching and mentoring them. How sweet it is that all three Senior PAL Leaders have achieved Firsts!

Sabrina, formerly from Innova Junior College, was a PAL leader for Introduction to Economics and Principles of Accounting. Being a Senior PAL Leader allowed her to meet new people and grow as an individual.

Senior PAL Leader, Nur Sabrina (right) with Ms Peggy Lim, Assistant Chief Executive of SIM Global Education.
Senior PAL Leader, Nur Sabrina (right) with Ms Peggy Lim, Assistant Chief Executive of SIM Global Education.

Darren Zeng (pictured below) is a BSc Banking and Finance graduate where 11.7% of the graduating cohort attained a First. Unlike most, Darren took a longer route in attending junior college and polytechnic before joining SIM. From Year 1, he knew he wanted to pursue a postgraduate degree at an acclaimed college. This Diploma in Marketing graduate from Temasek Polytechnic was granted partial exemptions. His reduced load in the final year at SIM GE allowed him to undertake a full-time internship and prepare for rigorous postgraduate admission interviews and aptitude tests. He was given admission to University College London, where he will pursue the MSc Finance programme in September 2017.

Darren Zeng (pictured below) is a BSc Accounting and Finance graduate where 13.7% of the graduating cohort attained a First.

Darren’s sentiments are echoed by Dr Zhang Jianlin, the Head of Programme, overseeing the LSE-led programmes. “SIM GE’s strong reputation has enabled us to attract many ambitious students who aim to excel from the day they enrol,” he said.

Sally Yeo was an Executive Committee member of the Student Representative Council. In her first year, she was awarded a UOL award for academic achievement worth £100 for being among the best in the world for the BSc Business and Management. In her second year, she topped the other 1,260 students worldwide for the Core Management Concepts paper. It is not surprising that she has graduated with First Class Honours in 2017. The BSc Business and Management degree was introduced in 2014 and A level graduates like Sally, who studied at Hwa Chong Institution, are part of the first cohort who completed the full programme without exemptions. 28 or 5.7% of the cohort have obtained a First.

Sally Yeo with her boyfriend Zachary Lee, who is one of the 191 Firsts for the Class of 2016.
Sally Yeo with her boyfriend Zackary Lee, who is one of the 191 Firsts for the Class of 2016.

Of the 218 Firsts, nine are graduates under the academic direction of Goldsmiths. Kong Zhen Wei started in the part-time degree programme at SIM-University of Wollongong. He found juggling between work and studies too demanding and withdrew to pursue the BSc Computing and Information Systems (CIS) degree full-time. Like many other CIS students, he also spaced his studies out to four years, collecting academic accolades along the way. We are pleased he has managed to achieve First Class Honours.

SIM GE isn’t waiting till graduation on 5 and 6 April 2018 to celebrate the academic successes of our graduands. On 21 October 2017, these 218 Firsts will come together with other current students who have received awards and prizes for the annual Achievers’ Event. Well done to all students and graduands!

Posted online, 29 August 2017