SIM-UOL Achievers Event sees record number of First Class Honours

Chua Xin Di reports on a record-breaking Achievers Event at the Singapore Institute of Management
Winners of the Academic Achievement Award
Some of the recipients of the Academic Achievement Award pictured with LSE and SIM staff
This year marked the 30th anniversary of SIM teaching the University of London programmes and the 10th anniversary of the Achievers Event

250 students, alumni, faculty and staff attended the 2016 Achievers Event to celebrate the academic success of our SIM-University of London graduates on 5 November. This year signifies an important milestone for our achievers as a record of 191 graduating students earned themselves a Bachelor of Science degree with First Class Honours, surpassing last year’s 169! This is despite the Class of 2016 being a smaller graduating cohort!

In attendance were University of London and lead college representatives Ms Elizabeth Aitken, (Director of the LSE Office for the University of London International Programmes and Director of the LSE Summer Schools and Executive Programmes), Dr Maggie Cooper, (Director of the University of London International Computing Programmes at Goldsmiths), Mr Bill Abraham, (the University of London's Director for Development) and his team members, Ms Holly Peterson and Ms Layal Marten, and Mr Andrew Mellor, (the University of London's Regional Business Development Manager). 

SIM's scorecard:

  • 191 BSc graduates with First Class Honours.
  • 34 University of London Prize Winners.
  • 32 students who topped the world in their respective papers.
  • 26 University commendations.
  • 12 Diploma in Economics graduates with Distinction.
  • 3 International Foundation Programme graduates with Distinction

"Becoming the candidate with the top mark in the world calls for a celebration, especially when there were 3,800 candidates for the same paper."

These achievements did not happen overnight. To attain a degree with First Class Honours, one needs to have scored distinctions in at least five full courses. Becoming the candidate with the top mark in the world calls for a celebration, especially when there were 3,800 candidates for the same paper (of which 2,400 were fellow students at SIM)! Some of these papers topped by SIM students saw a worldwide candidature of only 32 students, with almost all being classmates. We hoped that by providing our students and graduates with the information of how well their top score really was, it encourages them, especially if they have not graduated, to continue to excel. 

Beyond the students’ record of academic achievements, there was further cause for celebration as this year marked the 30th anniversary of SIM teaching the University of London programmes and the 10th anniversary of the Achievers Event.

Students at the 2016 Achievers EventThe British themed event was also a homecoming for our First Class Honours graduates of the past 10 years. Charles Tan, Class of 2007, went to London to further his studies at LSE on an LSE Scholarship. Prior to returning to Singapore recently, he was Director of Investment Trust Research at Cantor Fitzgerald in London. He is currently a co-founder of fintech startup Global Alternatives, which aims to launch the world's first global trading exchange for privately held real estate assets.

Another alumni, Lim Jiun Hong, Class of 2013, was offered admission to the University of Warwick, King’s College London and LSE to pursue master’s degrees. He chose to study at LSE where he completed an MSc Management, Information Systems and Innovation with Distinction. He is currently working in the Government Technology Agency as a Business Analyst where he helps agencies source and create innovative solutions with Technology.

Both Charles and Jiun Hong shared some words of wisdom with fellow alumni and students.

Maggie Cooper pictured with high achieving computing studentsAmong the alumni at the event were four recipients of the LSE scholarship for graduates of the University of London International Programmes. Esmond Hwee (Class of 2014), Alvin Chua (Class of 2013), Charles Tan (Class of 2007) and our very own Head of Programme, Dr Zhang Jianlin (Class of 2001). SIM thanked the LSE for these merit-based scholarships to study at the LSE. A total of 15 have benefited to date. Computing students and graduates were reminded of the new scholarship to study a master's at Goldsmiths, thanks to the initiative by Dr Maggie Cooper. (Dr Maggie Cooper pictured above right with high achieving computing students.)

Andrew Mellor, at SIM for the first time since he took over as regional business development manager for Southeast Asia, commented that he “was really impressed with each individual I met, from students to well-established alumni. Each had a unique and interesting story. Understandably students often ask me what the expected path after graduation is from our courses – the skills and confidence of the people I met demonstrated to me that our students develop the capabilities to have forged their own path to become leaders in their field.”

The event came to a close with everyone huddling for a group photograph. We are happy to be able to celebrate these academic achievements. Well done!

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