My 3.5 years in SUTD was epic to say the least – a truly ineffable experience! It is a privilege and honour to be an SUTD Pioneer. Not only do we get to leave behind our legacy, we get to live it by seeing the remarkable progress SUTD has made since its inception and our matriculation. Although I’m envious of the radical new opportunities that the current batches get to enjoy with new academic modules, specialisation tracks, double degree programmes and exciting exchange programmes; they’ll never get to experience the novelty and thrill of being Pioneers.
Aside from a world-class education in the ISTD Pillar, SUTD has unconditionally supported my peers and I in a myriad of unorthodox ventures – from setting up a beer brewery student club during our first year to converting our final year capstone project into a start-up by providing industrial and academic expertise in addition to monetary support and incubation facilities. We owe it all to SUTD!
SUTD equipped me with a solid technical foundation and practical application of concepts, allowing me to put them to use when I joined GovTech to develop citizen-centric products. In the increasingly complex world we live in today, multi-faceted problems can no longer be solved within a single area of expertise. SUTD has helped me broaden my skillsets in collaborating with cross functional teams, understanding and solving complex problems as well as exploring innovative approaches to meet user needs. Working on multi-disciplinary projects at SUTD and the study of the arts and humanities have provided me with multi-perspective analytical skills.
Apart from deep technical skills, at SUTD, I developed a keen understanding of a universal design methodology that is necessary to tackle large, complex and abstract design problems. We were trained not to shy away from interdisciplinary problems but embrace them. It has enabled me to traverse through leading institutions both in business (Citibank) and academia (Cambridge University). It is this compatibility of SUTD’s education with the needs of real businesses that the SUTD pedagogy shines.