On 29 August 2015, SUTD marked a significant milestone with the graduation of its pioneer batch of undergraduate students enrolled in May 2012. In total, 308 students received their bachelor and masters’ degree certificates from Singapore President and SUTD Chancellor, Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, at the Graduation ceremony. Gracing the event was also Minister for Education, Mr Heng Swee Keat, who gave the graduation speech.
Quotes from SUTD graduating students:
“My time at SUTD has been truly ineffable, opening doors and giving me opportunities not found in other universities. With the school’s support, my peers and I were successful in our venture to set up a beer brewery student club. More significantly, SUTD has played an instrumental role in turning my final year capstone project into a startup by providing industrial and academic guidance, monetary support and incubation facilities. I am thrilled to be working full-time on this startup and I owe it all to SUTD.”
Aditya Batura, 23, an aspiring entrepreneur and graduate from the Information Systems Technology and Design pillar, will be working in his own startup company, which spun off from his final year capstone project.
“The skills I have learnt at SUTD will facilitate my lifelong goal to ‘disable disabilities’ through technology and design. This will allow me to help produce useful tools that can assist PwDs to lead equitable lives minimising disadvantage and maximising opportunities.”
Another aspiring entrepreneur and graduate from the Engineering Product Development pillar, Ken Chua, 24, who has great empathy for the disabled, has set up his own social enterprise, (these)abilities, to work closely with persons with disabilities (PwD), to design and build assistive technology products that are cheaper and more functional than what is currently in the market.
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