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NTU EEE’s Class of 2017: Lee Hong Ze

Mr Lee Hong Ze is graduating with NTU EEE’s Class of 2017, achieving a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) with first class honours. He is a multiple award winner for the upcoming NTU Convocation for the following: Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal; Micron Gold Medal; and Motorola Book Prize. 

What is your favourite university activity?
My favourite university activity is none other than GEM Explorer. During my third year of study, I was fortunate enough to be able to experience one full semester as an overseas exchange student at Technical University of Munich in Germany. I got the wonderful chance to explore Germany and its culture, other than school life in the campus and the classrooms. In addition, I took the opportunity to travel around Europe and I made a lot of friends along the way. I really appreciate that NTU highly encourages its students to participate in at least one overseas programme throughout their enrolled period of study. As NTU students, we are definitely very fortunate because we are given a ton of choices in attending global universities due to the strong partnerships established between NTU and them. My exchange programme experience was the most precious memory that has been created in my life (to date).

What are some experiences you had as a NTU EEE student?
I remember that I began to aim for the top of the cohort and to achieve the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal during my second year of study. The most difficult part was to find the balance between handling all the school and CCA workloads, building relationships with my social circle, and taking care of my own lifestyle. I always kept myself motivated through some uplifting religious text, and sustained the strong belief in achieving my target through real actions.

All the hard works paid off and I am very grateful that I am now awarded the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal. However, reflecting now on my impending graduation, I come to the conclusion that the most precious reward is not the medal, but the adventures that I went through as a NTU EEE student! They unequivocally equipped me to be a more capable individual. 

What do you like about NTU EEE?
That’s easy to list – The excellent curriculum, the great facilities, the friendly faculty, staffs, peers, and the “one degree with many opportunities”!

What are some of your achievements while being a NTU EEE undergraduate?
I won the 2nd runner up of Impresario 2017. It was a nationwide singing competition organised jointly by the Lee Wei Song School of Music and NTU Cultural Activities Club. Singing has always been my passion. I’m really grateful to my vocal mentor and all my fellow friends who strongly supported me and built my confidence throughout the competition. I also got to know a lot of new friends who shared the same interest in music as me and greatly expanded my musical network in Singapore.

What are your plans after graduating?
I am currently under the Product Management Programme in Shopee to establish my career in information technology.

What do you have to say to current and future undergrads?
If you want to achieve something, stop selling yourself short. I do not have much differences with you or my peers, I was just an ordinary student. It is not about how much smarter you are than others in terms of your intelligence level, it is all about the belief that you possess about your own capability, the belief that you have a much greater potential than you can think of. Your achievement is defined by yourself, start working on it now!



Published on: 31-July-2017 ​​​​​​​​​

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