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NTU EEE graduand (Class of 2018): Neo Duan Kai

NTU EEE graduating student, Mr Neo Duan Kai, is part of our Class of 2018! He was on the team of organisers for an overseas cultural trip for NTU EEE students to South Korea, which turned out to be a fruitful and definitely memorable experience for him. We find out more about this NTU EEE graduand’s full and hands-on experiences in the School!

What were some of your favourite activities in NTU EEE?
“I think some of my favourite activities in NTU EEE have to do with my involvement in NTU EEE LEAD (Leadership Enrichment And Development programme). I’ve had the privilege of being a part of events like Overseas Cultural Trip (OCT), Overseas Community Involvement Project (OCIP) and others!

But some of my favourite activities in EEE are actually the daily school activities I participated in, like studying till the late hours in school with friends. School work and studies can be tough but goofing around with friends and hanging out together have become fond memories and really helped to provide motivation to push me through the work.

In a way, I feel that activities that involve meeting and interacting with others are my favourites as they really gave me a sense of community in NTU EEE.”

What do you like about NTU EEE?
“I have always had a love for both the science and the arts. In all my prior education experiences, it felt like I had to choose either one or the other. So why not choose both? I chose NTU EEE’s Information Engineering & Media (IEM) course specifically because of its multidisciplinary nature, where I could pursue my passion for both engineering and arts, and combine them both in a meaningful way!

In NTU EEE, I liked that there are so many avenues for students to develop and expose themselves outside of just our GPA. In terms of just considering the student organisations, there are EEE Club, EEE LEAD, Garage and Outreach, and each of these provide so many opportunities to develop ourselves personally! Academically too, there are so many project opportunities and workshops available which I think really provide valuable knowledge. In a way, it feels like there are so many avenues for students to pursue self-development!”

What are some of your experiences as an NTU EEE student?
“Interestingly, I’ve had the opportunity over the years in NTU EEE to be a part of many events that I never foresaw myself joining. Back when I was in year 1, I always thought I would lead a quiet university life. But along the way, I made friends who encouraged me to take the plunge, participate in events and take on responsibilities that I never thought I would. It got a little hard to juggle the various responsibilities, but these experiences exposed me to different situations and stretched my social and academic abilities as well!

I would say that the most interesting experience I had was in organising events such as the Overseas Cultural Trip (OCT) for EEE LEAD programme, which really broadened my perspective on what is possible for even students like us to accomplish. I, for one, never thought it possible to organise a trip to South Korea to visit the universities there, and had started planning for the OCT without any contacts to organisations or universities there. Getting replies from the universities’ staff and professors the first time was a genuine surprise, and to be able to build new relations with universities was an exciting yet humbling experience.“

What are some of your achievements while being an NTU EEE undergraduate?
“While I was an undergraduate, I was heavily involved in EEE LEAD. As mentioned, I was the organiser of OCT for LEAD, as well as served as a publicity director. For the OCT trip, we managed to secure visits and establish relations with top universities in South Korea like Seoul National University and KAIST as well as industrial visit to Samsung. As publicity director, together with a team of LEAD students, we provided media coverage for events, conceived branding strategies as well as ran the LEAD website.

Apart from my involvement in EEE LEAD, I have also been involved in Perspectives Film Festival, which is an annual film festival organised by Wee Kim Wee SCI. I served as the IT in-charge and helped to settle and consult on matters relating to IT to organise the festival.”

What are your plans after graduating?
“My immediate plans are actually to go job hunting for a job in the IT and media industry, but apart from that, I intend to also pursue other personal projects. I am planning to participate in volunteer work on a more regular basis at non-profit organisations as well as some personal media related projects.”

What do you have to say to current and future undergrads?
“Don’t shy away from a challenge! The journey through university can be tough and difficult to juggle challenges, but don’t let that discourage you from pursuing opportunities that interest you! Being in NTU gives us all sorts of opportunities to be involved in all sorts of experiences.

If you know what you want out of your university life, don’t let the fear and uncertainty of being unable to cope with studies put you off from seizing these opportunities! More often than not, you gain invaluable experiences that you won’t get anywhere else!”

Meeting with KAIST professors in 2017

​​​Published on 3 July 2018

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