Charmaine Sng
Bachelor of Commerce

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What were the factors that made you choose NAA to pursue your degree education?

One of the main reasons that attracted me to pursue a degree offered by the University of Adelaide (UoA) is its reputation in the education field. Consistently ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide, the prestigious state university is also a member of the Group of Eight, a coalition of Australia’s top research-intensive universities.

I was also particularly drawn to the abundance of global learning opportunities offered in the course of my studies at NAA. UoA strongly encourages learning beyond just classrooms and has hence forged a plethora of exchange links with various institutions in Europe, America and the Asia-Pacific regions. Students can choose to enrol for the Summer & Winter School or the Semester Programme on the university campus at Adelaide to accelerate their studies, or embark on the Student Exchange programme, all while earning credits towards their University of Adelaide degree.

As the centrally-located campus is just minutes walk from Dhoby Ghaut MRT station and major shopping malls,  it certainly makes traveling to and from school more convenient especially when students have to study back late for group assignment discussions or revisions.

Can you share with us why you chose this programme?

UoA grants generous advanced standing to  business diploma holders of local polytechnics who enrol into the Bachelor of Commerce programme.

Having graduated from Ngee Ann Polytechnic with a Diploma in Accountancy, I was granted exemptions of 12 modules and was admitted directly into the 2nd year programme. I will need to only complete another 12 courses to graduate.

A highly-flexible business degree, this programme provides students with the option to major in the areas of Marketing, Management or International Business. I chose to specialise in Marketing as I believe in the importance of understanding and acquiring relevant skills and knowledge necessary to align customers’ needs with  the organisation’s output of goods and services.

Are there any courses in particular that stand out? Why?

Whilst all the courses have been highly intriguing, Market Strategy & Project III stood out the most. The curriculum comprised of a simulation game  which enabled students to put into practice marketing concepts acquired through textbooks. In my case, I had to work closely  with my fellow group mates to devise real-life marketing strategies to sell a backpack. I found the simulation immensely beneficial as insights obtained from the virtual organisation provided us  with opportunities to identify strategies highly applicable to the real world, which will prepare students well for a career as a  marketing professional.

Describe your learning experience in one sentence.

Though intensive, the programme has been meticulously crafted, encouraging students like myself to seek independent learning and self-exploration.

Would you recommend this programme to others and why?

Certainly! UoA’s Bachelor of Commerce is an internationally recognised business programme accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate of Business (AACSB) that is awarded to less than 5% of the world’s business schools. Students enrolled in this programme can be assured that they will receive a quality international education in an excellent learning environment at NAA.

What are your lecturers like and how do they enhance your learning?

All of our lecturers are specially flown into Singapore from the Adelaide campus. These lecturers are highly approachable and bring along with them decades of experience in the business arena. They often incorporate relevant industry insights into the course, making lessons engaging and meaningful while exposing students to a wide range of new concepts.

In addition, the lecturers are often glad to help when students utilise the consultation hours to clarify any doubts or obtain feedback from them regarding assignments. Highly professional and ever helpful, these lecturers have indeed contributed to a very holistic learning experience.

Pick 1 value from NAA’s 5 values and how this value applies to you during your learning journey with NAA. (Choose from: Excellence / Leaders / Innovation / Teamwork / Ethics)

Without a doubt, it would have to be ‘Teamwork’. As most courses entail group assignments, students would often meet and work together to plan, share ideas and support one another for assignments.

When doing so, meaningful relationships are forged. Having experienced the benefits of collaboration personally, I appreciate the camaraderie and creativity obtained during my learning journey at NAA.

Why should potential students consider your school?

At NAA, students undergo the same curriculum, receive the same sets of lecture notes and sit for the same examinations as our peers over at the Adelaide campus. This meant that the quality of education obtained will not be compromised despite studying at the Singapore campus.

Moreover, teaching takes place primarily in seminar-style classes, with a strong emphasis on intellectual engagement and interaction between the lecturers and classmates. If you are looking to learn from professional experienced Australian lecturers who firmly  believe in  fostering critical inquiry and creative thinking, look no further than NAA!

How has the scholarship helped you?

I am privileged to have been awarded the Ngee Ann Kongsi Scholarship which is granted to outstanding students from any of NAA’s bachelor degrees who have exhibited excellent academic performance in the course of the programme, amongst other considerations. Valued at about $5,000, this bond-free scholarship will enable me to focus better on my studies without having to worry too much about the programme fees.