Norlenie (affectionately known as Lenie), mother of three young children, enrolled with the College to pursue the Diploma in Economics in January 2012. As a mature student who took breaks in between her studies previously, she decided on Stansfield College as the small class size ensured that she received more academic attention from her lecturers. She was also inspired by her brother was an alumni of Stansfield College and had subsequently continued his studies at the London School of Economics.
Lenie graduated from the Diploma in Economics with distinction and was awarded the Stansfield Merit Scholarship to continue with her second year on the BSc Accounting and Finance programme. The scholarship provided the motivation and drive to overcome the missed educational opportunities during her younger days. Lenie did the college proud by graduating with a First Class Honours in BSc Accounting and Finance in August 2015.
She recollected her special moments at the College and one which stood out particularly were the challenges she faced during the public speaking sessions organised for first year students. She shared confidently, "while I have not miraculously turn into a social butterfly overnight, I can hold conversations better and in a less reserved manner."
"Over the years, I have forged friendships with my lecturers and I cannot emphasize enough their contribution to my success."
Lenie has been offered a place to pursue a Masters at the London School of Economics. She is considering taking up this offer and in time to come, she may also consider completing a PhD.
Faizal decided to pursue his passion and enrolled on the BSc Mathematics and Economics as an evening student while serving his National Service full-time. As a local Polytechnic Diploma holder. He was eligible for the bridging route, a 12 week course at Stansfield College which allowed him subject exemptions on the University of London BSc programmes. As he performed exceptionally well in his first year of studies, he was awarded the Stansfield Merit Scholarship. He continued to excel in his studies and in August 2015, graduated with a BSc Mathematics and Economics with First Class Honours.
Faizal was indeed very glad that he managed to secure the prestigious Stansfield Merit Scholarship which, he said, helped him to cover the tuition fees and provided him with the opportunity to concentrate fully on his studies without having to worry about finances. He commented that the most memorable experiences at the College were," the lessons themselves'.
He added, "since the classes were small, we were able to build a rapport with the lecturers. Lessons were fun and engaging."
Faizal will be heading to London School of Economics and Political Science to pursue a Masters in Applicable Mathematics in the fall term of 2015. He hopes to join the banking industry when he completes his postgraduate studies.
Ivan Chew, had twice the reason to feel elated at the University of London graduation ceremony held in 1997. He was the first to graduate with a First Class Honours in the B.Sc. (Econ) Information Systems & Management Studies for the University of London external programme and was also the first to do so at Stansfield. Ivan enrolled onto the UOL programme after having completed his Diploma in Business Studies from Ngee Ann Polytechnic. He joined as a part-time student initially, but decided to switch to the full-time programme halfway through the course. Judging from his excellent results, he did the right thing. Not surprisingly, he was one of the several students identified by the school as having '1st class' potential in his second year. Ivan's lecturers were informed accordingly and 'special attention' was given to him and the others who were similarly identified. They were required to do more research and reading on their own and were also encouraged to contribute in class by being more vocal.
As to how Ivan got his First Class, he shared, "I'm first and foremost glad that I met the right people who had the same desire to do well in their studies." He is also thankful for having 'pestered' his lecturers whom he praises for their commitment and concern. Ivan works for the National Library where he gets to put into practice what he learnt. Ivan Chew is a trained librarian and received his MSc (Information Studies) from Nanyang Technology University. In his years working for the National Library Board in Singapore, he has been a Public Services librarian at a community library, a Web Project Manager, a manager of a shopping mall library, and a regional library manager. He currently heads the Adult & Young People's Services (Public Libraries), working with a team of librarians in delivering services to schools and organizations island-wide.
Ivan is often invited to speak and present seminars and he was recently a semester-long speaker at the Davies Forum devoted to literacy in a digital age organized by the University of San Francisco. When he's off work, Ivan draws, paints, blogs, runs a mailing list for librarians, and works on original songs for a collaborative online music album.
Tan Zhuang Ji knew what he wanted and set out to achieve his goal: a first class honours for his degree. Tan was a full-time consultant for a training consultancy firm, but joined Stansfield's full-time programme so that he could be totally committed to his studies.
Zhuang Ji became interested in the University of London programme after he saw Stansfield’s MRT advertisement. "I have always been interested in Economics, and Stansfield was the college."
Zhuang Ji didn't believe in getting lecturers to 'spoon feed' him. Instead his approach to studies was different and he shared his philosophy towards studies during his graduation ceremony.
An education, rather than knowledge, is to be pursued, not given. Most of the time when I attended lectures, I would listen carefully and then ask questions. I would then hit the books. I went straight to the source because I wanted to find things out by myself and not have someone hand me the answers. But of course I could not do it alone. The lecturers, who were extremely helpful in guiding me through the discussions with them and my friends, helped me to stay on the right track.
When I think about my time in Stansfield, it will be the last 3 months that I will remember. During my last year on the programme, I faced a lot of distractions in my personal life, and I found it difficult to concentrate.
Top valedictorian for year 1999, Nasreen Fadoo, has this to say to aspiring graduates, "Have faith and persevere." Despite being an ex-Rafflesian, she readily admits she still had to put in 101 percent effort and hard work. Nasreen’s mother is a UOL graduate herself, and shared that Nasreen decided to take on the challenge of a demanding but reputed degree because it would provide her with opportunities worldwide.
It was hard work having to tackle the programme especially when I had also just gotten married. I also had to be prepared to move overseas with my husband but fortunately it got easier as we settled in.
She cites having strong family support as an important factor in contributing to her success. Adding to that, she strongly recommends that students obtain the recommended textbooks to further reinforce the effectiveness of the lecturers. Having the constant support of Stansfield lecturers and consultants certainly did serve her well. With a UOL degree in hand, she has managed to carve out a career in another first class global company, SIA, and intends to climb the corporate ladder, but for now, she quips, "I am spending more time with my family!" Nasreen was awarded the Sir Edward Stern prize in Economics for her excellent results.
Sisters, Yulinda and Julyani Indri both achieved a distinction in their Diploma in Economics and a First Class Honours degree in Banking and Finance.
Their academic success encouraged their cousin Erni and close friend Jeppy Tjia to follow suit in enrolling for the University of London programme. Erni and Jeppy have since graduated with honours degree.
I took Introduction to Economics and Analysis of Strategic Management with Sandra and under her tutelage, she not only gave me useful notes to pass the examinations but also showed me new ways of looking at the world. Lessons at Stansfield were more than just classroom lessons. They have become philosophies from which I work and live by. For that, I am forever grateful.
MSc in International Strategy and Economics (Distinction) from the University of St Andrews
Stansfield showed me that it doesn't matter whether we come from a rich or poor family, whether we are male or female, we share the same status as a student of Stansfield and a graduate of the University of London. Stansfield has helped me financially by giving me a scholarship. Also, Stansfield has many lecturers who are very dedicated. They are here not only to teach students but to also encourage and motivate them.
Erven commenced on her BSc Accounting & Finance degree through the Diploma in Economics route and was a Stansfield merit scholarship recipient for having consistently excellent results throughout her studies. In 2005, she earned a BSc in Accounting and Finance with a First Class Honours from the University of London and tutored for a year at Stansfield to help her juniors in the programme. During her undergraduate study, she also received a University of London Award for Academic Achievement. Prior to her current academic pursuit, Erven had a fruitful career in corporate taxation with Deloitte & Touche, LLP (Singapore). In 2009, she was awarded a British Chevening Scholarship to pursue an MSc in International Strategy and Economics in the University of St Andrews, graduating with a Distinction winning the Dr John B Henderson Postgraduate Prize in International Strategy and Economics. Erven’s research is funded by a Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE) PhD Studentship award for the period 2010 to 2013.
Without the helpful and devoted lecturers at Stansfield College I could not have received my first class honours degree.
When Shau Yu (Vincent) first came to Singapore to study he needed to improve his language skills. He commenced his studies in Stansfield's Certificate in Management course before progressing to the BSc.
Stansfield made us spend a lot of time in College, from 9.30am to 5.30pm on weekdays and I enjoyed my life at Stansfield. I made many friends from different countries like Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India and more. I have many precious memories of my undergraduate experience at Stansfield which I will never forget.
When Jia Jia first arrived in Singapore to pursue her studies, she had to overcome homesickness and adjust to life in Singapore as an international student. She also had to work on improving her English language skills.
Her perseverance paid of and she was offered the Stansfield merit scholarship for her BSc in Economics & Management degree.
The lecturers at Stansfield are always eager to go the extra mile in helping students especially part-timers. These include giving revision classes on weekends out of their own personal time and marking student essays outside of regular schoolwork. The dedication and devotion of these selfless lecturers is what makes Stansfield churn out excellent results year after year.
Gerry Yap had aspirations to enter the local university after completing his Diploma in Engineering from Singapore Polytechnic.
Outstanding Academic Achievement (Top Student Worldwide in Organisation Theory Paper : 2006 - 2007)
Masters in Environment & Development from LSE
The international exposure offered at Stansfield was too good an opportunity to be missed. The study pressures of the programme created such a positive environment which helped to build strong bonds of friendship which only got stronger with time.
Affan consistently achieved good grades on while studying for his undergraduate degree in Economics & Management at Stansfield College. During his second year on the programme, he topped the cohort worldwide in the organisation theory examinations and was recognised for his outstanding academic achievement. With a First Class Honours BSc degree, Affan was accepted into the Masters in Environment and Development programme at London at the London School of Economics which he completed in 2009.
Mohamed Affan Kolandaiveedu consults for the UNEP-Finance Initiative based in Geneva. He is working on the finance chapter of the Green Economy Report, part of the Green Economy Initiative specializing in the enabling policy and economic conditions for renewable energy and energy efficiency financing. He is also working on a paper on Financial Stability and Systemic Risk collaborating with the International Institute of Sustainable Development aimed at providing a platform for dialogue between private sector finance and policy makers.
He enjoys travelling, motor sports and is an avid reader. He is devoted to the cause of sustainable development especially in less-developed and developing countries and helps a London-based initiative called Worldview Impact aimed at achieving triple bottom line goals to reduce poverty and create jobs in the environment space in Sri Lanka, India, Ghana and Brazil.
The 24/8 system allows me to get more attention from the lecturers. Time management and analytically skills were most important because the course is rigorous. Lecturers in Stansfield always stress that we should not regurgitate what we learnt. We are trained to think independently.
Hailing from Maldives, Zara joined Stansfield College as a Diploma in Economics student in June 2009. She did the College proud by obtaining a Distinction for the Diploma in Economics in August 2010. During that year, she was the top student worldwide for Introduction to Economics, scoring 95%. How did she manage that kind of score? "Consistency in effort and extreme motivation in wanting to excel," she related.
Studying at Stansfield College was a great and rewarding experience. Small class sizes are indeed more inviting, and the lectures were comprehensive, hence, helping each and, every student in the class. There is never any need to hesitate to ask the lecturer questions, and it definitely helped me to clear my doubts and tackle my studies with more confidence. As for the student life, it is the culture and warm environment here at Stansfield that has made us students and the management into one close-knit community, and I enjoy that immensely.
Zara epitomizes the ideal student, one who was very enthusiastic, and prepared for lectures and tutorials. She was awarded a merit scholarship by Stansfield College based on her excellent results on the Diploma. As a scholarship student, Zara was very open to new knowledge and was very willing put in the effort required in order to succeed. Zara also stood out for her generosity, she would share what she has learnt with her classmates and friends without reservation. She would guide her peers who needed help during the weekends and her effort paid off when she excelled in her studies as a result of revising what she had learnt as she taught others. She continued to excel at each stage of the programme and graduated with a 1st Class Honours in Economics and Finance in August 2012.