Meet Peng Hiang. A current student at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), who is in his 2nd year of Bachelor's studies in Information Systems Technology & Design. Prior to entering SUTD, he graduated from National Junior College. And he is a local student from Singapore.
1. What school do you study in? Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD)
2. Do you/others have a nickname for the school? NIL
3. Why did you choose this school? I didn’t have anything else in mind and for SUTD, it is close to my home.
4. What is a scene that you often see in the school? I can't think of any.
5. What is one thing that you wish you knew before enrollment? Nothing I didn’t know.
6. Your school is great, but if you could change one thing, what would it be? Can't think of any.
7. And if there’s one thing you’d never change? I will not change the size of the school, I like it small as it’s easy to travel to and fro places in school.
8. The unofficial uniform of your school is? None that I’ve observed.
9. When you meet a new friend for the first time and you have to describe your school with one word, what would it be? Expo
10. What is one place in the school that you are proud of? Classrooms I guess. They don’t look like those from other schools.
11. If you could swap programs for a day, what would it be? I would try Engineering Product Development, I was deciding between these two initially.
12. What is a common myth of your school? Design is everywhere in all the syllabus. Design is a large part of the syllabus, I guess but it ‘s not as prevalent as everyone thinks.
13. If you ever had to stay in school past 9pm, what would it be because? Project meetings.
14. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever seen in the school? NIL
15. What is your one guilty pleasure you indulge in in school? Walking around the expanse as it’s nice and quiet.
16. If you were given $5 million dollars to revamp the school, what would you do with it? Someone else would have better ideas on this.
17. In between classes, where can we find you? In the classrooms, as there’s air conditioning.
18. What is the best place to be as one with your laptop and lecture recordings? I’ll think the library, partially because of the air conditioning but also because it is quiet and there is less distractions.
19. In the occasion that the school has to downsize till only ONE food place remains, what will it be? Muslim stall in the food court - so everyone including Muslim students can eat.
20. For free electricity in the school, where would you go to? Anywhere.
21. What program are you in? Bachelor in Information Systems Technology & Design
22. Is this related to your dream job? Don’t really have a dream job but it’s related to my interest.
23. Do you know the actual value of your degree? $48000 for 8 terms.
24. Do you think a degree in your course is cost efficient in terms of the quality of education you are receiving versus what you are paying? For me, probably not, I guess if you want to do architecture or engineering and if it requires certification then probably but some things in computer science don’t need much certification. As long as you know how to do it it’s ok.
25. In your opinion, how much should a degree in your program cost? I have no idea.
26. What is the most unforgettable module you have taken? I can only remember subjects that I have just taken recently and among them there’s this module - Elements of Software Construction. It was unforgettable because of this big project that started quite early and our group chose to make a game that was not easy at all. But in the end it gave me a sense of accomplishment.
27. If you could be exempted from any module in your program, what would it be? Nothing, all seems quite useful somehow.
28.What advice would you give to future students about module selection and planning? I don’t think they have much choice, so I would say just choose what you like from the limited choices available.
29. If you had to choose one, would you advise a Singapore Junior College (JC) or Polytechnic (poly) student to join your program? Junior college probably as the first year is quite general and poly students wouldn’t fare very well. First term of pillar seems rather basic if you have experience so a poly student will waste not just the first but also the start of second year.
30. In what scenarios will any student be exempted from any modules? People who have gone for exchange overseas
31. Theory vs. Practical. In what ratio would you say your program content is? More practical definitely.
32. On a scale of 1 – 10, how employable do you think students from your program are? It really depends on the student and his/her abilities. But I would say it ranges from 3-9?
33. Name 3 job fields people from your program go into. no idea.
34. Favorite Professor? I don't have one.
35. What is one thing that most people don’t know about your program? Nothing surprising, everything is pretty standard.
36. Ideal tutorial class size versus reality?
Reality: It varies from 10-50 depending on modules
37. Given a chance to go on exchange, which country would you choose? United States, because a lot of the schools that are good in my program are located in the US.
38. Common exam formats include: Every module has some form of projects that are graded. The exams usually consist of short and long questions.
39. Outside of the curriculum, do you have any other commitments in school? I am involved in the Board Games Club
40. Would you say that it is difficult to manage both studies and other school activities? No, I don’t think so as the Board Games Club is very flexible. Members can choose to go as and when it fits the schedule.
41. In your opinion, are there enough clubs & societies in school for students to choose from? Yes. I think with enough interest and people interested, you can start any clubs. However, I’ve heard that funding is not a lot even for recognized ones.
42. How do you think a Extra-Curriculum Activity add value to a student's overall experience? I think it’s more for recreation purpose and it helps one to de-stress.
43. The most memorable school event that you have attended would be: I don’t really attend school events. Open house maybe?
44. If you had to pay to NOT attend a particular event in school, what will it be? None? Even compulsory events can be skipped. For example, the Leaning Celebration Carnival is compulsory but one can just take attendance and go.
45. Is the school doing enough to engage students? Not very sure, as I have no experience with other schools in order to compare. But there’s bound to be red tape bureaucracy involved.
46. Do you stay on-campus? Everyone is required to stay on campus during their freshmen year.
47. Name 5 adjectives about your hall/hostel. Cannot even think of one as it’s really just a standard room.
48. Would you sacrifice an “A” for one of your core modules to secure a spot at hall/hostel? I chose not to stay for my case but if I had to I would.
49. How would you describe hall life in a phrase? Convenient.
50. Are the amenities in the halls comprehensive? Quite comprehensive.
51. If you can only bring one electrical appliance to hall, what would it be? Rice cooker.
52. Worst room mate ever? If not best? Only had one and he was quite decent and did not have any bad habits.