23 May 2019
Mr Nicholas Chan, 23, is the first Institute of Technical Education graduate to be accepted into the National University of Singapore’s Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.
But his road to NUS was far from smooth. He had previously quit secondary school, trained as a nursing student in the Institute of Technical Education, and then at Nanyang Polytechnic.
In his youth, he had always entertained thoughts of being a nurse or a doctor so he could help people, partly because of his grandmother who had taken care of him when.
He did well in ITE with a grade point average of 3.65, qualifying for NYP’s nursing course. He graduated from NYP last year in May with a near-perfect GPA of 3.91 out of 4.
He was admitted to NUS through its Exceptional Individual Scheme. The scheme lets the university use its discretion and look beyond just academic results in admitting a small number of students.