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S’pore must be equipped for next phase of infocomm development: Yaacob

Minister for Communications and Information Dr Yaacob Ibrahim say country needs to seize opportunities from the growing convergence between infocommunication and media sectors.

SINGAPORE: Singapore must continue to build on technology to create new strengths and equip itself for the next phase of infocommunication development, said Minister for Communications and Information Dr Yaacob Ibrahim.

Speaking on Monday at Temasek Polytechnic's main graduation ceremony, Dr Yaacob said to do so, the country will need to seize opportunities from the growing convergence of the infocomm and media sectors.

"We aim to build an economy where innovation plays a core role in the tech ecosystem. We will nurture home-grown, high potential tech startups that, in turn, will catalyse and inspire new entrepreneurs to build their own business.

“A Smart Nation of the future, with a rich array of tech products and services will require different skills, and each and every one of you has a role to play,” he said.

A total of 339 students graduated on Monday in the first of 14 ceremonies.

A new award called the Ngee Ann Kongsi Most Outstanding Overcomer Award was also presented to a graduand from the School of Informatics & IT.

The award recognises a student who has demonstrated strong perseverance in overcoming the odds and setbacks in life to complete the course of study with good academic records, and is exemplary in his or her conduct.

It was awarded on Monday to Ms Nurul Nabilah Mohamad Fuad, who graduated with a Mobile and Network Services Diploma.

She was born with a condition called Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita, which left her with curved joints and the use of only her right hand. By her second birthday, Ms Nabilah had undergone five operations but her condition did not improve.

Charity foundation Ngee Ann Kongsi also presented a cheque to the school on Monday - S$3 million will go to an endowment to fund scholarships and bursaries and also to a Ngee Ann Kongsi graduate award.

Another S$90,000 will be used to kick-start the awards this academic year. 

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