29 June 2021 Department of Information Systems & Analytics , News Media , Artificial Intelligence , Computational Social Science

Some believed Chan Wei Zhang would never succeed academically after he was placed in the lowest stream in primary five and later scored 109 for the Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE). However, they would be wrong. Chan, now 28, will graduate from the National University of Singapore (NUS) with honours next month. In his interview with Lianhe Zaobao, Chan said that he gets "looked at differently" by some people who know about his academic history in primary and secondary school and his ITE education. Therefore, after getting accepted into the NUS School of Computing, he made it his goal to graduate so that he could prove wrong those who believed in stereotypes of the less academically inclined. Chan told The New Paper that he was unsure at first if he could cope with the NUS curriculum given his academic background before adding that "it turned out to be a lot better than expected". During his time at NUS, Chan also volunteered to teach coding and networking basics to children from low-income families, he told Lianhe Zaobao. He will soon graduate from NUS and will be working as a software engineer at a multinational corporation.

Mothership.sg, 7 July 2021

AsiaOne, 28 June 2021

The New Paper, 28 June 2021