When he graduated from high school in Myanmar with distinctions in every subject, Phyo chose to come to TP as he had heard of the quality of education from friends who had graduated from TP.
Having his whole family in Singapore made the transition to life here very smooth. Phyo’s father is a Clinical Coding Specialist in Changi General Hospital; his mother a Laboratory Technologist in Mt Alvernia Hospital. His younger sister is in secondary school.
The Information Technology course introduced Phyo to the world of programming which he found fascinating. A very hands-on person, Phyo would try out all the exercises and tests even before the lecturer had gone through them. Three years later, Phyo graduates as the gold medalist of his cohort with 23 distinctions, three As and a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.94.
At TP, Phyo’s technical ability was evident as he participated in national and international competitions. At the national-level Imagine Cup 2008 Competition, Phyo led Team MamaGaia, which emerged champion in the Software Design Category. The team went on to represent Singapore at the Imagine Cup 2008 World Finals in Paris, competing against 60 other teams and emerging among the top 12 semi-finalists.
For his internship, Phyo took on the position of developer at the Microsoft Innovation Centre and was involved in key projects, conducting research into the latest technologies and applying them to develop proof-of-concept projects. He also helped a non-profit organisation, Mentoring Partnership International, implement an online system to match volunteers with relevant charitable organisations.
Phyo continually upgraded himself while studying at TP and acquired professional certifications such as the Microsoft Office Specialist for Microsoft Word and Excel 2003, and Solution consultant for mySAP ERP. He also actively pursued his passion for photography and organised photography workshops and served as an official event photographer for more than 30 events as Honorary Treasurer of Visual Central, a photography interest group in TP. As Vice President of the Diploma in IT Special Interest Group, ‘Techno-Strategists’, Phyo also organised activities to inform students about new technologies, inspire an interest in IT and offer opportunities for students to network and bond.
After NS, Phyo will pursue a Computer Science degree at the NUS School of Computing and eventually hopes to become a software developer so that he can develop useful solutions to environmental and health issues. He also aims to help promote IT in Myanmar schools.
Quiet, helpful and passionate, Phyo lives his life by the words of American psychologist and philosopher William James: “It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task more than anything else that will affect its successful outcome.”
[This article was prepared by TP’s Corporate Communications Department]