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This article was contributed by the Institute of Technical Education (ITE).
Foo Dun Liang
Higher Nitec in Facility Management @ ITE College West
Recipient of Lee Kuan Yew CCA Award
Engineered to Excel
Dun Liang first enrolled in Nitec in Aerospace Avionics in 2014 and after completing the course, he went on to serve his National Service.
When he returned to ITE in 2019 to pursue further studies, he was offered a spot in the Higher Nitec in Facility Management programme.
Even though it was not his ideal choice of study, Dun Liang took up the challenge to study a different aspect in the wide field of engineering.
Dun Liang gave his all and did exceptionally well in his studies, as well as in his CCA.
He joined the Civil Defence (CD) Lionhearters Club to build on his knowledge in life-saving techniques, which he first learnt through his participation in Red Cross, CCA in secondary school. He also managed to apply what he learnt about fire safety measures in his Facility Management course to his CCA.
As the President of CD Lionhearters Club, Dun Liang led his team members to participate in various public and community events and projects. He is well respected among his members as a responsible leader and a problem solver whom they can turn to in the face of difficulties.
Dun Liang said: "There is an old saying of 'Don’t give up'. Honestly, I think it is easy to say but hard to do.
"My advice is to have a clear purpose that can motivate you through good and bad times.
"In my CCA, we are trained to prepare for the worst. That is why community emergency preparedness, first aid and fire safety knowledge are so important. Having these critical skills will enable you to think on your feet, and focus on the goal to save lives.
"No matter how dire the situation is, we must hold on to that goal and overcome challenges bravely.”
Life after ITE
Pursuing a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering at Ngee Ann Polytechnic.
Aspires to be an engineer, possibly in the manufacturing industry.
Because of his contribution to the community, Dun Liang was presented a Letter of Commendation from SCDF.
For his excellent leadership, achievements in CCA and contributions to community service, he received the EAGLES Award and Diamond Service Star Award in 2020.
An all-rounded student, Dun Liang achieved a perfect GPA score of 4.0. He was in the Directors’ List for all terms from 2019 to 2020.