By Wee Rae
A record number of organisations took part in this year’s NTU PEAK, the Career & Attachment Office’s (CAO) leadership development programme launched in March last year.
Offered every semester to second and third-year students from different disciplines, student participants are attached to different organisations and tasked to solve challenges in areas such as marketing, business development and human capital strategies. The one-month programme ends with one group winning the Best Ideation Award.
This year’s run of the programme, which took place in February and March, saw Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore) Limited and PSA Corporation Ltd participate for the first time.
They joined three other organisations that have participated since 2017: Mediacorp Pte Ltd, Rolls Royce Singapore Pte Ltd and Tetra Pak Jurong Pte Ltd.
Mr Loh Pui Wah, director of the CAO, said that the Office wanted to increase the variety of industries represented in the programme so that students can be exposed to more challenges faced by different industries. PSA is in the service sector and Standard Chartered Bank in the finance sector.
“We want to have diversity so that students can hone their leadership skills and practise it across various industries irrespective of their majors,” added Mr Loh.
Joanna Ng, 20, whose team was under the mentorship of Standard Chartered Bank, said: “It’s a good call for CAO to introduce more companies because that means having more groups tackling more unique problems from different industries.”
“I got to learn more about the finance world which I didn’t pay much attention to before, such as how banks are facing stiff competition from fintech startups,” added the second-year School of Social Sciences student.
This year’s ceremony was held on 9 Mar at the NTU Alumni Club. A total of 10 teams, comprising four students per group, were given 10 minutes each to present their ideas to a panel of six judges.
The judges consisted of NTU Associate Provost of Student Life Kwok Kian Woon and other high ranking industry professionals from each of the participating organisations.
The winning group came from Team Six, which was under the mentorship of Rolls Royce.
Tasked to help airlines maximise their fuel efficiency for aircrafts and flights, the group came up with the idea of an application that helps to consolidate large amounts of data that airlines every day to find the most suitable flight route.
With regard to plans for the future runs of the programme, first-year Nanyang Business School student Jamie Ong hopes that CAO could attach a student mentor to the teams as well.
“Having an ex-participant as a mentor would really help the teams in terms of the comments they give since they know what the judges and organisations are looking for,” said Ong, 19.