NUS student, alumna selected for prestigious graduate fellowship

From left: Victor and Ms Khattak will enroll in the Schwarzman Scholars Program Class of 2021 next August

NUS student Victor Yeo (NUS Computing, ‘20) and NUS alumna Ms Gulmina Khattak (NUS Design and Environment, ‘14) have been selected to join the Schwarzman Scholars Program, a graduate fellowship programme at Tsinghua University’s Schwarzman College in Beijing, China.

They will be among the 145 students — picked from over 4,700 applicants — to join the fifth class of scholars. The Class of 2021, which comprises students from 41 countries and 108 universities, will enroll in August next year.

Once admitted, Schwarzman Scholars pursue a Master’s degree in Global Affairs with a core curriculum that is focused on three pillars: China, global affairs and leadership. The programme comprises a combination of coursework, cultural immersion, and personal and professional development opportunities to equip students with a first-hand and well-rounded understanding of China’s changing role in the world.

Victor is a Year 4 NUS Computing student majoring in Information Systems. He has a passion for innovation, which he channels into developing programmes and applications such as JioToGo, a mobile application that connects Singaporeans heading to the same destination to split transportation costs through ride-sharing. Currently, Victor is in Silicon Valley as part of the NUS Overseas College programme and taking classes at Stanford University to enhance his aptitude for entrepreneurship and technology

The former Tembusu College resident and Tembusu Ambassador is also a commissioned officer in the Singapore Armed Forces holding the rank of Lieutenant, and intends to champion and encourage innovation in the military upon graduation.

“Congregating with like-minded individuals who are fervent about making the world a better place would be an amazing experience as we attempt to solve critical world problems together,” he said.

After graduating from NUS with a Bachelor’s degree in Project and Facilities Management in 2014, Ms Khattak worked as a consultant at global management consultancy firm McKinsey & Company. She graduated from the University of Oxford with Masters in Business Administration this year.