Network Systems & Security’s (NSS) Silver Medallist graduate Wong Kee Hui has come a long way to turn what was at one time a stumbling block into his lifelong passion.
At the age of 10, Kee Hui’s dad bought him a second-hand computer which planted the seed of love for computers in him. He especially enjoyed playing games on it. However, his love became an indulgence, which took a toll on his studies in secondary school.
After Secondary Four, Kee Hui got a wake-up call when he was posted to the Institute of Technical Education (ITE). Determined to put his interest in computers to good use, he enrolled into the Nitec course in Info-Communications Technology. He was introduced to network systems and soon realized his potential in that field. His good results at ITE eventually earned him a place in Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s (NP) NSS diploma course where he continued to shine. The rest is history.
The computer whiz also made good use of his IT skills to support himself through his poly education. While studying, he took up a part-time job to install security software. He was so good at it that his boss even asked him to develop software for some customers.
Recounting his fulfilling three years at NP, Kee Hui cites his six-month internship with a software development company as a key highlight. “It was challenging as I had to work on a variety of projects. One demanding task was to develop a programme to enable the client to easily retrieve data from various computer systems and present it as a dashboard. It was not something I had done before so I had to do a lot of self-learning. In the end, I managed to deliver it and we had a happy client,’ he said.
Letting on that his source of inspiration comes from Apple co-founder and visionary, Steve Jobs, Kee Hui has set his sights on a career as an IT security specialist. To achieve this, he is not adamant about getting a degree though he has already secured a spot in Nanyang Technological University to read Computer Science. He is also considering working in the field while taking up certification courses along the way to become a qualified specialist. After all, the late Jobs did not have a degree.
The Tay Eng Soon Gold Medal is awarded each year to the most outstanding graduate formerly from an Institute of Technical Education. The Gold Medal was first awarded in 1994. It is funded by the Tay Eng Soon Scholarship Fund set up in honour and memory of the late Senior Minister of State for Education, Dr Tay Eng Soon.