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SIM-RMIT graduates encouraged to grow from failures in life

27 Aug 2019

On the morning of 21 August, the Guest-of-Honour at the SIM-RMIT University Degree Conferment and Awards Ceremony, Dr Robert Yap, Executive Chairman of YCH Group, delivered a speech the fresh graduates needed to hear before they faced the real world. 

Equipped with first-hand experiences in recovering his family business from crisis and transforming it into Singapore’s largest home-grown supply chain solutions company, he stressed the importance of putting in the necessary hard work before one can reap the rewards. 

“Remember that complacency kills, and the only way to keep yourself ahead is to cultivate a positive mindset towards continuous, lifelong learning, and to constantly upgrade yourself,” he said. He also told them not to be afraid of failures, and reminded them that the true measure of success is “not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.”


Guest-of-Honour Dr Yap shared that he grew to love his family business despite being forced into it initially,
and urged those with the opportunities not to shy away from joining their family enterprises.

Mr Seah Chin Siong, President and Chief Executive Officer of SIM, had the same sentiments. “At some point in your life, you will fail at something. Do not be discouraged. When Thomas Edison was asked what it felt like to fail a thousand times, he replied that those were the thousand steps he took to get to success,” he motivated the graduates.
In a fast-changing and uncertain world, Mr Seah encouraged the graduates to love their jobs by making the best of their circumstances, even though not all parts of the job may be things they enjoy doing; to expect change as the only constant in life, and to be ready for change by equipping themselves for it.


Over the course of three days, 2,400 graduated from nine degree programmes offered by SIM-RMIT University.

RMIT University, a global university of technology, design and enterprise, is one of the first foreign universities to offer their programmes in Singapore through SIM back in 1987. Now in its 32nd year of partnership, SIM-RMIT is the largest one between an Australian and Singaporean institution, with a 42,000-strong SIM-RMIT alumni.


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