05 Aug 2019
The three-month suspense while awaiting the results of their application for the University of London (UOL) Master’s Scholarship was finally lifted on 28 June, to the relish of SIM-UOL alumni Mr Abdul Hakeem bin Akbar Ali and Mr Aaron Chia. They were accepted by the London School of Economics and Political Science in the United Kingdom to pursue their postgraduate studies in economics.
Hakeem, who obtained a First Class Honours degree in economics and politics in 2018, will be studying international political economy (IPE). He feels strongly that economics cannot be studied in isolation and hopes that learning deeper about IPE, a multidisciplinary subject area, will help him understand the social world better. As an aspiring researcher of the social sciences, Hakeem has his sights set on continuing with doctorate studies, conducting his own research, as well as teaching and writing.
Aaron, who attained his Bachelor’s degree in economics in 2017, will be taking up economics and philosophy. Having graduated with First Class Honours, topped the module ‘Monetary Economics’ internationally and clinched the SIM Gold award, this UOL scholarship is another feather in his cap. He hopes to either progress to a doctorate programme in economics or pursue a career in the government sector. The latter is due to his desire to contribute meaningfully to society, the same reason he volunteered at Meet-the-People sessions at the grassroots level. It is the role that economics has in addressing global issues such as inequality and unemployment that sparked his interest in the subject.
Hakeem (left) and Aaron are this year’s recipients of the UOL Master’s Scholarships awarded under the auspices of the UOL-SIM GE Regional Centre.
Annually since 2017, the UOL-SIM Global Education (SIM GE) Regional Centre has provided opportunities to two SIM-UOL graduates to study a one-year full-time Master’s programme at any of the 17 UOL Member Institutions in the United Kingdom. This centre was formed, as part of the longstanding partnership between SIM and UOL, to strengthen collaborations with key stakeholders to raise the profile of the UOL programmes in Singapore and the Southeast Asian region.