Name: Mohammed Noor Haqeem Bin Zulkiflee
Year Awarded Scholarship: 2015
Scholarship Scheme: PSC Scholarship
Undergraduate University: National University of Singapore
Undergraduate Course: Economics
1. Why did you take up a PSC scholarship?
I’ve always wanted to be in a place that gives me an opportunity to serve and make a real, tangible difference. To me, the PSC scholarship provides me with opportunities to make a real difference in the lives of Singaporeans from all walks of life. We might not realise it, but the range of services rendered by the Public Service is vast and intersects with many aspects of our daily life. For me, I wish to serve in any one of these aspects for Singaporeans.
2. What opportunities for development have you been given as a PSC scholarship holder?
The PSC continually provides various opportunities for us to better ourselves. From internships to courses, the structured, progressive development from the very start primes us for our career in the Public Service. Besides this, a PSC scholarship also provides exchange opportunities to other universities.
3. Share with us a couple of highlights from your scholarship journey.
So far, being able to take up an internship at the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) as part of my PSC Scholars' Mid-Course Programme (PSMP) has been a great experience. To have seen first-hand how policy translates into real impact on people’s lives had been daunting and humbling, but had also inspired me to work even harder. My internship reminded me to not settle for anything less than excellence, especially when there are real Singaporeans who are impacted by the policies. Besides this, my whole undergraduate experience so far has indeed been a blessing to me and I am appreciative of this opportunity provided to me by PSC.
4. What is your burning ambition for your Public Service career and how would you go about achieving it?
While it remains to be seen what the future holds, for now, I have a strong interest in the social sector and if possible, hope to continue my service in that area. I believe my major in Economics has provided me with a great set of tools to consider social policies more deeply and comprehensively. Besides this, I try my best to learn as much as I can about the social services landscape of Singapore. I have also tried to involve myself in related research and service in this area, through research opportunities, volunteering and related programme/competitive involvement.