From ITE to medical school

Mr Nicholas Chan is the first Institute of Technical Education (ITE) graduate to get a place in the National University of Singapore's prestigious Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. The 23-year-old nursing graduate had quit secondary school as a rebell
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Mr Nicholas Chan is the first Institute of Technical Education (ITE) graduate to get a place in the National University of Singapore's prestigious Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.

The 23-year-old nursing graduate had quit secondary school as a rebellious teenager.

But he later turned his life around and worked hard in ITE and Nanyang Polytechnic, even going to the extent of taking his O and A levels as a private candidate. 

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 18, 2019, with the headline 'From ITE to medical school'. Print Edition | Subscribe