Berita Harian featured Class of 2018 graduand Nur Diyanah Bte Kamarudin, who will be heading to L.E.K. consulting upon graduation. Diyanah was initially worried that employers would not recognise the Yale-NUS degree or the calibre of its students. Her concerns were put to rest as she secured the job after an internship with the firm prior to graduating.
The eldest of three siblings, Diyanah was among the 160 graduands who received their degrees at the Yale-NUS Graduation Ceremony held on 28 May. The article noted that 135 students graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours, while 25 graduated with a Bachelor of Science with Honours. The Philosophy, Politics and Economics major shared that the education model at Yale-NUS College prepared her for her role at the global strategic consulting firm. As part of the Common Curriculum, Diyanah had to study subjects across the various disciplines, which she found helpful as she similarly had to manage issues from various disciplines in her line of work. During her internship, for example, Diyanah and her team had to think of a strategy to help an international healthcare company break into the Southeast Asian market. She shared her next project was in the agricultural sector, so the exposure to a variety of disciplines at College was useful for her role.
Diyanah also shared that she hoped to further her studies with an MBA in the United States. Berita Harian also noted that the College has awarded Yale-NUS Overseas Graduate Scholarship, which is targeted at Singaporean Yale-NUS graduates who are pursuing a PhD at top-ranked international graduate programmes. Upon completion of the PhD, the scholars may be appointed as postdoctoral fellows at Yale-NUS.
In a front-page Berita Harian article, Diyanah was also featured as one of three youths who possessed the qualities of being persevering and courageous. She was featured alongside national windsurfer Marsha Shahrin and former chemical engineer turned actress-model Fatin Amira Abdul Aziz.