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Academics who took the road less travelled

May 18, 2014 - 1:07am

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TNP PHOTO: Ariffin Jamar

Dr Mohd Effendy Rajab, an associate lecturer at the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM), did poorly at school.

He wanted to be a sea captain but that dream was dashed by his poor eyesight test.

When he was 33, he enrolled in night classes at SIM to obtain a certificate in management. It marked the beginning of his 11-year academic journey, which rewarded him with a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree and a doctorate.

Dr Leong Kaiwen played truant frequently and was not interested in the lessons. In his teens, he was expelled from four different junior colleges.

It was only when his family ran into financial trouble that he began to have motivation to study, working hard till he graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Mathematics, as well as two master’s degrees in the same subjects.

By then, he had already made his first million by investing in China's real estate.

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