To celebrate passing their unique degree course, two Singaporeans flew into England to enjoy their graduation ceremony at Edge Hill University.

International students Genn Seng and Sabrina Loy both graduated with a second class upper in the BSc (Hons) Engineering Management degree.

They had completed their course of study at the FY Institute of Technology in Singapore in collaboration with Edge Hill University but had never visited the Ormskirk campus before. The pair promised themselves that if they passed their exams they would celebrate by coming to the UK to join their graduation ceremony.

“It is a treat we are giving ourselves,” said Genn, Business Development Manager with Pacific Interior Supply, a subsidiary of US-based USG Corporation. “We decided it would be our gift if we passed. I’m so glad to be here and finally see the campus, it is so beautiful and the people are very friendly. We can finally enjoy university life.”

Sabrina, production manager with Edwards Lifesciences, a US-based medical devices manufacturer in Singapore, added: “It has been very tough juggling work, study and family commitments. But Genn and I have been able to support each other and encourage each other, which has been great. It’s nice that we can both celebrate together too. I’ve enjoyed my course and it has really helped my career as I was made manager after completing the programme.”

Keith Cook, Edge Hill University’s Business School Director of Studies (International), said: “We have worked with the FY Institute of Technology in Singapore for five years now and in that time we have seen well over 100 graduates go through our two programmes – the BSc in Business and Management and BSc in Engineering. The students are always highly motivated and extremely capable and we are delighted that for the first time ever two of these students were able to make the long trip over here to celebrate their success with us. We’re very proud of Genn and Sabrina and it was a pleasure to have them with us for such a momentous occasion.

“Our successful collaboration with Singapore has served as a springboard for more new ventures, especially in China. As we establish more university partnerships overseas we hope to see more students from different parts of the world coming to Edge Hill University, not just to partake in graduation events but also to enrol in courses here.”

Also present from Singapore, supporting the students and sharing in the Graduation celebrations, were Mr Jayaram Menon, the Director (Academic Affairs) from FY Institute along with two members of his team, MB Shailajah and Min Liu.