Paving road to success by upskilling in project management with alma mater


Du Ziran

Alumni of MAE/2023
Executive Engineer at Land Transport Authority
Completed FlexiMasters in Project Management

Please share with us your professional life’s journey and at which point in your career did you aspire to pursue this FlexiMasters?

As a project engineer at Land Transport Authority, I am responsible for monitoring project progress and budget expenditure, as well as liaising with both internal and external stakeholders to manage road contracts. I have a strong enthusiasm for project management across various project types which led me to decide to advance my knowledge in this field. My goal is to become a competent project manager capable of successfully overseeing diverse projects in the future. Therefore, I decided to pursue FlexiMasters in Project Management offered by my alma mater.

Describe the factors that led you to choose PaCE@NTU.

The primary factor that led me to choose PaCE@NTU was the SkillsFuture Singapore funding for eligible Singaporeans and PRs who are looking to pursue FlexiMasters in Project Management. The 70% course fee funding greatly eased my financial burden of achieving my goal which is to pursue a Master's degree.

Has this FlexiMasters benefitted you in your career development?

I now have a clearer understanding and a comprehensive view of the knowledge required for project planning, execution, control and successful completion. I have also gained insight into the rationale behind every decision made. These newfound knowledge and skills have improved efficiency and effectiveness in my day-to-day project execution, and opened up greater prospects for my career advancement including higher opportunity for promotion. This FlexiMasters enhanced my professional reputation and equipped me with valuable skills such as leadership and effective communication techniques to drive success in my projects.

Do you think lifelong learning is important? Please share your thoughts about it.

I think lifelong learning is very important in the current fast-changing world. It enables us to continuously grow and adapt to the competitive market by acquiring new ideas, skills and staying updated with the latest developments. Lifelong learning also opens up more opportunities for career development and transitions.

Will you recommend PaCE@NTU’s programmes to your friends and family?

I would highly recommend PaCE@NTU’s programmes to my friends and family. They offer a wide range of continuing education and professional development training courses for individuals who are looking to enhance their knowledge and skills in various industries. There are options for shorter-duration standalone courses, which can further enhance one's career development. Additionally, for those who are aspired to pursue a Master's degree, the academic units earned from eligible credit-bearing courses such as FlexiMasters can be transferred to a relevant Master's programme. Both choices provide great flexibility for working professionals who are looking to upskill themselves.