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ANNEX 1

INDUSTRY PREPARATION FOR PRE-GRADUATES (iPREP)

PROGRAMME HANDBOOK

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1. BACKGROUND

The Industry Preparation for Pre-Graduates (iPREP) programme is a talent development


initiative aimed at preparing and equipping pre-graduates with relevant skillsets and work
experiences during their academic studies to enhance their industry-readiness upon
graduation.

2. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Participants in the iPREP Programme will be shortlisted by their respective Institution and
must be:
a. A Singapore Citizen; and
b. A student pursuing an eligible course as approved by IMDA

3. PROGRAMME COMPONENTS

Students are encouraged to build up their portfolio via the following components:

a. Technical Courses / Certifications

Students are encouraged to complete or obtain at least one (1) technical course or
certification which is relevant to the development of infocomm-related skills. Students
can take courses recommended by their Institution or select a course for IMDA’s
review and approval. IMDA’s prior written approval must be obtained prior to the
commencement of the relevant course / certification.

b. Internship / Industry-Relevant Projects

Each Student is encouraged to undergo at least one (1) internship, which allows him
to undertake a project in the infocomm technology (ICT) industry, during his studies.
Students can source for internship opportunities:
(i) From iPREP’s industry partners;
(ii) From the Institution he is enrolled in; or
(iii) Through his own effort.

The scope of the project should:


(i) Be reviewed and approved by the Student’s Institution and IMDA; or
(ii) Fulfils the Final Year Project requirements of the Student’s course of studies.

c. Industry Networking Events

Students under the iPREP Programme will be given the opportunity to attend
seminars, lectures and workshops which are relevant to ICT industry. IMDA will
provide advance notice of these events to the Students.

Each Student is encouraged to attend at least one ICT Event during his studies.

d. Mentoring Session

IMDA will invite experienced tech professionals to hold talks and share their
experiences to Students on the programme. Students are encouraged to take the
initiative to leverage on the mentors’ experience and connections in order to
understand the needs of the ICT industry.

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Each Student is encouraged to attend at least one mentoring session during his studies.

Students who have successfully completed at least one technical course/certification and
performed well (Grade B) in one ICT internship will receive a one-time performance
incentive from IMDA.

4. PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS

Students are required to submit the Progress Report (enclosed herein as Annex A)
annually or at the request of their institution throughout the duration of their participation
in the iPREP Programme (i.e. from the date of enrolment into the iPREP Programme until
graduation from Institution). The Progress Report will allow Institutions and IMDA to
monitor each Student’s progress and award the one-time performance incentives
accordingly.

Students are to submit the Progress Report to IMDA through their Institution coordinators.

5. FUNDING SUPPORT

IMDA provides the following funding support for students under the iPREP Programme:

a. Technical Courses / Certifications

IMDA will reimburse 100% of the course fees and/or examination fees for technical
courses and certifications undertaken by Students, capped at S$3,000 per Student
for the entire duration of each Student’s participation in the iPREP Programme.

Students who intend to claim the fees for technical courses / certifications must first
obtain IMDA’s prior written approval for the technical course / certification by
submitting the Request for Technical Courses / Certifications Approval Form
(enclosed herein as Annex B) to their Institution at least one (1) calendar month prior
to the commencement of the course / certification.

IMDA will not reimburse any claims for technical courses and certifications which have
not been approved under any circumstances whatsoever.

The funding support does not cover any training grants or subsidies offered by course
providers, testing centres or any other organisations.

IMDA will reimburse Students for the fees for technical courses / certifications after
the completion of the relevant technical course / certification, and provided that the
Students have fulfilled the requirements set out in the Technical Courses /
Certifications Claim Application Form (enclosed herein as Annex C).

Students who intend to claim the reimbursement of the fees for the technical courses
/ certifications must submit the Technical Courses / Certifications Claim Application
Form and the requisite supporting documents listed therein to their Institution within
three (3) calendar months of the completion of the relevant technical courses /
certifications. Upon receipt and approval of the complete set of documents, the
amount claimed will be disbursed by the relevant Institution.

Students must complete all courses / certification and submit all Technical Courses /
Certifications Claim Application Forms and the requisite supporting documents to their
Institution at least one (1) calendar month before their graduation from the Institution.

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IMDA may reject any late or incomplete claim applications or claim applications which
are not accompanied by the complete set of supporting documents.

b. Allowances for Overseas Internships

IMDA will subsidise the cost of living and airfare for every Student who undergoes
one or more overseas internship which have been approved by IMDA. Each Student
is eligible to receive the following allowances over the course of the Student’s
participation in the iPREP Programme:

(i) Cost of Living Allowance of S$1,200 per month, for a maximum of six (6) months
over the course of each Student’s participation in the iPREP Programme; and
(ii) Airfare Allowance covering the cost of return economy class airfare, which shall
be capped at S$1,200.

Students who intend to claim for the Cost of Living Allowance and the Airfare
Allowance must first obtain IMDA’s prior written approval of the overseas internship
by submitting the Request for Overseas Internship Approval Form (enclosed
herein as Annex D) to their Institution at least one (1) calendar month prior to the
commencement of the relevant overseas internship.

IMDA will not reimburse any claims for internships which have not been approved
under any circumstances whatsoever.

The Cost of Living Allowance and Airfare Allowance will only be paid after the
completion of the relevant overseas internship. Students who intend to claim the Cost
of Living Allowance and Airfare Allowance must submit the Overseas Internship
Claim Application (enclosed herein as Annex E), the Overseas Progress Report
(enclosed herein as Annex F) and the requisite supporting documents listed therein
to their PSEI within three (3) calendar months of their return from their internships.

Upon receipt and approval of the complete set of supporting documents, the Cost of
Living Allowance and/or Airfare Allowance will be disbursed by the relevant Institution.

Students must complete all overseas internship and submit all Overseas Internship
Claim Application Forms, Overseas Progress Report and the requisite supporting
documents to their Institution at least one (1) calendar month before their graduation
from the Institution.
IMDA may reject any late or incomplete claim applications or claim applications which
are not accompanied by the complete set of supporting documents.

c. Performance Incentives

IMDA will give students who fulfil the following a performance incentive:
(i) Completed at least 1 technical course/certification; and
(ii) Performed well in at least 1 ICT-related internship

IMDA will disburse the incentives on a yearly basis to the relevant Institution. The
amount due to each student will be disbursed by the relevant Institution
To qualify for the performance incentives, students must have submitted the Progress
Report to their Institution at least one (1) calendar month before their graduation from
the Institution. IMDA may reject any late submissions.

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6. CONTACT DETAILS

Info-comm Media Development Authority (IMDA)


Human Capital Development
Ms Jadyn Lau, Assistant Manager
Tel : (65) 6211 0891
Fax : (65) 6659 2535
Email : jadyn_lau@imda.gov.sg

Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)


Office of Student Administration
Melisa Tan, Associate
Tel : (65) 6486 7027
Fax : (65) 6779 5161
Email : melisa_tan@sutd.edu.sg

7. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

a. Is iPREP a scholarship?
No, the iPREP programme is not a scholarship. It is a talent development programme
to help pre-graduates ready themselves for the industry. The iPREP programme does
not support student’s tuition fees.

b. What are the eligibility criteria for the iPREP programme?


Only students nominated by their Institutions will be invited to apply for the programme.
Students must be Singapore Citizens.

c. Are there any bond requirements under the iPREP programme?


There is no bond imposed on the students under the iPREP programme.

d. Are students guaranteed an internship placement with iPREP’s industry


partners?

IMDA engages the industry to offer internship projects for students under iPREP,
giving students additional opportunities.

Each internship placement is dependent on:


a) Student’s suitability with the requirements of our partners; and
b) The relevance of the internship project with student’s course of studies

Students can self-source internships if they cannot find a suitable match with iPREP’s
industry partners.

e. When does application open for internship with iPREP’s industry partners?
Students will receive internship opportunities offered by iPREP partners from IMDA
all-year round. Students are advised to apply around 6 months before their available
internship period.

f. Is a student guaranteed a job after he completes the iPREP programme and


graduates from his/her Institution?
Industry partners are not obligated to offer employment opportunities to graduating
students. However, this does preclude the industry partners from doing so if the
student is found to be suitable. Students in the iPREP programme are therefore

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encouraged to create a positive impression in their engagements with the industry
partners.

g. When will the Performance Incentives be paid out?


Performance incentives are paid out yearly. Students who have fulfilled the
requirements to qualify for the incentives will receive their incentives via their
Institution.

h. Can a student participating in the iPREP programme apply for scholarships?


Students under the iPREP programme can apply for scholarships. However, students
need to inform their Institutions and IMDA on the scholarship. IMDA will review the
details of the scholarship to determine if students can continue to participate in the
iPREP programme.

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Annex A

PROGRESS REPORT
DATE:

Name of Student :
Institution :
Course of Studies :
Email Address/ Contact # :
Expected Graduation Date : MM/ YY

Technical Courses/Certification Achieved


Course/Cert #1 Course/Cert #2 Course/Cert #3
Course/Certification Name
Description
Date of Completion
Learning points

Mentoring Sessions
Sharing sessions by tech experts organised by IMDA
Session #1 Session #2
Date of Session
Name of Speaker
Description of Session
Learning Points
Internship Duration
Did you engage the mentor Yes/ No Yes/ No
separately after the session?

Infocomm Events
Infocomm seminars, workshops, networking session
Event #1 Event #2 Event #3
Event Name
Date of Event
Description of Event
Learning points

Career Aspirations
Your career aspirations upon graduation
Area(s) of Interest E.g.: Cybersecurity / Data Analytics
Desired Job Role E.g.: Data Scientist / Software Engineer

Remarks

Internship/ Industry Projects


Internship #1 Internship #2
Company Interned with

Name of mentor

Email of mentor

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Internship Position E.g. Software Engineering intern
Internship Duration E.g. 6 months (May-16 to Oct-16)
Monthly Internship Allowance
Received
Description of project worked
on
Area of Work Analytics Analytics
Cybersecurity Cybersecurity
Network/ Infrastructure Network/ Infrastructure
Software development Software development
Others: Others:

Learning Points

Internship Grade for Internship #1


(Grade to be given by PSEIs and/or internship company)
 Grade A  Grade B  Grade C  Grade D
Excellent Good Average Satisfactory
Exceeded expectations Met expectations in Generally effective in Generally effective in
in all/ most areas all/ most areas all/ most areas some areas / needs
some improvement

Name/Designation of Signature of Date


Person-in-charge1 Person-in-charge

Name/Signature of School Stamp Date


iPREP coordinator

Terms and Conditions

1. To qualify for the performance incentives, students must have fulfilled the following requirements:
i. Students must submit this Progress Report to their respective Institution annually or at the
request of the Institution and at least one (1) calendar month before their graduation from the
Institution;
ii. Completed at least one (1) technical course/certification; and
iii. Achieved at least a Grade B for one (1) ICT-related internship.
2. Students should provide supporting documents as proof of completion when submitting this
Progress Report to their respective Institution. Supporting documents should include, but is not
limited to:
i. Certification of course completion/ achievement;
ii. Letter of offer from internship company; and
iii. Report/ Testimonial from internship company on student’s performance.

1 Refersto person giving the grade (E.g. lecturer/professor supervising the internship and/or mentor/supervisor
from the company interned with).

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3. If the Student has fulfilled all the requirements and is eligible for the performance incentives, IMDA
will reimburse the relevant incentive through the Student’s Institution. The Institution will ultimately
be responsible for the disbursement of the monies.
4. The disbursement of any funding support under the iPREP Programme shall be sole responsibility
of the Institution in which each Student is enrolled.
5. IMDA shall not be liable to any Student for any losses or damages, loss of income, profit or savings
or any indirect, incidental, special, consequential, or punitive damages arising from or in connection
with any aspect of the iPREP Programme.

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Annex B

DATE:

REQUEST FOR TECHNICAL COURSES / CERTIFICATIONS APPROVAL FORM

Name of Student: NRIC:

Instructions
Please provide the following information.

1. Details of Course / Certification


Title of Course / Certification:

Course / Certification Duration:


(With Start and End Dates)

Examination Date:

Total Course / Certification Fees:

Course Outline (Please attach


brochure or other relevant
materials, if any):

2. Details of Training Provider


Name of Training Provider:

Website:

Email Address:

Contact Number:

3. Approval for the above course / certification should be sought at least one month before the
commencement of the course / certification. Please state your reason(s) if you are seeking
approval less than one month before the commencement of the course / certification.

Terms and Conditions

1. Students who intend to claim the reimbursement of fees for technical courses / certifications must
first obtain IMDA’s approval for the course / certification by submitting this Request for Technical
Courses / Certifications Approval Form to their respective Institutions at least one (1) month prior
to the commencement of the course / certification.
2. The technical courses / certifications must be infocomm-related and must be conducted in
Singapore.
3. There are no restrictions on the number of technical courses / certifications that each Student may
undergo, provided that the total amount of fees claimed during the course of the Student’s
participation in the iPREP Programme does not exceed the maximum cap of S$3,000.

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4. The total amount of fees that IMDA will reimburse under the iPREP Programme does not cover
any registration and membership fees, rebates, incentives, discounts or any training grants offered
by the education service providers, testing centres or any other organisations in relation to the
approved technical courses / certifications.
5. The funding support for the approved technical courses / certifications will only be paid after the
completion of the relevant course / certification. Students who intend to claim the technical courses
/ certifications must submit the Technical Courses / Certifications Claim Application Form and the
requisite supporting documents to their Institutions within three (3) calendar months of the
completion of the technical courses / certifications.
6. Students must complete all courses / certification and submit all Technical Courses / Certifications
Claim Application Forms and the requisite supporting documents to their Institution at least one (1)
calendar month before their graduation from the Institution.
7. The disbursement of any funding support under the iPREP Programme shall be sole responsibility
of the Institution in which each Student is enrolled.
8. IMDA shall not be liable to any Student for any losses or damages, loss of income, profit or savings
or any indirect, incidental, special, consequential, or punitive damages arising from or in
connection with any aspect of the iPREP Programme.

Declaration
1. I declare that I have read through and hereby accept all of the terms and conditions set out in this
form and the Industry Preparation for Pre-graduates (iPREP) Programme Handbook.
2. I declare that the facts stated in this form and all accompanying documents are true. I understand
that if either IMDA or the Institution in which I am enrolled has reason to believe that this form and
the accompanying documents contain inaccurate, erroneous, false or misleading statements, the
funding support offered under the iPREP Programme may be withdrawn and the abovementioned
Institution may recover immediately from myself any part of the funding support that may already
have been disbursed together with the applicable interest on the disbursed amount.

Signature of Student Date

Acknowledged By:

Signature of Coordinator Date

Name of Coordinator School Stamp

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Annex C

DATE: _

TECHNICAL COURSES / CERTIFICATIONS CLAIM APPLICATION FORM

Name of Student: NRIC:

Instructions

1. Please provide the following information.


Title of Course / Certification:

Name of Training Provider:

Course / Certification Duration


(With Start and End Dates):

Examination Date:

Amount to be Claimed for Total


Course / Certification Fees:

2. Please submit the following supporting documents along with this claim application form:
 Original or photocopies of invoice(s) and official receipt(s) issued by the relevant training
provider and/or certification body with respect to the course and/or examination fees paid by
the Student. Please note that the fees reflected on the documents must be in Singapore Dollars;
 Log sheet confirming that the Student has achieved a minimum 75% training attendance record;
 Certificate of course completion / achievement (if any);
 Examination score report and / or Certificate of Achievement for the approved certification
issued by the Certificate Awarding Body (if the approved course leads to a certification); or,
 Assessment results (if the approved course does not lead to any certification).

Terms and Conditions


1. Students who intend to claim for the reimbursement of fees for technical courses / certifications
must ensure that they have obtained IMDA’s prior written approval for the course / certification
before the commencement of the course / certification. IMDA will not reimburse any the fees for a
technical course / certification which has not been approved under any circumstances whatsoever.
2. Students must make full payment to the relevant training providers and complete the courses /
certifications prior to submitting their claims to their respective Institutions.
3. Students must submit this Technical Courses / Certifications Claim Application Form and the
supporting documents to their Institutions within three (3) calendar months of the completion of the
technical courses / certifications.
4. Students must complete all courses / certification and submit all Technical Courses / Certifications
Claim Application Forms and the requisite supporting documents to their Institution at least one (1)
calendar month before their graduation from the Institution.
5. Students must fulfil the following requirements in order to qualify for funding support under the
iPREP Programme:
i. Complete the approved course and pass all examinations required by the course during the
course of their studies, and no later than one (1) calendar month before their graduation from
the Institution;

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ii. Achieve at least 75% attendance in the relevant approved course / certification within a period
of twelve (12) calendar months from the commencement date of the approved technical
course / certification;
iii. Students who intend to claim the reimbursement of fees for certifications must complete and
pass all examinations required by the course in order to achieve the final certification status;
and
iv. Students who intend to claim the reimbursement of fees for courses which do not lead to any
certification must complete and pass all relevant post-course assessments or tests.
6. IMDA may reject any late or incomplete claim applications or claim applications without the full set
of supporting documents.
7. If a claim application is successful, IMDA will reimburse the relevant course / certification fees
through the Student’s Institution. The Institution will ultimately be responsible for the disbursement
of the monies.
8. The disbursement of any funding support under the iPREP Programme shall be sole responsibility
of the Institution in which each Student is enrolled.
9. IMDA shall not be liable to any Student for any losses or damages, loss of income, profit or savings
or any indirect, incidental, special, consequential, or punitive damages arising from or in connection
with any aspect of the iPREP Programme.

Declaration
1. I declare that I have read through and hereby accept all of the terms and conditions set out in this
form and the Industry Preparation for Pre-graduates (iPREP) Programme Handbook.
2. I declare that the facts stated in this form and all accompanying documents are true. I understand
that if either IMDA or the Institution in which I am enrolled has reason to believe that this form and
the accompanying documents contain inaccurate, erroneous, false or misleading statements, the
funding support offered under the iPREP Programme may be withdrawn and the abovementioned
Institution may recover immediately from myself any part of the funding support that may already
have been disbursed together with the applicable interest on the disbursed amount.

Signature of Student Date

Acknowledged By:

Signature of Coordinator Date

Name of Coordinator School Stamp

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Annex D

DATE: _

REQUEST FOR OVERSEAS INTERNSHIP APPROVAL FORM

Name of Student: NRIC:

Instructions
Please provide the following information.

1. Period of Internship

2. Internship Company & Location

3. Detailed Job Scope of Internship

4. Approval for the overseas internship should be sought at least one month before the
commencement of the overseas internship. Please state your reason(s) if you are seeking
approval less than one month before the commencement of the internship.

Terms and Conditions

1. Students who intend to claim the allowances related to their overseas internships must first obtain
IMDA’s prior written approval of the internship by submitting the Request for Overseas Internship
Approval Form to their respective Institutions at least one (1) month prior to the commencement of
the internship.

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2. Only Students undergoing infocomm-related overseas internships will qualify for funding support
under the iPREP Programme.
3. There are no restrictions on the number of overseas internships that each Student may undergo,
provided that the total amount claimed during the course of the Student’s participation in the iPREP
Programme complies with the following conditions:
 The Cost of Living Allowance is limited to S$1,200 per month, for a maximum of six (6) months
over the course of each Student’s participation in the iPREP Programme; and
 The Airfare Allowance covering the cost of return economy class airfare shall be capped at
S$1,200.
4. The Cost of Living Allowance and the Airfare Allowance will only be paid to the Student after the
completion of the relevant overseas internship.
5. Students who intend to claim the Cost of Living Allowance and the Airfare Allowance must submit
the Overseas Internship Claim Application Form and the supporting documents to IMDA through
their respective Institutions within three (3) calendar months of their return from the IMDA-approved
overseas internships.
6. Students must complete all overseas internship and submit all Overseas Internship Claim
Application Forms, Overseas Progress Report and the requisite supporting documents to their
Institution at least one (1) calendar month before their graduation from the Institution.
7. IMDA will not reimburse any claims for internships which have not been approved under any
circumstances whatsoever.
8. The disbursement of any funding support under the iPREP Programme shall be sole responsibility
of the Institution in which each Student is enrolled.
9. IMDA shall not be liable to any Student for any losses or damages, loss of income, profit or savings
or any indirect, incidental, special, consequential, or punitive damages arising from or in
connection with any aspect of the iPREP Programme.

Declaration

1. I declare that I have read through and hereby accept all of the terms and conditions set out in this
form and the Industry Preparation for Pre-graduates (iPREP) Programme Handbook.
2. I declare that the facts stated in this form and all accompanying documents are true. I understand
that if either IMDA or the Institution in which I am enrolled has reason to believe that this form and
the accompanying documents contain inaccurate, erroneous, false or misleading statements, the
funding support offered under the iPREP Programme may be withdrawn and the abovementioned
Institution may recover immediately from myself any part of the funding support that may already
have been disbursed together with the applicable interest on the disbursed amount.

Signature of Student Date

Acknowledged By:

Signature of Coordinator Date

Name of Coordinator School Stamp

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Annex E

DATE: _

OVERSEAS INTERNSHIP CLAIM APPLICATION FORM

Name of Student: NRIC:

Instructions

1. Please provide the following information.

Name of Internship Company:

Period of Overseas Internship:

Country of Overseas Internship:

Name of Mentor:

Email Address of Mentor:

Amount to be Claimed for Cost of


Living Allowance:

Amount to be Claimed for Cost of


Return Economy Airfare:

Total Cost to be Reimbursed:

2. Please submit the following supporting documents along with this claim application form:
 The original signed copy of the Overseas Internship Progress Report, attached in the
Industry Preparation for Pre-graduates (iPREP) Programme Handbook as Annex F; and
 Invoice for the return economy class airfare (if you are claiming for the Airfare Allowance).

Terms and Conditions

1. Students who intend to claim the Cost of Living Allowance and/or the Airfare Allowance must have
obtained IMDA’s written approval of the internship prior to the commencement of the internship.
IMDA will not reimburse any claims for internships which have not been approved under any
circumstances whatsoever.
2. Students must submit this Overseas Internship Claim Application Form and the supporting
documents to their respective Institution within three (3) calendar months of the completion of the
internships.
3. Students must complete all overseas internship and submit all Overseas Internship Claim
Application Forms, Overseas Progress Report and the requisite supporting documents to their
Institution at least one (1) calendar month before their graduation from the Institution.
4. IMDA may reject any late or incomplete claim applications or claim applications which are not
accompanied by the complete set of supporting documents.
5. If a claim is successful, IMDA will reimburse the amount to the Student through his Institution. The
Institution will ultimately be responsible for the disbursement of the monies.
6. The disbursement of any funding support under the iPREP Programme shall be sole responsibility
of the Institution in which each Student is enrolled.

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7. IMDA shall not be liable to any Student for any losses or damages, loss of income, profit or savings
or any indirect, incidental, special, consequential, or punitive damages arising from or in
connection with any aspect of the iPREP Programme.
Declaration

1. I declare that I have read through and hereby accept all of the terms and conditions set out in this
form and the Industry Preparation for Pre-graduates (iPREP) Programme Handbook.
2. I declare that the facts stated in this form and all accompanying documents are true. I understand
that if either IMDA or the Institution in which I am enrolled has reason to believe that this form and
the accompanying documents contain inaccurate, erroneous, false or misleading statements, the
funding support offered under the iPREP Programme may be withdrawn and the abovementioned
Institution may recover immediately from myself any part of the funding support that may already
have been disbursed together with the applicable interest on the disbursed amount.

Signature of Student Date

Acknowledged By:

Signature of Coordinator Date

Name of Coordinator School Stamp

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Annex F

iPREP OVERSEAS INTERNSHIP


PROGRESS REPORT
A. To be completed by student:

Name of Student:

School / Course Year:

NRIC:
Period of Internship:
Name of Internship
Company:
Country of Overseas
Internship:

Name of Mentor(s):

B. To be completed by mentor
Please give a brief description of the work done by
the student.

Name of Mentor Designation Signature and Company's Date


in Block Letters Stamp

Name of iPREP Signature Date


Student

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