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Singapore Restaurateur Tjioe Delivers Keynote at the CIA Commencement

Singapore – Andrew Tjioe, president of the Restaurant Association of Singapore and executive chairman of Tung Lok Restaurants, Ltd., delivered the commencement address to graduates of The Culinary Institute of America in September. Mr. Tjioe advised bachelor’s degree recipients that their outlook on life will help define their success.

“Learn from every mistake. Your heart can be broken when you fail, but don’t let your spirit be beaten,” said Mr. Tjioe, whose Singapore-based company now owns, manages, and franchises more than 40 restaurants throughout Asia. “If you keep being positive about everything, your life will be full of positive energy. If you aspire to change the society you live in, then you will live the life of a social activist.”

A restaurateur with 35 years of experience, Mr. Tjioe has earned many career honors, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and both the regional Restaurateur of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the World Gourmet Summit Awards of Excellence. He also received the International Star Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences and twice earned Wine & Dine magazine’s Singapore Restaurateur of the Year Award.

These graduates began their CIA studies in 2013 after completing a three-year diploma program in partnership with the Singapore Institute of Technology. Credits from previous business management courses transferred, allowing students to complete their four-year degree with two years of the CIA’s unparalleled hands-on culinary training and certain required liberal arts courses.

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The Culinary Institute of America, Singapore offers baccalaureate degrees in Culinary Arts Management for citizens of the small island nation. The most recent graduation at the CIA's only international campus was in September 2015. (Photo credit: CIA)
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Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to driving leadership development for the foodservice and hospitality industry, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts; bachelor’s degree majors in management, culinary science, and applied food studies; and executive education through its Food Business School. Its conferences and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry in the areas of health & wellness, sustainability, world cuisines & cultures, and professional excellence & innovation. The college also offers certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its worldwide network of 48,000 alumni includes leaders in every area of foodservice and hospitality. The CIA has campuses in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

About Singapore Institute of Technology
Established in 2009, SIT is an institution funded by the Ministry of Education offering undergraduate degree programs primarily for polytechnic graduates. In partnership with various reputable overseas universities, SIT has brought to Singapore some of the world’s top industry-focused degree programs targeted at growth sectors of the economy. Through a unique tripartite collaboration with its overseas university partners and the five local polytechnics, SIT represents a new model that is set to become a key pillar of university education. SIT has been slated to become the fifth public university in Singapore by the government.

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