Awards & Accolades

Our students, alumni and staff garnered numerous international and national awards and accolades in the past year. Here are some highlights.

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Outstanding Students

Science and Technology

  • ​Our students bagged six medals, including three golds, two silvers and one bronze, as well as 10 medallions in one of our biggest wins ever at WorldSkills Singapore Competition in October 2020, a prestigious national skills competition for youth held once every two years. Two teams of engineering students won gold in the mechatronics category while International Trade & Business student Lee Jia Ying won gold in the freight forwarding category. Jia Ying will represent Singapore in the WorldSkills International Competition in Shanghai, which has been rescheduled to October 2022.
  • ​Engineering students Izzat Hazim bin Mustafa, Cherie Ong Xue Yu and Elijah Siow Yi won the Lee Hsien Loong Interactive Digital Media Smart Nation Award for developing ReHand, an exoskeleton that supports both passive and active limb rehabilitation of stroke patients. ReHand also allows physiotherapists to lend support to more than one patient at any one time, thus improving healthcare efficiency.

Business and Entrepreneu​rship

  • Accountancy students from the School of Business & Accountancy (BA) took home top prizes at the ICAEW CFAB Inter-Polytechnic Accounting Challenge held in May and September. Chong Jie Lin, Valen Tan Jia Yin and Ang Si Yan were among the top five scorers for the competition in May while Dylan Chen Jen Fong took the top place for the competition in September.
  • A team of BA students won first place in the Citi-SMU Financial Literacy Challenge in August 2020, which was organised for students to acquire financial literacy. They are Business Studies students - Wong Shi Chin and Claudia Tan Wen Qing; Banking & Finance students - Mercado Gabrielle Nicole Valois and Chong Yu Ji, and International Trade & Business student - Patchala Calistus Babu Carolyn Priyanka.
  • Marcus Chong, Nigel Ong, Oh Jia Jun, Jocelyn Voo and Toh Kai Bin from the Diploma in Banking & Finance won 2nd runner up in the FPAS Financial Planner Award (student category) in August 2020. The FPAS Financial Planner Award recognises financial planners in Singapore for their financial planning excellence in the banking, insurance and financial advisory sectors.
  • Xavier Tan, a Product Design & Innovation (PDI) student from the School of Design & Environment (DE) won silver for the National Young Entrepreneur Award by Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE). The national award celebrates the achievements of outstanding students who have displayed entrepreneurial qualities and recognises their contributions to the startup ecosystem.

Design and Innovation

  • Sustainable Urban Design & Engineering (SDE) student Aung Khant Myat from the School of Design & Environment (DE) received the bronze award at the Asia Young Designer Awards, one of Asia’s leading design competitions.
  • PDI students Andrea Tan En Xi, Chua En Qi, Xavier Tok Yong En and Shanice Chong Hui Li won the students’ sales and display category in the Singapore Packaging Star Awards 2020, a prestigious national competition organised by the Packaging Council of Singapore. Both Andrea and Shanice also won the Asia Star Awards 2020 and were awarded a certificate of recognition for Worldstar Student International Packaging Design Competition 2020.
  • For their project Our Blue Garden, which allows users to experience the learning trails at Sungei Ulu Pandan on a digital platform, Environmental & Water Technology (EWT) students from the School of Life Sciences & Chemical Technology (LSCT), Sophia Ang, Ian Lee Yi-En, Lee Suer Er and Madihah Bte Asaad, won third prize in the PUB Splash Lab Competition (Innovation solutions category) in March.

Film, Media and the Arts

  • Film, Sound & Video (FSV) graduates Kathleen Bu Rui Xuan, Niger Lim and Rios Morales Carlos Antonio won the Best Directing, Best Live Action and Best Editing awards respectively at the National Youth Film Awards (media student category). Their winning film, Lady E’s Wedding Revenge Plan, was their final-year project.
  • A group of final year Advertising & Public Relations diploma students from the School of Film & Media Studies (FMS) won first runner-up with their advertising pitch, Goodcat Collective, in a 48-hour challenge in the Crowbar Awards 2020, an annual platform for young creatives and planners to showcase their work. The students are Cameron Marie Belliston, Kristie Grace Seet Kae, Muhammad Shariff bin Abdul Rashid, Sim Shi Yun and Dayner Pek Ser Onn.
  • Four students from the Diploma in Chinese Studies (CHS) in the School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HMS) won top places at the Chinese Bridge (Hanyu Qiao) Chinese Proficiency Competition Singapore in July 2020. Amelia Chan Shu En took the first place and will go on to represent Singapore in the “Chinese Bridge” Global Finals. Lew Yi Wei came in second, while Teh Wan Ting and Guok En Qi tied for the third place.
  • Two CHS students won masterpiece prizes in the 22nd Singapore Tertiary Chinese Literature Awards 2020. Year 1 student Kim Yong Ji participated in the short novel category, while Year 2 student Jing Xin Yu took part in the contemporary poem category.
  • A team of four Diploma in Arts Business Management (ABM) students from HMS clinched the first runner-up in the SUSS Brand Challenge 2020. Competing against a total of 266 students across 59 teams from all five polytechnics, they developed a branding strategy for a real-world leading brand.

Alumni's Achievements

Entrepreneurship

  • In the past year, four NP alumni, whose start-ups had their beginnings in our campus incubator, were featured in Forbes’ 30 under 30 Asia list of must-watch young entrepreneurs, leaders and changemakers in Asia. They are Koh Kai Xin and Eugene Cheng from HighSpark, and Terrence Goh and Jasper Yap from Eezee.
  • School of Engineering (SOE) alumnus Jasper Yap from Eezee and BA alumnus, Ian Ang, co-founder and CEO of the highly successful gaming chair maker Secretlab, were also included in 2020 EDGE 35 Under 35 list, which celebrates young entrepreneurs who have contributed significantly to Singapore’s start-up ecosystem. Ian, then 28 years old, was also named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020 Singapore, the youngest winner in the awards’ 19-year history.​

Filmmaking

  • The highest-grossing documentary in Taiwan in 2020 was Andrè & His Olive Tree, a documentary on Michelin-starred chef André Chiang (right in picture). It was directed by Film, Sound & Video (FSV) graduate Josiah Ng (left in picture). Mass Communication (MCM) graduate Joshua Lee was the executive producer. Other FSV graduates who worked on the film include Sean Ng, Caleb Quek, Lim Jia Yun and Eugene Seah. The documentary was screened at the San Antonio and Reykjavik International Film Festivals in the US and Iceland respectively.
  • FSV graduate Leon Cheo’s People Like Us – Season 2 was nominated for Best Short-form Series in the 2020 International Emmy Awards – a first for Singapore in the category. The educational HIV-themed drama was co-developed with non-governmental organisation Action for AIDS Singapore. It was produced by another FSV graduate, Lim Jen Nee.
  • For their film, Sunday, FSV graduates Kristen Ong, Lincoln Yeo and Tan Si En won the best screenplay, best cinematography and best live action awards respectively at the National Youth Film Awards (open youth category). Meanwhile, FSV graduate Gladys Ng scored a best director nod with her film Under the Same Pink Sky.
  • FSV graduates Daniel Lee and Hannah Ng’s short film Danny’s Never Home was premiered on meWatch in Sep 2020. They produced the film for their final-year project, and it was selected as an entry in the IMDA-funded Young Creators Project 2020.
  • A culinary comedy titled Not My Mother’s Baking directed by MCM graduate Remi M Sali was premiered at the 31st Singapore ​International Film Festival in November 2020. The multilingual feature film which revolves around the topic of interracial romance, stars a multi-ethnic cast including Kaydash Cheung, an FSV graduate. It also went on general release at Filmgarde Cineplexes.

Academic Brilliance

Numerous alumni went on to do well academically, with several winning prestigious scholarships to pursue their undergraduate studies, such as the following:

  • Two NP graduates won the prestigious PSC Scholarship to pursue undergraduate studies at the National University of Singapore (NUS): School of InfoComm Technology (ICT) graduate Tan Hui Xuan (picture) will be studying computer science while Nursing (NSG) graduate Fiqri Nur Haziq bin Abu Bakar from the School of Health Sciences (HS) will be taking up a degree in social sciences.
  • ICT graduate Lim Wan Ning was awarded the DSTA Scholarship to pursue undergraduate studies in computer science at NUS.
  • Two Engineering Science (ES) students received prestigious scholarships to pursue their undergraduate studies. Kellie Sim Yu Hui received the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) Global Distinguished Scholarship to pursue the SUTD-Duke-NUS Special Track for an Engineering Degree & Doctor of Medicine Degree. Chan Ming Zhang received the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Renaissance Engineering Programme (REP) Scholarship to pursue an engineering degree.
  • Biomedical Science (BMS) graduate Summer Li Shi Jia was awarded the National Science Scholarship (BS) by A*STAR to pursue her undergraduate studies in biological sciences at Imperial College London.
  • Three BMS graduates - Jennifer Tan Hui Juan, Benjamin Koh Wei Feng (picture) and Calesta Teo Hui Yi - were admitted into the National University of Singapore (NUS) Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.​
  • BMS graduate Yeong Feng Ming won a Community Care Scholarship to study physiotherapy at the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) and another BMS graduate, Seah Woon, was awarded the SMU School of Information Systems Achievement Scholarship to pursue a Bachelor of Sciences (Computing and Law).
  • Close to 100 Nursing (NSG) graduates from the School of Health Sciences (HS) gained direct entry into the second year of the nursing degree programme at NUS and the University of Glasgow in partnership with SIT.
  • Four fresh NSG graduates - Chloe Jewel Savannah Chong, Athena Chan En Ting, Kang Xing and Jeslyn Neo Song Teng - received the MOHH Healthcare Scholarships Award.
  • Banking & Financial Services (BFS) graduate Zenith Tay Xin Ying was awarded the SMU Global Impact Scholarship to pursue a Bachelor of Business Management degree. Another BFS graduate, Neo Hui Min, was awarded the NTU Koh Boon Hwee Scholars award in July 2020.
  • Joanne Wong Jinn Yi, who graduated from the Diploma in Sustainable Urban Design & Engineering (SDE) in 2017, was awarded the BCA-WOHA iBuildSG Undergraduate Scholarship to pursue a Master of Architecture at NUS.
  • Mass Communication (MCM) graduate Denyse Tan Jia Wei was awarded the Enterprise Singapore Global Executive Scholarship.
  • Yao Yupeng, who graduated from the Diploma in Environmental & Water Technology (EWT) in 2018, was awarded the University Engineering Scholarship to study civil engineering at NTU.

    Staff Excellence

    • Course chair Jason Khiang and lecturer Raja Mohammad Fairuz from DE were among the winners in the 2nd Design Education Summit organised by DesignSingapore Council in partnership with the SUTD-MIT International Design Centre, with their submission of the story on “NP doing their part for the global community with cross-disciplinary collaboration”.
    • FMS senior lecturer Leonard Yip’s debut feature film, Malam, premiered in competition at the 6th Jaffna International Cinema Festival in Sri Lanka in March 2021. Leonard received the New Talent Feature Grant of $250,000 from the Singapore Film Commission and IMDA to work on this film. Many members of his production crew were graduates from FMS, including Director of Photography Timothy Chen, who now teaches in FMS.
    • Another FMS lecturer, Melvin Goh, won a silver award at the Ministry of Education Innergy Award (Work Processes Category) for designing an online authenticated remote assessment.
    • Scottz Lip (picture), Assistant Director of the School of Life Sciences & Chemical Technology (LSCT) and Senior Manager of NP's Robotics Research & Innovation Centre, won the 2020 MOE Outstanding Innovator Award (OIA) for his outstanding performance in promoting multi-disciplinary collaborations among students and staff. These include improving the accuracy in predicting mosquito population, and developing a rat surveillance and killer system. He was also awarded the Public Sector Transformation (PST) Exemplary Innovator Award 2021. ​
    • Our Service-Learning Programme won the top spot for the 2020 MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship, the first Singapore institution to win the prize. The award recognises exceptional student community engagement and community service, and promotes the elevation of civic engagement of universities around the world. NP’s win affirms the dedication and hard work put in by staff, students and partners.
    • Dr Rajendra Acharya (picture), a visiting lecturer with the School of Engineering (SOE), is the first researcher in a polytechnic to make it to the annual Highly Cited Researchers List 2020. A former senior research fellow at SOE who has spent more than 20 years in NP, he is ranked in the top 1 per cent of the Highly Cited Researchers in computer science.
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