Awards & Accolades

We salute our students, alumni and staff who have pushed boundaries and excelled in their fields.

Student Excellence

In 2018, our students won accolades on the international and regional stage. Here are some of their accomplishments:

  • NP students who represented Singapore at the WorldSkills ASEAN Competition in September 2018 scored a triple win. Dubbed the ‘Youth Olympics of Skills’, the WorldSkills ASEAN Competition is a prestigious bi-annual competition that brings students from institutes of higher learning from across the region to compete in various skill categories. Our Mechanical Engineering students, Arthur Liew and Wong Shi Jie, topped the Mechatronics category, which was a first for Singapore. Electrical Engineering students Daphne Tan and Lim Gao Min came in second in the new Internet of Things category, while Electronic & Computer Engineering student, and Singapore team captain, Merick Fong, garnered a Medallion for Excellence in the Electronics category.WorldSkills ASEAN Competition 2018
  • A team of second year Accountancy students beat other regional teams from Indonesia and Vietnam to clinch the third prize at the annual ICAE-Deloitte Business Challenge in June 2018. Organised by Deloitte Singapore, the competition required teams to present workable solutions for a business case to a panel of judges. The NP team’s winning idea was to develop solutions for a smart phone company to increase sales of their phones in developing countries.
  • Our School of Engineering students won the Best Design and Idea Award at the Tsuyama Robocon Contest in Japan. Organised by the National Institute of Technology Japan in December 2018, the challenge was to build and design robots.
  • A documentary film titled Clean: Not Cleaned by Film, Sound & Video (FSV) student Yap Chun Yuong was screened at the Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival which promotes sustainable living through the showcase of films with environmental themes. The festival was organised by EcoKnights, an established NGO that champions sustainable development in Malaysia.

On the home front, our students were also lauded for their achievements in various fields:

Science and Technology

  • A team comprising Biomedical Science and Environmental & Water Technology students won the prestigious Lee Hsien Loong Interactive Digital Media Smart National Award 2018 for their ‘Gravitrap’ project in August 2018. The winning team worked with the National Environment Agency (NEA) to develop a surveillance system known as the Mozzie Tracker, which counts the number of mosquitoes caught in the Gravitrap using artificial intelligence.
  • Environmental & Water Technology students Quay Yi Xuan Dana and Michelle Chua Shin Rong won the third prize at the Singapore Junior Water Prize (SJWP) Competition by developing an interactive game called ENVscape Now, which encourages youth to care for the environment. The SJWP is supported by PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency, and organised by the Lien Foundation, Sembcorp Industries and NP to promote interest in water and environmental issues among youth. The winning team went on to represent Singapore at the International Stockholm Junior Water Prize in Sweden.

Business and Media

  • A team of third year Accountancy students emerged as champions in the pre-university category of SMU-IIAS Case Challenge for their presentation on internal audit practices. The national competition, organised by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Singapore and Singapore Management University (SMU) Accountancy Society, saw 25 teams compete for the top prize under the Pre-University and University categories.Justine Lai
  • ​Third year Business Studies student, Justine Lai Wei Zhi, received the National Young Leader Award in February 2019. Given annually by the Halogen Foundation, the award was an acknowledgment of Justine’s contributions and leadership in service-learning at the school’s students’ society. She led and mentored large teams of students, while overseeing projects such as ‘Career Exploration Day@Kidzania’, and ‘Nurses’ Appreciation Day’ at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. The Halogen Foundation aims to inspire and influence a generation of young people to lead themselves and others well.
  • Mass Communication (MCM) student Sherlyn Sim won a Singapore Press Holdings Excellence in Journalism Award for her reporting on a ragging ritual that led to the death of a Singapore Civil Defence Force full-time National Serviceman in May 2018. Sherlyn was an intern at The New Paper at the time.Singapore Design Week 2018

Design and Environment

  • In April 2018, NP’s School of Design & Environment (DE) students bagged the top three prizes of the Cellini Industry Collaboration Awards, which was part of the ‘Hidden Gems’ movement to create contemporary objects using traditional crafts and materials. Their winning works were showcased at the Singapore Design Week 2018.
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Alumni Making Waves

Our alumni continued to garner recognition in their respective fields after graduation. Here are some highlights:

  • FSV alumnus Yeo Siew Hua’s noir film A Land Imagined premiered at the 2018 Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland. It won three awards at the festival, including the top prize. Siew Hua then went on to win more awards at the El Gouna Film Festival, QCinema International Film Festival and the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF). A Land Imagined was the first local film in the festival’s 29-year history to win the Best Asian Feature Film accolade at the SGIFF Silver Screen Awards.
  • FSV alumna Janice Chua scored an Associate Producer role in Crazy Rich Asians (2018), a romantic comedy based on Singaporean writer Kevin Kwan’s hit novel of the same name. The Hollywood movie was the first to feature an all-Asian cast in 25 years and it went on to become a box office hit, grossing more than US$238 million worldwide. Janice returned to NP to share her journey with students in August 2018.Crazy Rich Asians Janice Chua
  • Another FSV alumna Lim Ting Li won the National Arts Council Young Artist Award, Singapore’s highest award for art practitioners aged 35 and below, in August 2018 for her outstanding work in creating soundscape for motion pictures. Ting Li has worked on films by fellow FSV graduates, such as Kirsten Tan’s Pop Aye (2016) and Boo Jun Feng’s Sandcastle (2010). She previously also won a sound editing award at the Motion Pictures Sound Editors’ Golden Reel Awards, also known as the Oscars of Sound.
  • In December 2018, FSV alumnus M. Raihan Halim won Best Screenplay for the drama series, SR115, at the Asian Academy Creative Awards, a regional competition supported by the Info-communications Media Development Authority. He also won Best Directing (Drama) and Best Writing (Drama) for SR115 at Pesta Perdana 2019, Mediacorp Suria's biennial awards show for local Malay television.
  • Two short films by FSV alumni Amanda Tan and Pocholo Dela Cruz were selected for the Young Creators Project, a partnership between Mediacorp’s Toggle and local polytechnics. The Project is a talent development initiative aimed at growing and supporting Singapore’s creative talent pool.
  • MCM alumna Nurul Suhaila Mohd Saiful struck gold in the 60-65kg category at the 18 th World Pencak Silat Championship. She was also The Straits Times Star of the Month in December 2018, an award that recognises promising athletes in Singapore.
  • School of InfoComm Technology alumna Lau Neng Duan won the SingHealth Inspirational Patient and Caregiver Award 2018. The award, given by SingHealth, honours individuals for their strength, courage and resilience.

Our graduates also shined academically, with several being awarded prestigious scholarships for their degree pursuits. Here are some examples:

  • Nine alumni from the School of Life Sciences & Chemical Technology (LSCT) received Healthcare Scholarship Awards in July 2018. The Ministry of Health (MOH) Holdings awards these scholarships to promising individuals with strong academic track records and a passion to pursue careers in public healthcare. Among the nine LSCT alumni, Rachel Ang Zu Er was also awarded the Healthcare Merit award. She is currently studying Nursing at NUS.
  • The National Parks Board (NParks) awarded LSCT alumni Ivy Yeo Sing Ming and Christopher Wong Kai Kit with the NParks Overseas Merit Scholarship in August 2018 to pursue Geography at the National University of Singapore and Forestry Science at Melbourne University respectively.
  • Alumna Goh Li Ying from the School of Business & Accountancy (BA) was awarded the UNSW Business School International High Achievers Scholarship, which recognises academic excellence.
  • Another BA alumnus, Ng Hui Min, graduated from the Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU) Bachelor of Business programme with Honours (Highest Distinction).
  • MCM alumnus Shintaro Tay received the Howe Yoon Choong PSA Scholarship in August 2018 and is pursuing a degree at NTU’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information.
  • MCM alumna Ang Tian Tian received the SSG-WSG Joint Undergraduate Scholarship Award in August 2018. She is now pursuing her degree at the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Tiara Binte M Hamarian, also from MCM, received the NTU Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal and Koh Tai Ann Gold Medal for being the top graduate in English.
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Staff Excellence

Here are some of the awards and accolades achieved by NP staff in 2018, in recognition of their dedication and best practices.

  • In July 2018, NP bagged two Public Sector Transformation Awards. These awards recognise agencies and individuals in the public sector for innovation, best practices and service delivery. At the corporate level, NP won the Best Practice Award for Inter-Agency Collaboration, for spearheading the Polyfintech100. The award recognises agencies that have implemented innovative and effective practices or programmes in areas that are important to the Public Service, and facilitated the sharing of best practices. At the individual level, Deputy Director from the School of Engineering Tan Wei Lian received the Star Manager Award, which honours exemplary middle managers who demonstrate the skills of supporting the organisational mission, developing people and teams, and driving innovation and change.Quek Siaw Miang
  • In August 2018, Sunarto @ Quek Siaw Miang, from the School of Engineering was one of the four finalists for the President’s Award for Educators. This prestigious national award recognises the recipients’ dedication to the holistic development of their students. He was chosen from over 2,000 nominees nominated for the award.
  • ​In November 2018, School of Film & Media Studies (FMS) Senior Lecturer Craig McTurk’s documentary film The Last Artisan was selected to premiere at the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) 2018. The SGIFF is the longest running film festival in Singapore that focuses on showcasing international films and providing a global platform for the best of Singapore and Southeast Asian cinema. The Last Artisan, Craig’s first feature film, centres on the life and legacy of Haw Par Villa theme park’s head artisan.
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