He Shiying 

Lee Kuan Yew Award &​
Ngee Ann Polytechnic Outstanding Achievement Award

He Shiying​

School of Life Sciences & Chemical Technology

Other awards:
NUH Gold Medal & Prize
Diploma with Merit
Guardian Health & Beauty Prize

She may be soft-spoken and genteel, but He Shiying is a big-hearted advocate for spreading the green message.

Her interest in environmental issues was piqued during a community service trip to the Philippines, where she saw how trash was managed in a landfill. “It made me realise how much waste we generate, and that motivated me to work towards a zero-waste lifestyle,” she said.

Driven to make a difference, Shiying started a green social enterprise to reduce the use of disposable containers at food courts. She walks the talk herself, by bringing her own food containers and cutlery whenever she eats out.

“Some of my friends have also been convinced to carry their own takeaway containers. I hope we can all be more mindful of our consumer habits and not buy more than what is needed. We should be conscious of the environmental impact of our actions,” said Shi Ying, who is currently an intern at TreeDots, a startup that seeks to lower food waste volumes in Singapore.

Her support for other worthy causes also led her to give free tuition to children from low-income families since she was a first-year student at Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP). She also volunteered with Beyond Social Services and Trans Family Services.

As a Pharmacy Science​ student, Shi Ying gained practical experience in dispensing medicines to patients during her internship at Hougang Polyclinic. She also had the chance to be immersed in the healthcare system and see how different healthcare professionals worked together to treat patients.

“I chose NP because it offered a healthcare-centred pharmaceutical science course. It gave me a good grounding in the development and prevention of diseases, which is what I am passionate about, as well as first-hand experience in different pharmacy settings,” she said.

Shiy​ing hopes to pursue a career in public health as an epidemiologist, researching the spread and management of diseases. She recounts her overseas experience in the Philippines, which has a part to play in shaping her aspiration.

“We visited a local hospital and saw patients lying on beds in the hallway and lobbies. I wanted to do more to help people like them as I believe healthcare is a basic right for every individual. This has inspired me to pursue a career where I can touch the lives of others directly.”