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AWARDS & ACCOLADES

We celebrate another year of accomplishments, with our students, alumni and staff achieving sterling results on many fronts.

EXCELLING IN DIVERSE FIELDS

Our students were recognised for their efforts in various fields. Many of them have received awards in the local and international arena.


Business Innovation & Entrepreneurship

  • Business & Financial Services student Eugene Yeo was crowned the overall champion at the UOB-Kay Hian Singapore Inter-Polytechnic Real-Time Investment & Trading Competition. The virtual investing and trading competition allows students to apply different investment strategies in a safe environment.

  • Five students from the School of Business & Accountancy emerged as first runners-up in the inaugural Star Interns Challenge, organised by Julian Lee & Associates, an agency within Great Eastern Financial Advisers. The team was tasked to develop a marketing plan for a new financial package, create a company recruitment video and develop a strategy to promote corporate social governance. Besides working closely with experienced financial planners, the students also deepened their understanding of the insurance industry.

Environment

  • Environmental & Water Technology graduate Tan Siok Hian and Landscape Design & Horticulture graduate Justin Tan won the HSBC/NYAA Youth Environmental Award for their contributions to environmental efforts. The pair embarked on a nine-day study trip to the Acadia National Park in Maine, United States, to assist on research into climate change.

  • Students from the School of Life Sciences & Chemical Technology were recognised for their eco-friendly inventions at SembCorp Marine’s Green Wave Environmental Care Competition. Chemical & Bimolecular Engineering students Celester Heng, Danuja Premnath and Lim Leh Sze received the Commendation Award for proposing the use of the Hydrilla plant to remove harmful nutrients from waterways. Another group of students from the Diploma in Environmental & Water Technology received the Encouragement Award for developing a way to recover bioplastics from food waste.

Film, Media & Design

  • Students from the School of Film & Media Studies won several awards at cINE65, a national short film competition. Mass Communication (MCM) student Aloysius Lee’s Home Made swept the Best Overall Film, Best Screenplay and Best Sound Design awards. Blk 401 and L’Amant by Film, Sound & Video students also clinched Best Editing and Best Cinematography respectively.

  • MCM student Joseph Soh won the annual DJ competition 987 Star, which searches for the "next voice and face" of the radio station most popular among youths.

  • Product Design & Innovation student (PDI) Lim Li Xue was the first runner-up of the IKEA Singapore’s Young Designer Award for her creation of a mirror which doubles as a clock. PDI student Joey Tung also made it into the finals of the competition.

  • Another PDI student, Muhamad Zulkifie bin Mohamed Shaffarulla won international accolades for his creation, the Fokus Desk. He won two Bronze awards at the A’Design Award & Competition and International Design Awards, where he also received an honourable mention.

  • A team of students from the School of Design & Environment won the Merit Prize (Innovation) Award at the inaugural Building Energy Efficiency Solutions Students’ Competition, organised by the Building and Construction Authority. The students proposed the use of video analytics software with closed circuit televisions to monitor the occupancy in commercial buildings. This information can be used to adjust the temperature of the air conditioning in the building to achieve energy savings.

  • Chinese Media & Communication (CMC) students Zhu Zeliang and David Xu clinched the championship and runner-up titles at the Third Global Chinese Network Host Competition, co-organised by China National Radio and China Mobile.

  • Destined to Love, a short film by five CMC students, won the Most Popular Micro Film at the My Singapore Story Microfilm Competition. The competition was organised by Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre and Zaobao.com.

Science & Technology

  • Four Engineering Science students won the first prize in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Competition 2015 for developing EYEBUS, which leverages RFID technology to help the visually-impaired use public transportation independently.

  • Information Technology students Gordon Ng and Sur Syafiqah Binte Rozaini won the Best Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Hellion App at the Social Inventor Hackathon, co-organised by Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Social Innovation Park. The pair designed and developed a platform to allow those with mobility restrictions to submit delivery requests for items such as groceries easily.

  • Three Clean Energy Management students won a Commendation Award at the Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors’ Award for developing an autonomous self-sustainable irrigation system.

  • Molecular Biotechnology students Chan Kah Ming and Pamela Kuan won the best project award at the Polytechnic Science Research Programme for their investigation and characterisation of an important protein produced by the Chikungunya virus.

Sports & Arts

  • Our Ngee Ann athletes achieved a total of 20 gold, silver and bronze medals at the 2015 SEA Games. They include Muahmmad Nur Alfian Juma’en’s hard-fought gold in silat; golds in men’s and women’s floorball and netball; as well as Zhang Jing Kang, Keith Teo and Tan Si Lie’s bronzes in archery and Ng Ming Wei’s bronze in taekwondo.

  • At the 5th Singapore Inter-School Diving Championships, the Diving Club won three golds, three silvers and three bronzes.

  • The Archery Club won one gold, five silvers and three bronzes during the NUS Indoor Archery Championship.

  • NP’s hockey team finished third overall at the Singapore Hockey Federation National League 5 (Men’s).

  • At the 2015 POL-ITE games, the following sports groups excelled in their respective categories: Netball (Champions), Water Polo (Champions), Women’s Table Tennis (Second position), Taekwondo (Third position), Track & Field (Second position), Men’s and Women’s Basketball (Second position), Women’s Volleyball (Second position), Women’s Dragonboat (Second position), Women’s Tennis (First position), Men’s Tennis (Third position), Men’s Road Race (First position), Women’s Road Race (Second position), Women’s Hockey (Third position).

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SECURING SCHOLARSHIPS

Our students and graduates continue to secure prestigious scholarships. Some of these are mentioned below:


  • A total of 16 students from the Aerospace Technology, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Science, Engineering Science, Mechanical Engineering, Information Technology courses won the A*STAR Science Award (Polytechnic). The award is given to local polytechnic students who demonstrate strong aptitude and interest in Math and Science to spur their passion in scientific research and development.

  • Seven Engineering Science students were awarded the Defence Science Organisation (DSO) Diploma Scholarship, which covers tuition fees and $2,500 allowance per year. They also score an internship at DSO before graduation.

  • Eight Marine & Offshore Technology (MOT) students received the ASMI-MOT Scholarship, worth approximately $30,000, while two other MOT students received the ASMI scholarship, worth $5,000 per annum.

  • Clean Energy Management student Soh Boon Yen received the BCA-Industry Built Environment Diploma Scholarship from the Building and Construction Authority.

  • Twenty students from the Information Technology, Information Security & Forensics and Electronic & Computer Engineering courses secured the CSIT Diploma Scholarship. The bond-free scholarship aims to nurture next-generation information security specialists.

  • Four Information Security & Forensics and Information Technology students received the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore’s iPoly scholarship. It encompasses full tuition fees, a one-time laptop allowance, support for courses and certifications, as well as overseas internships of up to six months.

  • Twelve students from the Child Psychology & Early Education course and 21 students from the Early Childhood Education course received the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) Training Awards. The Training Awards include full course sponsorship, a learning resource grant, a monthly study allowance and yearly funding for professional development.

  • Callista Koh and Kouk Qing Yuan from the Diploma in International Logistics & Supply Chain Management secured the Teckwah Logistics Scholarship.

  • More than 80 NP fresh graduates were awarded scholarships to pursue degrees in local universities such as the Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore, Singapore Management University and Singapore University of Technology and Design, as well as various reputable private organisations.

  • Molecular Biotechnology graduates Khong Zi Jian and Tan Qiao Wen, as well as Biomedical Science graduate Eddy Tan, received the A*STAR Undergraduate Scholarship.

  • Health Sciences (Nursing) graduate Lois Fong and Biomedical Laboratory Technology graduate Toh Shao Wei were awarded the MOH Healthcare Merit Scholarship. In addition, 10 graduates from various diplomas received the MOH Healthcare Merit Award.

  • Two Environmental & Water Technology graduates Jamie Goh and Tan Siok Hian received the PUB National Environment & Water Scholarship.

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SHOWCASING EXPERTISE

To provide an excellent student learning experience, our staff continue to develop innovative teaching methods and interact with the industry, particularly through their own research efforts.


  • School of Film & Media Studies lecturer Michael Kam’s feature film, Domo Arigato Mister Roketto, was selected for Singapore International Film Festival’s Southeast Asian Film Lab.

  • Mass Communication lecturer Desmond Kon’s Singular Acts of Endearment won the Silver Award under the Multicultural Fiction category at the 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYs). The IPPYs honour the year’s best independently published titles from around the world. His novel was also the 2016 Northeast winner at the USA Regional Excellence Book Awards in the Adult Fiction category.

  • School of Engineering’s Electrical Engineering staff secured a $140,000 grant from the Social Innovation Research Fund (SIRF) for developing an autonomous gait tracking system. This system will be jointly developed with Khoo Teck Puat Hospital’s senior consultants. In addition, they received another grant of $99,000 from SIRF for developing a humanoid robotic coach to help senior citizens exercise.

  • A research paper on raising the profession, perception and prospection of sustainable facilities management in Singapore by School of Design & Environment lecturer Catherine Thoo was published in the International Journal of Facility Management (Vol. 6, Issue 1, 2015).

  • School of InfoComm Technology lecturer Steven Ong was awarded GIAC Security Essentials certification (GSEC). The Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) validates the ability of practitioners in information security, forensics and software security.

  • Dr Juliet Choo, a lecturer from the School of Humanities & Social Sciences, won two Best Poster Awards for her projects at the Singapore Health & Biomedical Congress 2015.

  • Staff from the School of Health Sciences – Dr Phang Chiew Hun, Hazel Lim and Michelle Koh, together with St Luke’s Eldercare Ltd – delivered a presentation at the 2015 Community Care Forum organised by the Agency for Integrated Care Community Care. The presentation was on the depression level and quality of life of the elderly.

  • In the area of sports, student development officer Saiyidah Aisyah snagged two bronze medals in rowing during the 28th SEA Games. Aisyah also became the first Singaporean rower to qualify for the Olympics, after finishing seventh overall at the Asia and Oceania Continental Olympic Qualification Regatta in South Korea.

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ALUMNI MAKING THEIR MARK

We are proud that our alumni have continued to fly the NP flag high. Here are some of their achievements:


  • Information Technology graduate Elliot Tan was the winner at the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship held in Dallas, Texas, in August. Representing Singapore in the Microsoft Excel 2013 category, Elliot had to reproduce a given Excel spreadsheet within 50 minutes using his software and analytical skills. The 2015 graduate beat over 140 finalists from 47 countries to win the top prize.

  • Joshua Leong, a Business & Social Enterprise graduate, was one of the four Singaporeans selected to participate in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders (YSEALI) Initiative Professional Fellows Program (PFP). The five week experience – initiated by US President Barack Obama – is for young people active in fields such as civic engagement and managing non-governmental organisations. Joshua was a project and marketing executive at Social Lab, which runs social enterprise, Dialogue in the Dark, at NP.

  • Biomedical Engineering graduates Kenneth Teo and Chua Wang An beat over 100 teams to win the inaugural Hackathon@SG, organised by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore. They proposed a wearable fitness tracking device with back-end data analytics that identifies the type of exercise done and provides performance metrics.

  • Dinner, a short film by five Chinese Media & Communication graduates, received Gold Award in the Student Category for My Singapore Story Microfilm Competition. The competition was organised by the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre and Zaobao.com.

  • Film, Sound & Video graduate Gladys Ng’s film, My Father After Dinner, won the Best Singapore Short Film at the 26th Singapore International Film Festival.

  • Mass Communication (MCM) alumnus Jian Yang won the Media Person of the Year title at the Singapore Media Awards in August 2015. He is the second MCM graduate to win this prestigious award within three years. Karen Soo, another MCM graduate, was also named Young Digital Planner of the Year at the same ceremony.

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