With their dedication, passion and talent, our students, staff and alumni continue to excel and succeed across myriad fields. We celebrate their accomplishments here.
From business innovation, environment and film, to science, technology and sports, our students clinched awards and won recognition, both locally and overseas.
Students from the School of Business & Accountancy put their entrepreneurial creativity to the test at the Startup Weekend South Tangerang 2016 in the province of Banten, Indonesia. Given 54 hours to turn a start-up idea into reality, the team comprising Eugene Chua, Michael Tristan San Juan and Lundy Pang Gin Keat emerged as runners-up at the event which was supported by Google for Entrepreneurs.
Business & Social Enterprise student Shawn Hoh won the Best Pitcher Award, and his team emerged as first runners-up in the Asia Pacific Co-operative Youth Summit in Bali. They pitched the idea of an agency, Migrant Solutions Co-operative Society Ltd, to look into reducing exploitation of and promoting fair income for migrant workers in Singapore.
Jensen Por Pheng Ju won a bronze in the Best Contextual Design category at the SILA Student Design Awards, organised by the Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects. The Landscape Design & Horticulture student submitted a design titled “The Hara Seb” for Dhoby Ghaut Green & Istana Park.
Environmental & Water Technology students Isabella Au Shimin and Chia Jia Ling received a commendation award in the Green Wave Environmental Care Competition 2016, organised by Sembcorp Marine Ltd. Their winning project was in the area of aquaponics and delved into the utilization of waste water from fish rearing systems for urban farming.
Product Design & Innovation students bagged several prizes in competitions. Chua Yong Ping and Luo Sheng won the second and third prizes respectively in the LINE: Singapore’s Next Young Sticker Artist Competition. The emoticon design competition, themed “Singapore Fabulous: Life in Singapore” was organised by popular messaging application, LINE. Rasyiqah Syahirah won top prize in the DreamFerrari Design Competition organised by Ferrari Far East, while five of her classmates - Grace Lew, Isaac Lim, Lim Zhi Pheng, Amanda Oh and Yeo Xian - won merit prizes.
Timothy Ong Le Hao from the Film, Sound & Video course was selected to be part of the Youth Jury and Critics Programme at the Singapore International Film Festival.
At the 21st Tsuyama Robot Competition held in Okayama in Japan, Electronic & Computer Engineering students Justin Ong Wei Xuan, Tan Wei Xuan, Tan Jia-Le and Yeong Kae won the Tally Club Award and Global Columbia Gold Prize.
Information Technology student Lau Xin Wei did Singapore proud at the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship held in Florida, USA in August. He clinched the silver medal in the Word 2013 category.
A team of four Engineering Science students – Aaron Sng, Soon Qing Rong, Wong Wen Kang and Pang Biao Yi – emerged among the top five in the National Science Experiment Big Data Challenge 2016, a data science competition organised by the National Research Foundation Singapore.
Eighteen students from Electronic & Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Health Sciences courses participated in eight categories of the World Skills Singapore Competition. Ngee Ann Polytechnic clinched a gold medal (Industrial Control), two silver medals (Industrial Control and Electronics) and two bronze medals (Electronics and IT Network Systems Administration) at the competition.
Information Security and Forensics students Devesh Logendran and Josephine Tanadi were second runners-up in the 7th Cyber Conquest Competition. Held in conjunction with GovWare 2016, a cyber conference and exhibition organised by the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore, the competition tested participants’ computer and network security skills.
Jeremia Christy Suriadi, an Environmental & Water Technology student who was wheelchair-bound after a serious road accident, recovered to compete again in triathlon races less than a year after being injured. She won the TRI-Factor Triathlon in Singapore and came in second in the ITU Asian Cup Triathlon in Philippines.
Our students shone in the POL-ITE Games, coming in first in the following events:
Archery (Men’s & Women’s champions for the ninth consecutive year)
Tennis (Women’s champions for the second consecutive year)
Track & field
Water polo (Champions for the 10th consecutive year)
At the Singapore River Regatta 2017, NP students were champions in the Tertiary Open, Singapore Open and Singapore Women's Open categories.
With their all-roundedness, including stellar academic achievements, our students and graduates continued to secure scholarships for local and overseas education. Some of these are mentioned below:
Eleven Engineering Science students clinched the A*STAR Science Award (Polytechnic). The award provides an annual tuition fee subsidy of up to S$2,500 and an annual allowance of S$2,000. In addition, recipients will have the opportunity to undertake a full-time research attachment at an A*STAR Research Institute.
Eleven Engineering Science students and one Electrical Engineering student won scholarships from DSO National Laboratories. The scholarships cover all tuition fees, a $2,500 annual allowance and an internship at DSO before graduation.
Health Sciences (Nursing) students Sri Nurwani Binte Othman, Hurul'Ain Binte Mohammed Idrus, Si Zhi Xian Lois, Angeline Yap Zhi Han, Adele Therese Leong Shi Yi and Mulupuri Sriya were awarded the Integrated Nursing Scholarship (INS) by Ministry of Health. The INS is a new healthcare scholarship offered to outstanding ‘O’ level graduates who demonstrate leadership potential. It extends beyond the diploma to cover degree studies at the Singapore Institute of Technology or overseas universities.
Hospitality & Leisure Facilities Management students Teo Jia Min, Clorence Tan Shi Jie, Erica Chai, Yeo Bao Luan, Lee Tian Na, Hah Wei Lin, Lin Xinmei, Elicia Choo Ying Jie, Nicholas Tan Wei Heng, Mandy Tan, Soo Jing Hui, Tan Yan Ping, Wee Yu Ting and Jamie Ang Xinyi were awarded the BCA 2016 Sponsorship worth $14,000 each for their diploma studies at NP.
Biomedical Science graduate, Jean Chia, was awarded the Public Service Commission scholarship to study Psychology at NUS. She also won the LKY-STEP Award, offered to outstanding polytechnic graduates to pursue a full-time degree at local universities.
Two Aerospace Technology graduates clinched prestigious scholarships: Pavatharani Senthil Kumar won NTU’s Renaissance Engineering Programme Scholarship, while Wong Zheng Xiong won the LKY-STEP Award.
Shannon Ang, a Mass Communication graduate, was awarded the NTU College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences International Scholarship to pursue a PhD in Sociology at the University of Michigan.
Sustainable Urban Design & Engineering graduate Tay Yee Seng was awarded the SAF Academic (Overseas) Scholarship to pursue the Bachelor of Arts, with a Major in International Relations & Geography and a Minor in Archaeology at the Australian National University.
Mass Communication graduate Aw Cheng Wei, who is now a Straits Times journalist, received the Chevening Scholarship from Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The scholarship is awarded to outstanding emerging leaders to pursue a one-year master’s degree at any university in the United Kingdom. Cheng Wei will be pursuing a Masters of Public Policy at Oxford University.
Early Childhood Education graduate Lee Jia Hao, who is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) degree in Macquarie University, was awarded the Sydney Day Nursery Elizabeth Town Scholarship. The scholarship recognises student commitment to best practices and developments in child and family well-being and social inclusion.
Three graduates from the School of Business & Accountancy received scholarships from local universities. Tourism & Resort Management graduate Kuan Say Hao was awarded the NUS Merit Scholarship, Accountancy graduate Chia Jun Xuan Justin won the NUS Business Study Award while International Business graduate Ng Wen Zhi received NTU’s Nanyang Scholarship.
To provide an excellent student learning experience, our staff continued to keep in tandem with industry trends and develop innovative teaching methods, particularly leading in their own project and research efforts.
NP secured $237,500 for a research and development project from the National Research Foundation which provides funding for proof-of-concept development to researchers in the institutions of higher learning. The Principal Investigator for the project is senior manager, Dr Su Jincai from the School of Life Sciences & Chemical Technology. The project involves developing ceramic-based membranes that can help to concentrate the alcohol solvents used in semiconductor and pharmaceutical industries.
Dr John Zhu and Dr Lau Quek Choon from the School of Life Sciences & Chemical Technology were awarded $398,650 from MOE’s Translational and Innovation Fund for their project on the optimisation and testing of a novel diagnostic platform for Parkinson’s Disease. The project is a collaboration with Singapore General Hospital, MP Biomedicals Singapore and Sciencewerke Pte Ltd.
Dr Antony Prince was awarded the International Association of Advanced Materials Scientist Medal for the year 2017 for his notable and outstanding contribution in the field of Advanced Materials Science and Technology. He is also leading the project “Ultra-wetting Graphene and Aquaporin Based Biomimetic Hollow Fiber Membranes for Low Pressure Desalination”. For this project, the Environmental & Water Technology Centre of Innovation received about $3 million in funding from the Incentive for Research & Innovation Scheme Grant.
School of Film & Media Studies senior lecturer Leonard Yip was awarded the New Talent Feature Grant worth $250,000 by the Singapore Film Commission/Infocomm Media Development Authority for his first feature film, The Block.
A team from the School of Humanities & Social Sciences was awarded $72,750 under the Tertiary Education Research Fund for their research project titled “Impact of Service-learning With Structured Reflections on Civic Responsibility, Academic Connections and Personal Growth in Polytechnic Students”.
Senior manager Ismail Maideen Thivan Pichai from the School of Health Sciences was guest speaker at the 10th Oriental Congress of Cardiology in Shanghai, China. He spoke on the nursing management of patients following an acute myocardial infarction.
Yang Kian Giap, a course chair from the School of Engineering, presented a paper on “Infusing Design Thinking and Service Learning into the Diploma in Clean Energy Management” at the 10th International Symposium on Advances in Technology Education held in Sendai, Japan.
The Robotic Exercise Instructor, a team project under Electrical Engineering staff Li Yinbei and Ng Kwek Khen, won a gold at the MOE Innergy (Statutory Board) Awards. The project was also nominated for the PS21 ExcEL Award for Most Innovative Project.
Chinese Studies lecturer Lee Kow Fong, a well-known homegrown Singaporean illustrator and writer of children’s books, held a solo exhibition, Dreamscape, showcasing 50 of his childhood themed paintings in watercolour, acrylic and gouache at Eagle's Eye Art Gallery, Capitol Piazza.
Our alumni continued to do us proud, even after leaving NP. Some of our recent graduate success stories include the following:
Business Studies graduate Bryan Lim was awarded the Lee Hsien Loong Award For Outstanding All-Round Achievement (Polytechnic category), presented by the Ministry of Education to the most outstanding graduate across all polytechnics.
For her film Pop Aye, Kirsten Tan, a graduate from the Advanced Diploma in Film Production course, won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Screenwriting at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. It was the first win for a Singaporean at the independent film festival. Pop Aye also won the VRBO Big Screen Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Film, Sound & Video graduate Boo Junfeng's feature film Apprentice was selected as Singapore’s entry for the Oscar Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The film had won him the Rising Director award at Busan International Film Festival’s Asia Star Awards. The insightful death penalty drama was also screened at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard category that recognises works by talented young filmmakers.
Intergalactic Dance Battle, a 3D animated short film, was showcased at Animation Day in Cannes in May and the Montreal International Animation Film Festival in August. Created by five Animation & 3D Arts graduates – Lou Zu Hao, Lim Yong Sheng, Lim Yoon Xin, Sebastian Keong and Leo Hee Xian – the film also won a silver in the 3D Animation (Film) category at the Crowbar Awards organised by the Association of Accredited Advertising Agents Singapore.
Mass Communication graduate Shintaro Tay's film Saving Sungei was nominated for the Student Documentary Award at the Sheffield International Documentary Festival.
Three Biomedical Science graduates gained direct admission to local medical schools. Julia Tan and Brandon Lim were accepted into NUS' Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, while Zenneth Lim became the first NP graduate to gain a spot in the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine at NTU. This brings to ten the number of NP graduates who have gained direct admission to local medical schools.
Health Sciences (Nursing) alumni Alaine Teu graduated with Honours (Highest Distinction) from the National University of Singapore.
Carro, a start-up by Information Technology graduate Aaron Tan, successfully raised US$6 million (S$8.2 million) in Series A funding and facilitated more than 500 transactions since its launch a year ago. Aaron, the company’s CEO, founded it after leaving his job of five years in a venture capital company.
Justine Lee, a Business & Social Enterprise graduate, was awarded the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Academic Fellowship (Civic Engagement). Launched in 2013, the YSEALI is former U.S. President Barack Obama’s signature programme to strengthen leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia.
Business and Social Enterprise graduate Joshua Leong was one of four Singaporeans in the spring 2016 batch of the prestigious YSEALI Professional Fellows Program. He is among nine Singaporeans who have been on the programme which has attracted more than 3,000 applicants from ASEAN countries since it began in 2015.
Product Design & Innovation graduate Lim Lixue successfully kickstarted her project, the KIN wallet which effortlessly separates notes and coins in a single wallet. The project was fully funded within an hour of its crowdfunding launch and raised over $280,000 by March 2017.