Press Releases

July 31, 2008

Performance at the 2008 International Olympiads for Science and Mathematics

The Ministry of Education would like to congratulate the Singapore students who clinched a total of 17 medals at four International Olympiads for Science and Mathematics in July 2008.

19th International Biology Olympiad (IBO)

The four students who represented Singapore at the 19th IBO held in Mumbai, India, from 13 to 20 July 2008, received two Gold and two Silver medals in a field of 220 student participants from 55 countries.

Singapore was in the top ten in terms of medals won, having placed 5th out of 55 countries.

The two Gold medallists are Men Yifei of Raffles Junior College and Sng Weirong Joshua of Hwa Chong Institution, with Men Yifei placed 5th in terms of individual world ranking. The Silver medallists are Choy Chi Chuen Kevin and Lim Min De Timothy of Anglo-Chinese School (Independent).

The Singapore delegation was led by Associate Professor Shirley Lim, Head of Natural Sciences and Science Education, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University.

39th International Physics Olympiad (IPhO)

At the 39th IPhO held in Hanoi, Vietnam, from 20 to 29 July 2008, the Singapore team received the following medals: one Gold, three Silver and one Bronze in a field of 376 student participants from 82 countries.

In terms of medals won, Singapore was placed 11th out of 82 countries.

The Gold medallist is Chan Wai Hong Ronald of Raffles Junior College. The Silver medalists are Zhao Ye and Lam Chee Yong Leslie of NUS High School of Mathematics and Science; and Ng Kia Boon of Raffles Junior College. Zhai Weichao of NUS High School of Mathematics and Science received a Bronze medal.

The Singapore delegation was led by Associate Professor Kwek Leong Chuan and Associate Professor Rajdeep Singh Rawat from the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University.

40th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO)

The 40th IChO was held in Budapest, Hungary from 12 to 21 July 2008. Four students representing Singapore received one Gold, one Silver and two Bronze medals in a field of 255 student participants from 71 countries.

In terms of medals won, Singapore was placed 12th out of 71 countries.

The Gold medallist is Yeong Li Qian of Raffles Junior College, who was placed 2nd in terms of individual world ranking. The Silver medallist is Wang Yong Jin from Raffles Junior College. Foo Mei Hua Fiona and Lau Kang Ruey Gregory of NUS High School received Bronze medals.

The Singapore delegation was led by Dr Mak Ka Wai Karen and Dr Basheer Chanbasha from the National University of Singapore.

49th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)

The 49th IMO was held in Madrid, Spain from 14 to 22 July 2008. The Singapore team received one Silver and three Bronze medals in a field of 535 student participants from 97 countries.

The Silver medallist is Lei Lei of NUS High School of Mathematics and Science. The Bronze medallists are Lim Wei Quan of Hwa Chong Institution; Lee Jun Dominic of NUS High School of Mathematics and Science and Chiam Jia-Han of Raffles Junior College.

The Singapore delegation was led by Associate Professor Wong Yan Loi from the National University of Singapore.

A Joint Effort

Our students’ participation in the four International Olympiads is a joint effort between the Ministry of Education and the following organisations:

  • Institute of Physics, Singapore;
  • Singapore Institute of Biology;
  • Singapore National Institute of Chemistry;
  • Singapore Mathematical Society;
  • National University of Singapore; and
  • National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University.

Background

The International Olympiads for Science and Mathematics bring together the best and brightest students from around the world, challenging and stimulating their minds in the spirit of competition. Through rigorous tests of theoretical knowledge, students demonstrate their mastery of scientific and mathematical concepts. Their experimental skills are also put to the test in the Science Olympiads.

The Olympiads are thus global platforms to stretch some of our most able students in Science and Mathematics. By pitting their skills and knowledge against international peers, not only would our students be exposed to an enriching learning experience, they would also be motivated to strive for excellence in the international arena.