Press Releases

August 01, 2012

Outstanding Performance by Singapore at the 2012 International Science Competitions

The Ministry of Education would like to congratulate the Singapore students for their excellent performance at the International Young Physicists’ Tournament as well as the International Olympiads for Physics and Chemistry in July 2012.

25th International Young Physicists’ Tournament (IYPT)

The Singapore team clinched the 3rd position in a field of 28 countries and was awarded the Gold medal at the 25th IYPT held in Bad Saulgau, Germany, from 20 to 29 July 2012.

The Singapore team comprised Daniel Mark Keat Kay, Pay Shieu Ming Daryl, Yeo Jie, Lim Yong Hui and Jee Kai Yen from Raffles Institution.

The team was led by Dr Yeo Ye from the National University of Singapore, Dr Tan Guoxian from Raffles Institution and Ms Joy Tan, Curriculum Planning Officer from the Ministry of Education.

43rd International Physics Olympiad (IPhO)

The Singapore team obtained four Gold medals and one Silver medal at the 43rd IPhO held in Tallinn, Estonia, from 15 to 24 July 2012. Singapore was placed 3rd in a field of 376 student participants from 81 countries.

The Gold medallists are Ding Yue, Kuan Jun Jie Joseph and Huan Yan Qi of Raffles Institution (Junior College) and Ang Yu Jian of NUS High School of Mathematics and Science. The Silver medallist is Wayne Soo Wah Ming from NUS High School of Mathematics and Science.

The Singapore delegation was led by Associate Professor Rajdeep Singh Rawat from the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Associate Professor Chung Keng Yeow from the National University of Singapore and Mr Chng Chia Yi from Serangoon Junior College.

44th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO)

The Singapore team received two Gold medals and two Silver medals at the 44th IChO held in Washington, DC, Metropolitan area, United States, from 21 to 30 July 2012. Singapore was placed 5th in a field of 283 student participants from 72 countries.

The Gold medallists are Rachel Lim Yun Shi and Liu Aofei of Raffles Institution. The Silver medallists are Gerard Low Zhi-Xiong of Raffles Institution and Tan Zhi Yang of NUS High School of Mathematics and Science.

The Singapore delegation was led by Dr Zhang Sheng and Ms Chng Ting Ting from the Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore, Ms Chong Ai Lin from the NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, and Ms Jee Wan Yi Stephanie, Curriculum Planning Officer from the Ministry of Education.

A Joint Effort

Our students’ participation in these International Science competitions is a joint effort between the Ministry of Education and the following organisations:

  • Defence Science Organisation;
  • Institute of Physics, Singapore;
  • Singapore National Institute of Chemistry;
  • National University of Singapore; and
  • National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University.

Background for International Young Physicists’ Tournament

The IYPT is a competition for students between 15 - 18 years old to solve complicated scientific problems in teams. Participants apply the actual scientific methods used by real physicists to solve problems often related to phenomena that confront us in our everyday lives. Starting from research, they proceed on to modelling, then experimentation and finally an oral defence of their proposed solutions to the given problems before experts and peers. The IYPT requires its participants to demonstrate the abilities to work in teams and to manage uncertainties and complexities. See Annex A for more details of the conduct of IYPT.

Members of the team representing Singapore at the IYPT were selected from the Singapore Young Physicists’ Tournament (SYPT), a local competition modelled after the IYPT. The SYPT provides opportunities to develop our budding physicists and promotes a new and exciting way in the learning of physics.

Background for International Olympiads

The International Olympiads for Science 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 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. 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.