Press Releases

August 01, 2013

Outstanding Performance by Singapore at the 2013 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 different International Olympiads for Biology, Chemistry, Informatics, Mathematics and Physics in July 2013.

26th International Young Physicists’ Tournament (IYPT)

The Singapore team clinched the championships and was awarded the Gold medal at the 26th IYPT held in Taipei, Taiwan, from 24 to 31 July 2013.

The Singapore team comprised Nishant Verma from Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), Chik Cheng Yao from Hwa Chong Institution as well as Chan Jau Tung, Jee Kai Yen and Lim Yong Hui from Raffles Institution.

The team was led by Dr Yeo Ye from the National University of Singapore, Mr Sze Guan Kheng from Raffles Institution, Mr Lee Jie Liang, and Ms Wong Kah Wan Joy, Curriculum Planning Officer from the Ministry of Education.

24th International Biology Olympiad (IBO)

The Singapore team obtained four Gold medals at the 24th IBO held in Bern, Switzerland from 14 to 21 July 2013. Singapore was placed 2nd in a field of 241 student participants from 62 countries.

The Gold medallists are Cheong Yi Loong Benny, Yap Chun Hian John, Zhao Xing Liang from Hwa Chong Institution and Stanley Quek Tee Kai from NUS High School of Mathematics and Science.

The Singapore delegation was led by Dr Beverly Goh and Associate Professor He Jie from the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Dr Ng Ngan Kee from the Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore, Assistant Professor Melissa Fullwood from the Yale-NUS College and Ms Tan Kay Bin Celine, Curriculum Planning Officer from the Ministry of Education.

45th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO)

The Singapore team received three Gold medals and one Bronze medal at the 45th IChO held in Moscow, Russia, from 15 to 24 July 2013. Singapore was placed 4th in a field of 291 student participants from 73 countries.

The Gold medallists are Chua Anlong of NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, Cao Yuxin and Lin Yongjie of Raffles Institution. The Bronze medallist is Fang Haitian of Raffles Institution.

The Singapore delegation was led by Dr Xu Hairuo, Dr Hoang Truong Giang, and Mr Fung Fun Man from the Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore, and Ms Koh Wendy, Curriculum Planning Officer from the Ministry of Education.

54th International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO)

The Singapore team received one Gold and five Silver medals at the 54th International Mathematical Olympiad held in Santa Marta, Colombia, from 18 to 28 July 2013. Singapore was placed 6th in a field of 97 countries.

The Gold medallist is Lim Jeck of NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, who is also ranked 3rd among the 528 IMO participants. The Silver medallists are Ling Yan Hao of NUS High School of Mathematics and Science as well as David Lin Kewei, Lee Hua Jun Eugene, Liu Yijia and Tan Siah Yong of Raffles Institution.

The Singapore delegation was led by Associate Professor Wong Yan Loi from the Department of Mathematics, National University of Singapore, and Mr Wang Haibin from NUS High School of Mathematics and Science. Associate Professor Tay Tiong Seng from the Department of Mathematics, National University of Singapore, who is one of the chief trainers, was also part of the delegation.

25th International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI)

The Singapore team received 3 Silver medals and 1 Bronze medal at the 25th IOI held in Brisbane, Australia, from 6 to 13 July 2013. Singapore was placed joint 17th with Australia in a field of 299 student participants from 77 countries.

The Silver medallists are Ranald Lam Yun Shao of Raffles Institution, Gan Wei Liang and Mark Theng Kwang Hui of Hwa Chong Institution; and the Bronze medalist is Bernard Teo Zhi Yi from Hwa Chong Institution.

The Singapore delegation was led by Dr. Steven Halim from the School of Computing, National University of Singapore, and Mr Goh Ching Tard, Curriculum Planning Officer from the Ministry of Education.

44th International Physics Olympiad (IPhO)

The Singapore team obtained four Gold medals and one Silver medal at the 44th IPhO held in Copenhagen, Denmark from 7 to 15 July 2013. Singapore was placed 3rd in a field of 381 student participants from 83 countries.

The Gold medallists are Daniel Mark Keat Kay of Raffles Institution (Junior College) and Lim Jeck, Sean Seet Xiang En and Tan Wei Liang Byorn of NUS High School of Mathematics and Science. The Silver medallist is Ashwin Venkidachalam from Raffles Institution (Junior College).

The Singapore delegation was led by Associate Professor Rajdeep Singh Rawat from the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Mr Lim Kim Yong and Miss Tao Ye from the National University of Singapore, Mr Kwek Wei Hong from Hwa Chong Institution (Junior College), and Mr Lim Yeow Heng from NUS High School of Mathematics and Science.

A Joint Effort

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

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

Background for International Young Physicists’ Tournament (IYPT)

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 Biology, Chemistry, Informatics, Mathematics, and Physics bring together the best and brightest students from around the world, challenging and stimulating their minds in the spirit of competition based on the different disciplines. Through rigorous tests of theoretical knowledge, students demonstrate their mastery of mathematical concepts, computational thinking skills and scientific concepts as well as creativity in problem solving. 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. 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.