Press Releases

July 29, 2014

Outstanding Performance by Singapore at The 2014 International Science and Mathematics Competitions

1.The Ministry of Education (MOE) congratulates our students for their excellent performance at the International Young Physicists’ Tournament as well as the International Olympiads for Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Informatics and Physics in July 2014.

2.27th International Young Physicists’ Tournament (IYPT)

3.The Singapore team clinched the 1st position in a field of 28 countries and was awarded the Gold medal at the 27th IYPT held in Shrewsbury, United Kingdom, from 3 to 10 July 2014.

4.The Singapore team comprised of Phyllis Poh Hui-Li and Joel Tan Shi Quan from NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, as well as Li Bingjian, Tan Yan Quan and Shen Yu Jun from Raffles Institution.

5.The Singapore delegation was led by Dr Yeo Ye from the National University of Singapore (NUS), Mr Sze Guan Kheng from Raffles Institution and Ms Joy Wong, Curriculum Planning Officer from MOE.

6.25th International Biology Olympiad (IBO)

7.The Singapore team obtained three Gold medals and one Silver medal at the 25th IBO held in Bali, Indonesia from 6 to 13 July 2014. Singapore was placed 2nd in a field of 238 student participants from 61 countries.

8.The Gold medallists are Qu Xinyi from NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, Cleon Kho Yu Xuan from Hwa Chong Institution and Raphael Soh Qin from Raffles Institution. The Silver medallist is Timothy Sim Soon-Song from Anglo-Chinese School (Independent).

9.The Singapore delegation was led by Dr Beverly Goh and Dr Shawn Lum from the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Dr Ng Ngan Kee from the Department of Biological Sciences, NUS, Mr Jin Chentian, IBO alumni member from the Singapore Institute of Biology and Mr Tan Hong Kim, Curriculum Resource Development Specialist from MOE.

10.46th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO)

11.The Singapore team received two Gold medals and two Silver medals at the 46th IChO held in Hanoi, Vietnam, from 20 to 29 July 2014. Singapore was placed joint 2nd with China, Taiwan, Ukraine and Vietnam, in a field of 291 student participants from 75 countries.

12.This year’s Top IChO Student was awarded to Sun Jiarui from Raffles Institution. The other Gold medallist is Chen Xi from Raffles Institution. The Silver medallists are Brandon Tan Kai Jie from NUS High School of Mathematics and Science and Wong Wen Jun Lawrence from Raffles Institution.

13.The Singapore delegation was led by Mr Fung Fun Man and Dr Chui Sin Yin from the Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore, Dr Li Wei from the NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, and Mr Chok Yew Keong, Curriculum Planning Officer from the Ministry of Education.

14.55th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)

15.The Singapore team clinched three Gold medals, two Silver medals and one Bronze medal at the 55th IMO held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 3 to 13 July 2014. Singapore was placed 8th in a field of 101 countries and 560 participants.

16.The Gold medallists are Liu Yijia, Sheldon Kieren Tan and Tan Siah Yong of Raffles Institution. The Silver medallists are Ling Yan Hao and Dylan Toh Shan Hong of NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, and the Bronze medallist is David Lin Kewei of Raffles Institution.

17.The Singapore delegation was led by Associate Professor Wong Yan Loi from the Department of Mathematics, National University of Singapore, and Mr Lu Shang-Yi of Raffles Institution. Associate Professor Tay Tiong Seng from the Department of Mathematics, NUS, who was one of the chief trainers, was also part of the delegation.

18.26th International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI)

19.The Singapore team received two Gold medals and one Silver medal at the 26th IOI held in Taipei, Taiwan, from 13 to 20 July 2014. Singapore was placed 7th together with Bulgaria in a field of 315 student participants from 82 countries.

The Gold medallists are Ranald Lam Yun Shao and Feng Jiahai from Raffles Institution. The Silver medallist is Theng Kwang Hui Mark from Hwa Chong Institution.

21.The Singapore delegation was led by Associate Professor Tan Sun Teck from the School of Computing, NUS, and Ms Goh Keng Wah from Hwa Chong Institution.

22.45th International Physics Olympiad (IPhO)

23.The Singapore team obtained three Gold medals, two Silver medals and the ‘Best in Experiment’ Award at the 45th IPhO held in Astana, Kazakhstan, from 13 to 21 July 2014. Singapore was placed 5th in a field of 374 student participants from 85 countries.

24.The Gold medallists are Wang Fan, Francis from NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, Chan Jau Tung and Lim Yong Hui from Raffles Institution (Junior College). The Silver medallists are Gideon Lee from NUS High School of Mathematics and Science and Jee Kai Yen from Raffles Institution (Junior College). The ‘Best in Experiment’ award winner is Wang Fan, Francis from NUS High School of Mathematics and Science.

25.The Singapore delegation was led by Associate Professor Rajdeep Singh Rawat and Associate Professor Lee Choon Keat, Paul from the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and Mr Wong Chu Lin from Raffles Institution (Junior College).

26.A Joint Effort

27.Our students’ participation in these International Science competitions is a joint effort between MOE and the following organisations:

  • DSO National Laboratories;
  • 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.

28.Background for International Young Physicists’ Tournament

29.The IYPT is a competition for students between 15 and 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 the Annex for more details of the conduct of IYPT.

30.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.

31.Background for International Olympiads

32.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.

33.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.

Annex - Brief Description of The Conduct of The International Young Physicists’ Tournament