Press Releases

August 11, 2015

Outstanding Performance by Singapore at the 2015 International Science and Mathematics Competitions

1. The Ministry of Education 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 and August 2015.

28th International Young Physicists’ Tournament (IYPT)

2. The Singapore team clinched the 1st position in a field of 27 countries and was awarded the Gold medal at the 28th IYPT held in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, from 27 June to 4 July 2015. Singapore is the first country to be running champions for three consecutive years.

3. The Singapore team comprised Koh Jin Ming from NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, as well as Shen Yu Jun, Lee Yu Tse, Wittmann Goh Ghin Fong and Lim Jun Heng from Raffles Institution.

4. The team was led by Dr Yeo Ye from the Department of Physics, National University of Singapore, Mr Sze Guan Kheng from Raffles Institution, Ms Tan Joy from the Ministry of Education and Mr Huan Yan Qi, coach and ex-IYPT participant.

26th International Biology Olympiad (IBO)

5. The Singapore team won three Gold medals and one Silver medal at the 26th IBO held in Aarhus, Denmark from 12 to 19 July 2015. Singapore was placed overall 3rd in a field of 239 student participants from 60 countries.

6. The Gold medallists are Daniel Tan Chee Hian from Hwa Chong Institution, Fong En Lei Samuel and Chang Jia Geng from Raffles Institution. The Silver medallist is Theophila Toh Ying Lin from NUS High School of Mathematics and Science.

7. The Singapore delegation was led by Dr Beverly Goh and Dr Chen Zhong from the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Dr Ng Ngan Kee from the Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore, Ms Tay Wee Beng from the Ministry of Education and Mr Stanley Quek, IBO alumni member from the Singapore Institute of Biology.

47th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO)

8. The Singapore team won one Gold medal and three Silver medals at the 47th IChO held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 20 to 29 July 2015. Singapore was placed 8th in a field of 290 student participants from 75 countries.

9. The Gold medallist is Li Bingjian from Raffles Institution. The Silver medallists are Kee Jing Yee from NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, Kang Yi Cheng from Raffles Institution and Lim Song Jie, Bram from Hwa Chong Institution.

10. The Singapore delegation was led by Dr Zhang Sheng and Dr Xu Hairuo from the Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore, Dr Kelvin Tan Yong Leng from Hwa Chong Institution and Ms Ng Yu Rui from the Ministry of Education.

56th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)

11. The Singapore team clinched one Gold medal, four Silver medals and one Bronze medal at the 56th IMO held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, from 4 to 16 July 2015. Singapore was placed 10th in a field of 577 participants from 104 countries.

12. The Gold medallist is Sheldon Kieren Tan from Raffles Institution. The Silver medallists are Lin Kewei David, Ma Zhao Yu and Tan Siah Yong from Raffles Institution, and Dylan Toh Shan Hong from the NUS High School of Mathematics and Science. The Bronze medallist is Liu Yijia from Raffles Institution.

13. The Singapore delegation was led by Dr Wong Yan Loi from the Department of Mathematics, National University of Singapore and Mr Teo Teck Kian from Raffles Institution.

27th International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI)

14. The Singapore team won one Silver medal and three Bronze medals at the 27th IOI held in Almaty, Kazakhstan from 26 July to 2 August 2015. Singapore was placed 27th in a field of 322 student participants from 83 countries.

15. The Silver medallist is Teo Por Loong, Jacob from NUS High School of Mathematics and Science; and the Bronze medalists are Howe Choong Yin from NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, Feng Jiahai and Pang Wen Yuen from Raffles Institution.

16. The Singapore delegation was led by Dr Steven Halim from the School of Computing, National University of Singapore and Mr Lai Wai Liang from Pioneer Junior College.

46th International Physics Olympiad (IPhO)

17. The Singapore team obtained one Gold medal and four Silver medals at the 46th IPhO held in Mumbai, India, from 5 to 12 July 2015. Singapore was placed 10th in a field of 382 student participants from 83 countries.

18. The Gold medallist is Chua Yee Shuen Darren from Raffles Institution (Junior College). The Silver medallists are Garett Tok Ern Liang, Joel Tan Shi Quan and Joshua Lim Yong Kiat from NUS High School of Mathematics and Science and Peter Yuen Ho Hin from Raffles Institution (Junior College).

19. The Singapore delegation was led by Associate Professor Rajdeep Singh Rawat from the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Dr Nidhi Sharma from Department of Physics, National University of Singapore, Mr Leong Tze Kwang from the Ministry of Education and Mrs Fabiola Soong-Lip Yoke Suet from Anglo-Chinese Junior College.

A Joint Effort

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

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

Background for International Young Physicists’ Tournament

21. 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 the Annex for more details of the conduct of IYPT.

22. 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

23. The International Olympiads for Mathematics and 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 mathematical and scientific concepts. Their experimental skills are also put to the test in the Science Olympiads.

24. The Olympiads are global platforms to stretch some of our most able students in Mathematics and 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.