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September 12, 2018

Singapore Students Pursuing Their Passions at International Competitions

1. Congratulations to our students for pursuing their passions and flying the Singapore flag high at the International Young Physicists’ Tournament and the International Olympiads for the Sciences, Mathematics, Informatics and Geography, held from July to September 2018 at various host cities around the world.

59th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)

2. For starters, the Singapore team won two Gold medals, three Silver medals and one Bronze medal at the IMO held in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, from 3 to 14 July 2018. The IMO challenged students to apply high-level problem solving skills and present rigorous proofs to support their solutions. Singapore was placed 8th in a field of 107 countries/territories, featuring a total of 594 participants.

Gold medallists
  • Ng Yu Peng, Hwa Chong Institution

  • Lee Ker Yang, Raffles Institution

Silver medallists
  • Joel Tan Junyao, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science

  • Lucas Boo Tse Yang, Raffles Institution

  • Cheng Puhua, Raffles Institution

Bronze medallist
  • Shi Cheng, Hwa Chong Institution

Led by
  • Associate Professor Wong Yan Loi, Department of Mathematics, National University of Singapore

  • Mr Thomas Teo Teck Kian, Raffles Institution

**Refer to http://www.imo2018.org/ for more information on the IMO.

29th International Biology Olympiad (IBO)

3. The Singapore team also garnered three Gold medals and one Silver medal at the IBO held in Tehran, Iran, from 15 to 22 July 2018. The students went through a diverse range of Biological tasks, including the dissection and identification of the internal structure of the Persian leech, purification of a bacterial protein and investigation of the behaviour of fruit fly larvae. Singapore was placed joint 3rd in a field of 68 countries/territories, featuring 261 participants in all.

Gold medallists
  • Shermane Lim Yun Wei, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science

  • Isaac Chan Xu Rui, Hwa Chong Institution

  • Justin Ng Wei Jun, Hwa Chong Institution

Silver medallist
  • Ong Jia Xin, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science

Led by
  • Dr Ng Ngan Kee, Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore

  • Dr Chen Zhong and Dr Beverly Goh, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University

  • Ms Lim Yan Ling, Singapore Institute of Biology

  • Mr Marcus Chan Boon Peng, Ministry of Education

**Refer to http://ibo2018.org/ for more information on the IBO.

31st International Young Physicists' Tournament (IYPT)

4. Competing against 31 other countries/territories, the Singapore team emerged overall champion at this year’s IYPT held in Beijing, China, from 19 to 26 July 2018. The IYPT is organised around “physics fights”, that mimic discussions at research conferences, where participants present their research and provide constructive feedback on the work of other teams.

Team members
  • Fu Xinghong, Raffles Institution

  • Jerry Han Jiatao, Raffles Institution

  • Hu Yongao, Raffles Institution

  • Liu Haixuan, Raffles Institution

  • Russell Yang Qi Xun, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science

Led by
  • Dr Koh Teck Seng, School of Physics and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University

  • Mrs Lim Siew Eng, Raffles Institution

  • Mr Chan Khai Mun, Ministry of Education

**Refer to http://www.iypt.org/Tournaments/Beijing for more information on the IYPT.

50th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO)

5. The Singapore team secured two Gold medals and two Silver medals at the IChO held in Bratislava, Slovakia and Prague, Czech Republic, from 19 to 29 July 2018. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the IChO, students were provided with preparatory problems that exposed them to the Chemistry behind oscillating reactions. Singapore was placed 6th in a field of 76 countries/territories, boasting 300 participants in total.

Gold medallists
  • Marvin Dragon Choo, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science

  • Fong Khi Yung, Raffles Institution

Silver medallists
  • Lim Hur, Raffles Institution

  • Miao Jiapei, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science

Led by
  • Dr Zhang Sheng, Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore

  • Dr Tan Wee Boon, Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore

  • Mr Marcus Yip, Anglo-Chinese Junior College

  • Mdm Ng Yu Rui, Ministry of Education

**Refer to http://www.50icho.eu for more information on the IChO.

49th International Physics Olympiad (IPhO)

6. The Singapore team won four Gold medals and one Silver medal at the IPhO in Lisbon, Portugal, from 21 to 29 July 2018. Students conducted experiments relating to paper transistors for future use in smart packaging, and modelled the destruction of a tumour based on the collapse of blood vessels, due to pressure increases. Singapore was placed joint 3rd in a field of 87 countries/territories with 396 participants.

Gold medallists
  • Dylan Toh Shan Hong, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science

  • Joshua Teo Wei Hern, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science

  • Lu Ziyou, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science

  • Wang Jianzhi, Raffles Institution

Silver medallist
  • Han Ruobin, Raffles Institution

Led by
  • Associate Professor Rajdeep Singh Rawat, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University

  • Dr Lim Zhi Han, National University of Singapore

  • Dr Calvin Lee Ching Hua, Agency for Science, Technology and Research

  • Mrs Fabiola Soong, Anglo-Chinese Junior College

  • Dr Darren Tan Zhiming, Ministry of Education

**Refer to http://www.ipho2018.pt/ for more information on the IPhO.

15th International Geography Olympiad (iGeo)

7. The Singapore team bagged one Gold medal, two Silver medals and one Bronze medal at the iGeo in Québec City, Canada, from 31 July to 6 August 2018. The iGeo tested students’ ability to apply their knowledge across a wide range of topics, spanning both Physical and Human Geography. Students also honed their skills of observation, mapping and spatial analysis through fieldwork exercises. Singapore was placed 2nd in a field of 43 countries/territories with 165 participants.

Gold medallist
  • Heng Junxiang, Raffles Institution

Silver medallists
  • Fang Yihang, Raffles Institution

  • Royden Soh Wei Jun, Raffles Institution

Bronze medallist
  • Cheryl Yong Kai Lin, Eunoia Junior College

Led by
  • Mdm Leong Kai Ling, Ministry of Education

  • Mr Muhammad Firdaus Bin Zainal, Ministry of Education

**Refer to http://www.geoolympiad.org/ for more information on the iGeo.

30th International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI)

8. The Singapore team secured 1 Gold medal, 2 Silver medals and 1 Bronze medal at the IOI held in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan from 1 to 8 September 2018. During the competition, students faced challenging computational problems which tested their ability to design and implement efficient algorithms and data structures. Singapore was placed joint 9th in a field of 87 countries/territories with 341 participants.

Gold medallists
  • Gabriel Goh Kheng Lin, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science

Silver medallists
  • Jacob Teo Por Loong, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science

  • Jeffrey Lee Chun Hean, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science

Bronze medallists
  • Teow Hua Jun, Hwa Chong Institution

Led by
  • Dr Steven Halim, School of Computing, National University of Singapore

  • Dr Daren Ler Shan Wen, National Junior College

**Refer to https://ioi2018.jp/ for more information on the IOI


Footnotes
  1. Our students' participation in these international competitions is a joint effort between MOE and the following organisations: Singapore Mathematical Society; Singapore Institute of Biology; Institute of Physics, Singapore; DSO National Laboratories; Singapore National Institute of Chemistry; Geography Teachers’ Association of Singapore; National University of Singapore; and National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University.