Press Releases

August 15, 2017

Strong Showing by Singapore Students at International Olympiads

1. Singapore students have demonstrated a strong ability to apply their knowledge at the International Informatics, Mathematics and the Sciences Olympiads held from July to August 2017 at various host cities around the world. The Ministry of Education would like to congratulate our students for their excellent performance.

2. Our students showed mastery in logical and creative thinking, mathematical skills and scientific concepts. In addition, their experimental and programming skills were also put to the test in the Science and Informatics Olympiads respectively. Through pitting their skills against their international peers at the Olympiads, our students benefitted from an enriching learning experience and were motivated to strive for excellence in the international arena.

28th International Biology Olympiad (IBO)

3. The Singapore team garnered three Gold medals and one Silver medal at the 28th International Biology Olympiad (IBO) held in Coventry, United Kingdom, from 23 to 30 July 2017. Singapore was placed joint 3rd in a field of 241 student participants from 63 countries. 

Gold medallists

  • Aditi Saayujya, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
  • Lucas Yeo, Raffles Institution
  • Muzammil Arif Din S/O Abdul Jabbar, Raffles Institution

Silver medallist

  • Lim Yan Ling, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science

Led by

  • Dr Ng Ngan Kee, Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore
  • Dr Chen Zhong, the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
  • Dr Beverly Goh, the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
  • Ms Li Jiaqi, IBO alumni member from the Singapore Institute of Biology
  • Mr Marcus Chan Boon Peng, Ministry of Education

**Refer to http://ibo2017.org/ for more information on the IBO.

49th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO)

4. The Singapore team won two Gold medals and two Silver medals at the 49th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) held in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, from 6 to 15 July 2017. Singapore was placed 6th in a field of 297 student participants from 76 countries.

Gold medallists

  • Matthias Liau Yi Quan, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
  • Lam Tze King, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science

Silver medallists

  • Tang Yimian, Raffles Institution
  • Zhang Zhiyuan, Hwa Chong Institution, who was also awarded the IUPAC1 Prize for achieving the Second Highest Score in the Theoretical Examination.

Led by

  • Dr Zhang Sheng, Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore
  • Dr Tan Wee Boon, Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore
  • Mr Tham Zi Sheng, Raffles Institution
  • Mdm Ng Yu Rui, Ministry of Education

**Refer to http://www.icho2017.sc.mahidol.ac.th for more information on the IChO. 

29th International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI)

5. The Singapore team secured three Silver medals and one Bronze medal at the 29th International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) held in Tehran, Iran from 28 July to 4 August 2017. Singapore was placed 21st in a field of 308 student participants from 83 countries. 

Silver medallists

  • Zhang Guangxuan, Raffles Institution
  • Pang Wen Yuen, Raffles Institution
  • Lim Li, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science

Bronze medalist

  • Huang Xing Chen, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science

Led by

  • Dr Steven Halim, School of Computing, National University of Singapore
  • Mdm Tan-Moh Tser Ni Eileen, Hwa Chong Institution

**Refer to http://ioi2017.org/ for more information on the IOI.

58th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)

6. The Singapore team obtained two Gold medals, one Silver medal, two Bronze medals and one Honourable Mention at the 58th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 13 to 23 July 2017. Singapore was placed joint 7th in a field of 615 participants from 111 countries.

Gold medallists

  • Bryan Wang Peng Jun, Hwa Chong Institution
  • Joel Tan Junyao, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science

Silver medallist

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

Bronze medallists

  • Clarence Chew Xuan Da, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
  • Ng Yu Peng, Hwa Chong Institution

Honourable Mention

  • Wang Jianzhi, Raffles Institution

Led by

  • Dr Wong Yan Loi, Department of Mathematics, National University of Singapore
  • Mr Ai Xinghuan, Catholic Junior College

**Refer tohttp://www.imo2017.org.br/ for more information on the IMO.

48th International Physics Olympiad (IPhO)

7. The Singapore team won five Gold medals at the 48th International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, from 16 to 24 July 2017. Singapore was placed joint 1st in a field of 394 student participants from 86 countries. 

Gold medallists

  • Ong Hong Ming Teddy, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
  • Darren Wayne Lim, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
  • Ma Zhao Yu, Raffles Institution
  • Bradley Teo Wei Jie, Raffles Institution
  • Lee Vint Ve Shein Lin Htut, Raffles Institution

Led by

  • Associate Professor Rajdeep Singh Rawat, the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
  • Mrs Fabiola Soong, Anglo-Chinese Junior College
  • Mr Bernard Ricardo, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
  • Ms Yenny Wijaya, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
  • Ms Yang Yarong, Ministry of Education

**Refer to http://www.ipho2017.id/ for more information on the IPhO.

About the International Olympiads for Informatics, Mathematics and Sciences

8. The International Olympiads bring together talented students from around the world, challenging and stimulating their minds in the spirit of friendly competition. They are global platforms to stretch our students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

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

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

10. Besides the Olympiads, Singapore also achieved excellent results at the International Young Physicists’ Tournament, as highlighted in an earlier press release: https://www.moe.gov.sg/news/press-releases/top-placing-for-host-singapore-at-the-30th-international-young-physicists-tournament

Footnotes
  1. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) is the world authority on chemical nomenclature and terminology, including the naming of new elements in the periodic table; on standardised methods for measurement and on atomic weights.