Performance at the 2011 International Olympiads for Physics, Biology and Chemistry
Best Showing for International Olympiads for Physics – Singapore Placed First with Five Gold Medals
1The Ministry of Education would like to congratulate the Singapore students who clinched a total of 13 medals at three International Olympiads for Science in July 2011.

42nd International Physics Olympiad (IPhO)
2The Singapore team obtained five Gold medals and 1st in ranking in a field of 393 student participants from 84 countries at the 42nd IPhO held in Bangkok, Thailand from 10 to 18 July 2011. Singapore was placed 1st. This is an improvement over our 7th placing in 2010. The other teams that received five Gold medals were from China, Korea and Taiwan.

3The Singapore Gold medallists are Kang Zi Yang, Li Kewei, Lin Jiahuang and Lin Sen of Raffles Institution; and Tan Zong Xuan of NUS High School of Mathematics and Science.

4The Singapore delegation was led by Associate Professor Rajdeep Singh Rawat, Natural Sciences and Science Education, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University; and Associate Professor Chung Keng Yeow from the Department of Physics, National University of Singapore.

22nd International Biology Olympiad (IBO)
5The Singapore team received three Gold medals and one Silver medal at the 22nd IBO held in Taipei, Taiwan, from 10 to 17 July 2011. Singapore was placed 3rd in a field of 229 students from 58 countries. This year’s result is an improvement over our 9th placing in 2010.

6The Gold medallists are Javan Lee Tze Han of Hwa Chong Institution; Hong Xinyuan of NUS High School of Mathematics and Science; and Jin Chentian of Raffles Institution. The Silver medallist is Michael Sia Zhen Wei of Anglo-Chinese School (Independent).

7The Singapore delegation was led by Associate Professor Shirley Lim, Head of Natural Sciences and Science Education, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University; Dr Ng Ngan Kee, Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore; and Mdm Er Siew Shin, Curriculum Planning Officer, Ministry of Education.

43rd International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO)
8The Singapore team received four Silver medals at the 43rd IChO held in Ankara, Turkey from 9 to 18 July 2011 .Singapore was placed 17th in a field of 273 student participants from 70 countries.

9The Silver medallists are Chew Hong En, Guo Xiuzhen and Lim Yuan Zhi Martin of Raffles Institution; and Seet Hua En Ian of NUS High School of Mathematics and Science.

10The Singapore delegation was led by Associate Professor Yan Yaw Kai from the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University; Dr Zhang Sheng and Dr Untung Edy Rusbandi from the Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore; and Ms Wendy Koh, Curriculum Planning Officer, Ministry of Education.

A Joint Effort
11Our students’ participation in the three International Olympiads is a joint effort between the Ministry of Education and the following organisations:

Institute of Physics, Singapore;
Singapore Institute of Biology;
Singapore National Institute of Chemistry;
National University of Singapore; and
National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University.
Background
12The 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 .

13The 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.