Tuesday, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) honoured 17 exemplary individuals and organisations for their contributions to
the education services industry, and in ensuring the successful assimilation of international students.
Held at the
Raffles Hotel Jubilee Hall, the 2008 Singapore Education Awards presentation ceremony was officiated by Dr Vivian
Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports and Second Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts.
Over 370 guests, comprising members of the diplomatic community and key industry partners, attended the event.
The key objectives of the Awards are to recognise the exceptional contributions of members of the Singapore education industry in
strengthening Singapore's position as an education hub and global schoolhouse, and to establish the benchmarks for service excellence in
the various areas of education services provision.
The Awards also serve to recognise individuals and organizations that have made a difference to the lives of the international students
living and studying in Singapore, particularly in advancing their assimilation into the local community.
Building on the momentum of last year’s inaugural Singapore Education Awards, this year’s awards were expanded to include three new
categories to acknowledge a wider pool of individuals and organisations for their contributions to the growth of the education sector. The
new award categories include the Best Media Coverage for Singapore Education (both Print and Broadcast), Best International Marketing
Effort (both Public Educational Institution and Private Educational Institution) and Best Host for International Students Studying in
Singapore (both Hostels and Schools). The expansion led to a four-fold increase in nominations to over 1,300 this
Emerging as this year’s winners
Friend of International Students – Mr Ilung Pranata
Best Educational Event Organised by a Public Educational Institution – Bowen Secondary School
Best Enrichment Programme – Lorna Whiston EAL School
Best Host for International Students Studying in Singapore - Schools –
National University of Singapore
Best International Marketing Effort by a Private Educational Institution – SIM Pte Ltd
Best International Marketing Effort by a Public Educational Institution – Singapore Management University
Best Media Coverage for Singapore Education - Print – Ms Tiur Santi Oktavia (Indonesia)
Best Media Coverage for Singapore Education - Broadcast – Mr Nguyen Minh Bao (Vietnam)
Best Singapore Education Specialist Overall Winner – Mr Nelson Nay Lynn Phyo and Mr James Aung Kyaw San
Best Singapore Education Specialist - China – Ms Liu Wen
Best Singapore Education Specialist - Indonesia – Ms Vita Octavia
Best Singapore Education Specialist - Korea – Ms Juyeon, Julia Park
Best Singapore Education Specialist - Malaysia – Ms Francesca Tham Yok Chen
Best Singapore Education Specialist - Myanmar – Mr Nelson Nay Lynn Phyo and Mr James Aung Kyaw San
Best Singapore Education Specialist - Vietnam – Ms Nguyen Thi Anh Khue
Best Singapore Education Specialist - Thailand – Mr Nithiwat Chaichanasiri
Best Singapore Education Specialist - India – Mrs Krishna Niyogi
Best Host for International Students Studying in Singapore - Hostels – Tied, no winner
In addressing the guests at the awards ceremony, the Guest-of-Honour, Dr Balakrishnan, highlighted Singapore’s achievements in
entrenching its position as a quality education hub. “Apart from the strength of our educational offerings, we also set ourselves apart from
the competition by ensuring that international students have a memorable and enriching educational experience here,” he said.
In addition to extending hospitality to international students in Singapore, initiatives are in place to further extend Singapore’s multi-cultural appeal to youths who pursue their education in Singapore. In his speech the Minister announced one of these key
initiatives, the ASEAN Youth Festival which is organised by a group of enthusiastic young leaders from the ASEAN Youth Caucus in
Singapore. Slated to take place later this year, the festival will be a platform to encourage interaction and cultural exchanges, discuss key
issues relating to the ASEAN community, and cultivate long-lasting friendships among youths from
ASEAN, China, Japan and Korea.
Making a significant contribution to Singapore’s foray into these markets are the eight outstanding Singapore Education Specialists who
were recognised for their dedication and commitment to provide education counselling to international students intending to study in
Singapore. These individuals, who have been trained and certified by STB, possess a deep knowledge of the various education options in
Expressing his appreciation upon winning the overall honours for the Best Singapore Education Specialist, Mr Nelson Nay Lynn Phyo from
Myanmar said, “We are very proud to have received this award which places a great responsibility on our shoulders. We live in an age of
knowledge where one needs to focus on his or her education or risk being left behind. We believe in Singapore’s vision and capabilities to
become a global schoolhouse and we devote ourselves to supporting and achieving that goal.”
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