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Academy style awards ceremony celebrates student achievements

20 February 2012

Prof Tan (fourth from right) with representatives from the WorldMUN Singapore 2011 host team, recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award

This year's NUS Student Achievement Awards (SAA) held on 17 February was an exciting departure from past ceremonies - to inject an element of surprise, the 83 nominees were kept in the dark as to who would emerge the winners. Some 600 students, family members and NUS staff turned up for the occasion.

The annual event organised by the Office of Student Affairs recognises exceptional individual students or student groups who have made noteworthy contributions to the University in areas outside the academic curriculum.

The academy style black-and-gold themed ceremony was spiced up with lively dances by student performers. Spontaneous cheers broke out when the winning 21 groups and 12 individuals, together with 14 merit award winners, were announced for their remarkable achievements in Competitions, Community Projects and Distinguished Leadership.

Guest-of-Honour Prof Tan Eng Chye, NUS Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost, said NUS offers a diverse range of activities for students to explore, experiment and develop their unique talent beyond their studies. "Students who have taken advantage of these important learning opportunities outside the classroom environment will develop desired qualities of mind and character - namely, resilience, team work, confidence, interpersonal and leadership skills," he said. These crucial personal attributes add real value to academic grades and prepare a student well for life and career, he noted.

Prof Tan emphasised that each of the nominees was a winner. He highlighted several outstanding examples, one of them World Model United Nations (WorldMUN) Singapore 2011 host team, who won the Distinguished Leadership Award. The 41-member group succeeded in bringing the prestigious event to Singapore, a first for South East Asia. The five-day conference hosted some 2,300 students from more than 230 universities in 60 countries.

Special commendation awards were also presented to NUS Students' Union and 17 participating bodies of Rag and Flag 2011. Certificates of special achievements were given to about 60 NUSSU Exco, student groups, career guides, as well as halls and residences to acknowledge their contributions to the broad spectrum of vibrant activities on campus.

View the full list of award winners