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Prestigious Lee Hsien Loong Award for Outstanding All-Round Achievement won by two high achievers from NUS

20 August 2010

AWARD RECIPIENTS: Dr Ng Chew Lip (top) and Mr Desmond Thiam Wei receiving the Lee Hsien Loong Award for Outstanding All-Round Achievement from Mrs Lim Hwee Hua, Minister, Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Finance and Transport

Recent graduate from NUS' Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (YLLSoM) Dr Ng Chew Lip and new YLLSoM student Mr Desmond Thiam Wei were the two exceptional individuals who won the inaugural Lee Hsien Loong Award for Outstanding All-Round Achievement (LHL-OAA). The LHL-OAA is funded by an endowment donated by Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in 2009.

Dr Ng won the award in the University Category for AY2010 and Mr Thiam won in the Polytechnic Category. The LHL-OAA is awarded to post-secondary students with exemplary conduct who have done well academically and in co-curricular activities, made outstanding contributions to the community, and demonstrated the spirit of innovation and enterprise. Only four students, one each from the four post-secondary institutes (junior colleges/centralised institute, ITE, polytechnics and universities) will be awarded the LHL-OAA each year.

Dr Ng, who graduated last month with an MBBS from NUS' YLLSoM and is currently a National University Health System (NUHS) resident, had won various academic scholarships and made many lasting contributions to the School and community. These include starting the tradition of the White Coat Ceremony as a form of inauguration for new medical students and leading a study which helped to raise up to $5 million dollars for scholarships and bursaries to support needy medical students.

"I am honoured and humbled to receive the Award. It serves as an affirmation of our work in the NUS Medical Society for the betterment of the lives of the medical students and our community at large. NUS and the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine have given me a great education and many opportunities to develop myself as a person. I am deeply indebted to my alma mater", said Dr Ng.

Mr Thiam graduated from Singapore Polytechnic with a near-perfect GPA score of 3.987 which enabled him to realise his dream of reading medicine at NUS. He has also bagged many coveted awards, including the Lee Kuan Yew Award, Biomed Diagnostics Gold Medal, Shell Companies in Singapore Prize, Health Sciences Authority Award, Alfred Robert Edis Prize and OCBC Prize.

The LHH-OAA is one of the two new awards that are given out during the Special Awards Presentation Ceremony on 19 August 2010, organised by Singapore's Ministry of Education.