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Student excellence beyond the class celebrated

18 February 2013

The NUS Tamil Language Society, among this year's winners, posing with NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan (far left)

Another winner, the team from Kent Ridge Hall that initiated Project Love in India

Amid the glitz and glamour of the Student Achievement Awards on 15 February, the dedicated hard work put in by the more than 100 nominees was the real star of the event.

Organised by the NUS Office of Student Affairs (OSA), the awards ceremony at the University Cultural Centre recognised illustrious students and groups who have excelled in activities outside the classroom, making significant contributions and bringing honour to the University. To better focus on and celebrate the students' achievements, the awards were not broken down into categories as in previous years.

Hosted by YouTube comedy duo Hairianto Bin Mohammed Diman and Maimunah Bte Ahmad Bagharib - an NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences student - the two masters of ceremony skilfully built up the anticipation and excitement. As the winners were not notified in advance, surprised screams and spontaneous applause broke out as names were announced.

Among the winners was Valencia Ng Yu Han, a Science major, who is passionate about community service. As project director of Operation Smile Carnival 2012, she led a team of 15 students to raise awareness about the plight of children with cleft and other facial deformities. Valencia is also active in other local and overseas community projects.

The NUS Tamil Language Society's 33rd Executive Committee was another winner. The student organisation focuses on uplifting the Indian community academically and culturally through various activities. The team spearheaded the inaugural World Tamil University Youth Conference, creating a platform for the young to discuss about Tamil identities.

Congratulating the winners and nominees, NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan urged them to act as ambassadors and persuade those who have yet to participate in extracurricular activities to follow in their footsteps.

While NUS graduates are well recognised for their academic excellence, "moving forward in our globalised world, our students will also need to be critical thinkers with a strong sense of our society at large and a character to play an effective role in addressing pressing societal issues. And these qualities can only be gained through leadership and participation in the co-curricular activities for which we have a myriad of opportunities at NUS," noted Prof Tan.

This sentiment was echoed by OSA Dean of Students Associate Professor Tan Teck Koon who told the audience to seize the opportunity at the University to enrich themselves and to do their share for the community.

The 2013 winners are:

  • Ang Yu Qian
  • Soh Yi Da
  • Danilo Imson
  • Jasper Tan
  • Andy Tay Kah Ping
  • Alston Yap Chong Yun
  • Jayasutha Samuthiran
  • Ng Yu Han Valencia

  • 63rd Medical Society Executive Committee
  • Kinetic
  • Apex Consulting
  • Aseanpreneurs
  • Eusoff Voluntary Corps 2011/2012
  • NUS Students' Community Service Club
  • KR Steppers
  • Kent Ridge Hall Flag Committee 2011
  • The NUS Choir
  • Kanal - Team NUS
  • Operation Orion 2011
  • Project Love (Kent Ridge Hall)
  • World Tamil University Youth Conference 2012 Organising Committee
  • NUS Medical Society - Christine Chong Hui Xian Bursary