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01-05-2010, 08:42 PM #919
01-05-2010, 09:19 PM #920
Polytechnics unleash new offerings
05:55 AM Jan 06, 2010
By Alicia Wong
SINGAPORE - It is that time of the year when the polytechnics roll out new diplomas, some of which are firsts here. But besides these, the institutions have been working on several unique teaching facilities, from laboratories to a "village" and even a "conglomerate" - to engage their industry partners as much as for the benefit of the 2010 student intake.
One example is a training facility for both industry professionals and Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) students in digital and precision engineering.
The first-of-its-kind $21-million Centre for Digital and Precision Engineering, was launched yesterday by NYP, Spring Singapore and the Economic Development Board. It is part of a $76-million initiative announced in 2007 to train 2,000 professionals over five years for the sector.
Last month, Singapore Polytechnic also sought to keep pace with industry demands through the completion of its InnoVillage - a multi-disciplinary platform where students and partners in academia, industry and research and development all converge.
It contains, for example, laboratories for industry partners to sponsor an emerging technology for a collaborative R&D project.
And on Saturday, Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) will launch m:idea, its student-run media conglomerate, which has already worked with the Speak Good English Movement, Singapore Sports Council and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The centre, where students can spend their internship, allows some 30 students at any one time to work on services such as photography, public relations and radio production.
But even without actively engaging industry players, the polytechnics' new facilities do provide students with industry-related training. For example, NP's Biopharma Lab, which opened this month, replicates industry cleanrooms and allows students hands-on training in making drugs out of micro-organisms.
It is the only one of its kind among polytechnics here and is open to about 200 students each academic year.
Meanwhile, Temasek Polytechnic (TP) has three new specialised culinary laboratories to simulate "real-world" commercial kitchen setting, so "students gain intensive hands-on training in fundamental baking and culinary skills", said the school.
Some new facilities are meant to benefit the public, too.
TP's Glycemic Index Research Unit, officially launched last month, conducts regular workships for the public.
Given the limited GI information available for local Asian food, the unit aims to raise awareness on low-GI food, which releases glucose slower into bloodstream, and to also produce this healthier type of food.
Other than facilities, some institutions are also rolling out new programmes.
With the opening of its new centre, NYP, the only polytechnic to offer precision engineering training, has launched a scholarship programme to fund a three-year diploma in digital precision engineering for students and a five-year, in-employment upgrading programme for working adults.
About 300 students have been awarded the scholarship, while 220 working adults from 71 companies have participated in the upgrading programme.
01-06-2010, 02:35 AM #921
World's best debater
The Straits Times
Jan 5, 2010
By Rachael Chang
IT HAS been a good year for 24-year-old Li Shengwu.
Five months ago he graduated as the top economics student in Oxford University. And as the decade turned the corner, he was crowned the best debater at the just-ended World Universities Debating Championships in Turkey - regarded as the world's most prestigious debating tournament.
Mr Li, now a masters student in economics at Oxford, is the third Singaporean to be awarded the honour, cementing Singapore's status as a debate powerhouse.
Since 1981, when the competition began, all Asian winners have been Singaporean. The Best Speaker prize is given to the debater with the highest score from all the rounds of debate, up to and including the finals.
"Without a doubt, Shengwu is the finest Oxford debater of his generation," said one judge, Mr Daniel Warents. "This is aa fact now recognised by the whole world."
Mr Li who teamed up with Briton Jonathan Leader Maynard to come in second overall in this year's competition, is the son of Fraser & Neave chairman Lee Hsien Yang and corporate lawyer Lee Suet Fern, and the grandson of Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew.
Country-wise, Singapore is ranked fourth in terms of number of winners, behind Australia, Canada and England.
This is very good for a country of five million, the competition's unofficial historian, Mr Colm Flynn, noted.
Bringing together 800 debaters from top universiities, the "Worlds" ended on Sunday after six days of verbal combat between 400 two-man teams.
The first Singaporean Best Speaker winner was Ms Chitra Jenardhanan in 1995. Representing Nanyang Technological University, she was also the first woman and the first Asian to take the trophy.
In 2003, Dr Tan Wu Meng, representing Cambridge Univeristy, won it. He is now an oncologist at the National Cancer Centre.
Mr Li and his university colleaque, Briton Jonathan Leader Maynard, were second overall in the competition, losing in the final to a Sydney University team.
They were the hot favourites, having taken top honours at other championships, such as the European University Championships in August last year.
The high expectations helped rather than hampered, said Mr Li, who is the son of Fraser & Neave chairman Lee Hsien Yang and corporate lawyer Lee Suet Fern, and the grandson of Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew.
One judge told him he won Best Speaker because, in addition to cerebral arguments, he marshalled rhetorical style. He knew how to play the crowd, and how to use the cadences of argument to his advantage, said the adjudicator.
What gave him the confidence to do so, Mr Li said yesterday, was an audience already expecting excellence: "It gave me leeway to be more stylish, to do things you need the audience to trust you to do."
He got into debate in secondary school and represented Singapore at the 2003 world championships when at Raffles Junior College.
Mrs Geetha Creffield, head of Arts at Anglo-Chinese Junior College and Mr Li's coach in 2003, said what sets him apart is his ability to make arguments seem new. It is a skill Mr Li is proud of.
To him, debate is a game of strategy, like chess. But unlike chess, where a player uses rules of the game to win, he said, the rules of reason are ever amorphous. The creative debater can find an argument that takes his opponent by surprise.
For Mr Li, it is his most prized weapon in verbal spar and parry: an argument the enemy did not see coming.
Mr Li, now a masters student in economics at Oxford, has been named Best Speaker at the just-ended Worlds Universities Debating Championships, the most prestigious debating tournament in the world. -- PHOTO COURTESY OF LI SHENGWU
01-06-2010, 03:27 AM #922
I'd like to see this fella, Mr. Li..
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01-06-2010, 07:30 AM #923
01-06-2010, 02:03 PM #924
01-06-2010, 02:12 PM #925
..We can roll out: limsy, first. If he can't do it & Mr. Li gets all confused by what limsy is trying to convey, then we call on jasonmarc. If he can't do it, then we call narnia. If narnia can't do it, we call badMania. If he can't do it, then we call on cooler. Then if he can't do it, then we call on Mr. T. If Mr. T can't do it, then we call on Gollum.
And if Gollum still can't do it, then we roll out our secret weapon: Pemuda..We'll save him for last (and for the laugh) and just in case..
But boy, can you imagine, 8 vs. 1?!?!?!..
01-06-2010, 07:58 PM #926
01-06-2010, 08:46 PM #927
St Joseph's pioneers did not disappoint
05:55 AM Jan 07, 2010
By Zul Othman
SINGAPORE - The last few days have been "nervous times", as St Joseph's Institution (International) principal Brian Christian puts it. The school's first cohort, who sat in November for the International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations, were due to get their results.
And when they were released yesterday, Mr Christian was able to breathe easier. About 93 per cent of the pioneer batch passed - well above last year's world average of 78.75 per cent. One in five of the students also scored at least 41 points out of the 45 available, and two of the 58 students were one point shy of perfection.
Mr Christian was "absolutely delighted" by their performance. He said: "The IB track is tremendously demanding, but I think it also gives our students an excellent preparation for their university studies and helps them to think beyond the classroom."
One of the school's top scorers, Ian Chai, admitted that preparations for the IB exam were "tough". "It was intensive but I feel we were lucky because our teachers really guided us, getting us ready for the test as early as last June," said the 18-year-old, who is awaiting National Service enlistment.
Over at Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), it was a 100 per cent pass rate - again. Of the 425 students - its third cohort - 13 students obtained a perfect score while 68.2 per cent scored 40 points and above, an improvement over last year's 61.9 per cent. Another 31 students obtained bilingual diplomas.
ACS (I) principal Dr Ong Teck Chin said, "Our last two batches ranked among the top three performers in the world, so we're glad to achieve the same results again this year ."
Perhaps no one was more surprised than ex-student Joshua Renee Jeyaraj, 18.
"It was a pretty difficult exam, so I was mentally prepared to get lower points ... but I scored 45, which I must say is a testament to the hard work the teachers have put in to help us prepare for this test," he said.
There are currently 2,050 IB diploma schools in the world, and 17 IB schools in Singapore, of which four are local schools: ACS International, ACS (I), SJI International and Hwa Chong International (HCI).
HCI did not reply to MediaCorp's queries by presstime.
01-07-2010, 04:45 AM #928
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01-07-2010, 11:06 AM #932
We had 3 tests for Bahasa...one oral where we read a page, close the book and the examiner would ask 5 questions to see how much we had comprehended. Second, comprehension for 2.5 hrs, then essay (365 words) for 2.5 hrs, Tally them all and the results are curved across MAS. If I failed Bahasa, I would had failed the entire Form 5 examination.
I had tutor for Bahasa (only subject I needed desperate help). He taught us essay writing and before the exam, he told us he predicted one of 3 essay topics would come out. We focussed on them and he was right. So you see, I had a tutor helping me out to prepare an essay and I still only scored P7, oh dear! If I ain't prepared for this topic...I am cooked
So, 31 yrs later in Canada, how good is my Bahasa...you guess it
01-07-2010, 02:07 PM #933
..how good is your bahasa??..*akhem*
So, just to see how far you still remember (or forgot), can you translate this into bahasa?(pretty simple):
"I really love and enjoy BadmintonCentral. It is almost like home away from my Malaysia"
01-07-2010, 05:45 PM #934
Limsy, where are you, I know you sleep with the laptop on 24/7. Please translate the above to malay for me, thanks
01-07-2010, 06:28 PM #935
What are you guys trying to do with Loh's Clean and Tidy Singapore thread?
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