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    Default Double gold for Ricky


    by Low Lin Fhoong
    04:45 AM Jun 18, 2012

    UBON RATCHATHANI (THAILAND) - Singapore Sports School student Ricky Lim, 13, is reaping the rewards from the patience he picked up from regular family fishing trips.

    At the Sisaket Institute of Physical Education's shooting range yesterday, the Singapore Sports School student won two gold medals at the 15th Thailand Sports School Games in the Boys Under-14 10m air pistol, both for individual and team events.

    In the individual event, Ricky overcame initial jitters to beat his seven rivals with a new personal best score of 531 (60 shots). Team-mate Brian Lim (499) took silver ahead of Sirapap Rattanapiboon (495) of Suphanburi Sports School.

    Ricky is a member of the school's shooting academy which launched in January this year.

    The trio of Ricky, Brian and Samuel Choong combined for score of 1,518, storming home for gold ahead of Suphanburi (1,469) and Trang Sports School (1,282).






    Ricky Lim in action at the Boys Under-14 individual 10m air pistol at the 15th Thailand Sports School Games. Photo by LOW LIN FHOONG

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    Default Local shuttlers hoping to hit the big time

    by Dan Guen Chin
    04:45 AM Jun 18, 2012

    SINGAPORE - Shinta Mulia Sari and Yao Lei have shown the way, and now it is up to the rest of the Singapore cast in the Li-Ning Singapore Open 2012 to follow in their footsteps.

    When Shinta and Yao Lei won the women's doubles title in 2010 - the first Singaporean pair to do so - their giant-killing feat took many by surprise. On Wednesday, seventh-seeds Shinta and Yao Lei will take on Malaysia's Vivian Hoo and Woon Khe Wei in the opening round of the US$200,000 (S$254,000) event and the pair believe they are on the right track, especially with the Olympics a month away.

    "Winning the title in 2010 opened up a whole new world for us," said Shinta. "Maybe we were distracted after the win and the pressure was on us suddenly. Our form dipped but we are fighting back now."

    Local badminton fans are also expecting plenty of fighting spirit from the other Singaporeans in the fray, especially from SEA Games singles gold medallist Fu Mingtian and the London Olympics bound Gu Juan in the women's singles.

    Gu Juan, ranked No 16 in the world and seeded No 8 in the championship, will open against Thailand's Porntip Buranaprasertsuk, an opponent she is familiar with.

    Even with the withdrawal of China's top-seeded Jiang Yianjiao, and Korea's Bae Youn Joo (6th seed) from the tournament, the field remains just as competitive.

    "Women' singles has lately become quite unpredictable. In fact there is no guarantee that the Chinese shuttlers will reign supreme," said Singapore's China-born coach Luan Jing.

    Derek Wong, who like Gu Juan will fly the Singapore flag in London, will have to come through from the qualifiers. If he succeeds, his first round opponent is the newly-crowned Indonesian Open winner, Simon Santoso.

    In the absence of big names, Japan's Sho Sasaki is the No 1 seed with South Korea's Lee Hyun Il, beaten semi-finalist at the Beijing Olympics four years ago, seeded No 2 with another Japanese Kenichi Tago at No 3. DAN GUEN CHIN

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    Default School Sports: Girl power reigns in Thailand

    Female sprinters sweep all 4x100m relay titles on opening day of Thailand Sports School Games


    by Low Lin Fhoong
    Updated 07:47 PM Jun 17, 2012

    UBON RATCHATHANI (Thailand) - Traditionally regarded by the Thai people as a symbol of luck, sky lanterns dotted the sky in Ubon Ratchathani yesterday afternoon as the 15th Thailand Sports School Games (June 16 - 26) kicked off with a ceremony of culture, colour and music.

    And Lady Luck certainly smiled on the Singapore Sports School's female sprinters, as the 4x100m relay teams stole the show on Day 1 of competition after sweeping all three titles in the Girls' Under-14, Under-16 and Under-18.

    The Girls' Under-14 quartet of Anastasia Lim, Kugapriyad Chandran, Nur Maisara Razlee and Nur Izlyn Zani kick started the school's medal campaign with a blistering run in the final, clocking 50.12s to win the gold ahead of Bangkok Sports School (51.15s) and hosts Ubon Ratchathani Sports School (51.19s).

    Next up on the track were seniors Kerstin Ong, Shanti Pereira, Eugenia Tan, and Jermaine Liang, who emerged champions in the Girls Under-16 category after narrowly edging out Nakhon Ratchasima Sports School in a photo-finish in 48.74s. Bangkok Sports School were third in 49.42s.

    But the most thrilling race of the day was delivered by the Under-18 foursome of Pan Shi Yu, Wendy Enn, Tara Summer Ree, and Habibah Najihahbi - who are enrolled in the Republic Polytechnic-Singapore Sports School through train programme (Diploma in Sports and Leisure Management).

    Grouped together for the first time, the quartet found themselves playing catch up against their Thai rivals before anchorwoman Habibah powered through the final 100m stretch in 49.88s to claim a surprise gold for the relay team. Khon Kaen Sports School and Chonburi Sports School won the silver and bronze in 50.18s and 50.27s respectively.

    The victory was all the more special for Habibah and Wendy, as this year's Games will be the final outing for the 18-year-olds. Speaking to TODAY after the race, Habibah said: "This is the first time we are running together and we were just hoping to do our best and didn't expect to win.

    "It feels really nostalgic to be running in our last Games after six years, and I hope to make it a successful one and get another gold in the 4x400m."

    Added Wendy: "I'm still hoping they'll add an Under-21 category and we can take part next year. It's been six years of friendship and good times, and I will miss this."

    Some 179 student-athletes from the Singapore Sports School - the biggest contingent in eight years - will be aiming to hit the target of 72 gold medals in nine sports - athletics, football, shooting, tennis, swimming, table tennis, netball, cycling, and golf - over the next 10 days of competition in Ubon Ratchathani.




    Habibah powering through to the finish line to claim gold in the Girls' Under-18 4x100m relay. PHOTO BY LOW LIN FHOONG





    The Girls' Under-18 4x100m relay team celebrating their gold medal win at the Thailand Sports School Games. PHOTO BY LOW LIN FHOONG




    The girls celebrating their three gold medals with Singapore Sports School principal Deborah Tan. PHOTO BY LOW LIN FHOONG

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    Default Former NorthLight student scores place in polytechnic

    Student who failed PSLE to take up aerospace engineering


    Published on Jun 18, 2012


    Mr Paul Tan, 22, went on to study at ITE after NorthLight and scored a place to study aerospace engineering at Republic Polytechnic. -- ST PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM



    By Sandra Davie, Senior Writer

    NorthLight School, which takes in PSLE failures, has produced a winner.

    Mr Paul Tan, a student in its pioneer batch who went on to the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) to study electrical engineering, has achieved a perfect grade point average of 4.

    That has won the 22-year-old a place in Republic Polytechnic to study aerospace engineering.

    There is more good news for him. On hearing that he needs financial help, the NorthLight School board has offered to pay for his polytechnic education. The fees alone are $2,250 a year.


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    BELIEVING IN HIMSELF

    For the first time in my life, I began to feel that I was capable and I could achieve something worthwhile.

    - Ex-NorthLight student Paul Tan, on his experience at the school
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    Default US ambassador's special guests at game

    Published on Jun 17, 2012



    LionsXII footballers (from left) Khairul Nizam and Safuwan Baharudin, together with Mr David Adelman (top, second from left), the US Ambassador to Singapore, giving out t-shirts to his over 400 special guests during the match against Sabah at Jalan Besar last night. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI


    Over 400 underprivileged Singaporean children were given a special treat on Saturday, when they were hosted by US Ambassador to Singapore David Adelman during the LionsXII's match against Sabah at Jalan Besar Stadium.

    The children were from Boys' Town, Assumption Pathway School, Northlight School and various Family Service Centre recipients under The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.

    It was the first live football match for many of them. The US Embassy sponsored their tickets as part of its efforts to encourage youth to make sport a part of their life.

    Said Mr Adelman, 48, who was also watching his first live LionsXII match:
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    Default 18 athletes selected to represent Singapore at the London Olympics


    by Tan Yo-Hinn
    Updated 06:53 PM Jun 15, 2012

    SINGAPORE - Eighteen national athletes from eight sports have been selected to represent Singapore at the upcoming London Olympics, which will be held from July 27 to Aug 12.

    Among those to have gotten the nod from the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) are badminton players Derek Wong, Yao Lei and Shinta Mulia Sari (as well as Gu Juan in WS), shooter Jasmine Ser, table tennis players Feng Tianwei and Gao Ning, gymnast Lim Heem Wei, kayaker Geraldine Lee, sailors Colin Cheng and Elizabeth Yin, and swimmer Joseph Schooling.

    More are expected over the next few weeks, depending on invites handed out by the sports' respective International Federations, before the final list is confirmed early next month.

    Singapore had sent 25 athletes to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

    "I'm not disappointed by the fewer numbers so far as I'd rather look at the positives," said SNOC secretary-general Chris Chan today.

    "We've achieved breakthroughs in gymnastics and canoeing, and that will stir a lot of interest in those sports here."

    Amongst those likely to join the list include swimmer Tao Li - who finished fifth in the women's 100m butterfly at the 2008 Beijing Olympics - as one of the event's top "B" qualifiers.




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    Default 18 athletes selected to represent Singapore at London Olympics

    Posted: 15 June 2012 1842 hrs


    SINGAPORE : The Singapore National Olympic Council has picked 18 athletes to represent Singapore at the London Olympics which kicks off on July 27.

    The 18 athletes were picked from eight sports.

    For table tennis, Singapore's representatives are Gao Ning (Men's Singles, Team); Yang Zi (Men's Singles, Team); Zhan Jian (Men's Team); Feng Tianwei (Women's Singles, Team); Wang Yuegu (Women's Singles, Team) and Li Jiawei (Women's Team).

    Yao Lei and Shinta Mulia Sari will represent Singapore for the women's badminton doubles. Derek Wong and Gu Juan will compete in the men's and women's badminton singles.

    Colin Cheng Xinru and Elizabeth Yin Yue Ling will take part in the sailing events.

    For shooting, Jasmine Ser will take part in the 10 metres and 50 metres events.

    16-year-old Joseph Schooling, who was named Sportsman of the Year in May, will represent Singapore in the 100 metres and 200 metres Butterfly events.

    Gary Yeo Foo Ee and Dipna Lim Prasad will take part in athletics.

    SNOC said that two sports - gymnastics and canoeing - are making their Olympic debut and breakthrough.

    Lim Heem Wei will don Singapore colours for the women's artistic category in gymnastics.

    Lee Wei Ling Geraldine will compete in the 200 metres and 500 metres canoeing events.

    Meanwhile, more athletes could be joining this preliminary group, including swim queen Tao Li, and a few other swimmers, who all met the "B" qualifying mark for the Olympics.

    Chris Chan, Secretary General of the Singapore National Olympic Council, said: "Maybe for swimmers, if one other can make it besides Tao Li, because Tao Li I think should get in because she is on a very high B."

    Jeffrey Leow, president of the Singapore Swimming Association, said: "FINA's deadline for qualifying for the Olympics is Monday the 18th of June; until that day, FINA will not issue any invitations to any of the B qualifiers."

    The Council did not touch on medal predictions, but added that the final submission for names is on July 9.

    But Singapore would once again be relying on the paddlers to lead the podium charge.

    Two medals have been targeted for the women's table tennis team. But their ranking has slipped from second to third behind Japan.

    The Singaporean paddlers have an uphill task, with only the Brazil Open tournament left to chalk up crucial ranking points. A second place ranking would assure that they avoid meeting powerhouse China till the finals of the Olympic table tennis competition.

    Channel NewsAsia spoke to swimmer Tao Li, who said there are a lot of expectations on her and she will try her best to prepare for the Olympics.

    She said: "Especially this time round, a lot of people are watching, a lot of expectations on me, that is why I want to try my best, at least not let my coach, my families and those people who support me, down."

    Jessie Phua, Chef de Mission, London Olympics, said: "Of course we are disappointed that we will not be able to bring as big (a team) as we have been able to, for the last game in Beijing.

    "But having said that, the writings are on the wall. Major games like the Olympics have to cap the number of athletes that they have to cater to and as such, swimming, FINA has limited the number of swimmers to 900. So the bar has been raised."

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    Default Swimming: S'pore tops SEA Swimming Championships with 16 golds

    By Geoffrey Lip | Posted: 17 June 2012 2215 hrs


    SINGAPORE: At the Toa Payoh Swimming Complex, Singapore's swimmers have finished the Southeast Asian Swimming Championships in top spot.

    The Republic dominated the field, finishing the competition with 16 golds, 11 silvers and 13 bronzes.

    On the final day of competition, teenager Quah Zheng Wen took his third individual gold medal, winning the 200-meter butterfly event.

    He took gold in 1 minute and 59.22 seconds to go under the Olympic 'B' qualifying time.

    Danny Yeo then took gold in the 200-meter freestyle event, finishing ahead of Malaysians Lim Ching Hwang and Daniel Bego.

    Yeo also dipped under the Olympic 'B' qualifying mark in 1 minute and 50.71 seconds.

    Singapore's last gold of the day came from Amanda Lim, who outpaced team mate Mylene Ong to win the 50-meter freestyle event with a gold at 25.71 seconds.

    Both Lim and Ong - who clocked in at 25.86 seconds - beat the Olympic 'B' mark.

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    Default Singapore among top 5 most popular travel spots

    MasterCard global ranking tips Republic as hot destination for 2012


    Published on Jun 19, 2012


    People taking photograph at Merlion Park on June 6, 2012. Built in 1972 at the mouth of the Singapore River, the Merlion was moved to its current location at the Merlion Park in 2002. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG


    By NG KAI LING

    A new study has ranked Singapore among the top five most popular travel destinations in the world for this year.

    The MasterCard Global Destinations Cities Index, released yesterday by MasterCard Worldwide, placed Singapore fourth in visitor arrivals and fifth in tourist spending, in its second ranking of 132 international cities.

    In its inaugural list last year, the Republic came in fourth in visitor arrivals and seventh in tourist spending.


    MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index

    The cities are ranked in terms of their international visitor arrivals on direct flights, and how much visitors spent in their destination cities in previous years.
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    Default A*Star team finds 'sentry cell' origins, may lead to new vaccines

    Discovery may lead to new vaccines, better treatments for skin infections

    Published on Jun 19, 2012


    By Feng Zengkun

    They are the 'sentry cells' that form the body's first line of defence against germs and skin infections. But until recently, nobody knew exactly where they came from.

    Now, scientists at Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) believe they have found the answer.

    Their discovery could lead to new vaccines for diseases and better treatments for skin conditions.

    The Langerhans cells alert other parts of the immune system when harmful substances invade the body. They exist in the outer layers of the skin, but until now scientists did not know which part of the body made them.


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    MAKING NEW CELLS

    'We could take any cell from a person, reverse-engineer it to an embryonic stem cell, and then redevelop it into a Langerhans cell.' - Dr Ginhoux, who works at A*Star's Singapore Immunology Network

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    Default Robots spur pupils to solve problems creatively

    Published on Jun 19, 2012


    Chua Chu Kang Primary School pupils learning about ratios during their maths lesson by calculating the number of rotations the robot's wheels must make in order to travel a specific distance. -- PHOTO: CHUA CHU KANG PRIMARY SCHOOL



    By Stacey Chia

    Robots have yet to displace human teachers in the classroom, but they are an integral part of lessons in one suburban primary school.

    Since 2008, Chua Chu Kang Primary School has been infusing subjects such as science, mathematics and art with robotics.

    For instance, it comes into play in the Primary 5 maths lesson on ratios. Pupils measure the distance over which the robots move and compare it with the number of rotations their wheels make.

    During art lessons, Primary 1 and 2 pupils construct and design houses, imaginary animals and ships using Lego sets. This helps to get them interested in building robots later on.
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    Default Better-designed eldercare facilities can avoid "NIMBY" syndrome

    By Vimita Mohandas | Posted: 18 June 2012 1949 hrs


    SINGAPORE: Some healthcare operators have come up with suggestions to help heartlanders embrace the idea of having a nursing home built right in their backyards.

    The suggestions include better design of the home and expanding its suite of services beyond nursing care to overcome the so-called 'not-in-my-backyard' (NIMBY) syndrome, which has surfaced following some residents' protest over plans to build eldercare facilities near their homes.

    Built at a cost of S$12 million, the developers of the United Medicare Centre took extra effort to design the building to make it more appealing to the public.

    Nestled in lush greenery in Toa Payoh and with a resort-styled design, few would guess that the centre is in fact a nursing home.

    It was this attention to detail that won United Medicare Centre the Best Designed Nursing Home Award from the Urban Redevelopment Authority in 2002.

    Huang Jia Han, General Manager of United Medicare Centre, said: "When people come in and visit, they will say, "Hey, nursing homes are like that and it's no longer like the one-storey barracks type of place where you place patients side by side".

    "I guess that's when they get impressed and see that the current generation of nursing homes have changed."

    The majority of United Medicare's patients live nearby and their families welcome the convenience of having the nursing home located nearby.

    Relatives of family members who are placed in the nursing home said the location meant that transportation was convenient and there were many amenities near the home, such as parks, food markets and hawker centres.

    Besides winning over residents with good design, some suggested opening up part of the facility to better engage the public.

    T.K. Udairam, Group CEO of Eastern Health Alliance, said: "It can be anything from a childcare centre put on the ground level to having facilities to support exercise and whatever else you want for the community around the estate.

    "I think there's an opportunity for a nursing home to not think of themselves as just building one complex ... (where) they do everything inside just for themselves."

    And outreach efforts should be beefed up to clear residents' misconceptions of these homes.

    Lai Foong Lian, Executive Director of United Medicare Centre, said: "They might think that with the home, it would be noisy. A lot of people haven't visited a nursing home before so they don't know what a nursing homes is like. When people get to know what a nursing home is like they are not so fearful and are more receptive."

    Mr Udairam added: "Most people have this misconception that the situation at a nursing home is not good for residents. But if you visit the new nursing homes, they are very different.

    "They are not only better in terms of the physical aspect but they no longer smell, and we are able to manage residents much better. Also, there is low traffic volume as visiting hours are throughout the day."

    And to promote greater sense of ownership, Mr Udairam said residents could be given a say in the homes' design.

    "We build new hospitals and we put out the designs, and we say this is what the designs are going to look at and how it is going to fit into the surroundings. So there's no reason why we cannot say the design of the new nursing home is now open for the community to comment on and suggest how we can change things to improve and fit in with the environment," he said.

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    Default London Olympic Games give Singapore hoteliers a boost

    Published on Jun 25, 2012


    Reservations for Frasers Hospitality's London apartments such as Fraser Place Canary Wharf started last year and grew rapidly. -- PHOTO: FRASERS HOSPITALITY


    By Yasmine Yahya

    Singapore-based hoteliers are doing brisk business in London, where rooms are in high demand for the period of the upcoming Olympic Games.

    The Ascott, Millennium & Copthorne Hotels (M&C) and Frasers Hospitality say that up to 95 per cent of their rooms are already booked, and they expect to be sold out, or almost full, by the time the Games roll around on July 27.

    DMG & Partners Research said in a recent note that Singapore-listed GuocoLeisure will also stand to benefit from the Olympics, as it has 5,000 rooms located in London City.

    'The London Olympics Council has pre-booked over 60 per cent of the room stock in London to cater to Olympics participants, leaving the rest of the revellers scrambling for the remaining available rooms, causing room rates to more than double to 300 (S$600) to 400 a night,' it said.
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    Default MIT reaping benefits of Singapore tie-up

    Setting up 4th university here enables relook of education methods, says US varsity head


    Published on Jun 25, 2012


    Outgoing MIT president Susan Hockfield was at the helm for eight years and had expanded the American school's engagements in places from Abu Dhabi to China. She says these are important as some of the most talented people are found outside the US. -- PHOTO: LIM WEIXIANG FOR THE STRAITS TIMES



    By STACEY CHIA

    The collaboration between Singapore's fourth university and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is still in its early days but professors of the American school are already seeing benefits.

    That is the report card from Dr Susan Hockfield, outgoing president of MIT, whose term saw the setting up of the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).

    SUTD, which took in its pioneer batch of students in April, has a technologically grounded but multi-disciplinary curriculum.

    "Some people think we are nuts for helping to create a university in Singapore," said Dr Hockfield, 61.

    "We are by design creating something in Singapore that, if we get right, will be better than MIT in many ways."

    But the Singapore venture offers an almost "inconceivable opportunity to rethink the way we do education", she added.

    "it is easier to do it in a new place than try to change what already exists, but we have every intention of importing back what we learn here," she said.

    Some 90 MIT staff were involved in the setting up of SUTD, which is now housed in interim premises in Dover Drive but will move to a permanent campus in Changi in 2014.

    It is a similar case with the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, a collaboration with the National Research Foundation.

    She waid that the tie-up has given the MIT faculty a chance to explore new research areas.

    Despite early successes, she added that back in MIT, there are those "who are still questioning and wondering about the wisdom of engaging here in Singapore".

    "But so many of our faculty are enthusiastic about it and found these interactions to be enormously productive, ways in which we couldn't have predicted," said Dr Hockfield, who was in Singapore last week as part of her farewell tour.

    She sees this as part of the process of starting something new.

    Asked about the recent uproar among some members of the Yale University faculty on the setting up of the Yale-National University of Singapore College here, Dr Hockfield - who spent 20 years as a faculty member of Yale before joining MIT in 2004 - said differeing views are to be expected.

    "I know many at Yale who are fully supportive of Yale-NUS and there are those who have concerns about how this collaboration will play out," she said.

    Dr Hockfield, who has also expanded MIT's engagements in places from Abu Dhabi to China in her eight years at the helm, noted that they are vital as some of the most talented people are found outside the US.

    But she said such developments come with challenges and MIT has been selective with the number of collaborations it engages in.

    "In Singapore, the challenge is far less acute because the innovation-based economy culture is already so strong," she said.

    But she is conscious of the need to deploy staff well. "We want to be sure we don't in any way take from our campus resources that are necessary for continued success there," she said.

    Dr Hockfield, who will remain part of the MIT faculty, said she does not rule out future involvements here.

    She will be headed for a one-year sabbatical shortly after stepping down at the end of the week.



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    Why MIT puts its lectures online for free

    TO MEET the demand for high quality education, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has committed itself to sharing its knowledge, said outgoing president Susan Hockfield.

    Since 2002, it has been making its lectures available online through MIT OpenCourseWare for free.

    To date, more than 100 million people have logged on to the portal that has more than 2,000 courses, from aeronautics to literature.

    This year, it launched edX - another online learning tool - with Harvard University.

    For a small fee, those who show mastery in a course can earn a certificate of completion.

    Despite such online ventures, Dr Hockfield maintains that there is still a place for physical education institutions.

    'It's not just content transfer, it's the human interaction that produces something in the individual's brain that vastly exceeds the content,' she said.

    She is concerned that the current economic uncertainties might lead to a reduction of funding for research in Western countries. 'I worry that the West might not see investments in education research as critical to the future as they have seen in the past,' she said.

    On its part, MIT ensures that students with ability do not lose out on an education. She added that applicants are evaluated purely based on talent, 'without considering a family's ability to pay'.

    While MIT is a class act, she said she is also very excited about the rise of high quality education institutions around the world.

    'We can't get better unless we have great competitors,' she said.
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    Default NTU launches new graduate school

    Students will get more options with the school's multi-disciplinary approach

    04:46 AM Jun 26, 2012

    SINGAPORE - A new interdisciplinary graduate school, the first of its kind in Asia, was launched yesterday by the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). The school will, in NTU's words, "tear down old barriers and drive research into areas that need a multi-disciplinary approach".

    The school is headed by its Acting Dean, Professor Yue Chee Yoon, from NTU's School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. It accepted its first batch of 25 PhD students in January. It will recruit another 75 PhD students in the next academic year.

    According to NTU, the school will focus on the research areas of sustainability, healthcare and new media.

    Prof Yue said: "In addition to collaborating with engineering researchers who are at the core of NTU, the PhD students at the Graduate School will get to work with physicists, biologists, doctors, psychologists, and other experts across the university campus."

    NTU president Bertil Andersson said that the new school would "enhance Singapore's ability to nurture new research and engage with leaders on critical global issues".

    "In time to come, we can expect to see the acceleration of made-in-Singapore research with immense potential for positive real-world impact," he added.

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    Default Singapore under-16s book semi-final place

    by Mohamed Shamir
    04:46 AM Jun 26, 2012

    SINGAPORE - Dejan Gluscevic's National Football Academy (NFA) Singapore under-16 side lived up to their pre-tournament hype by confirming their semi-final spot at the 24th Canon Lion City Cup, after grinding out a 0-0 draw with FC Porto at the Jalan Besar Stadium last night.

    The Group A encounter saw the Portuguese giants fashion one chance after another, only to be thwarted by an inspired Heirul Suhanes between the sticks for the hosts.

    As Porto ploughed forward in search of goals, the Singaporeans put on a good show of counter-attacking football, effectively utilising their superior pace on the break.

    Captained by defender Amirul Adli, the Cubs created enough opportunities to win, but profligacy from both sides saw the game end goal-less.

    Nonetheless, having finished third two years ago, the NFA Singapore under-16s have ensured at least another shot at the same finish.

    "Porto are probably the best team in the tournament, they showed maturity playing down the flanks and through the middle, and I thought we matched them well," said Gluscevic. "Today's game needed a bit more determination in the defensive line for us to achieve our target of making the semi-finals."

    Yesterday's earlier match saw English Premiership side Manchester City beat Vasco da Gama 2-0 in an entertaining Group B encounter that saw City goalkeeper Bradley McDonagh pull off several top-drawer saves to deny the Brazilian youngsters, who beat the NFA Singapore under-15s 2-1 on Saturday, to earn the Man-of-the-Match award.

    Visit www.lioncitycup.com for full details. Shamir Osman

    Matches on Wednesday (June 27):

    Group A: FC Porto v Ajax Amsterdam (6.00pm)

    Group B: NFA Singapore under-15 v Manchester City (8.45pm)


    All matches played at Jalan Besar Stadium.








    The NFA Singapore under-16s (in red) held Portugal's FC Porto (in blue and white) to a goalless draw at the Jalan Besar Stadium to qualify for the semi-finals of the 24th Canon Lion City Cup. Photo by WEE TECK HIAN

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