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Charting The Future Of Food And Water Security, Environmental And Climate Resilience Through The Singapore Sustainability Scholarship 2022

25 Jul 2022

16 individuals awarded the scholarship from NEA, PUB, and SFA.

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Singapore, 25 July 2022 – A total of 16 candidates received the Singapore Sustainability Scholarship (SSS) from the Minister for Sustainability and the Environment, Ms Grace Fu, at a scholarship award ceremony this morning. The SSS is jointly offered by the National Environment Agency (NEA), PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency (PUB), and the Singapore Food Agency (SFA).

2          Each year, the SSS identifies potential leaders with the foresight to anticipate future challenges and develop solutions for climate change, energy efficiency, as well as Singapore’s water resources and food security. These scholars will pursue studies in engineering, environmental, food and science-related disciplines in either a local or overseas university. Upon graduation, they will begin fulfilling careers with NEA, PUB, or SFA, playing a key role in Singapore’s sustainability story and contributing to the Singapore Green Plan 2030. Since the inception of the SSS in 2008, a total of 224 scholarships have been awarded.

3          Ms Goh Xin En Joylynn, 19, is one of the recipients of the SSS from NEA this year. Joylynn has a keen interest in environmental protection and previously completed an NEA internship project on waste treatment policies and decentralised waste treatment facilities. Her dream to find solutions to ensure Singapore’s environmental sustainability has led her to pursue a degree in Environmental Earth Systems Science at Nanyang Technological University. She hopes that her university education would deepen her understanding and appreciation of the environmental issues faced by Singapore and give her the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded individuals.

4          Mr Luke Goh, Chief Executive Officer of NEA, said, “NEA welcomes this batch of six scholars into our ranks. They all share a common vision with NEA – to create a clean, liveable and sustainable Singapore for the present and future generations. We look forward to their contributions to NEA and service to Singapore.”

5          Ms Lee Wai Yee, 19, who will be pursuing a (Direct Masters) Master of Science in Geophysics at Imperial College London, is one of the scholarship recipients from PUB. With an interest in coastal protection work, Wai Yee looks forward to being a part of the PUB team that looks into innovative solutions to protect and transform Singapore’s coastlines due to rising sea levels. She said, “Growing up, I was exposed to many of the impacts and devastating side effects that our current lifestyle has on the environment. As such, I was motivated to choose a career where I could play my part in creating a sustainable and safe environment in Singapore for future generations. I chose to study Geophysics as it will allow me to acquire a broad range of skills such as data analysis and geophysical surveying, while also enabling a deeper understanding of how the Earth works. I also had the opportunity to participate in a research programme at the N.1 Institute for Health at the National University of Singapore, where I worked on how artificial intelligence (AI) could be used to turn simple ideas into working solutions. I hope to apply my learnings in my future work at PUB through developing ways in which AI can be used to predict and model rising sea levels in order to defend Singapore against it.”

6            “Climate change will result in more extreme weather events and sea level rise that can impact our water resources and threaten our shorelines. Ensuring Singapore’s water resilience and protecting our coastlines is a long-term effort that requires both sound planning and ingenuity, and will remain a top priority. We welcome and look forward to nurturing our talents as they pursue a fulfilling career with PUB, and chart a sustainable future for Singapore,” said Mr Goh Si Hou, Chief Executive of PUB.

7          Ms Low Hwee Keng, 19, who will be embarking on a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Imperial College London, is one of the scholarship recipients from SFA. With a keen interest in Chemistry, she looks forward to using the knowledge acquired from her studies to ensure food safety and strengthen the nation’s food supply resilience. “From reviewing food testing procedures and standards to building technological capabilities of the food industry, I believe there are many ways I can contribute to Singapore’s food future. I look forward to embarking on a meaningful career with SFA.”

8          Ms Joanne Chew Jia Hui, 18, who is pursuing a Diploma in Biotechnology at Republic Polytechnic, is also a recipient of the SSS from SFA. Having gained valuable insights during her internship with SFA, she shared, “It was really an eye-opener for me during my internship, where I experienced first-hand how SFA meaningfully engages our food stallholders in ensuring food safety. I believe the knowledge learnt from my biotechnology course will equip me with skills such as microbiological testing, agri-biotechnology research, food production and innovation which can be applicable to my future work at SFA. I look forward to working on technology innovation to tackle the challenges in our food safety and sustainability.”

9          Mr Lim Kok Thai, Chief Executive of SFA said, “As SFA works towards achieving the ’30 by 30’ goal to produce 30% of our nutritional needs locally by 2030, we will need passionate individuals of diverse skillsets to build up the capability and capacity of our agri-food industry. We are pleased to welcome these young talents under the Singapore Sustainability Scholarship who will join us in ensuring a supply of safe food in Singapore both now and in future. We look forward to their contributions towards Singapore’s food safety and security.”

10        Under the SSS, NEA, PUB and SFA offer both undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships. Both undergraduates and fresh graduates are given the opportunity to pursue a Mid-Term and Master’s scholarship. NEA focuses on environmental-related domains such as Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Environmental Management, as well as Sciences such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Earth Sciences and Meteorology, amongst others. PUB focuses on students pursuing engineering disciplines, mainly in Civil, Electrical, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering. SFA focuses on Sciences such as Agricultural and Aquacultural Sciences, Chemistry, Biology, and Food Science.

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Profiles of Scholarship Recipients

(A)  Singapore Sustainability Scholarships awarded from NEA – 6 Recipients

S/N

Name and age

Course and University

Profile

1

Chan Kei Fung

21 years old

Bachelor of Arts in Natural Sciences

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Kei Fung has always been fascinated by the beauty and mystery of the natural world, and this interest intensified through his studies and interactions with science, especially Chemistry.

Pursuing a degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, Kei Fung hopes the knowledge gained will put him in good stead to drive the development of new innovative solutions to ecological problems in Singapore and beyond.

2

Joylynn Goh Xin En

19 years old

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Earth Systems Science

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Joylynn has a keen interest in environmental protection and wants to be proactive in finding solutions to ensure Singapore’s environmental sustainability.

This mission has led her to pursue a degree in Environmental Earth Systems Science at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She hopes that her university education would develop deepen her understanding and appreciation of the environmental issues faced by Singapore, while giving her the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded individuals.

3

Gay En Ning Stephanie

19 years old

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

University of California Berkeley, United States

 

 

Stephanie’s love for nature and interest in environmental sustainability was inspired by her childhood in New Zealand and was reinforced through her regular environmental volunteering and canoeing training at MacRitchie Reservoir.

Through the study of Environmental Science, Stephanie hopes that she will be equipped with the broad-based understanding and technical expertise required to unpack and tackle complex environmental issues. She firmly believes in the importance of effective advocacy with the public in furthering environmental sustainability, and aspires to contribute to these bottom-up efforts.

4

Sean Koh Shiun Shyang

24 years old

Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Futures

Imperial College London, United Kingdom

Sean is passionate and curious about sustainable energy issues, especially solar energy and engineering. He sees a vast potential in solar photovoltaic energy in enabling Singapore to be more independent in our energy needs.

Through his postgraduate studies in Sustainable Energy Futures at Imperial College London, Sean is confident that he will be equipped with the necessary technical expertise, economic and policy knowledge to further Singapore’s agenda on clean energy.

5

Zheng Hongyi

20 years old

Master of Science in Engineering Science

University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Commencing studies in 2023

Hongyi developed a deep passion in engineering – in particular electrical and information engineering – through his time in school. He spent his free time learning programming languages such as Python.

This passion has led him to pursue a degree in Engineering Science at the University of Oxford. Through his career with NEA, Hongyi aspires to not just be an exceptional engineer, but also a well-rounded individual with the opportunity to engage in cross-disciplinary work.

6

Sheak Hoy Yip

19 years old

TBC (Electrical Engineering)

Commencing studies in 2024

Hoy Yip grew up watching science-related television programmes such as “How It’s Made” and “Mythbusters” and is fascinated by how engineering enables individuals to apply theoretical knowledge to tackle complex real-world solutions.

Hoy Yip hopes to pursue a degree in Electrical Engineering in the United Kingdom, and subsequently give back to Singapore by tapping on his technical expertise to find innovative and cutting-edge solutions to Singapore’s environmental challenges.

(B)  Singapore Sustainability Scholarships awarded from PUB – 2 Recipients

S/N

Name and age

Course and University

Profile

1

Lee Wai Yee

19 years old

(Direct Masters) Master of Science in Geophysics at Imperial College London

Wai Yee’s interest in Earth science was piqued when she realised that more actions have to be taken to protect the environment, especially as climate change worsens. Through the study of Geophysics, she aims to contribute to PUB’s coastal protection efforts. Furthermore, she hopes to be involved in developing new methods and technologies to support Singapore’s sustainability drive through scientific research and innovation.

2

Jessica Chan Ji Ji

19 years old

Engineering at Oxford University Specialising in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Passionate about Singapore’s cutting-edge water and environment technologies, and with a heart to contribute to Singapore’s water future, Jessica is excited to establish a career in PUB. She aims to develop new solutions to transform PUB’s current operations, and bring new ideas on efficient and sustainable water solutions for Singapore.

(C)  Singapore Sustainability Scholarships awarded from SFA – 8 recipients

S/N

Name and age

Course and University

Profile

1

Low Hwee Keng

19 years old

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Imperial College London

Hwee Keng chose Chemistry as she believes it will equip her with a good understanding of the scientific concepts behind food. With this knowledge, she hopes to better contribute to food testing procedures and standards, and potentially partake in R&D projects on alternative proteins such as cultured meat, to establish effective standards that ensure the safety of the meat.

Hwee Keng believes that there will be a plethora of meaningful ways that she can contribute to SFA’s work upon graduation, such as addressing food safety and security issues, building the food industry’s technological capabilities, and developing sustainable solutions for Singapore’s food system.

2

Lydia Tan Jia Yin

19 years old

Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Technology

National University of Singapore

Lydia is passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of others SFA’s ability to make a direct impact on the community through partnerships with stakeholders resonates with Lydia's desire to have a positive impact in society, especially in the ways SFA supports our local farms and fisheries by providing resources and support for their growth.

The Scholarship also aligns with her interest in food science, and she is attracted to the emphasis placed on the scholars’ growth and development through rotation across departments.

3

Yap Jia Xing

20 years old

 

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biological Chemistry

Nanyang Technological University

Jia Xing’s food nutrition and culinary science course in polytechnic allowed her to learn and pursue her interest in food and the concoction of elements that goes into producing it. Chemistry is a key aspect when it comes to material and process technologies, and Jia Xing hopes that the course will give her a better understanding of the various new technologies and advancements in food safety, processing, and production.

Jia Xing looks forward in playing a pivotal role in encouraging and advising farms and companies on the technologies they can adopt to increase the efficiency of local food production in a sustainable and safe manner.

4

Lim Jia Qi Alyssa[1]

22 years old

 

Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences

Nanyang Technological University

As Singapore is transitioning into producing novel and sustainable food using technology, Alyssa believes her knowledge in molecular biology will help in developing better ways to combat rising threats in pathogen resistance and improve pathogen detection for a safer and more sustainable food supply.

Alyssa is excited to take on the Scholarship with SFA, as it will empower her to be in the forefront of the SFA farm-to-fork approach in ensuring Singapore’s food safety and sustainability. A firm believer that cross-boundary exchanges and interdisciplinary cooperation between public and private sectors are important in developing novel solutions to tackle upcoming food issues, she wants to further develop herself in people management, along with food science, to better contribute to SFA’s work.

5

Chao Yu De[2]

25 years old

 

Master of Biology in Zoology

(Integrated Masters)

University of Leeds

Yu De is passionate about sustainable agriculture and finding ways to feed the world. His Master’s research project has exposed him to the ongoing research efforts in developing novel uses for commercially farmed insects tremendously, that is, the use of insect protein as a possible alternative protein supplement for ruminants.

Yu De is excited to join SFA to contribute to the Singapore Green Plan by finding sustainable and efficient methods of food production, such as the use of insects for waste valorization, vertical and urban farming, and energy-efficient technologies for farming.

6

Francesca Ong Yi Teng[2]

24 years old

 

Master of Engineering (Biomedical Engineering)

National University of Singapore

This Scholarship allows Francesca to combine her passion for both biology and food, and she would be able to contribute to food sustainability through research in alternative proteins, specifically in cultivated meat. She believes that her deep passion in building and developing the alternative protein ecosystem falls in line with what SFA is working towards - building up the capabilities of Singapore’s agri-food industry to produce food locally and sustainably.

7

Hong Zi Heng Evan[3]

18 years old

 

 

Diploma in Biotechnology

Republic Polytechnic

 

Evan has a strong passion in learning more about food and agriculture science as he finds them essential in shaping our daily survival needs. Through the Scholarship, he hopes to contribute to the area of agriculture by working with SFA’s stakeholders to explore ways and solutions to help Singapore increase our local production despite our limited land space. He wants to be a part of the efforts in raising awareness about the importance of food security and sustainability and in solving the local needs for food.

8

Chew Jia Hui Joanne[3]

18 years old

 

 

Diploma in Biotechnology

Republic Polytechnic

 

Joanne was inspired by her mum to pursue her passion in food and views food as an integral part of life as meaningful relationships are built over food. She gained valuable insights during her pre-Scholarship internship with SFA and her course of study in biotechnology allowed her to better understand how various aspects such as microbiological testing, agri-biotechnology research, food production and innovation can be applied to our local food scene. She took up SFA’s Diploma Scholarship to gain experience and insights of the real work behind the various departments in SFA.

The recent COVID-19 pandemic had demonstrated Singapore’s vulnerability to trade and supply chain disruptions which could affect our national food security. Joanne sees herself contributing and supporting SFA in technology innovation to tackle the challenges in our food safety and sustainability.

[1] Unable to attend the award ceremony

[2] Awarded SFA Postgraduate Scholarship

[3] Awarded SFA Diploma Scholarship