Winners Announced for 2003 MAS - ESS Essay Competition Students Excel in Both Quantity and Quality
Singapore, 28 June 2004 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Economics Society of Singapore (ESS) today awarded prizes for the annual MAS-ESS Essay Competition 2003. BG George Yeo, Minister for Trade and Industry gave out the prizes during the ESS Annual Dinner, which was held at the Grand Copthorne Hotel. The top three winners in both the Student and Open categories were:
Mr See Kok Heng Hwa Chong Junior College
Mr Choo Chian DBS Bank
Ms Judith Huang Si Ying Hwa Chong Junior College
Dr Donghyun Park Nanyang Technological University
Mr Tsang Wai Ching Anglo-Chinese Junior College
Mr Terence Ho Ministry of Trade and Industry
The theme of the essay competition, held between 11 Jul 2003 - 15 Feb 2004, was "How Can Singapore Remain Competitive in a Globalising World Economy?" The competition attracted a total of 83 submissions with the number of student entries more than doubling last year's numbers. The quality of the student essays was also distinctly better than in previous years. Commenting on the standard of the student essays this year, ESS President Dr Khor Hoe Ee said, "We are very pleased with the response and the quality of the essays in the student category. They demonstrated maturity, depth and critical thinking".
The first prize in the open category was awarded to Mr Choo Chian, a banker with DBS Bank. According to the judges, his essay stood out because of his bold ideas, the depth of his research, and the force of his arguments.
This is the third year that MAS and ESS have jointly organized the Essay Competition. The following prizes were awarded to the top three essays in the two categories: