NUS Undergraduate Tops MAS-ESS Essay Competition 2006 (University Category) for Second Year Running
Singapore, 13 June 2007...Final-year National University of Singapore (NUS) undergraduate Melvin Koh has won the first prize in the MAS-ESS Essay Competition 2006 (University category) for the second year running. The 24-year-old majors in Economics at the NUS and is enrolled in its University Scholars Programme. Hwa Chong Institution continues to top the Pre-University category.
2 Jointly organised by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Economic Society of Singapore (ESS), the sixth MAS-ESS essay competition was opened to tertiary and pre-university students who submitted entries on the topic, “The Asian Financial Crisis 10 years on: What has changed and what we have learnt?”
3 The winners received their prizes from Special Guest Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Minister for Education and Second Minister for Finance, at the ESS Annual Dinner this evening.
Mr Yuen Pak Man & Mr Wee Liang En (joint entry) Hwa Chong Institution Cash Prize: $2,000
Mr Koh Kint Hock Melvin National University of Singapore Cash Prize: $5,000
Mr Bryan Cheang Yi Da & Mr Nicholas Dominic Lim Zi-Jie (joint entry) National Junior College Cash Prize: $1,000
Mr Leong Chee Kian Nanyang Technological University Cash Prize: $2,000
Mr Chai Chaoyi & Ms Mou Xiao Lei (joint entry) Hwa Chong Institution Cash Prize: $500
Mr See Kok Heng The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania Cash Prize: $1,000
4 Commenting on the MAS-ESS Essay Competition, Dr Khor Hoe Ee, Assistant Managing Director of Economics at MAS and President of the ESS said it continues to meet the objective of encouraging students to develop a better understanding of economic and financial issues relevant to Singapore and the region. “Many of the entries in both categories were of a very high quality. We are very pleased to see students thinking critically and creatively about such issues and demonstrating the ability to express their thoughts effectively.”