The Ministry of Education (MOE) congratulates our students for their excellent performance at the 11th International Geography Olympiad (iGeo) held in Krakow, Poland, from 12 to 18 August 2014.
The Singapore team obtained 2 Gold medals, 1 Silver medal and 1 Bronze medal. This placed Singapore 1st in a field of 144 students from 36 countries. This is the fourth year that Singapore is taking part in the competition.
The Gold medalists are Lim Wei Chong Timothy and Joshua Chin Zen Jie from Raffles Institution. The Silver medalist is Wilson Chua Wei Cheng from NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, and the Bronze medalist is Tan Yi Ying from Hwa Chong Institution. For the fieldwork test this year, students explored the historic Błonia Park in central Krakow and proposed strategies for the preservation of green spaces in urban areas.
The Singapore delegation was led by Mr Benjamin Yuan and Ms Tay Hui Peng, Curriculum Planning Officers from MOE.
A Joint Effort
Our students’ participation in the International Geography Olympiad is a joint effort between MOE and the following organisations:
Department of Geography, National University of Singapore;
National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University; and
Geography Teachers’ Association of Singapore.
Members of the Singapore team were selected from participants of the National University of Singapore Geography Challenge 2013 and National Geography Talent Development Programme (TDP). The TDP is designed to nurture students’ passion in Geography and deepen their knowledge of the subject. The TDP is supported by the abovementioned organisations.
Background on iGeo
The International Geography Olympiad (iGeo) brings together outstanding 16 to 19 year old Geography students from around the world, challenging and stimulating their minds in the spirit of competition. iGeo is organised annually by the International Geographical Union (IGU). The IGU was established in 1922 and represents the interests of geographers from 104 countries including Singapore. The IGU facilitates the participation of geographers in the global community of scientists through its affiliation to the International Council for Science (ICSU) and International Social Science Council (ISSC). Students are required to demonstrate a good mastery of a wide range of physical and human geography topics. They also need to apply geographical knowledge and skills to solve problems in unfamiliar contexts.