Singapore Prize Winners Announced

Since 2014 and in commemoration of Singapore’s 50th birthday, this award – inaugurated as part of SG50 celebrations – has been presented triennially to publications that significantly deepen people’s understanding of its history. Administered by NUS Department of History, its panel included novelist Meira Chand, historians Peter Coclanis and John Miksic from NUS Asia Research Institute; economist Lam San Ling; as well as novelist Meira Chand herself.

Prof Miksic’s book earned the top award because it “lays the groundwork for a fundamental reinterpretation of Singapore’s place in Asian history”. While answering difficult questions like when exactly Singapore began was difficult, Prof Miksic made use of all available evidence such as literary records such as Chinese merchant Wang Dayuan’s writings about Southeast Asia from 13th century China as well as archaeological dig discoveries showing that communities existed in the area even prior to Sir Stamford Raffles arriving here in 1819.

Prince William will announce the winners of the Earthshot Prize competition during his four-day trip to Singapore, an awards established by him to foster optimism and innovation around environmental challenges worldwide. While here he will meet local groups to hear their tales of innovation as well as learn more about ways that the country is working to preserve and restore the environment.

Neo4j of Singapore was named Most Innovative Graph Data Platform 2022 at this year’s APAC Insider Business Awards gala in Singapore on September 30, 2023. Their open source GraphDB database enables businesses to easily create, manage and share data across teams and applications. The event took place at Ritz-Carlton Millenia.

Aside from honoring leading entrepreneurs and their achievements, the gala served as a networking opportunity for businesses. Notable decision makers from business and government attended including Minister for Communications and Information Goh Chok Tong as well as Ambassador Thanasak Patsakul of Thailand to Singapore H.E. Thanasak Patsakul.

DBS Bank and Singapore National Paralympic Council were two sponsors that helped support this award, as they pledged to match any financial awards given to Singapore Para-athletes for their performance at Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, effectively doubling the medal money they will receive as a result. This unique move marked an international event for being unprecedented and it clearly demonstrated how dedicated these athletes had been in reaching success. DBS will remain supportive until after Paris 2024 Paralympic Games have passed and other sponsors include Singapore Airlines (SIA), Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and Defence Science and Technology Agency among many others.

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