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9 January 2021 – Graduate College’s first Community Engagement Project was launched at Punggol 21 Community Centre on 9 January 2021.


The Community Telehealth Service (CTS) is an initiative by nine graduate students from the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine and the Interdisciplinary Graduate Programme. It aims to provide free health monitoring to Singaporeans above 50 years of age, as well as those who have had their regular health check-ups deferred due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


The check-ups will take place in specially constructed telemedicine booths that leverage the latest health technologies to test for eye and cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, as well as obesity.  The computerised health screening system is provided by South Korean healthcare start-up, Medi-Whale. It uses an automated camera to take several images of a person's eye and its artificial intelligence (AI)-powered system then processes the retinal images to determine an individual's health conditions.


When asked about her experience with the telehealth screening, Ms Jasmine said, “It was very easy and non-frightening. The volunteers who have helped me through the various checks were very approachable.”

Professor Lee Pooi See, Dean of Graduate College said: "The University takes pride in our graduate students for fostering the spirit of community engagement. We fully support our students in their remarkable volunteerism in embarking on this meaningful experiential learning journey which is an excellent example of an interdisciplinary collaboration."

The pilot for the Community Telehealth Service will be held from 9 January 2021 to 28 February 2021 at Punggol 21 Community Club.

Students who wish to volunteer for the Community Engagement Project on weekdays can write to: Volunteers will be required to attend a 1-hour onsite training before being deployed for a 4-hour shift.​


NTU graduate students provide free telehealth monitoring service for the community

- Media Coverage of the free telehealth monitoring service organised by NTU graduate students initiated by CCO. View previous coverage.

Free health screening services for 1,000 residents at Punggol 21 Community Club

The Straits Times, page B5, and online, 10 Jan


A pilot scheme to provide free health screening services, using the latest health technologies, for Singaporeans aged above 50 is now under way at the Punggol 21 Community Club. Up to 1,000 residents can register online to visit a telemedicine booth at the community club, where they will be checked for eye and cardiovascular diseases, and other conditions like diabetes and obesity. The booth, which will be up till Feb 28, is part of a ground-up initiative called the Community Telehealth Service, which was started by a group of nine graduate students from NTU. The leader of the project, Dr Michelle Law, 31, a medical doctor who is now a PhD student at NTU's LKCMedicine, said they started this initiative after witnessing how the coronavirus pandemic had delayed many health screenings for the elderly and those at risk of health problems. Mr Alvin Chew, 28, one of the project's co-founders, said this health screening cannot replace an official doctor's diagnosis, and they would refer users to a polyclinic or a hospital for follow-ups if any abnormalities are observed. He added that he hoped the booth can improve the health literacy of the community, as it allows residents to easily access health screening services. "Residents can just pop by and check their health status while on their way to the market; this is much more convenient as compared to them having to take a huge chunk of time out to go to a clinic or polyclinic," said Mr Chew, a PhD student with NTU's Interdisciplinary Graduate Programme. Response to the scheme has been very encouraging, he added, noting that all slots in the first two weeks have been booked. The scheme is funded by the Young ChangeMakers grant by the National Youth Council and oscar @ sg by Temasek Trust, and is supported by NTU's Graduate College.

- Article reproduced in The New Paper, page 6, and online, as well as in Times of News (Singapore), 11 Jan.



NTU students take telehealth service to Punggol residents in seven-week trial

Singapore Tonight, CNA, 10 pm, 10 Dec


NTU Singapore graduate students to provide free telehealth monitoring service for the community

News Tonight, Channel 5, 9 pm, 10 Dec


NTU students set up remote medical examination stations to allow residents to do physical examinations in the community

Singapore Today, Channel 8, 6.30 pm, and online, 10 Jan


Nine NTU graduate students use AI to provide free remote medical examinations for the community

Lianhe Zaobao, page 6, and online, 10 Jan


1,000 Punggol residents have access to telecommunication check-ups at community centres

BERITA Mediacorp, 10 Jan


Free health screenings at Punggol

Berita Harian, page 2

Free health screening services for 1,000 residents at Punggol
Tamil Murasu, page 3​


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The Academic Events Committee of NTU Graduate Student Association (NTUGSA) won the Nanyang Award for Teamwork at the first virtual Nanyang Awards 2020 held on 16 Dec 2020.


This award gives the highest recognition to teams whose outstanding teamwork in a major university project / event brought success and honour to the University.


The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a multi-national event which cultivates postgraduate students’ academic presentation and research communication skills which is in coherence with NTU’s vision of enabling a transformative and enriching student experience.


3MT 2020 was successfully organised by the Academic Events Committee of NTUGSA. Despite the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the event culminated with our NTU representative winning the 3MT 2020 Asia Pacific title.


Congratulations to the Academic Events Committee of NTUGSA!

Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors:

Prof Lee Pooi See

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Photo: Prof Lee Pooi See (Dean, Graduate College)

We would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Professor Lee Pooi See for her election to National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Fellow, the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors across the world.

About the Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI)

The National Academy of Inventors® is a member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutes, with over 4,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 250 institutions worldwide. The NAI publishes the multidisciplinary journal Technology and Innovation, Journal of the National Academy of Inventors®.

The NAI Fellows Program was established to highlight academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society. Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors.

The NAI Fellow program has 1,228 Fellows worldwide representing more than 250 prestigious universities and governmental and non-profit research institutes. Collectively, the Fellows hold more than 38,000 issued U.S. patents, which have generated over 13,000 licensed technologies, 2,300 companies and created more than 19.5 million jobs. In addition, over $2.2 trillion in revenue has been generated based on NAI Fellow discoveries.

Our heartiest congratulations to Prof Lee!

NTU Student Crowned Champion at 3MT Asia Pacific Finals

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GOLD SNIC-Prof Lee Soo Ying Award 

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Our heartiest #congratulations to Benny Febriansyah who was awarded Gold for the SNIC-Prof Lee Soo Ying Award! The Prof Lee Soo Ying Young Chemist Award is awarded by Singapore National Institute of Chemistry (SNIC) as a national prize for graduate students in Singapore who are doing excellent works in chemistry. What an achievement!

Benny received his B.S. (1st Class Honors) degree in chemistry and biological chemistry with minor in life sciences from NTU Singapore in 2015, and continued with his PhD studies with the NTU IGS-ERI@N programme under Prof Nripan Mathews and Prof Jason England's guidance. Benny's current research interest includes solar energy conversion with solution processable (printable) devices. He is presently a postdoctoral scholar with Prof. Joel Ager at Berkeley Education Alliance for Research in Singapore (BEARS) where he works on improving the stability and commercial viability of perovskite solar cells.

Such excellent news to end our work week. Here's to many more achievements ahead!

SILVER SNIC-Prof Lee Soo Ying Award 

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“𝗔𝘀 𝗮 𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗮𝘁 𝗡𝗧𝗨, 𝗜 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝘁𝘂𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗲𝗻𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝘆 𝗼𝘂𝘁𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗼 𝗮𝗹𝘄𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗴𝗲 𝗺𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗱𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗼 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗯𝗹𝗲𝗺𝘀.”
Congratulations to NTU alumnus Khang Dinh (Roy) (IGS/2020) on receiving the SNIC-Prof Lee Soo Ying Young Chemist Silver Award from the Singapore National Institute of Chemistry (SNIC). Roy, whose research interest is in energy storage solutions, is currently developing a zinc-air battery for industrial use. He thanked his mentor, Prof Alex Yan for unlocking his fullest potential as a young researcher.

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Pioneer batch of VinGro​up Scholars meets with NTU Leadership
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From left to right: Assoc Professor Sierin Lim, Tran Minh Phuong Nam, Nguyen Hong Duc, Professor Ling San, Nguyen Duy Anh, Professor Lee Pooi See


15 Sep 2020 - The pioneer batch of VinGroup scholars met with NTU’s Deputy President and Provost, Prof Ling San, this morning for an introductory breakfast. Nguyen Duy Anh, Nguyen Hong Duc and Tran Minh Phuong Nam were accompanied by the Dean of Graduate College, Prof Lee Pooi See, as well the Associate Dean of Global Partnerships, Assoc Prof Sierin Lim.

Nam Tran expressed his great appreciation for the opportunity that NTU and Vingroup have provided. Hong Duc shared that he enjoyed the experience in NTU and has recently graduated with a NTU Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 2019. He looks forward to his PhD journey in NTU. Duy Anh is enthusiastic to acquire knowledge in air traffic management with applied mathematics in his PhD studies.


Prof Ling San is pleased to know that the scholars are happy and have settled in well. He wishes them all the best with their studies and looks forward to welcoming more VinGroup Graduate Scholars at NTU in the future.


The VinGroup Scholarships are aimed to support Vietnamese students who are interested in pursuing a full-time PhD or Master’s degree (by research or coursework) at NTU in the areas of computer science and information system, electrical and electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, biological sciences, and materials science.


Assoc Prof Sierin Lim (GC’s Associate Dean, Global Partnerships) named in the inaugural Singapore 100 Women in Tech list. ​

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NTU student wins 2nd place at 3MT 

Singapore Finals 

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The Graduate College Awards aim to recognise and reward outstanding graduating PhD and Master students for academic, collaborative and entrepreneurial achievements during their studies in NTU. They also recognise outstanding mentoring efforts of graduate students’ supervisors​
Research Excellence Award

Presented to graduate students who attained significant research achievements during
their studies at NTU. The award recognises original, creative and widely disseminated
student research with significant impacts on the field or society.

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 Mele Veedu Deepa​
School: ASE
Advisor: Asst Wei Shengji​

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Panda Biranchi Narayan​
School: MAE
Advisor: Prof Tan Ming Jen
View research profile

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Gia Chuong Phan-Quang
School: SPMS​
Advisor: A/P Ling Xing Yi
View research page

Special Mention
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​Tay Yi
School: SCSE
Advisor: Assoc Prof Hui Siu Cheung
Special Mention​
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Liu Jun
School: EEE
Advisor: Prof Alex C.Kot
View research page​

Graduate Mentoring Award

Presented to supervisors who have shown excellence and innovation in mentoring
graduate students. The award recognises supervisors who have demonstrated an
unusual commitment to nurture and motivate graduate students, and the ability to
foster their intellectual, creative, scholarly and professional growth

Prof Chang Xin Simba
School: NBS

Special Mention
Prof Alex Kot
School: EEE
Interdisciplinary Research Award
Presented to graduate students who have engaged in outstanding inter-disciplinary or
trans-disciplinary projects. The award recognises individual or collaborative research
that integrate concepts or practices from multiple disciplines to solve problems whose
solutions are beyond the scope of a single discipline

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Yong Yik Ling
School: NIE
Advisor: Dr Angus Whitehead

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Chew Wei Ze Alvin
School: CEE
Advisor: A/P Law Wing-Keung, Adrian
View Research Page​
View Research Profile​

​Special Mention
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Grace Teo Jie Ying
School: SoH (Master)
Advisor: Asst Prof Justin Clark
View Research Page​

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Award

​Presented to graduate students who have shown commendable entrepreneurial
attitude. The award recognises graduate students who have demonstrated leadership,
initiative, passion and resilience to generate intellectual property and/or translate
research ideas from academia to industry, driving innovation and commercialization

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Gan Weiliang
School: SPMS
Advisor: Prof Lew Wen Siang
View Research Page​
View Website​
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Aswin Haridas
School: MAE
Advisor: A/P Murukeshan Vadakke Matham
View Research Page​
View Research Profile​
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Special Mention
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Nguyen Pham Nhat Thien Minh
School: EEE
Advisor: Prof Xie Lihua
View Research Page​
​Special Mention
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Jonathan Paul Gresham
School: SoH (Master)
Advisor: A/P Boey Kim Cheng
View Website​

2020 American Water Works Association Academic Achievement Award

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Dr Nick Chew is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. He pursued his PhD study under the NTU’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Programme and his PhD Supervisor was Prof Wang Rong. Dr Chandresh Malde, Senior Principal Scientist from Johnson Matthey, was his co-Supervisor. Nick received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Environmental Engineering with Honours from CEE in 2014.

His PhD thesis, “Performance Enhancement of the Membrane Distillation Process via Membrane Surface Modification for Surfactant-Containing Feed Streams”, was selected as the first place recipient for the doctoral dissertation award by the American Water Works Association.

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) is the largest organization of water supply professionals in the world. AWWA is an international, nonprofit, scientific and educational society dedicated to providing total water solutions assuring the effective management of water.

The past recipients of the award include PhD students from MIT (2019), University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (2018), UCLA (2016) and Clemson University (2015).
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