Dated: 2 August 2005
The Media Development Authority has awarded scholarships and training awards to 22 young people who are expected to help put Singapore on the international media map.
These awards will help the 22 recipients to gain academic and professional training in media disciplines from film and television production, audio production, animation, games development to publishing and acting.
Valued at close to $1million, the awards are for full-time courses at advanced diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate levels at reputable tertiary institutions here and abroad. Last year, 25 Singaporeans received the award, while 13 awards were given out in 2003.
This year, the MDA received an encouraging 106 applications, representing an increase of almost 50 per cent from 2004. The availability of media courses at local institutions and the opening of Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU) School of Art, Design and Media have also contributed to the heightened interest in media careers amongst Singaporeans. Half of this year’s award recipients have opted to study at local institutions.
Commenting on the opportunities open to the award recipients, Dr Tan Chin Nam, Chairman of the MDA, said “The increase in media courses at our local institutions is certainly reflective of the increasing demand as well as the overall appeal of the sector. This is encouraging as many Singaporeans are beginning to see working in the media industry as a viable career option.
“And for those who are studying overseas, they should use the opportunity to gain international exposure after they graduate and bring the skills and media contacts they have made back to Singapore.
“These opportunities will contribute to Singapore’s efforts to build a critical mass of creative manpower as well as enable these talents to stay at the forefront of creative and technological development in the media industry,” Dr Tan added.
The Media Education Scheme, launched in 2003, is an initiative under the MDA’s Media 21 blueprint. One of the key thrusts of Media 21 is to build media manpower capabilities in the television, film, publishing and digital media sectors.
Please refer to Annex A for the list of 2005 award recipients.
For more information, please contact:
Yvonne Poh (Ms) Assistant Manager Corporate &Marketing Communications Media Development Authority Tel: (65) 6837 9894 Fax: (65) 6336 4142 Email: Yvonne_POH@imda.gov.sg
Casey Chang (Ms) Assistant Director Corporate and Marketing Communications Media Development Authority Tel: (65) 6837 9344 Fax: (65) 6336 4142 Email: Casey_CHANG@imda.gov.sg
Recipients of the Media Education Scheme Awards are selected based on their academic and creative potential, achievements, track record and relevant experience, the benefit and value which the course of studies would bring to the recipient and to the development of the media industry in Singapore.
Recipients who choose media-related courses at local institutions will receive up to S$20,000 in tuition fees. Those pursuing studies at overseas institutions receive awards which may be valued at up to S$100,000. Overseas award holders must fulfill a service commitment of up to two years’ work in media-related companies in Singapore within five years of their graduation.
Prior to their return, the MDA also encourages award winners to gain international exposure by working in media-related fields overseas after graduation, to acquire invaluable experience and international contacts.
List of Award Recipients 2005
1. Teo Kiat Sing (Age: 25 Course: Master of Fine Arts (Acting) School:Columbia University United States)
2. Chan Pei Ling, Shawna (Age:24 Course: BFA in Animation School: Academy of Art University, United States)
3. Huang Wang Hua (Age:22 Course:Bachelor of Arts (Multimedia) School:Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia
4. Low Chee Mun, Don (Age:34 Course: Masters of Fine Arts School: Savannah College of Art &Design, United States)
5. Wong Hock Hian (Age:33 Course: Master of Arts in Game Development School: Savannah College of Art &Design, United States)
6. Sahila Binte Topon (Age:23 Course: Bachelor of Arts in Audio Production School: Webster University, United States)
7. Paul Antony Rozario (Age:34 Course: Master of Science in Publishing School: New York University, United States)
8. Teo Ee Lynn (Age:25 Course:Master of Philosophy (MPHIC) in 2D/3D Motion Graphics School: Glasgow School of Art, United Kingdom)
9. Teo Woon Lip, Jerry (Age:26 Course: Bachelor of Applied Art Illustration School: Sheridan Institute of Technology, Canada)
10. Tan Wee Lit (Age: 27 Course: Master of Fine Arts (MFA) School: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, United States)
11. Goh Boon Kooi, Melvyn (Age:43 Course: Masters in Science - Publishing School: New York University, United States)
12. Lim Liang, Danny (Age: 22 Course: Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) School: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
13. Yang Siying, Sara (Age: 21 Course: Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) School: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
14. Ye RongLing, Rebecca (Age: 19 Course: Bachelor of Communication Studies (Hons) School: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
15. Teo Christina Jolene (Age: 20 Course:Bachelor of Communication Studies (Hons) School: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
16 Chern XianJun, Alphonsus (Age:25 Course:Bachelor of Communication Studies (Hons) School:Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
17. Chin WeiHao (Age: 22 Course:Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) School: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
18. Alka Verma (Age:35 Course:Advanced Diploma in Film Productions School: Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore)
19. Mohammed Helmi Bin Yusof (Age:30 Course: Advanced Diploma in Film Productions School: Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore)
20. Tan Boon Chuan, Alex John (Age:24 Course: Advanced Diploma in Film Productions School: Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore)
21. Willie Koh (Age:29 Course:Advanced Diploma in Film Productions School: Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore)
22. Kwok Lye Ching (Age:24 Course:Advanced Diploma in Film Productions School: Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore)