Scholarship Award Ceremony 2017
Message from Professor Ng Huck Hui, Executive Director, A*STAR Graduate Academy
My heartfelt congratulations to the 2017 cohort of A*STAR scholars, and a very warm welcome to the A*STAR family!
Never before in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so short a time.
Quoting Bill Gates, this reflects today’s world – ever-changing with emerging opportunities for innovation. The focus on Research, Innovation and Enterprise is more important than ever for Singapore to remain relevant and competitive. I cannot emphasize enough the significance of the role that each and every one of you play in our pursuit to develop a knowledge-based, innovation-driven Singapore; our success tomorrow depends on you today – our young Schoolings.
The Joseph Schooling story has shown us that one can surmount the seemingly impossible if you set your mind to it – as A*STAR scholars, you can look forward to many opportunities to develop and grow, and to contribute in various capacities to help transform not only Singapore but also the world, in impactful ways. Those familiar with Schooling’s story know that it is about plenty of Passion, Practice and Perseverance. In the context of Science, I urge you to stand firm by the 3 Ps, and at the same time, stay curious, be imaginative, and always keep an open mind while upholding the highest standards of research integrity.
Even though you are just starting this new journey, I would urge you to understand what society needs and think about how one can make an impact. Each of you will take your own path towards making an impact to our society. The scholarship will empower you to grow your talents to the fullest potential and it is the responsibility of the scholars to create a new future. A*STAR is fully committed to support you in this endeavor.
I wish you all the very best and look forward to seeing you make waves and do our nation proud!