THE HCI ADVANTAGE
HWA CHONG INSTITUTION Launches the FIRST & ONLY Science Research Centre in a Singapore School
"Hwa Chong has continually explored innovative strategies to nurture a new generation of leaders for the nation: leaders prepared for the challenges of an innovation-driven future."
Education Senior Minister of State Lui Tuck Yew
At the official opening of the Science Research Center
26 April 2008
Cultivating a Climate of Research & Innovation
In the new economy, Singapore will need its own pool of bright scientists and researchers to bring about new discoveries and innovations. To prepare students for the challenges of an innovation-driven future, Hwa Chong launched the FIRST and ONLY Science Research Centre (SRC) among all schools in Singapore on 26 April 2008.
State of the Art Facilities to Develop Leaders in Research
The SRC is poised to become a vibrant hub for the exchange of scientific ideas and opinions, as well as an incubator for innovations and discoveries. It houses 10 laboratories, catering to different research disciplines, such as Robotics and Engineering, Biotechnology and Microbiology, Pharmaceutical Sciences. We also have Field Station & Special Culture rooms for the incubation of living organisms used in the Life Science and Biotechnology projects.
The state-of-the-art facilities not only enable institutions of higher learning, such as NUS and NTU, to set up learning corners in our Engineering Laboratory, it also serves as a choice venue to conduct H3 modules, including the NTU H3 Contemporary Physics and the NTU-A*STAR-HCI H3 Science Research Programme. These allow students to have a taste of some of the projects that undergraduates in our local universities are involved in.
Apart from boosting the research efforts of Hwa Chong students, the SRC has a COE for Environmental Science, which is shared with students from schools within the West 6 Cluster. This laboratory provides an authentic research and learning environment necessary for students to learn beyond the classroom.
"With our niche programmes, we want to create opportunities for Hwa Chong and Cluster students to gain first-hand research experience. The SRC is part of our mission to develop leaders in research. In the end, we want to cultivate in our students a certain curiosity, passion and resilience to engage in real-world research and gain in-depth scientific knowledge beyond the text-book." said former CEO/Principal, Ang Wee Hiong.
Students offering Knowledge and Inquiry undertake a 6 month long Independent Study on a topic of their choice, approved by UCLES. The topics chosen cover a broad range of issues in epistemology, as well as in various fields of inquiry such as the Sciences, the Social Sciences, the Humanities, and Mathematics. While only 3000 words long, the Independent Study is a demanding and rewarding task that gives students a taste of what research writing is like at the university level, and tests them on their ability to write a sustained argument answering a research question.
Bi-Cultural Studies Programme
Since the pioneer graduating batch in 2008, the Bicultural Studies Programme of Hwa Chong Institution has consistently been topping the nation with the highest number of students writing H2 China Studies in Chinese Independent Study research papers. The research abilities of our BSP students is evidenced by their stellar achievements in an array of national research and business case competitions. The top awards that students have bagged include: MOE BSP Symposium Overall Best Research Paper, YJC National China Studies Research Symposium Distinction Award, Business China Youth Showdown Championship Title, MAS-ESS Essay Competition 2nd Prize, LKY School of Public Policy Present(ing) Futures Essay Competition Winning Entry.
2008 C2: 90
2009 C2: 74
2010 C2: 79
2011 C2: 53
2012 C2: 61
2013 C2: 74
2014 C2: 60
We publish an anthology of well written BSP research papers once every two years.BACK TO TOP