WorldSkills Singapore 2018: NYP’s Best Performance Yet
Published on 11 Jul 2018
The dream team who won triple gold (from left): Liong Wen Xuan, Nigel Chen and Milton Sim from IT Network Systems Administration.
Nanyang Polytechnic swept to victory with 12 Golds, eight Silvers and seven Bronzes at the 2018 WorldSkills Singapore (WSS) competition. This is NYP’s best performance yet since the polytechnic first started taking part in WSS and its predecessor, the National Skills Competition, back in 1994.
The Golds came from a wide base of skill areas: From Web Design & Development, to Health & Social Care, right up to engineering stalwarts like Aircraft Maintenance, CNC Turning, and Mobile Robotics – just to name a few. The competition was held from July 5-7 at the Suntec City Convention Centre and ITE College Central.
In a rare turn of events, the three NYP competitors – Nigel Chen, Milton Sim and Liong Wen Xuan (all from our School of Information Technology) – in the IT Network System Administration skills area, were all awarded gold medals. The judges did not award the Silver nor Bronze.
Also noteworthy was the 3D Digital Game Art skills area, where NYP competitors Tan Ying Ying, Joy Wong and Annabelle Phua (all from our School of Interactive & Digital Media) made a clean sweep of the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals respectively.
Wen Xuan, a second year Diploma in InfoComm and Security student says of their preparation for the competition: “The three of us learnt to be very focused and not be distracted, concentrating only on what we had to do. When I first learnt that all of us won the gold medal, we were all super excited and happy for each other. I felt that all our efforts – our late nights of training and practice – were worth it.”
The stellar results are even more remarkable as WSS has grown in scale and through the years, and 2018 marked the first time that university students from Singapore Institute of Technology and the National University of Singapore participated in the competition.
WSS 2018 winners will represent Singapore in regional and international competitions. The next ASEAN Skills Competition will be held in Bangkok, Thailand in August 2018, and the international-level WorldSkills Competition will be held in Kazan, Russia in 2019.