44th WorldSkills Abu Dhabi: Best of Nation and Gold Medal in 3D Digital Game Art
School of Interactive & Digital Media
Third-year Digital Game Art & Design student, Ng Jun Xuan was crowned champion for the newly identified future skills, 3D Digital Game Art, after beating eight other talented competitors from around the world in a gruelling 22 hours challenge over four days in the 44th Worldskills International competition held at Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. He also won the Best of Nation award for achieving the highest score amongst all the skills areas that Team Singapore was taking part in.
In recognition of his expertise in this skill area, he is certified as an Autodesk Student Expert for participating in this prestigious international championship.
Prior to the competition, apart from his usual workload of school assignments during the semester, Jun Xuan had to juggle between an intensive talent development programme to prepare him for the international competition and working at his family business. In April 2017, he had an opportunity to undergo a three-month internship with renowned Japanese game giant studio Koei Tecmo Singapore where he worked on some of the company’s flagship game titles.
Accompanying SIDM Digital Game Art & Design course manager, Alvin Sebastian Hoo, represented Singapore as Expert (Skills Competition Development) was part of a panel in refereeing and judging. Lead coach, Ernest Quek, is also involved in Jun Xuan's training and preparation for the competition by imparting his rich 3D skillsets and experiences which he had accumulated through his illustrious career in game development.
The team behind the scene supporting the training and preparing for the competition includes coach, Su Zefeng, and the whole team of staffs in Digital Game Art & Design.
The international competition, billed as the "Olympics of skills", saw as many as 1,259 competitors from 77 countries battling it out in 51 skill categories. Team Singapore fielded 11 youths from Nanyang Polytechnic who pitted their skills in 9 out of 19 skills categories.