A new prize is launched to reward the best books about Singapore. The Singapore Book Prize is a joint initiative by the Singapore Book Publishers Association (SBPA) and the Singapore Philanthropic Foundation. It is open to any book that explores Singapore’s history, culture and society.
One of the most important aspects of this prize is that it recognises a broad range of works about Singapore, from specialised historical works to more general non-fiction titles. The jury will select the winner of each category by judging a submission based on its merits in terms of both literary and scholarly quality.
The jury will also take into account the quality of the underlying research in the book and how it addresses questions of Singapore’s past and present. For example, a book that examines Singapore’s development as a global business hub or the role of emigration in the city-state’s history would be deemed more worthy than one that looks at Singapore’s social welfare or political development.
In addition to this, the winners of the Singapore prize are given a certificate of recognition and will receive an invitation to the annual awards ceremony. This prize is an important part of Singapore’s reputation as a city of excellence and reflects the strong commitment to cultural heritage that the government has made in recent years.
As part of the award, each prize-winner will be invited to the awards ceremony and will be granted an exemption for their first year of study at NUS. They will also be able to attend seminars and workshops organised by NUS to enhance their skills in their field.
There are many other prizes for academic achievement that students can win at NUS. Some of these are awarded for a student’s performance in their undergraduate studies, and others are for graduate students.
The Lauriston Sharp Prize was established in 1973 to honour Goldwin Smith Professor of Anthropology and SEAP founder, Lauriston Sharp (1907-1993). It is awarded each year to the student whose dissertation research and community engagement have most enriched the study of Southeast Asia.
Similarly, the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize is awarded every two years to a global metropolis that has developed and maintained its city status by building on its history whilst simultaneously adopting modern innovations to ensure a sustainable and liveable future. Vienna’s combination of historical and modern features was praised by the judges, and they emphasised that the city’s citizens had an active role in its development.
Athletes can also benefit from this scheme, and are awarded cash prizes if they compete in a Major Games such as the Olympics, Asian or Commonwealth Games. The Major Games Award Programme was introduced in the 1990s and is administered by the Singapore National Olympic Council.
This scheme is an excellent opportunity for athletes to get paid for their hard work and training. The cost of training at the highest level can be a significant financial commitment over a number of years, but this incentive scheme can help to cover these costs and allow competitors to continue their pursuit of elite sport.