Outstanding Contribution Award and Special Contribution Award


We would like to congratulate Emeritus Professor Hew Choy Leong who was presented with two distinguished awards for his lifelong contributions towards Life Sciences on 30 June 2018 by Xiamen University, School of Life Sciences in recognition of his assistance to their University. The 2 awards are:

1. Outstanding Contribution Award

For his contributions in fostering research collaboration with Xiamen University which range from teaching protein chemistry and molecular biology, to academic staff visits of Xiamen faculty staff to University of Toronto and NUS, recruitment of graduate students to the Department of Biological Sciences (DBS), and the establishment of the Xiamen Winter Symposia which evolved from the annual Sino-Singapore Symposium.

2. Special Contribution Award

For establishing the joint Xiamen-NUS Biomedical Research Laboratory, which was funded by Project 111 under the Ministry of Education, China. This programme received its initial funding in year 2008. However, discussions were initiated much earlier, and NUS President Prof Tan Eng Chye witnessed the signing ceremony in year 2004 when he was Dean, Faculty of Science, NUS. The programme was recently renewed again for another 10 years in 2018 with an annual budget of RMB 1 million per year.


The award ceremony was held in conjunction with the 12th Life Sciences Conference where Prof Hiew also gave a talk. 

The School of Life Sciences at Xiamen University was founded in 1999 and has evolved over the years to become one of the leading research and teaching centres in China. Prof Hew has been actively engaged since the 1980s where he has been invited to give lectures at Xiamen University from time to time and even until today. He has provided immense support to them through the exchange and sharing of his scientific expertise and experience which served as an impetus for its rapid developments. The strong friendship and collegiality between both institutions were cultivated through Prof Hew’s altruistic interest to leverage on the strengths of both institutions and to bring the level of research and life sciences to greater heights.  

The partnership with Xiamen has led to the trilateral Memorandum of Understanding with Xiamen University and Tsinghua University since 2005. This resulted in the establishment of an Open Laboratory in Xiamen University, jointly set up between Xiamen University and NUS where various NUS Life Sciences academic staff are engaged in joint research and joint graduate student supervision at this Open Laboratory in the areas of proteomics, bioinformatics, structural biology and bioimaging. The Annual Sino-Singapore Symposia with the Schools and Departments of Life Sciences from most of the top Chinese universities and NUS was also established and in 2010 evolved to the Xiamen Winter Symposium. The DBS Graduate Programme has also recruited at least 15 of their top students over the years.