Singapore Students Shine in Global Critical Thinking Contest

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Three teams of local students have won top honors at the annual critical thinking competition ThinkQuest organised by the Oracle Education Foundation. This is clear recognition for the talented Singaporean manpower needed to succeed in a volatile business world, says leading local company registration specialist, http://www.rikvin.com/.

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These students identified real-world problems and accepted the challenge to solve them through innovative, thought-provoking solutions. Throughout the process, these students developed skills that will position them for success.

Long renowned for its educated and tech-savvy youth, small city-state Singapore recently garnered accolades in the ThinkQuest 2011 competition organised by the Oracle Education Foundation. This proves that the next generation of Singaporeans still embody the enterprising attitude and strong work ethic of the older generation, says leading company registration specialist Rikvin Singapore.

Organised by the Oracle Education Foundation, the competition challenged students to solve a problem using their critical thinking, communication and technology skills. More than 30,000 participants from 52 countries participated, showcasing the best of their young people’s expertise on a global platform.

The teams that came in tops were from Republic Polytechnic, Duman High School and Nanyang Girls’ High School. Their projects ranged from helping a commune in Cambodia that has been living under the poverty line to developing an application to help users gain insight into their eating habits.

“These students identified real-world problems and accepted the challenge to solve them through innovative, thought-provoking solutions. Throughout the process, these students developed skills that will position them for success in the classroom and workplace,” said Brad Saffer, vice-president of Oracle Corporate Citizenship.

And success in the workplace rings true, with Singapore’s robust economy still remaining relatively unaffected despite the economic crises in both the American and European financial markets. Many multi-national companies have used their base in Singapore as a safe haven, relying on bilingual local manpower in order to break into larger Asian markets such as China and India.

However, local education policy makers are not resting on their laurels. Speaking at the Ministry of Education's work plan seminar on Thursday morning, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said while the overall foundation of the system is strong, the ministry wants to sharpen its efforts in holistic education to better prepare young Singaporeans for the 21st century.

"We need values of citizenship. As a young nation with a short history of independence, we must have informed, rugged and resilient citizens who can stay united to overcome crisis and adversities which we must expect to happen from time to time,” he said. Former Minister Mentor Lee Kwan Yew also mentioned at a recent launch of the English Language Institute of Singapore that the country was a popular choice for education for many young Asians who wanted to learn English. He said that the choice of English as the working language, implemented by the local educational system, made Singapore the vibrant and cosmopolitan city it is today.

Although a stable and business-friendly country, applying to set up a corporate entity in Singapore is a relatively complicated and lengthy process, with possible rejection from the smallest error in paperwork, particularly if the applicant is unfamiliar with local business compliance practices.Company incorporation specialist such as Rikvin Singapore assist such parties by handling the entire registration process from beginning to end.

About Rikvin:
Rikvin offers business solutions for both local and foreign investors and entrepreneurs. The firm’s specialties include company registration services, offshore company setup and other related corporate services. Rikvin also provides professional services on accounting, taxation, immigration and application of Singapore work visa for foreign workers to work and relocate in Singapore. For enquires on forming a Singapore company, visit our website at http://www.rikvin.com/.

Rikvin PTE LTD
20 Cecil Street, #14-01, Equity Plaza, Singapore 049705
Main Lines : (65) 6438 8887

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