Singapore prize is a literary award that recognizes outstanding published works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry written by Singaporeans in any of the four official languages: Chinese, English, Malay, and Tamil. It is organised by the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) with support from the Singapore Arts Council and the National Library Board.
The NUS Singapore History Prize is awarded to a work of non-fiction that makes an important contribution to the understanding of Singapore’s history and the role of its place in the world. The prize aims to stimulate engagement with Singapore’s history, broadly understood, and encourage a deeper understanding of its unique heritage among citizens.
Previously, the prize was known as the Singapore Sweep and was used to raise funds for various projects, including the first National Stadium. It was once the biggest game in the world, with each ticket costing $1 and a first prize of $400,000.
It was later replaced by the Singapore Pools, which raised more than $40 million for the construction of the stadium over two years. In addition, the games provided an avenue for ordinary people to earn money and a sense of community by participating in friendly competition.
The contest has since evolved to include a wide variety of games, such as online and in-person contests, quizzes, and a digital newspaper that offers news and updates on the results of the contest. The prizes offered range from cash to electronics. The contest also includes events that promote awareness of environmental issues and sustainability.
In 2018, the inaugural NUS Singapore History Prize was awarded to archaeologist Professor John Miksic of NUS Department of Southeast Asian Studies for his book “Singapore and the Silk Road of the Sea, 1300 – 1800.” The prize recognises his contribution to the study of Singapore’s history and his efforts to make it more accessible to a wider audience.
NUS’s other awards and scholarships include the Distinguished Scholarships, which are offered to the top 20 per cent of candidates in each undergraduate and postgraduate degree programme. There are a number of research and development grants available for NUS students, and the university also has several centres of excellence and institutes.
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