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GLOBAL SPOTLIGHT
By Cathy Yarbrough

Singapore's Talent Strategy
The Singaporean government's Agency for Science, Technology,
and Research (A*STAR) scholarships are helping the nation
become a scientific hub.
A*STAR
scholarships,
which were
initiated in
2001, are the
cornerstone
of the
Singapore
government's
campaign
to transform
the tiny Asian
city-state
of 5 million
people into
a global
scientific
powerhouse.

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Gary Lee, a second-year undergraduate student in engineering at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California,
became fascinated with science during his childhood in
Singapore. In high school, he earned top grades and coauthored the book cheMagic (http://bit.ly/1BYczl6) as well
as a scientific paper published in the Journal of the Optical
Society of America.
When Lee receives his PhD, he will return to his
home country and again conduct research. He has not
yet decided whether to devote his research career to
electrical engineering, computer science, or biomedical
engineering.
Lee is one of 1,400 exceptional Singaporean students
who have received coveted undergraduate and graduate
scholarships from the Singapore government's Agency for
Science, Technology, and Research (A*STAR) during the
past 14 years. If not for the scholarship, Lee likely would
not be attending Stanford.
"Practically speaking, the cost of studying overseas is
exorbitant, and it would definitely have been a financial
burden on my family," said Lee. The scholarships cover
the tuition and related fees, living expenses, and travel of
students who are seeking degrees in the biomedical sciences as well as the computer and engineering sciences.
A*STAR scholarships, which were initiated in 2001, are
the cornerstone of the Singapore government's campaign
to transform the tiny Asian city-state of 5 million people
into a global scientific powerhouse.
"Singapore's long-term aim is to be among the most
research-intensive, innovative, and entrepreneurial economies in the world in order to create high-value jobs and
prosperity for Singaporeans," says Lee Hsien Loong, prime
minister of Singapore, whose small size of 712 square kilometers and lack of natural resources threaten the country's
competitiveness on the world stage.
Although Singapore's high school students invariably
score higher in science and math than their counterparts
in the United States and many other developed nations,
its home-grown population of biomedical scientists and

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research engineers was limited at the turn of the century
when Prime Minister Loong and other government officials began focusing on biomedical and engineering
research and development (R&D) as a promoter of economic growth. However, government leaders understood
that erecting cutting-edge laboratory facilities and providing generous research funding, both of which A*STAR has
done, alone would not achieve their vision of Singapore as
a scientific powerhouse. They also needed talent.
"The foundation of good scientific research and innovation is talented people," said Philip Yeo, A*STAR's
founding former chairman. "The creative power of the
human spirit and the inventiveness of the human mind
are the propelling fuel for scientific advancement and
technological progress."
"Research is fundamentally a human enterprise" added
Alfred Huan, DPhil, executive director of the A*STAR
Graduate Academy, which sponsors and oversees the
scholarship program for both the undergraduate and
graduate degree studies.
"Our talent strategy," Huan added, "is to develop a
strong core of local scientists, complemented by a rich
diversity of international scientists." A*STAR scholars who've earned their PhD degrees deepen the core
of home-grown scientists. A critical mass of world renowned researchers has moved to Singapore to staff and
head the agency's labs and mentor its scholars. Among
them is Sir David Lane, PhD, whose discovery of the p53
tumor suppressor protein while a scientist in Great Britain
provided the pharmaceutical industry with an important
new target for cancer drug development.
"This international R&D community that we are in the
process of building in the heart of Asia will be A*STAR's
and Singapore's differentiating advantage," said A*STAR
Chairman Lim Chuan Poh.
A*STAR scholarships have allowed Gary Lee and other exceptional Singaporean students to attend the "best
universities and top laboratories, both in Singapore and
around the world," Huan said.


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Degrees Without Borders
The Right Prescription for Internationalization
InBrief
Global Spotlight
Education Abroad
International Enrollment
View From Out Here
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