It was a jubilant atmosphere on the evening of 26 January at the first edition of the Student Life Awards, organised by NUS Student Affairs. The inaugural event brings together the Student Achievement Awards and the NUS Sports Awards, and aims to honour exceptional students and student groups who have made noteworthy contributions to the University outside of academia through their participation in co-curricular activities such as the arts, community service, student leadership and sports.
“Beyond our academic curriculum, it is important that our students have opportunities to learn outside the classroom, contribute to society, and participate in sports. It is through our many student life activities that our students forged long and lasting friendships as well as formed memories of their educational journey. It is also through our many student life activities that our students pick up critical values, cultivate important life skills, and develop resilience to overcome challenges in life,” said NUS Senior Vice Provost (Undergraduate Education) Professor Bernard Tan, who graced the event as Guest-of-Honour. He commended the student winners for their achievements and added that their accomplishments will be acknowledged in a new Student Life Transcript and mentioned during their Commencement ceremonies.
Out of a total of 246 applicants, 79 recipients were given awards in five categories:
- Leadership — recognising students for exemplary and effective leadership of their teams, projects or student organisations
- Community Service — recognising students for their volunteerism and impact on various groups in society including the underprivileged, campus community, external community, environment and animal welfare
- Community Engagement — honouring projects with a positive impact on campus vibrancy, social integration and educational outreach
- Competition (Non-sports) — honouring individuals or teams who have represented the University at an international, regional or national level
- Competition (Sports) — celebrating athletes who personify three fundamental principles of the NUS Athletes Code of Honour — Exemplary Sportsmanship, Sporting Excellence and Discipline
See full list of winners.