MEDIA RELEASE: Business China Youth Showdown 2019 inspires tertiary students on shaping a sustainable future

24 Jul 2019

SINGAPORE, 24 July 2019 | The Business China Youth Showdown 2019, themed “Shaping Our Future: Painting the Vision of Global Sustainable Development” took place today, where the five finalist teams competed to share their research on how well countries across the globe can achieve “sustainable development”; and what does sustainability mean to the youths. Hwa Chong Institution (Team 1) emerged as champion, while the first runner-up is Eunoia Junior College (Team 1), and the second runner-up is Hwa Chong Institution (Team 2).

The Business China Youth Showdown aims to provide a bilingual platform for tertiary students to showcase their knowledge on current economic and sociocultural trends and issues. The fifth edition encourages students to think about the issues and challenges on sustainability and sustainability development; as well as how they can be leaders for the next sustainable development agenda.  

Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Social and Family Development Mr Sam Tan Chin Siong, graced the event.

Business China CEO, Ms Tin Pei Ling, said, “In preserving and capitalising on Singapore’s unique multicultural heritage while capturing the opportunities brought about by a fast-developing China, being Singapore-China savvy is a crucial quality for our youths to possess. Business China endeavours to cultivate bilingual and bicultural Singaporeans, with an all-rounded understanding of China’s economy and culture as well as the latest issues concerning China. The Business China Youth Showdown aims to offer young Singaporeans a platform to express their thoughts and ideas on issues relevant to youths from both countries, via the usage of English and Mandarin. Through the Showdown, participants are able to delve deeper into issues and hone their bilingual skills as they compete to convince the public with their creativity and persuasive ideas.”

The five finalist teams presented their research through creative visual aids, in both English and Mandarin; followed by a Q&A session. The teams were judged by Director, Group Corporate Communications at Keppel Corporation, Mr Ho Tong Yen; Dean of Nanyang International Business College, Dr Koh Chin Yee; and Lead, Partnership Chinese News & Current Affairs News Group, Mediacorp Mr Lawrence Wong.

With the support of Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism, Business China introduced the “Best Bilingual Presentation Award” which went to Hwa Chong Institution (Team 2). The award emphasises on overall bilingual competency - teams must be clear, proficient and passionate with the usage of English and Mandarin in their content, presentation and Q&A.

The champion team for the Youth Showdown was awarded a learning journey [1] to China and trophy, while the first and second runner up were awarded cash vouchers and a trophy.

About 160 students from various junior colleges, IP schools, polytechnics and universities attended the finals.

[1] The learning journey to China allows the winning team to interact with business leaders, visit China companies and participate in cultural visits; as well as take part in sharing sessions with China youths and Singaporeans working in China.

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For more information, please contact:

Daphne Hi
Senior Manager (Strategic Communications)
Business China
Email: daphnehi@businesschina.org.sg
Tel: (65) 6213 0412
Mobile: (65) 9817 3561
 
Lim Shan Yan
Associate (Strategic Communications)
Business China
Email: limshanyan@businesschina.org.sg
Tel: (65) 6213 0413
Mobile: (65) 8186 4150
 

About Business China Youth Showdown

Business China Youth Showdown was first started in 2015. This is a bilingual national platform for Singaporean youths to showcase their China knowledge and network with like-minded youths. Participating teams are encouraged to research and present hot-button issues pertaining to China’s growth.

About Business China

Launched in November 2007 by Founding Patron and Singapore’s Founding Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Business China’s mission is to nurture an inclusive bilingual and bicultural group of Singaporeans through extensive use of the Chinese language as the medium of communication, so as to sustain our multi-cultural heritage, and to develop a cultural and economic bridge linking the world and China.