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Dr Wilfred Scott Tang, Head of Singapore Polytechnic's Optometry Centre, Picks up "The Outstanding Young Person" Award for 2006

Singapore Polytechnic congratulates Dr Tang on his outstanding achievement!

  Recepients of Outstanding Young Persons Award for 2006

Dr Tang was one of five recipients who took home the coveted Outstanding Young Person Award for 2006. Dr Tang received his award from Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Trade and Industry, at a gala dinner at the Raffles Town Club on 29 Mar 05. Dr Balakrishnan was himself a former winner in 1985. Past winners include Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Zainul Abidin Rasheed and Ho Yeow Sun.

Also present at the dinner to lend moral support to Dr Tang were Dr Tang's wife, Mr Yeow Kian Peng, Deputy Principal (Academic), Dr Thomas Chai, Director School of Chemical and Life Sciences, and other colleagues from the Optometry Centre and School of Chemical and Life Sciences.

 Photo of Dr Tang examining a patient

Dr Wilfred Scott Tang was honoured for his distinctive and outstanding contributions to Singapore through two leading roles in Optometry Education and Quality Eye Care Services. In 2004, he was promoted to Senior Lecturer for his overall excellent contributions in continuing to advance Optometry-related courses.


When the Diploma in Optometry course (DOPT) was introduced in the 1990s, there were very few local lecturers who played a steadying role in teaching the Diploma course, and Dr. Tang was amongst the few.


There were many challenges that were facing the academic optometry field, and Dr Tang rose to meet these challenges as the Diploma in Optometry has now become one of the leading courses at Singapore Polytechnic. The diploma course at the polytechnic attracts the best cohort of students' application to enter the course competitively and has since trained over 500 optometry graduates, resulting in a noticeable rise in the standard of eye care in the community.

 Photo of Dr Tang on an overseas eye care mission

Dr Tang has pioneered a few training programmes, conducted in conjunction with the Singapore Optical Trade Association (SOTA), SPRING Singapore and the Workforce Development Agency (WDA) to upgrade the skills of opticians in Singapore, which has now


Dr Tang was actively involved in introducing advanced clinical skills with pharmacological agents to optometrists for the first time. He is also instrumental in promoting for continuous education in the field of optometry as well as championing research and national initiatives to combat myopia.


Dr Tang's work is well recognized as he has taken on the role of advisor to the Ministry of Health's proposal to regulate the professions of Optometry and Optician in Singapore as well as carrying out important consulting projects specially in the field of contacts lens.

  Photo of Dr Tang receiving the Visionary Award from President S R Nathan

Through his work and dedication, Dr Tang has nurtured the success of the Singapore Polytechnic Optometry Centre (SPOC) as a state of the art clinical training facility for the Diploma course, a sough-after primary eye care centre with over 17,000 patients. Under the charge of Dr Tang, the SPOC organises an overseas eye care mission annually for the needy and the less fortunate as well as carrying out an average of 6 community eye screening programmes annually across Singapore.


Dr Tang is dedicated to advancing the profession of optometry for blindness prevention and preservation of vision.


Dr Tang is the recipient of the inaugural 'Visionary Award' in 2004 as recognition of his leadership and contributions to the optometry and eye card industries.


A Double Cause for Celebration

  Photo of Dr Tang with Joi Chua

Joi Chua, SP alumni, optometry graduate and former student of Dr Tang, picked up the merit award under the cultural achievement category of The Outstanding Young Person Award for 2006.


In addition to being a singing superstar, Joi was the ambassador for the Singapore Speak Mandarin Campaign 2005 and was involved in concerts over 12 different primary and secondary schools to promote the campaign. She has been commissioned by MediaCorp to sing the Channel 8 NKF Drama Series theme song and the ending theme song. She is the ambassador for Singapore Tourism Board's theme song 'Uniquely you' Chinese version and has the accompanying music video that is used by STB to promote Singapore to both locals and foreigners.


Joi has performed nation wide, for the National Day parade 2005, and also to sold-out large-scale music Craze Concert in 2005.


Joi's name is synonym of talent in the singing industry, and she has been continuously building her singing career and has been accepted and recognized as one of the young talented youths of Singapore. She also contributes to the community service through her work with children promoting the mandarin language.


Joi was the best-selling local female singer of the year in 2005, and one of her albums was ranked number four in the overall best-selling album of the year in 2005.


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