The Asian Physics Olympiad 2013


The Asian Physics Olympiad (APhO) 2013 saw Singapore’s team scoring their best results ever in the competition – 3 golds, 2 silvers and 3 bronzes!


Student Daniel MARK Keat Kay from Raffles Institution, together with LIM Jeck and Sean SEET Xiang En from NUS High School, did Singapore proud by winning a gold medal each.

Byorn TAN Wei Liang and Jonathan ANG Yun Hao, both from NUS High School, each bagged a silver medal, while Bay Wei Heng from Hwa Chong Institution and Ashwin Venkidachalam and Daryl PAY Shieu Ming from Raffles Institution went home with a bronze medal each.


Held for the 14th time, this year’s APhO was hosted by Surya Institute in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia. More than 200 secondary school students from 20 countries around Asia and the Pacific took part in this year’s event from 5 to 13 May.


The Singapore team was led by Dr LIM Zhi Han, Lecturer from the Department of Mathematics and a Staff Mentor at the Special Programme in Science, and Mr LIM Kim Yong, Scientific Manager of the Science Demonstration Laboratory at the Dean’s Office.


In congratulating the winners, Dr Lim said, “The students have put in a lot of effort in training before they embark on the competition. They deserve every bit of their win and we are very proud of their achievements.”


The competition was both theoretical and experimental and extremely challenging and exciting at the same time.

The winning team from Singapore.

About the Asian Physics Olympiad

Motivated by the growing significance of physics in all fields of science, technology and in the general education of young people, the Asian Physics Olympiad (APhO) was initiated in 2000 by Prof. Yohanes Surya from Indonesia.

APhO is an annual prestigious physics competition devoted to students of in secondary schools in Asia. Held in the second quarter of the year, the event has attracted more than twenty countries since its inception to the competition.

APhO’s entry rules and judging criteria are similar to the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) except, each participating country can send eight contestants instead of five for IPhO. The APhO has not only promoted the quality of physics education in Asia, but has also provided an additional opportunity for bright young students to learn about each other’s countries and cultures.