Outstanding Science Alumni Award 2014

HON Chiew Weng
BSc 1981, MEd 1991
Principal, Hwa Chong Institution

Dr Hon Chiew Weng is the Principal of Hwa Chong Institution, a premier school in Singapore. He started his teaching career as a Physics teacher in 1982 and became the Principal of The Chinese High School in 2003. As a principal, he had broad responsibilities for technology and innovation, global initiatives, and the professional and leadership development of teachers. He also launched school-wide research initiatives in curriculum design, classroom strategies, and implemented the ground-breaking Integrated Programme in 2004. He also established the Hwa Chong-Beijing Satellite Campus – a first for a Singapore School, and spearheaded the FutureSchools@Singapore initiative in 2008.

Throughout his career, he has been deeply committed to the role of schools in promoting creativity, inter-school collaborations and student leadership. He is also a vigorous advocate of education research, independent learning, community service and entrepreneurship. Under his leadership, Hwa Chong Institution won the Singapore Quality Award (SQA) in 2010. SQA is the pinnacle award for business excellence which is accorded to only organizations that have achieved world-class excellence.

Dr Hon earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1981, Master of Education from the NUS in 1991 and a Doctor of Education in 2008 from the University of Western Australia. His doctoral research focused on the leadership qualities of secondary schools students in Singapore. He is the author or co-author of numerous research papers and conference articles. For his outstanding contributions to public service, Dr Hon has been awarded three National Day medals by the President of the Republic of Singapore from 1999 to 2007.

“However brilliant our students may be, the final measure of their real worth will be the contributions they can make to society.”

In recognition of his accomplishments and contributions, we honour Dr Hon Chiew Weng with the 2014 Outstanding Science Alumnus Award.