11 May marked the beginning of the 15th Asian Physics Olympiad (APhO). 165 participants from 27 countries, the highest participation in the history of APhO, convened at the National University of Singapore for the week-long event.
In his speech at the opening ceremony, Prof Tan Chorh Chuan, President of NUS, highlighted that APhO gave our region’s most talented students the opportunity to truly exercise their minds. He hoped all participants would enjoy Singapore, learn from their experiences and make many good friends.
All the APhO 2014 participants were absolutely geared up for the theory paper and experimental challenge held on two different days. A host of programmes were also lined up for them from exploring heritage trails to tours at the local universities and research centers. Another highlight was a talk delivered by Nobel laureate Prof Roy J Glauber on Quantum Optics at the closing ceremony.
“Awesome” was the sentiment echoed by one team of participants when asked about their experience. Indeed it is hoped that all participants relished every moment of their APhO journey.
APhO 2014 would not be a resounding success without the tremendous effort put in. Prof Feng Yuan Ping thanked all staff and students, some of whom had worked through sleepless nights. “I also hope that this has been an enjoyable experience for everyone. Being part of such an event is the spirit of the Olympics and would be something memorable in our lives.”