'It must be comforting to taxpayers to think that our taxes have been used to nurture world-class students who can take part in international competitions with candidates from over 20 countries and win.
However, our expert Dr Chow Yong Neng tells us that academic excellence, particularly research accomplishment, is conventionally evaluated by peers.
This means good research work must stand up to the scrutiny of peers and be published in reputable international journals.
Only research that are ineligible for conventional recognition, not completed or, not up to publication standards are the ones going for “competitions”...'
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