Nanyang Girls' High School's Singapore Quality Award win shows it means business

Nanyang Girls' High School is one of six organisations to clinch the Singapore Quality Award for Business Excellence award on Thursday. -- ST PHOTO: MALCOLM MCLEOD
Nanyang Girls' High School is one of six organisations to clinch the Singapore Quality Award for Business Excellence award on Thursday. -- ST PHOTO: MALCOLM MCLEOD

Nanyang Girls' High School is well known for being one of Singapore's premier secondary schools for girls.

Unusually, the school has bagged an award for business excellence.

Nanyang Girls' is one of six organisations to clinch the Singapore Quality Award for Business Excellence award on Thursday.

While many may not regard a school as a business, Nanyang Girl's principal Mdm Heng Boey Hong told The Straits Times that her team is in the business of educating women.

"Similar to banks and hotels which benchmark themselves against international standards, we did the same thing to get a sense of how useful our programmes were in preparing our students for their future," she said.

The first Singapore Quality Award was given out in 1995 to recognise business excellence.

Four years later in 1999, the public sector also adopted the business excellence framework.

Since 1995, there have been 25 firms which won the Singapore Quality Award and 21 from the public sector, said chairman of the Singapore Quality Award Governing Council Prof Cham Tao Soon.

The big award last night went to Systems on Silicon Manufacturing Co (SSMC), which makes specialty semi-conductors. The firm received the Singapore Quality Award with Special Commendation.

SSMC's business involves the production of wafers found in the chips of devices such as our credit cards, mobile phones and tablets.

The Building and Construction Authority and Tiong Seng Contractors also bagged the Singapore Quality Award, while Qian Hu Corporation and Biosensors Interventional Technologies won the Innovation Excellence Award.