SINGAPORE, Nov 7 – Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is setting up a joint research institute in Guangzhou, China that aims to develop new technologies ranging from electric vehicles and sustainable urban development to nutrition and food science.
The Sino-Singapore International Joint Research Institute is set up in partnership with the Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City (SSGKC) Administrative Committee, the SSGKC Investment and Development Co., Ltd. and South China University of Technology (SCUT).
The four-party agreement was inked today at the Istana here, witnessed by Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is on a two-day state visit to Singapore – his first to the Republic since taking up the presidency in 2013.
The joint institute will focus on research that translates to technological advances for Guangzhou City and Guangdong Province, especially the Guangzhou Development District, Luogang District, and the Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City.
Several research areas have been identified including next-generation electric vehicles and intelligent urban transportation systems; nutrition and food science; sustainable urban development; pollution control and environmental restoration; as well as biomedical materials and medical instruments.
The institute is expected to involve a funding request of RMB200 million (about S$44 million) for the first five years and to occupy up to 20,000 square metres at the Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City. NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson said that the transnational research initiative could help to solve common issues related to research and development faced by both Singapore and China.
Chen Zhiying, Chairman of SSGKC Administrative Committee, said that the institute would be a landmark project for international joint innovation in SSGKC as well as serve as a key driving engine for SSGKC innovation-driven industry development.