The Confucius Institute at NTU has launched a new book titled “Applied Writing in Chinese”. Government officials, professionals and businessmen will now have a useful reference on how to communicate formally with their Chinese counterparts in both Singapore and China. The book compares writing styles in the two countries and covers various categories of writing such as official letters, speeches, press releases, notices and agreements.


NTU Singapore and CEA have launched a joint research centre to develop innovative, energy-efficient solutions for the recycling and recovery of resources from electrical and electronic waste (e-waste). It will look at formulating advanced e-waste separation and extraction techniques that are more eco-friendly and energy efficient than current methods.

The NTU Institute of Science and Technology for Humanity (NISTH) was officially launched by Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam on 11 March 2019. NISTH will study the impact of technology on society, and bring together industry, government and academia to find opportunities to enhance the use of technology for the betterment of humanity.

NTU Singapore and Volvo Buses have launched the world’s first full size, autonomous electric bus today. The single-deck Volvo Electric bus is 12 metres long and has a full capacity close to 80 passengers. Plans are in place to test the bus at NTU and to subsequently extend the route beyond the NTU campus.

Singaporeans and Permanent Residents who wish to apply for NTU Nanyang Centre for Public Administration’s Master of Public Administration or Master of Science in Managerial Economics programmes (also known as the “Mayors’ Class”), can apply for support under Temasek Foundation Connects. They can pursue the programme full-time or take part-time modular courses.

In conjunction with the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's official visit to Singapore, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, together with its subsidiary and joint venture Borouge Pte Ltd, announced their intention to renew their support for NTU’s Centre of Excellence International Trading (CEIT) that offers the International Trading Programme.

Jointly organised by NTU’s School of Humanities and Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, the two-day International Symposium on Communication in Health Care focused on the human aspect in medicine – how communication, compassion and person-centredness can enhance doctor-patient relations and foster patients’ adherence to prescribed treatment.

A new locally-developed water treatment system can treat industrial wastewater effectively, reducing more than 90 per cent in costs for companies in the manufacturing and processing industries. Over the past year, the START Centre at NTU has tested a new type of hollow-fibre membrane with encouraging results. It will collaborate with Memsift Innovations Pte Ltd, a water tech start-up, to build a new pilot plant to test the scaled-up membrane for industrial wastewater treatment.

Fresh graduates from NTU's Class of 2018 are well sought after by employers and earn more than their 2017 seniors.

NTU Singapore scored its best performance with five subject areas in the global top 10, and 21 subjects in the world’s top 50, in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

In the new academic year, NTU Singapore will increase its intake for computing-related courses to keep up with soaring industry demand for graduates with computing skills, created by the fast-developing fields of data analytics, cyber security and financial technology. NTU will also introduce three new undergraduate offerings in emerging industries: a Double Major in Mathematical and Computer Sciences, a Double Major in Biomedical Sciences and BioBusiness, a Minor in International Trading.

Ang Wei Loong, Wong Song Wei and Lek Zhi Yu created a recycling app SURF to encourage people, through games and a reward system, to recycle waste. The three of them are NTU engineering students, and the idea for SURF originated from a project in a “solid and hazardous waste management” module.

NTU Singapore is expanding its collaboration with the University of California (UC) system. Under a new memorandum of understanding, NTU and UC will explore activities to further exchanges and joint research in areas that include climate change, health, technology and innovation.

While most NTU exchange students pick up local languages such as Chinese and Malay, a growing number from Western countries have over the past few years opted for European languages.

Ahead of this year’s admissions, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has announced several initiatives that go beyond quantitative measurements in its admissions process, and to develop students more holistically.

Scientists from NTU Singapore, in collaboration with researchers from MIT in the United States and the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Russia, have developed a machine learning approach that can predict changes to the properties of materials from straining the material. This work could lead to the possibility of engineering new materials with tailored properties for potential use in communications, information processing, and energy fields.

NTU and WeBank, China’s first digital-only bank, are setting up a fintech research centre to support Banking 4.0, where banking can be personalised and done anytime, anywhere.

The NTU Students’ Union launched new initiatives to give students a head start in their careers. The First Step conference offers a platform for Singapore undergraduates' engagement with employers, and promote a more holistic approach to hiring. The Students’ Union also inked an MOU with the Singapore Manufacturing Federation to provide NTU students and graduates more opportunities for career growth and success.

SenseTime, the world’s leading artificial intelligence (AI) company, and NTU Singapore launched the SenseTime-NTU Talent Programme to nurture researchers working at the forefront of AI related fields such as deep learning and computer vision.

Researchers from Singapore and South Korea have uncovered new details of a brain pathway that can cause impulsive behaviours. Using mice, the research team led by Professor George Augustine from NTU Singapore, discovered that impulsive behaviour is triggered when the brain signalling chemical dopamine is passed to an unexpected area of their brain.

In an article, Prof Benjamin Horton, Chair of NTU's Asian School of the Environment, said that contrary to the famous line “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”, global warming is changing the Arctic in ways that will impact our climate and our world. He shared that he was proud to be part of Singapore’s endeavours to generate commitments and take actions to maintain the sustainability of the Arctic.

NTU scientists have successfully launched and deployed the university's ninth satellite into space. Jointly built by NTU and Kyushu Institute of Technology, the nanosatellite will test two new technologies which could pave the way forward for future lunar exploration missions.

NTU Singapore and Germany’s Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (MPICI) have launched a joint lab to conduct research in artificial senses and develop innovative robotics and healthcare solutions. These include skin-like wearable devices that not only monitor health and environmental conditions through smart sensors, but also enhance prosthetic devices with ‘artificial sensing’ capabilities.

Art is in full bloom on the sloping grass roof of the School of Art, Design and Media (ADM) at NTU. A living art installation created by world-renowned Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto now adorns the curving green roof of the NTU art school. The work comprises three large connecting circles spanning 41 metres at its longest length. The installation will be displayed till 10 February and is supported by modern and contemporary art gallery Partners & Mucciaccia.

Scientists from NTU Singapore have developed an all-natural food stabiliser from the seeds of the durian fruit.

The National Research Foundation (NRF) has set up two research centres to design and develop privacy technologies and train skilled manpower, as part of the city-state's Smart Nation push. One of them is the Strategic Centre for Research in Privacy-Preserving Technologies & Systems (SCRIPTS), which will be based in NTU.

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš visited Nanyang Technological University's Centre of Excellence for Testing & Research of Autonomous Vehicles - NTU (CETRAN) on 15 January 2019. NTU signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, on a partnership for research in energy storage and future mobility solutions.

NTU and NUS will host Singapore's inaugural panel and reception event alongside the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland this month, focusing on the theme "Globalisation 4.0: Technology & Innovation for Humanity."

NTU and Fraser and Neave, Limited (F&N) have jointly opened a laboratory in Singapore to develop innovative products and recipes for its range of beverage products.

Three NTU engineering undergraduates produced a web-based smartphone application that teaches consumers how to recycle and gives incentives when they do. They built the app using a $10,000 grant from NTU's innovation and enterprise arm, and charges companies a sum for running the programme in workplaces.

NTU Singapore is pioneering the use of 3D-printed anatomical specimens for medical education in Singapore. Just last month, students at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, jointly set up by NTU and Imperial College London, started learning anatomy with 3D-printed specimens. The made-in-NTU 3D-printed specimens are the latest example of NTU turning to innovative learning tools to prepare its medical students, as the medical education landscape shifts in tandem with the influx of digital technologies.


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