during state visit to Japan by Singapore President Tony
Tan Keng Yam
Technological University (NTU Singapore) is stepping up
research ties with Japan with new partnerships in the emerging fields of
biomedical materials and data science.
were inked today in Tokyo, Japan, witnessed by Singapore
President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Japanese Prime Minister Mr Shinzo Abe. Dr Tan is on a state
visit to Japan to mark the two countries’ 50 years of diplomatic ties.
NTU is partnering Nippon
Shokubai, a leading global chemical company from Japan, in a S$2 million
research collaboration that aims to develop new biomedical materials such as
polymers that can release multiple drugs over time.
Polymers are biocompatible materials
that are used in a range of biomedical applications, including heart stents and
valves, scaffolds to regrow tissue, and for drug delivery.
In the second agreement,
NTU is partnering Kobe University, one of the oldest and largest
national universities in Japan renowned for science and business for research
projects in the emerging field of data science.
research field which extracts knowledge and insights from large datasets, data
science has practical applications in areas such as business, e-commerce,
healthcare and infocomm technology.
NTU Chief of Staff and Vice
President (Research) Professor Lam Khin Yong who signed the two
agreements on behalf of NTU, said the new partnerships are a milestone for the
growing scientific collaboration between NTU and Japan, a country renowned for
cutting-edge research in science and engineering.
“Singapore and Japan are
facing similarly challenging issues such as healthcare solutions for an aging
population, but we are also at the forefront of developing technological
solutions that can improve the lives of people,” said Prof Lam.
“Our collaboration with Kobe University and Nippon Shokubai deepens the already
warm ties that NTU enjoys with Japanese academic, research, and industrial institutions.
The new partnerships bring together NTU’s strong track record of applied
research and industry collaboration with the innovation and technology
expertise of our Japanese partners.”
University President Professor Takeda Hiroshi emphasised the memorable nature of the agreement and expressed his
excitement for future cooperation between the two universities.
– a top university both in Asia and in the world – is the first Singaporean
institution with which Kobe University initiates a university-wide academic
cooperation. We have already been conducting joint research in such areas as
economics and the natural sciences, and I am thrilled at the prospect of
further innovating our research and education with such a capable partner.”
In addition to joint
research projects, the MOU with Kobe University will also cover academic
cooperation, including student exchange for study, internships and research; as
well as joint intensive short courses and joint research workshops. For student
exchange, up to 6 students will go on exchange annually at each university.
Managing Executive Officer
and Member of the Board for Nippon Shokubai, Mr Yojiro Takahashi
said, “Nippon Shokubai has decided to launch new research collaboration with
NTU to start and accelerate R&D activities in Singapore. Nippon Shokubai
has been producing and marketing Acrylic Acid and its deliveries in Singapore
“With this new collaboration,
we expect, Nippon Shokubai can have further collaboration opportunities with
Singapore’s leading edge research activities that will accelerate innovations
and inspire new ideas. We’ve decided to dispatch researchers to the
collaboration laboratory at NTU Singapore. They will work with NTU researchers
throughout the collaboration at NTU that will stimulate them to think globally
and to have the sense of Open Innovation. We expect them to become future
research ambassadors between Singapore and Nippon Shokubai.”
The research tie-up between
NTU and Nippon Shokubai will seek to develop new
functional polymers using an
innovative metal-free method invented by Associate Professor Atsushi Goto from
NTU’s School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences.
Professor Ling San, Dean of
NTU’s College of Science, said more companies and research
institutes are discovering that fundamental science research have huge impact
when translated to real world applications.
“NTU has in the last few
years established itself as one of the world’s leading universities renowned
for its science and technology. This is especially in the areas of big data and
chemistry, which has huge impact on many sectors, such as in the biomedical and
manufacturing industries critical for Singapore’s economy,” Prof Ling said.
“For instance, the new
research partnership with Kobe University will help to educate and expand
exposure for our students and faculty, widen access to new datasets for
developing big data capabilities which in turn benefit students in data
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research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University,
Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in
the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social
Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It has a new medical
school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial
is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of
Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of
Singapore, and Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering –
and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment &
Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and
the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).
13th in the world, NTU has also been ranked the world’s top young
university for the last two years running. The University’s main campus has
been named one of the Top 15 Most Beautiful in the World. NTU also has a campus
in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.
For more information, visit http://www.ntu.edu.sg