Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), and the University of California system today announced that the two institutions will be expanding academic and research opportunities and collaborations.
The Memorandum of Understanding will explore activities over a five-year time frame to further the exchange of faculty and students, as well as joint research efforts in areas that include climate change, health, technology and innovation.
NTU President Professor Subra Suresh and University of California President Janet Napolitano signed the memorandum of understanding on behalf of their respective institutions.
NTU President Professor Subra Suresh said, “Both NTU Singapore and University of California are globally recognised for research, education, innovation and commitment to societal impact. By combining our strengths and by deepening our collaboration, we can magnify this impact to address a number of global challenges.”
University of California President Janet Napolitano said, “I’m excited to be in Singapore this week to explore new opportunities for UC to collaborate with leading higher education institutions such as NTU Singapore.
“With its teaching, research, and public service mission, the University of California is committed to boldly confronting the most pressing global challenges. Establishing robust international partnerships is critical to this effort.”
UC President Janet Napolitano and her delegation are on a two-day visit to Singapore. On Monday (Feb 18), President Napolitano gave a lecture and participated in a dialogue in front of an audience of some 300 students, faculty, and members of the public. The discussion centred on the integral roles that individuals, institutions and universities can play in meeting the global challenges of climate disruption and other emerging threats, and in uniting the world through research and innovation.
This memorandum of understanding builds on NTU's existing academic and research collaborations with UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Los Angeles, UC San Francisco, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Santa Cruz.
Currently, some 180 students from NTU participate in academic exchanges in the US annually, and another 175 students participate in exchange programmes at US partner-universities under the Global Engineering Education Exchange network that enables undergraduate engineering students to study and intern abroad.
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About Nanyang Technological University
A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and Graduate colleges. It also has a medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.
NTU 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) and Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N).
Ranked 12th in the world, NTU has been placed the world’s top young university for the past five years. The University’s main campus is frequently listed among the Top 15 most beautiful university campuses in the world and it has 57 Green Mark-certified (equivalent to LEED-certified) building projects comprising more than 230 buildings, of which 95% are certified Green Mark Platinum. Apart from its main campus, NTU also has a campus in Singapore’s healthcare district.
About the University of California
The University of California is a system of 10 campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, and a statewide agriculture and natural resources program. The UC system has more than 273,000 students, 223,000 faculty and staff, an operating budget of $36.5 billion, and two million living alumni in the U.S. and across the world.