NUS is collaborating with the People’s Government of Guangzhou Municipality and the Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City Administration Committee (GKC) to establish the NUS Guangzhou Research Translation and Innovation Institute (NUSGRTII) in Guangzhou, China.
This is NUS’ third overseas research institute, after the NUS (Suzhou) Research Institute and the Tianjin University-NUS Joint Institute in Fuzhou.
Located within Ascendas OneHub Guangzhou Knowledge City, and funded by the Guangzhou governments with support from local industry partners, the Institute leverages the strengths of the three parties to support the technology needs of Guangzhou city and China’s Greater Bay Area initiative.
NUSGRTII will collaborate in areas such as sustainable cities, smart societies, advanced manufacturing, infocomm technology and artificial intelligence (AI), and it is expected to be operational by the second half of 2020.
Professor Freddy Boey, NUS Deputy President (Innovation & Enterprise), Mr Chen Zhiying, Member of Standing Committee of CPC Guangzhou Committee and Executive Vice Mayor of Guangzhou, and Mr Chen Yong, Director-General, The People’s Government of Huangpu District, Guangzhou and Standing Deputy Director, Administrative Committee of Guangzhou Development District, signed a collaboration framework agreement on 18 November during the 10th Singapore-Guangdong Collaboration Council meeting in Guangzhou.
Prof Boey said, “NUS is very excited about this collaboration and the commitment of the Guangzhou government to advancing innovation and enterprise over the next 10 years. We are confident that the Institute will synergise the capabilities of all three partners to cultivate new ideas and nurture research translation and innovation talents, as well as create opportunities for engaged learning, research and deep tech entrepreneurship. Through this win-win collaboration, NUS aims to build a sustainable conduit to effectively translate the University’s cutting-edge research into novel, disruptive solutions that could positively impact Guangzhou city, Singapore and beyond.”
The new Institute will develop a platform for NUS’ research and development capabilities to address unmet Guangzhou industrial and market needs via technological innovations. Specifically, the new Institute will focus on research translation and the training of China talent over the next 10 years.
NUSGRTII will also offer education programmes in technology innovation and entrepreneurship.