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NUS and Deltares form water alliance

24 February 2012

Mr Baayen (left) and Prof Halliwell at the signing ceremony

Water research in Singapore and Southeast Asia will be strengthened with the launch of NUSDeltares, a partnership between NUS and Dutch research institute Deltares.

The Cooperation Agreement for NUSDeltares was inked by Prof Barry Halliwell, NUS Deputy President (Research and Technology) and Mr Harry Baayen, Managing Director of Deltares on 23 February. Witnessing the signing was His Excellency Johannes WG Jansing, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Singapore and Prof Chan Eng Soon, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering.

Speaking at the event, H E Jansing said that both the Netherlands and Singapore are literally built on water, making sustainable future growth inexplicably linked to living and working in harmony with water.

Sustainable water management is a topic of global importance, and NUS has strong capabilities in water research and management, said Prof Halliwell.

He added: "The establishment of NUSDeltares will further strengthen our foundation in this area. This new partnership deepens our long-standing collaboration with Deltares. We look forward to working closely with Deltares to provide sustainable urban water solutions for Southeast Asia and beyond."

NUSDeltares will look into areas such as urban water management, adaptation to climate change, operational management systems as well as hazards, risks and their mitigation. Besides high-impact research, the alliance will also pursue specialist consultancy services in Southeast Asia. It will develop a network of collaborators and offer on-the-job-training, short courses or degree programmes.

The new water alliance follows the success of the Singapore-Delft Water Alliance initiative, jointly advanced by NUS, Deltares and Singapore's water agency PUB.