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Strengthening expertise and ties with China through setting up of NUS research institute in Suzhou Industrial Park

16 November 2010



SIGNING CEREMONY: Sealing the NUS-SIPAC partnership to set up a research institute in the Suzhou Industrial Park were (forefront, left) Mr Su Bo, Vice Chairman of SIPAC and Chairman of SEID Administrative Committee and NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan. The signing ceremony was witnessed by China's Vice President Mr Xi Jinping (behind, left) and Singapore's Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong


GIFT EXCHANGE: At a lunch hosted by NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan (right) during Vice Chairman of SIPAC and Chairman of SEID Administrative Committee, Mr Su Bo's visit to NUS
NUS and the Suzhou Industrial Park Administrative Committee (SIPAC) inked an agreement on 15 November 2010 to set up a research institute within the Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District (SEID) in the Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP). NUS will be the first foreign university to set up a research institute in SIP.

NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan and Mr Su Bo, Vice Chairman of SIPAC and Chairman of SEID Administrative Committee, signed the agreement at a ceremony graced by China's Vice President Mr Xi Jinping and Singapore's Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong.

"NUS is honoured and very excited with this collaboration with SIPAC to set up a new research institute in the Suzhou Industrial Park," said Prof Tan. He added: "We hope that this institute will contribute significantly to the vision and goals of the Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District in SIP. At the same time, the Institute will strengthen and expand research in NUS, while deepening our expertise and connections in China. This is a significant step that will contribute to NUS' continued growth as a university in a future where China will play an even more prominent role."

Said Mr Su Bo: "The Suzhou Municipal Government (Suzhou Industrial Park Administrative Committee) and the National University of Singapore have jointly established the NUS research institute in Suzhou, underscoring the aim of the China-Singapore Joint Steering Council for a broader and deeper partnership between the two countries. It also marks a new milestone for the bilateral cooperation in Suzhou Industrial Park. We believe that this project will ink a new chapter in the fostering of friendship and partnership between China and Singapore."

In collaboration with SIPAC, NUS will promote research and entrepreneurship, and conduct executive training programmes through this research institute, which will have a new 20,000 sqm facility by the end of 2011. Meanwhile, from early next year, the research institute will begin operations out of a temporary building.

To read more about the plans for this new research institute and what it has to offer, please click here.


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