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Launch of NUS-JTC Industrial Infrastructure Innovation Centre

25 November 2011

(From left) Prof Tan Eng Chye and Mr David Tan sealing the partnership

Prof Tan, Mr Khiatani (centre) and Mr Tan with NUS representatives at the MOU signing ceremony

NUS and JTC Corporation have established a new joint research centre, the NUS-JTC Industrial Infrastructure Innovation (NUS-JTC I3) Centre, which will promote the growth and development of innovative and sustainable industrial infrastructure solutions in Singapore.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by NUS Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost Prof Tan Eng Chye and JTC Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Technical and Professional Services Group Mr David Tan on 24 November 2011.

Speaking at the launch, Prof Tan said: "By joining efforts, talents and resources, it is envisioned that the collaboration will accelerate innovations in sustainable industrial infrastructure and in industrial estate solutions. Researchers and planners can explore and investigate the issues at hand, and then work in cross functional and multidisciplinary teams to propose and develop solutions. And these may eventually be brought to the market."

"The knowledge and capabilities from the NUS-JTC I3 Centre's research, development and demonstration projects will contribute to the development of leading-edge infrastructure solutions for land-constrained Singapore," said Chief Executive Officer of JTC Corporation Mr Manohar Khiatani.

He added that the Centre "will promote inter-disciplinary research focusing on industrial real estate market, land intensification, planning and design, systems integration and optimisation, and industrial construction technology and methods."

Funded with S$1 million per year for the next five years by JTC, the Centre will be helmed by three Co-Directors - Prof Ong Seow Eng of the NUS Department of Real Estate, Assoc Prof Chan Weng Tat from the NUS Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Ms Josephine Loke, Director of JTC's Land Planning Division.

The Centre will draw from the creative and research expertise of the NUS School of Design and Environment (SDE) and the Faculty of Engineering (FoE). A Steering Committee comprising Mr David Tan from JTC, SDE Dean Prof Heng Chye Kiang and FoE Dean Prof Chan Eng Soon will oversee the management of the Centre.