New Innovation and Research Partnership between UK and Singapore welcomed
BIS and the Singapore’s National Research Foundation welcome the new UK-Singapore Innovation and Research Partnership.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF) welcome the new UK-Singapore Innovation and Research Partnership.
This partnership, signed by the Prime Ministers of the UK and Singapore, was announced after President Tan’s meeting with David Cameron on Wednesday 22 October 2014. It is a joint commitment to leverage both nations’ investment in research and innovation to drive economic growth and societal impact.
The announcement comes as part of the state visit by Singapore’s President Tony Tan Keng Yam to the UK. This historic visit, the first by a Singaporean head of state to the UK, has highlighted the many research and innovation links which already exist between the 2 countries.
President Tan visited Imperial College, which has a number of substantial collaboration with Singapore, including the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, a joint venture with Nanyang Technological University (NTU). President Tan was also awarded the King Charles II medal by the Royal Society in recognition of his role in the transformation of Singaporean research and education. A subsequent research and innovation forum saw UK companies highlight their successful collaborations with Singapore, including Rolls-Royce’s corporate lab at NTU, partly funded by the National Research Foundation.
On Thursday 23 October 2014, Greg Clark, Minister for Universities, Science and Cities, and his Singaporean counterpart Dr Maliki discussed collaboration opportunities in Future Cities. This emerging field highlights the many opportunities for productive partnership, from aligning foresight activities to providing access to testbeds for innovative companies. They also witnessed the launch of a new collaboration between the University of Bristol and NTU to develop technologies for healthy aging.