On the morning of May 29, Secretary Jiang Hongkun of CPC Suzhou Municipal Committee and Singapore Minister Heng Swee Keat of Education pulled the curtains apart and unveiled the plate of National University of Singapore (NUS) Suzhou Research Institute. Also present at the opening ceremony were NUS President Tan Chorh Chuan and Deputy President Tan Eng Chye, Secretary Wang Xiang of Suzhou Industrial Park CPC Working Committee, Vice Mayor Wang Hongshen of Suzhou, Director Yang Zhiping of SIP Administrative Committee, and two academicians.
This is the first overseas institute set up by Singapore's leading university and it hallmarks another milestone achievement of 19-year cooperation between the two countries. Witnessed by the state leaders of China and Singapore, the NUS and SIP signed agreement in November 2010. Located in 21,000-square-meter building, the institute has 50 researchers and 20 staff members, contracts 11 R&D projects, obtains 18 million yuan research fund, incubates four hi-tech companies, and serves 300 students.
The institute will focus on technological innovations in nano materials and applications, interactive media and software development, agriculture and food science, green environment protection technologies, bio-medicine and engineering, and advanced electronic equipments.
At the opening ceremony, NUS President Tan Chorh Chuan said the move was in accordance with their strategy of going global while taking root in Asia. "We're looking forward to closer cooperation with partners in Suzhou and China to innovate and to have a positive impact on both countries."
Minister Heng Swee Keat of Education said that by integrating the academic resources of NUS, the institute would provide driving force to the upgrading and transformation in Suzhou and Yangtze River Delta Area, which is a "win-win policy for both sides".
Vice Mayor Wang Hongshen of Suzhou spoke highly of the achievements that the institute had obtained so far and expressed confidence for its promising future.
At the opening ceremony, the institute signed cooperation agreements with Suzhou campus of Renmin University of China, Suzhou Institute of Wuhan University, Jurong International (Suzhou), Suzhou Great Elevator.
The partnership with two Chinese universities will help the institute explore new ways of international cooperation in education, especially in such fields as academic interaction and exchange, resource integration, and teaching & research system optimization. It will also provide support to the two corporate partners in providing technological solutions and producing qualified management professionals.
Both parties believe that NUS Suzhou Research Institute will play an active role in promoting international cooperation, talent exchange and production, collaborative innovation, and knowledge sharing.