Updated on 17 December 2015
(Photo courtesy: Nanyang Technological University)
To mark the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Singapore and the People's Republic of China (PRC), three universities from each country signed three Memoranda of Understanding with each other today, building on existing strong collaborations between the universities in student and faculty exchanges, and joint research and development.
The universities and their respective partners are National University of Singapore (NUS) and Tsinghua University, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Peking University, as well as Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and Zhejiang University.
The collaborations between the Singapore and Chinese universities will be funded through a donation of RMB 150 million (S$33 million) from the family of Mr Ng Teng Fong, with each pair of universities receiving RMB 50 million (S$11 million).
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between NUS and Tsinghua University was signed by deputy president (Academic Affairs) and provost of NUS, professor Tan Eng Chye, and vice president and provost of Tsinghua University, professor Yang Bin. The MOU between NTU and Peking University was signed by deputy president and provost of NTU, professor Freddy Boey, and executive vice president of Peking University, professor Wu Zhipan. The MOU between SUTD and Zhejiang University was signed by provost of SUTD, professor Chong Tow Chong and executive vice president of Zhejiang University, Professor Song Yonghua.
The signing was witnessed by Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Mr Ong Ye Kung.