Following the successful stock market listing of Nanofilm Technologies International in 2020 that made it the largest company yet built on IP created at NTU, the Innovation pillar is aimed at significantly expanding NTU’s impact on industry and society, by translating inventions and creativity into outcomes that enhance economic benefits and quality of life. We will support:

Enterprising pathways
We will accelerate the translation and commercialisation processes by assisting faculty and students with the right tools, resources and knowhow.

Entrepreneurial mindset
We will support students, faculty and researchers seeking to enhance the outcomes of their scholarly work through entrepreneurial activities.

Maximise impact
To become a regional hub for the sourcing of knowledge, capabilities and partnerships, we will develop a network of partnerships.

Influence policies
We will actively contribute to and shape the development of public policy and public sector initiatives drawing upon our research and education expertise, through increasing community engagement, and in collaboration with public agencies and industry partners.

The NTU Smart Campus initiative will encompass targeted efforts to promote sustainability and the use of the NTU campus as a testbed to demonstrate how innovative digital and tech-enabled solutions can support better learning and living experiences for members of our community:

  • Support efforts for on-campus testbedding projects in areas including innovative green energy, lower carbon footprint and waste management technologies

  • Convert all NTU buildings to Greenmark Platinum certification

  • Undertake clean energy and autonomous vehicle development and pilot projects both on and off campus

  • Set an ambitious target of halving our net energy utilisation, water usage, and waste generation each by March 2026, compared to the levels of 2011

  • Encourage the use of digital technologies to improve working, learning and living experiences on campus

Sustainability efforts

Under the NTU 2025 strategic plan, the University will redouble its sustainability efforts across the campus. 

NTU has set an ambitious target to halve its net energy intensity, water usage, and waste generation each by March 2026, compared to the baseline levels of 2011.
The campus buildings are designed and built based on sustainability principles. NTU has demonstrated through its action a strong commitment to sustainability, with 95 per cent of NTU’s buildings already certified Green Mark Platinum.

NTU’s 200-hectare Smart Campus is a test-bed for research projects in cutting-edge green, clean and smart technologies. 

Under the NTU Smart Campus vision launched by NTU President Professor Subra Suresh in Jan 2018, the University aims to  harness the power of digital technology and tech-enabled solutions to support better learning and living experiences, the discovery of new knowledge, and the sustainability of resources. 

NTU aims to bring about a step-change in its innovation and entrepreneurship culture and ecosystem through:

  • New ways to support Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) through technology transfer

  • Creating specialised training for entrepreneurship at NTU

  • Developing policies and practices that make it easier for interested faculty to translate research into commercial ventures

  • Growing visibility of entrepreneurship on campus

  • Creating and growing a seamless network of NTU’s global industry partnerships with companies

Addressing technology's impact on humanity

How will humans, the workforce, and society respond to rapid changes in technology?

To examine technology and its relationship with humanity and society, focus areas for this grand challenge will encompass academic and intellectual disciplines catalysing Industry 4.0, business and commerce, public policy, as well as the humanities and social sciences.


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