Published on 28 Mar 2023

PM Lee Hsien Loong  visits China-Singapore International Joint Research Institute

PM Lee Hsien Loong

Credit: South China University of Technology

As part of a week-long official visit to China, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong visited the China-Singapore International Joint Research Institute (CSIJRI), a joint research institute set up by NTU Singapore, South China University of Technology (SCUT)China-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City and the CSGKC Investment and Development Co in Guangzhou, China on Tuesday (28 March).

PM Lee toured the research institute and met researchers there, led by NTU Vice-President (Industry) and CSIJRI Governing Council Chairman Professor Lam Khin Yong, SCUT President Professor Zhang Liqun, and SCUT Vice President and CSIJRI President Professor Zhu Min.

Established in 2017, CSIJRI conducts high-quality research and development, innovation, and human capital development. Located at Guangzhou Knowledge City, the joint research institute aims to accelerate the application of advanced and mature international technologies and products.

Prof Lam said: “The China-Singapore International Joint Research Institute (CSIJRI), as one of the leading research institutions for China-Singapore technological cooperation is a world-class institute integrating research translation, innovation, incubation, and commercialisation. By connecting academics, researchers and scientists with industry leaders for effective translational research and commercialisation, the innovation-driven mission of CSIJRI further enhances the internationalisation of research and talents in both countries and the region.”

Credit: South China University of Technology

Among the joint collaborations shared with PM Lee were two projects led by NTU professors Miao Chunyan and Wang Danwei respectively. Prof Miao briefed PM Lee on a universal smart agriculture platform which uses small data adaptive technology to help to manage farms in a more precise and scientific manner, while a researcher in Prof Wang’s team demonstrated an intelligent perception and early warning system for airport operations. This system can be used for automated and intelligent aircraft towing operations to improve airport safety and operational efficiency.

SCUT President Prof Zhang Liqun said: “SCUT and NTU Singapore will continue to strengthen technology and talent exchange and cooperation. SCUT will fully leverage its local innovation and alumni enterprise resources, and through CSIJRI’s technology innovation platform, further expand new channels of exchange and cooperation with NTU. CSIJRI will promote scientific and technological innovation between the two universities and help to build talent and innovation in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area. These are important contributions to the continuous deepening of cooperation between China and Singapore.”

CSIJRI focuses on six research platforms: life and health, artificial intelligence, new energy, new materials, pollution control and environmental restoration, and green buildings and smart cities.