Inspiring a New Wave of Action
Clean up of East Coast Beach
Over 50 students and staff from NTU gathered on 16 August morning to clean a section of the beach along East Coast Park. In a short span of less than an hour, the students and staff collected 65kg of trash, which consisted mainly of plastic waste.
The beach clean-up was kicked off by Prof Kwok Kian Woon, Associate Provost (Student Life), NTU, Ms Laura Cassiani, Executive Director of Mission Blue, and Assistant Prof Benoit Taisne from the Asian School of the Environment.
The activity was organised as part of Dr Sylvia Earle's visit to NTU where she delivered a keynote address at the "Melting Ice and Plastic Seas" symposium. Dr Earle was also appointed to the board of NTU's Earth Observatory of Singapore. Click here to view the Straits Times article.
Meet & Greet with Dr Sylvia Earle
In the afternoon of 16 August, participants of the beach clean had the opportunity to meet with Dr Sylvia Earle. Dr Earle shared her experiences as a champion of conserving the oceans and marine research, thanked the students for their efforts during the beach clean, and encouraged the students to play an active role in promoting a sustainable lifestyle.
The Office of International Affairs organised the clean-up of East Coast Beach and the meet and greet session with Dr Sylvia Earle with the support of the Earth Observatory of Singapore, EarthlinkNTU and Trash Hero Singapore.
Click here to view photos from the beach clean and meet and greet session.
World Economic Forum Summer Davos 2019
Date: 3 July 2019
Venue: Dalian, China
A New Wave of Ocean Solutions
Assoc Prof Adam Switzer, Asian School of the Environment, Assoc Prof Nathalie Goodkin, Asian School of the Environment, and Dr Stephen Summers, Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences, delivered NTU's first ever IdeasLab session at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Summer Davos in Dalian, China, on Monday, 1 July 2019.
Entitled "A New Wave of Ocean Solutions", the NTU scientists shared their insights on how we can protect cities from tsunamis and sea level rise, tackle marine plastic pollution, and save the coral reefs to save ourselves. Assoc Prof Switzer, Assoc Prof Goodkin, and Dr Summers also participated in another session where they shared their latest research on new solutions for the ocean.
World's Brightest Young Minds
Asst Prof Christine Cheung, LKC Medicine, and Assoc Prof Nripan Mathews, School of Materials Science & Engineering, were named as
Young Scientists of 2019 for their contributions to advancing the frontiers of science in the areas of health, sustainability, equity and inclusiveness. The list is WEF's annual roster of the world's best scientists under the age of 40.
Visit by His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan
Date: 20 June 2019
Venue: NTU Singapore
His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan and his delegation visited the NTU Smart Campus and learnt more about NTU's flipped classroom pedagogy and technological innovations.
His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan visited Nanyang Technological University on Thursday, 20 June, to learn more about NTU's academic, research, and innovation programmes, particularly in the areas of education, 3D printing and air traffic management.
King Abdullah, who is in Singapore for his third state visit, was hosted by NTU President Prof Subra Suresh and senior university leaders on his arrival at the University's Administration Building. The King was accompanied by HRH Prince Hashim, His Majesty's chief Royal councillor, and HRH Prince Ghazi, His Majesty's chief adviser for religious and cultural affairs and personal envoy. Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli and senior government officials were also present.
After an introduction, the King was given a presentation of NTU's programmes, including the University's flipped classroom pedagogy and the National Institute of Education's unique role in preparing every teacher and school leader for Singapore's education system.
His Majesty then signed the University guestbook, in which he wrote: "A pleasure to visit this extraordinary institution and see first-hand its latest innovative technology in education. Special thanks to Prof Suresh for the gracious hospitality." To commemorate the visit, Prof Suresh presented the University flower, Dendrobium Nanyang, plated in rhodium and gold to King Abdullah.
His Majesty also spent a few moments speaking to NTU PhD student Sirin Fayez Saleem Haddad from Jordan who is specialising in autonomous vehicles. Sirin, who has been studying in Singapore for the past 2 1/2 years, said, "I never expected to meet the King when I was coming to Singapore. I was very excited to meet His Majesty, and he gave me some nice words of encouragement."
The King also toured NTU's Singapore Centre for 3D Printing, where he was given a presentation on the Centre's latest technology that can 3D-print a bathroom unit within a day, as well as other cutting edge technologies such as bioprinting, and the translation of these advanced technologies for industrial applications.
King Abdullah, who graduated from Sandhurst Royal Military Academy and went on to become an elite Cobra attack helicopter pilot, also took some time to visit NTU's Air Traffic Management Research Institute, where he was briefed on its 13-metre wide aerodrome control tower simulator that simulates the working environments of the Changi Airport Control Tower Cabin with a 360 degree-view of the aerodrome.
Earlier in the day, His Majesty delivered a keynote address at the inaugural International Conference on Cohesive Societies at the Raffles City Convention Centre organised by the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at NTU.
Visit by His Royal Highness Prince Daniel of Sweden
Date: 21 May 2019
Venue: NTU Singapore
NTU was honoured to welcome His Royal Highness, Prince Daniel of Sweden and 45 young entrepreneurs who are part of the Prince Daniel Fellowship. They were here to learn more about innovation and entrepreneurship at NTU and visited facilities like the Cognitive Neuroimaging Centre, air traffic control tower simulator and Robotics Research Centre.
Visit by University of California President
Date: 18 to 19 February 2019
Venue: NTU Singapore
Delegates from the University of California (UC) system visited NTU Singapore on 18 and 19 February 2019. The delegation included Ms Janet Napolitano, President of the UC System, Professor Henry Yang, Chancellor of UC Santa Barbara, Professor Michael Brown, Provost and Executive Vice President (Academic Affairs), UC office of the President, Dr Vivian-Lee Nyitray, Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director of the Education Abroad Programme, UC Office of the President, and Mr. Corey Feinstein, Strategic Engagement, UC Office of the President. The visit was hosted by NTU President Subra Suresh.
On 18th February, the NTU Institute of Science and Technology for Humanity (NISTH) hosted a dialogue with UC President, Ms. Janet Napolitano. President Napolitano spoke about the role of universities in responding to global challenges such as climate change and technology disruption, and then responded to questions in a dialogue moderated by NTU Vice President (Alumni and Advancement) Professor Alan Chan.
On 19th February, NTU signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the UC system to expand collaboration between the two institutions. Immediately following the signing of the MoU, the two parties commenced discussions to implement student exchange between NTU and the UC system, with the goal of achieving the first system wide student exchanges by 2020.
The visit was coordinated by NTU's Office of International Affairs (OIA). Both Ms Jenny Hällen Hedberg, Director, and Ms Wanda Preiser, Senior Assistant Director, represented OIA at the high level discussions that took place between NTU and UC.
NTU Singapore co-hosts nation's inaugural panel session on globalisation at World Economic Forum in Davos
Date: 24 January 2019
Venue: Davos, Switzerland
On 24th January, NTU Singapore co-hosted the nation's inaugural panel and reception event alongside the World Economic Forum's (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Focusing on the theme "Globalisation 4.0: Technology & Innovation for Humanity", the NTU-NUS panel discussed how Singapore is addressing the challenges of Industry 4.0, and promoting a new "Globalisation 4.0" that will shape the growth of ASEAN, Asia and beyond, over the remaining course of the 21st century. Over 80 prominent business and government leaders attended the event.
The panelists included Mr Heng Swee Keat, Singapore's Minister for Finance; Mr Lim Chow Kiat, Chief Executive Officer of GIC and an Alumnus of NTU Singapore; Professor Suzanne Fortier, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Canada's McGill University; and Mr Dion Weisler, President & Chief Executive Officer of HP. Both Professor Subra Suresh, President of NTU Singapore and Professor Tan Eng Chye, President of the National University of Singapore (NUS), jointly hosted the panel discussion. The discussions were also moderated by Professor Alan Chan, NTU Singapore's Vice President for Alumni and Advancement.
NTU Singapore is the latest institution to join the exclusive group of universities in the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF), an intellectual community within the World Economic Forum that provides thought leadership and academic stewardship on higher education, innovation and research to the Forum.
NTU Singapore's participation at the 2019 World Economic Forum was coordinated by the Office of International Affairs (OIA). Ms Jenny Hällen Hedberg, Director, Mr Daryl Gomes, Manager, and Ms Joan Agustin, Senior Executive, represented OIA at this prestigious meeting.
Visit by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of the Kingdom of Thailand
Date: 18 January 2019
Venue: NTU, Singapore
On 18th January, NTU welcomed Thai princess Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and her delegation which included the Thai Ambassador to Singapore His Excellency Mr Manopchai Vongphakdri on a tour of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS). Passionate about foreign affairs, academics and the development of infrastructure for Thailand, just some of her royal duties, Her Royal Highness' visit was to further her understanding of RSIS and its research programmes. The delegation was hosted by Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, Executive Deputy Chairman of RSIS, Professor Ralf Emmers, Dean of RSIS, Ms Jenny Hällen Hedberg, Director of OIA, as well as Singapore's Ambassador to Thailand, Mrs Chua Siew San.
NTU Convocation in China 2018
Date: 8 September 2018
Venue: China World Hotel, Beijing
NTU has been holding the annual China Convocation in different cities in China for 12 consecutive years since 2006. This year, NTU China Convocation will be held in Beijing on 8 September 2018. The major events will include Convocation Ceremony, Alumni Conference and Alumni Get-Together Dinner. Approximately 650 people are expected to be in attendance, including Pro-Chancellor, BOT members, senior management, faculty and admin members from NTU, VIP and guests from Singapore and China, graduates, alumni, etc. Click
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ASPIRE Forum 2018
Date: 9 to 13 July 2018
Venue: The Hive and NTU@ One North
The ASPIRE Forum, the flagship event of the ASPIRE League, once again brought together Vice Presidents, senior staff, faculty and students of its member universities. The Symposium served as an ideal avenue for researchers from member universities to share their research findings with each other, while the VP-SS meeting provided a platform to share the latest developments and explore opportunities of collaborations between member universities for the betterment of the League. In addition, through the Student Workshop, the students deepened their knowledge with regard to the overarching theme of "Smart Cities", and gained a better understanding of Singapore and NTU while forging friendships across different nationalities and cultures.
Schuman Business Talk with Mr Marcus Wallenberg
Date: 3 July 2018
Venue: NTU Novena Campus, Clinical Sciences Building
Organised by the European and Swedish Chambers of Commerce in Singapore in collaboration with NTU’s Office of International Affairs, the inaugural Schuman Business Talk was held at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (Novena).
Mr Marcus Wallenberg, Chairman of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB) was the Guest-of-Honour and keynote speaker. Mr Wallenberg addressed an audience of about 70 business leaders, discussing key challenges facing business today and highlighting the need for long term infrastructure investments, innovation and “green finance”.
The talk was also attended by Mr Koh Boon Wee, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Professor Subra Suresh. During his opening address Professor Suresh announced the S$16.4 million donation from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, of which Mr Wallenberg is the Vice Chairman.
UNL EASH Innovation Lab 2018
Date: 30 May to 6 June 2018
Venue: The Wave, The Hive and The Arc
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NTU Convocation in China 2017
Date : 16 September 2017
Venue: Hilton Shanghai Hongqiao Hotel
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STINT Summer School
Date: 14-18 August 2017
Venue: The Hive and NEC
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ASPIRE Forum 2017
Date: 9 to 15 July 2017
Venue: The Hive and NEC
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