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NTU marks 10th anniversary of defence science laboratory

Published on: 15-Jan-2014

Establishes a new office for Research and Technology in Defence and Security to further defence research

Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU) premier defence science research laboratory, Temasek Laboratories@NTU (TL@NTU) celebrates its 10th anniversary today.

Gracing this milestone event is Guest of Honour, Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for Defence.

TL@NTU, the focal point of contact between NTU scientists and Singapore’s Ministry of Defence, was set up in 2003 in partnership with Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF).

NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson said the strong partnership between NTU and MINDEF has yielded much invaluable mutual benefits to both parties, with many of the completed joint projects transiting to useful research outcomes in defence applications.

“I’m proud to say that there are now more than 120 on-going defence and security technology projects at NTU, which has secured funding of about S$130 million in total,” Prof Andersson said.

Over the past decade, TL@NTU had seen several achievements, including the prestigious Defence Technology Prize in the area of Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits, won by a joint research team from TL@NTU and DSO National Laboratories.

Other areas of research and breakthroughs include advanced Radar Systems and Advanced Materials. TL@NTU’s latest discovery of bendable ceremics was published recently in one of the world’s top academic journal, Science.

TL@NTU, established to develop technology to deliver effective solutions to enhance the defence of Singapore, has grown from three research programmes and 10 scientists, to 15 research programmes and over 200 researchers and staff today.

Associate Professor Gan Chee Lip, Director of TL@NTU and a faculty at NTU’s School of Materials Sciences and Engineering, said the lab’s success in defence science and technology can be traced back to the founding director, Dr Shang Huai Min, and the second director of TL@NTU, the late Professor Ma Jan, who contributed immensely in the areas of material science and defence technology.

“Prof Shang has laid a strong foundation on the partnership between NTU and MINDEF through TL@NTU. The late Prof Ma brought it to greater heights, initiating new programmes such as Advanced Materials that carried out cutting-edge research relevant to defence,” said Assoc Prof Gan.

TL@NTU’s High Speed Dynamics Laboratory, which does research and development in composite and ceramic armour materials for use against various ballistic threats, was earlier renamed the Ma Jan High Speed Dynamics Laboratory in his honour last year.

New research thrust in defence science

To advance the strong partnership that NTU already has with MINDEF through the many collaborations over the past two decades, Prof Andersson today announced the establishment of NTU’s Office of Research and Technology in Defence and Security, which will consolidate NTU’s expertise and capabilities in this vital sector.

“Our aim is to create a new peak of research excellence in defence science and facilitate the development of key in-country defence and security capabilities,” said Prof Andersson.

“It will also serve as NTU’s main interaction point with MINDEF and we will continue to work closely with MINDEF to strategically identify future critical research areas, capabilities and educational opportunities.”

The new office will bring under its wing all the defence-related centres and laboratories in NTU, including TL@NTU and the Electromagnetic Effects Research Laboratory. Dual-purpose research programmes, involving research that has both defence-related and non-defence applications, will also be featured prominently.

NTU has been making a rapid ascent up the global academic rankings. NTU is now the fastest raising Asian university in the world’s Top 50, and is ranked 2nd in the world among universities below the age of 50 by higher education information provider Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).


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Nanyang Technological University
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About Nanyang Technological University

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It has a new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).

A fast-growing university with an international outlook, NTU is putting its global stamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, and Innovation Asia.

Besides the main Yunnan Garden campus, NTU also has a satellite campus in Singapore’s science and tech hub, one-north, and a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

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