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​NTU boosts ties in Russia with two new agreements

Published on: 18-Nov-2015

Student, staff exchanges and research collaborations the key focus of tie-ups with Sportmaster and Lomonosov Moscow State University

Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) have inked new agreements with Russia’s leading sports retail company Sportmaster, and the Lomonosov Moscow State University, one of Russia's most prestigious research universities.

The new collaborations which include joint research projects, and student and staff exchanges were signed at the Government Reception House in Moscow yesterday (17 Nov, 10pm, Singapore time), witnessed by Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, and Mr Igor Shuvalov, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia.

NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson said the tie-ups are of strategic importance to NTU, and come at a timely moment. He said: “NTU, as a university with a global outlook, is always seeking good international collaborations that can have positive and constructive outcomes. Sports research, for example, holds a lot of potential and is one of the areas that NTU wants to develop further.”

Advancing sport research

The agreement between NTU and Sportmaster is an expansion of an earlier one signed in 2013. Both parties will explore extending it to 2019, with additional funding from Sports & Fashion Management Pte Ltd, a member of the Sportmaster Group of Companies.

NTU’s expanded partnership with Sportmaster will now see faculty and student exchanges and internships between NTU and universities in Russia. Researchers and students from Russia can also come to NTU for exchange programmes, and vice versa.

These are aimed at creating more research opportunities that can be translated into products, such as apparel, equipment and footwear that provide unique and innovative solutions for the international sporting market, particularly the Asia-Pacific region.

Sports & Fashion Management Pte Ltd General Manager Mr Dmitry Barkov said both parties were “sizing each other up” when Sportmaster and NTU signed the first agreement in 2013. 

“Three years on, we are proud to say we have found in NTU a reliable and synergistic partner,” said Mr Barkov. “NTU is a top-notch institution of higher learning with an impressive track record and state-of-the-art facilities. Its methodology is application-based, which is practical and relevant to the demands of the industry.

“We are excited and confident that our joint Sportmaster Innovation Centre at NTU’s Institute of Sport Research would be an excellent platform for students under this exchange programme.”

Advancing PhD training and exchanges

Under the new agreement with Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), NTU hopes to attract the top Lomonosov Moscow students to NTU for PhD training in chemistry, physics and materials science.

The collaboration also provides a platform for professors, researchers and students from both universities to interact and create new research ideas.

There will be a mutual exchange of graduate and undergraduate students.

MSU Rector, Professor Victor Antonovich Sadovnichy said: “MSU is very pleased with the signing of this MOU with NTU,” he said. “NTU has done a phenomenal job and has risen to be one of the top universities worldwide. This MOU formalises the link between two great universities MSU and NTU, and provides an excellent platform for further development in people-to-people exchange and research collaboration.”

NTU is also working with MSU and the Russian Academy of Sciences (Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics) to formalise the agreement for research in energy storage and photovoltaics.

Signing the MOUs in Moscow were NTU Chief of Staff and Vice-President (Research) Professor Lam Khin Yong, Sports & Fashion Management Pte Ltd General Manager Mr Dmitry Barkov, and Lomonosov Moscow State University Rector Professor Sadovnichy.

Professor Lam, who led NTU’s delegation to Moscow, said, “We hope that through these new activities, we will have greater opportunities to conduct research to develop novel and innovative products for the international market, in particular, the Asia-Pacific region.

“Both MSU and NTU have a strong tradition in research work, and this agreement is an excellent platform for academics, researchers and students from both universities to work together to come up with new and innovative research ideas.”

NTU’s growing ties with Russia 

The two MOUs are the latest between NTU and Russian institutions.

NTU already has a joint academic programme agreement with the Steklov Mathematical Institute since July 2009, and a general academic collaboration with the Federal State Budgetary Institution’s Scientific Manufacturing Complex Technological Centre since July 2011.

NTU also has several research collaborations with Russian institutions. These include partnerships with the Novosibirsk Technical University, St Petersburg State University and the Russian Academy of Sciences.

NTU’s initial partnership with Sportmaster, which was signed in August 2013, saw the setting up of the SMG Innovation Centre at the University’s Institute of Sport Research (ISR).

The centre, with an initial budget of S$5 million until 2016, aims to develop a full range of innovative sports apparel and equipment for sale in Sportmaster which has stores in more than 80 cities worldwide.


Media Contact:
Tan Yo-Hinn
Assistant Director
Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University

About Nanyang Technological University

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,000 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.

The University’s main Yunnan Garden campus has been named one of the Top 15 Most Beautiful in the World. NTU also has a campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

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