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News Details | 16-Jul-2009

NTU and SingBridge International Singapore sign MOU with Guangdong government bodies to collaborate in research, education and talent training


Nanyang Technological University (NTU) of Singapore and SingBridge International Singapore Pte Ltd have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Education of Guangdong Province and the Administrative Committee of Guangzhou Development District to collaborate in research, education and training in the proposed Guangdong Knowledge City.

The strategic partnership was sealed on Thursday 16 July 2009 at the inaugural Singapore-Guangdong Collaboration Council meeting at Guangzhou City.  The signatories from the Singapore parties were NTU President Dr Su Guaning (南洋理工大学校长徐冠林博士), who is a member of the Council, and Mr Ko Kheng Hwa, Chief Executive Officer of SingBridge International Singapore Pte Ltd (星桥国际新加坡私人有限公司总裁许庆和先生). The signatories from the Guangdong parties were Mr Tan Zezhong, Deputy Director-General, Department of Education of Guangdong Province  (广东省教育厅副厅长谭泽中先生) and Mr Xue Xiaofeng, Chairman of the Administrative Committee of Guangzhou Development District (广州开发区管理委员会主任薛晓峰先生).  Among the witnesses were Acting Minister for Information, Communications & the Arts, RAdm (NS) Lui Tuck Yew, Singapore (新加坡新闻、通讯及艺术部代部长吕德耀少将), and Guangdong Vice Governor Mr Wan Qingliang (广东省副省长万庆良先生).

Under the MOU, both parties will explore conducting research and development projects to facilitate the upgrading of the technological capability of the Knowledge City.  They will also look into developing advanced training programmes specially tailored for technical, management and professional talent from large enterprises and startups in Guangdong and other provinces in China. The collaboration is envisaged to be a model for international research and educational training.

Building on the expanding links between Singapore and China, the new partnership signifies the enhanced commitment to foster stronger Sino-Singapore cooperation through the sharing of management experience and expertise.  The collaboration provides strong support to the Singapore initiatives in Guangdong.  It also gives NTU an opportunity to build strong bridges in China leading to two-way flow of talent and opening of the Chinese market for both education and Singapore enterprises. For SingBridge, this is a positive development as it continues to move the Knowledge City project forward together with its partner, Guangzhou Development District.


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Ms Phoebia Tang, Manager, Corporate Communications Office, Nanyang Technological University
Tel: 65 6790 6686; Mobile: 65 9745 6082; Email: phoebiatang@ntu.edu.sg

Mr Teo Chang Ching, Business Development Manager, SingBridge International Singapore Pte Ltd
Tel: 65 6828 8732; Email: changching.teo@singbridge.sg

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