News Details | 04-Jul-2012

Meinhardt sets up Water Training Centre in Singapore in partnership with NTU

The Centre aims to nurture leadership talent for water management in Asia and Middle East regions

Meinhardt Group, a global multidisciplinary engineering consultancy, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and its Nanyang Business School (NBS) are partnering to set up a water training centre which aims to promote Singapore as a centre of excellence for the water industry. The Memorandum of Understanding will be signed on 4 July 2012 (4pm) during the Singapore International Water Week 2012.

The Meinhardt Water Training Centre will help drive professional competence in the industry through hands-on training and attachments, and create a networking platform to share ideas and best practices with both the public and private sector clients.

The curriculum will consist of short courses tailored for operators, middle management and senior executives who are keen to broaden their knowledge and sharpen their technical, commercial and managerial skills in the areas of environmental, water and waste-water management. The curriculum
will focus on the latest technologies and developments in environmental engineering, and will be integrated with field experience including visits to various water utilities in Singapore and overseas to get first-hand experience of world-class facilities.

Meinhardt’s multi-engineering capabilities and global experience in overseeing the entire project delivery cycle from feasibility studies, master planning, design to construction supervision and asset management will facilitate a more holistic knowledge transfer to clients, and impart the essential skills of integrating water and waste water management for a sustainable and long-term urban infrastructure planning.

The courses will be conducted by leading environmental practitioners from Meinhardt, top faculty from NBS and experts from PUB, Singapore’s national water agency. The courses will be introduced first in Singapore, and are expected to be extended over time to other parts of Asia Pacific and the Middle
East where Meinhardt has a strong presence.

Mr Omar Shahzad, Deputy CEO of Meinhardt Group, said that under the partnership with NTU/NBS, the long-term plan is to expand the programme to other engineering and business disciplines.

“This partnership MoU signals a closer collaboration between academia and industry and we are extremely honoured to have on board NTU, which is globally known for its strengths in engineering and business. Coupled with Meinhardt’s diverse industry experience, our training programmes will combine fundamental theory with real-world practice for our clients and other working professionals,” said Mr Shahzad.

NBS Interim Dean Gillian Yeo said: “Industry partnerships with top global organisations are an invaluable channel for us to contribute to the advance of leadership and management practice in the market place. We look forward to this opportunity to partner Meinhardt to nurture leaders for the global water industry.”

“This partnership to establish a water training centre signifies a meeting of minds between the academia and the industry on the importance of sharing water management knowledge. We are committed to growing the skills and expertise of water industry practitioners so as to build a vibrant, market-responsive and quality-driven workforce for Singapore’s water ecosystem,” said Mr Michael Toh, Director of Industry Development, PUB.

The Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony will be held at the Hibiscus Room 3705, Level 3, Marina Bay Sands Convention Center.

As part of the Singapore International Water Week this year, Meinhardt will also be participating as a CEO Panelist at the India Business Forum. Details of the event are as follows:
India Business Forum
When: 3 July 2012, 2.30pm to 5.30pm
Where: L3, Meeting Room 3411, 3412 & 3413, Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands

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Media contacts:

Carole Chow
Group Corporate Communications
Meinhardt Group
Tel: (65) 6377 9530

Feisal Abdul Rahman
Senior Assistant Director (Media Relations)
Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University
Tel: (65) 6790 6687

About Meinhardt

Meinhardt is one of the world's few multidisciplinary and truly integrated engineering, infrastructure and project management consulting firms. Since 1955, we have led the way in delivering innovative and highly buildable designs that always consider our clients' commercial objectives and global environmental concerns. We employ over 3,500 staff in more than 30 offices worldwide and have worked on some of the largest and most complex building and infrastructure projects. Clients look to us for start-to-end project consultancy ranging from feasibility study, master planning, detailed design, project management to delivery, which includes among other capabilities, construction supervision, and testing and commissioning.

Annually the Group consults on projects worth an estimated US$15 billion and ranks among the largest independent engineering consulting firms globally by revenue. Some of our key projects include Deep Tunnel Water Sewerage System (Singapore); Marina Bay Financial Centre (Singapore); Xintiandi (China); TAMAR Development (Hong Kong); MGM Grand Ho Tram Integrated Resort (Vietnam); The Dubai Mall (Dubai, UAE); Muscat International Airport (Oman); KL Sentral Station (Malaysia); Eureka Tower (Australia); and the Greater Bangalore Water Supply Distribution Network (India).

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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, and Humanities,Arts, & Social Sciences. In 2013, NTU will enrol the first batch of students at its new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, which is set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to four 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.

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 is setting up a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

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About Nanyang Business School

Consistently ranked among the world’s premier business schools, NBS has been nurturing leaders for business and public service, advancing global management knowledge and practice for over 50 years. Our curriculum melds rigorous academic theory with real-world business practice, while our
faculty leads global thought and research in several fields of business and finance. Our 33,000 alumni hold positions of responsibility in business, government and public service in 45 countries. At NBS, we believe that responsible leadership in business and government is crucial to securing a sustainable future for our world. Through teaching and research, we are grooming a new generation of leaders with the knowledge, skills and passion of pursuing lasting success that seeks not only economic profit but also the interests of the community and environment.

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