His Excellency Mr Li Yuanchao, Member of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau, visits NTU
His Excellency Mr Li Yuanchao (李源潮), Member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee (中共中央政治局委员), visited NTU this morning. His visit to NTU reaffirms the close ties and cooperation between NTU and China in the fields of education, science and technology.
Mr Li, who is also Member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee (中共中央书记处书记) and Minister of the Organisation Department of the CPC Central Committee (中共中央组织部), was accompanied by a delegation which included Deputy Minister of the Organisation Department Mr Wang Ercheng (王尔乘), and China’s Ambassador to Singapore, Her Excellency Madam Zhang Xiaokang (张小康). They were received by Dr Su Guaning, President of Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
Mr Li is visiting Singapore from 15 to 17 April at the invitation of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Mr Teo Chee Hean. Mr Li co-chaired the Singapore-China Forum on Leadership with Mr Teo.
At NTU, the visitors were given an overview of the university’s latest developments by Dr Su, and an introduction of the Singapore Membrane Technology Centre (SMTC) (新加坡膜技术中心) by Dr Wang Rong, Deputy Director of SMTC.
Accompanied by Dr Su and members of NTU senior management, they met 98 students from the Master of Science in Managerial Economics (MME) (管理经济学硕士) and Master of Public Administration (MPA) (公共管理硕士) programmes, also known as “Mayors’ Class” (市长班), and 39 participants of the Guangxi Urban Planning and Development training programme for CPC secretaries and mayors from the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, and visited the SMTC laboratories.
NTU started the MME and MPA programmes in 1998 and 2005 respectively. To date, more than 900 local and national government leaders from China have graduated from these two programmes. Many of them were promoted shortly after graduation and are now vice-governors, party secretaries of municipalities and mayors. The wide alumni base has helped to build a significant network of ‘NTU ambassadors’ in China, and helped to promote greater understanding between China and Singapore, as well as opened up more avenues for collaboration. Since 1992, NTU has trained more than 9,200 Chinese officials in various training programmes. NTU is thus seen as the “cradle of training for Chinese officials”.
Established in January 2008, SMTC spearheads Singapore’s R&D efforts in applied membrane technology for the environment and water industry. SMTC is one of the centres under the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI) (南洋环境与水源研究院). The centre works with global leaders such as Siemens and Trojan Technologies, and PUB, the national water agency, to develop improved, low-cost membranes for niche applications.
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