Issue 92, November 2010
NTU Tianjin College
NTU and the Tianjin government ink plans to set up a college offering research and graduate programmes in the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City.

State-of-the-art clean technologies and digital animation – these interests will form the core of a new college NTU is establishing in the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City.

Setting the plan in motion, NTU and its partners, the Tianjin Municipal Education Commission (TMEC) and Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Administrative Committee (SSTEC AC), sealed a Memorandum of Understanding on 15 November. Under the tri-partite arrangement, NTU will set up a college in Tianjin Eco-City to provide high-quality research and graduate programmes covering some of today’s most exciting interdisciplinary fields of inquiry.

The agreement was signed by NTU President Dr Su Guaning, TMEC Director General Dr Jin Runcheng and SSTEC AC Vice Chairman Mr Zhang Yanfa. China’s Vice President, Mr Xi Jinping, and Singapore’s Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong, witnessed the ceremony at the Shangri-La Hotel.

The NTU Tianjin College is expected to open in September 2013. NTU’s graduate students will be able to work on R&D projects in sustainability and new media – two of NTU’s key thrusts. The initiatives of the College, in particular its focus on environmental and water technologies, echo the strategic interests of Tianjin Eco-City, which is a landmark project by the governments of China and Singapore to jointly develop an environmentally-friendly and resource-conserving city in China.

The College will also serve as a base for NTU students on immersion in China. Internships will be offered in places such as Tianjin’s Binhai New District, an area undergoing rapid economic expansion. A boon for technopreneurship, the College is also expected to facilitate tie-ups with Chinese venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, leading to spin-offs and the commercialisation of new technologies.

Economic impact
NTU is well-placed to contribute to the development of Tianjin Eco-City, a project reflecting Singapore and China’s strong determination to combat climate change and save resources and energy.

NTU has the world’s largest engineering college and is a global leader in environmental technologies, having developed a niche in sustainable development and urbanisation. NTU is home to the Earth Observatory of Singapore, Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering, Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute, Energy Research Institute @ NTU, Institute of Catastrophe Risk Management, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies and Institute of Sustainable & Applied Infodynamics – research entities forming a nexus of “centres of competence” in sustainability research.

Other plans for the College include the development of graduate programmes that draw on NTU’s globally-acknowledged strengths in business and finance, as well as an international summer school and an international immersion programme.

The sum total of these initiatives will allow NTU to export its expertise and help raise the visibility of the Tianjin Binhai New Area. This will also create progress for the larger Bohai Economic Rim, considered a key economic engine for China. Located about 40km from the Tianjin city centre, the 30-sq km Tianjin Eco-City aspires to be a modern township for about 350,000 residents.

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