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Singapore sets up national research unit

Posted: 10 Jan 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Mark LaPedus? national research organization? National Research Foundation? NRF?

Amid rising competition from China, India and other nations, Singapore is setting up a national research organization and plans to pump S$5 billion ($2.94 billion) into its strategic R&D efforts.

The Singaporean government has set up the National Research Foundation (NRF) to provide a national R&D framework. In addition to existing biomedical sciences research spending, the NRF has endorsed the following two areas: environmental/water technologies and interactive/digital media. The goal is to double the current number of jobs in these three areas by 2015.

In environmental and water technologies, Singapore has successfully used innovative membrane technologies to produce clean water from both wastewater reclamation and seawater desalination.

Singapore is also making a big push into interactive and digital media. "Our universities and polytechnics have dedicated significant resources to building capacity in this area," according to the NRF.

"Foreign specialized institutions have also announced their plans to set up campuses in Singapore," according to the entity. "Lucasfilm of the U.S. and Koei of Japan recently set up their first studios outside their home countries in Singapore to create new styles of animation, positioning Singapore as a cultural interface between East and West. Local companies have also built up capabilities in content development for digital animation and computer games."

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times

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