8 partnership agreements in French scientific research and higher education signed in Singapore
The French-Singaporean cooperation in scientific research and higher education was in the spotlight last week as several delegations from French universities and research institutes were present in the city to sign or renew not less than 8 agreements of partnership and cooperation.
The National Center for Scientific Research, The Pierre and Marie Curie University, the University Joseph Fourier and the Mines-Telecom Institute were at the SinFra’2015 public conference about “Inclusive smart cities and digital health” in order to extend, in partnership with the National University of Singapore (NUS) and I²R-A*STAR (Institute for Infocomm Research of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research), the French-singaporean laboratory IPAL (Image and Pervasive Access laboratory, UMI CNRS). Two new laboratories, the BII-A*STAR (BioInformatics Institute) and the University of Toulouse became linked to IPAL on that occasion.
From February 4th to February 6th, French searchers and manufacturers participated in the “French-NTU Renewable Energy Workshop”, where they were able to discuss renewable energy issues with the ERI@N of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Strategic axes of research for the two countries were identified and will be strengthened by existing collaborations or new projects in order to construct a strong axe of cooperation on this topic.
The ONERA (National Office of Aerospatiale Studies and Research) was also present in Singapour to reinforce bonds with its Singaporean partners in the french-singaporean research laboratory SONDRA.
A delegation from COMUE Sorbonne University (Community of Universities including Paris II, IV, VI and INSEAD) was also present to meet key Singaporean actors in the research field such as Yale-NUS, NTU and A*STAR Graduate Academy and to sign new partnerships with them to strengthen student exchange. At the same time, a delegation from Sorbonne Paris-Cité (including Paris III, V, VI, XII and Sciences Po Paris) formalized a partnership with NUS which has since 2009, enabled financing in joint projects in research or training.
During a reception at the French Residence with these various groups on February 3rd, Ambassador Benjamin Dubertret said that research and higher education were keys fields in the French-singaporean cooperation. Underlying the important number of partnerships signed from the 2nd to the 6th of February, he called for a deepening of this cooperation.
In the months to come, Singaporean President Tony Tan’s visit to France and the Voilah! Festival in Singapore will be occasions to reinforce franco-singaporean scientific and educational cooperation.