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Education on sustainability development at ntu

Education onSustainability Development at NTU

Presentation for

UNEP Brainstorming Session

September 17-18, 2003

Beijing China

Excellence in University Education

Nanyang technological university


Nanyang Technological University

  • One of 3 state-funded universities

  • Established in 1981 on the 200-hectare grounds of the

    former Nanyang University

  • Total student population of about 25,050; total staff

    strength of about 3,550

  • Residential campus with beds for 9000 students in 15

    Halls of Residents

  • NTU: Facts and Figures

  • 10 Constituent schools / institutes:

    • School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

    • School of Computer Engineering (SCE)

    • School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE)

    • School of Materials Engineering (SME)

    • School of Mechanical and Production Engineering (MPE)

    • School of Biological Sciences (SBS)

    • School of Communication and Information (SCI)

    • Nanyang Business School (NBS)

    • National Institute of Education (NIE)

    • Institute of Defence & Strategic Studies (IDSS)

  • Additional schools being formed:

    • School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    • School of Physical Sciences

    • School of Design and Media

    • NTU: Facts and Figures

      • Undergraduate degrees in 7 Engineering disciplines, Biological Sciences, Business, Accountancy, Communication Studies, Science/Arts with Education

      • 42 Graduate degrees at Master level;

      • 29 Graduate degrees by research at Master and PhD levels.

      • Total student population of about 25,050; total staff strength of about 3,550 (20% foreign undergraduates, 50% foreign postgraduates)

      • Presently, there are about 1100 enrolled as PhD students.

      • There are 42 research centres in NTU; 25 of these are inter-disciplinary.

      • Overseas network with about 197 universities in 36 different countries.



    Communication Studies

    Arts (Education)

    Science (Education)

    Biological Sciences


    Civil Engineering

    Computer Engineering

    Environmental Engineering

    Electrical & Electronic Engineering

    Materials Engineering

    Mechanical & Production Engineering

    Chemical Engineering (to be offered in 2004)

    Computer Science (to be offered in 2004)

    College of engineering
    College of Engineering

    Staff Strength

    Centre for Advanced Construction Studies (BCA)

    Environmental Engineering Research Centre (NEA)

    Maritime Research Centre (MPA)

    Division of Construction Technology and Management

    Geotechnical Research Centre (CPG)

    Centre for Transportation Studies (LTA)

    Protective Technology Research Centre (DSTA)

    Division of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering

    Division of Geotechnical and Transportation Engineering

    Division of Structures and Mechanics


    Dean * Vice Deans * Sub Dean

    Staff And StudentsAcademic Staff 85Research and Technical Staff 139Undergraduate Students (yrs 2-4) 845First year engineering students 450Graduate Students (FTE) 270Students come from Singapore, Malaysia, other countries of SE Asia, PR of China, India, Bangladesh

    Courses degrees

    • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering)

    • Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental Engineering)

    • Graduate Diploma (Constr Mgtmt), (Airport Engrg)

    • Master of Science (Int’l Construction Management)

    • Master of Science (Transportation Engineering)

    • Master of Science (Geotechnical Engineering)

    • Master of Science (Environmental Engineering) with Ministry of ENV

    • Master of Science (Environmental Science and Engineering) with

    • Stanford University

    • Master of Science (Logistics) with School of MPE

    • Master of Philosophy

    • Master of Engineering

    • Doctor of Philosophy

    Sustainability Imperatives in Singapore


    50% reliance on import

    Hosting water intensive industries (waferfabs and media)

    New deep tunnel sewerage system to centralize WWT

    NEWater plants to recycle domestic wastewater


    ~100% imported, mainly petroleum

    Recent introduction of NG;

    Raw Materials:

    ~100% imported supporting Refinery, Petrochemical,

    Electronics, Pharmaceutical, Biological Sciences,

    Light Manufacturing, Shipping and Tourism Industries

    Sustainability Imperatives in Singapore

    Land Use & Waste Disposal

    Limited land space - land re-use, reclamation and remediation necessary

    No landfill capacity left on main island

    MSW mostly incinerated @ ~7000T/day, Ash disposed of in offshore landfill station

    Marine Environment

    World’s 2nd busiest port, on main oil shipping route from Middle East, with > 150,000 calls to port each year

    Oil spills and ballast water discharges are major environmental concerns

    Sustainability Education Programmes

    Degree Programmes

    PhD, MSc and BEng degrees in environmental engineering

    Part time MSc degree with the Ministry of the Environment for working professionals

    Minors and electives

    Collaborative Education Programmes

    Singapore Stanford Partnership – MS & PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering

    Shanghai-Singapore-Sydney [3-S : SJTU-NTU-UNSW] Executive Training Programme

    Imperial College-NTU Programme on Sustainable Systems (under discussion)

    UNEP-TJU under discussion

    Sustainability Education Programs

    Multilateral Collaborations

    Conducting Training Courses with


    Resource Person and Expert consultant in Asia Pacific for

    World Bank (WB)

    Asian Development Bank (ADB)

    R&D collaborations

    IMO on Ballast Water Treatment

    IEA on Hydrogen Energy and Green House Gas Abatements

    IWA on Sludge Treatment

    • Singapore-Stanford Programme (SSP)

      • Recently established NTU-Stanford initiative; forged at faculty level

      • Under EDB’s World Class Universities Programme; initial duration of 5 years

      • Joint development of MSc and PhD core courses in Environmental Science and Engineering

      • NTU & Stanford professors co-teach at both locations; some courses also to be taken by regular NTU and Stanford graduate students; face-to-face and distant learning modes

      • 2003 – 1st intake of 18 students

      • “Clean Water Programme”

    Research Program Office - Centres

    Environmental Engineering Research

    Maritime Research

    Advanced Environmental Biotechnology

    Advanced Clean Energy

    Advanced Membrane Technology

    Advanced Research of Ecomaterials

    IESE Management Committee

    Corporate Development Office

    Technology Transfer Office

    Strategic Planning

    Industrial Relations

    International Linkages

    Patents & Intellectual Property


    Agreements & MOUs

    IESE Director


    Education & Training Office

    IESE Postgraduate Program

    Intra NTU MSc Program

    NTU-Stanford Program

    NTU-SJTU Dual Degree Program

    NTU-ENV MSc Program

    NTU-SJTU Executive Program

    NTU-Imperial College Program

    IESE Advisory Committee

    Coordination of Environmental Research by IESE

    Environmental biotechnology r d

    • Use of indigenous bacteria for bioremediation of petroleum-contaminated environments;

    • Biogranulation technologies for high-performance wastewater treatment; and

    • Development of methods and diagnostic kits for rapid microbiological monitoring of ballast water quality.

    • Research focus is to harness microorganisms and microbial processes for environmental engineering applications, including:

    oil-degrading bacteria

    aerobic granules

    DNA methods

    Water reclamation r d

    Research projects include:


    Fouling control and prevention in NF/RO and MF/UF membranes (including removal of natural organic matter and bacteria);

    Development of membrane bioreactor;

    Development of membrane photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) reactor;

    Aquifer storage and recovery.

    • Research goal is to enhance the supply and quality of Singapore’s limited water resources through innovative reclamation technologies.

    Membrane separation

    Recharge and recovery aquifer

    Cwp asr issues

    • Is ASR feasible at Changi? Issues include

      • Aquifer hydraulics, saltwater intrusion, rainwater infiltration, aquifer contamination and STW effluent properties

    • If ASR feasible

      • Reclaim land with ASR in mind?

      • ASR/desalination link?

    Stabilization and waste reuse

    • Singapore’s construction projects excavate massive quantities of marine clay

    • Local industries generate large quantities of metal bearing wastes




    Oven Dry


    Wastewater Sludge


    Sintered Aggregates

    Partnerships in environmental engineering

    Institution Partners

    Stanford University

    Cambridge University

    Imperial College

    University of New South Wales

    Shanghai Jiaotong University

    National Taiwan University

    Korea Advanced Institute of Science &


    Kyoto University

    Cooperative Research Centre for Waste

    Management and Pollution Control

    Regional Institute of Environmental Technology

    • Government Partners

    • Ministry of the Environment

    • National Environment Agency

    • Public Utilities Board

    • Productivity and Standards Board

    • Jurong Town Corporation

    • Maritime and Port Authority of

    • Singapore

    Industrial Partners

    SUT Sakra


    Ceramic Technologies

    JPL Industries

    ST Assembly Test Services

    School of civil and environmental engineering mission
    School Of Civil and Environmental EngineeringMission

    • To produce professionally-oriented civil engineers to meet the demands of the Singapore economy, and provide them with the skills and foundation for life-long learning and growth.

    • To advance the state of knowledge in important fields of civil and environmental engineering and to be a leader in niche areas of research in these disciplines.

    Principal areas of research

    • Structural Dynamics/Seismic

    • Structural Connections

    • Protective Technology

    • Computational Mechanics

    • Innovative Prefabrication Technology

    • Construction Productivity; IT Applications

    • Sediment Transport and Coastal Management

    • Waste Minimisation, Recycling and Resource Recovery

    • Biotechnology & Membrane Technology for Water & Wastewater Treatment

    • Deep Foundations & Ground Movements

    • Underground Space Development

    • Tropical Soils Engineering

    • Transport Planning and Modelling

    • Advanced Technologies in Transportation

    Nea ntu environmental engineering research centre eerc