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Engineering Partnerships in Singapore Professor Low Teck SengManaging Director Agency for Science, Technology and Research
Science & Technology Plan 2010 (2006-2010) S$13.9 billion GDP 1960 US$0.7 bil 2009 US$178 bil (254X) GERD 1978 S$37 mil 2008 S$7.1 bil (192X) GERD/ 1978 0.2% GDP % 2008 2.7% 2015 3.5% RSEs / 1990 27.7 10K FTE 2008 87.6 (3.2X) Science & Technology Plan 2005 (2001-2005) S$6 billion National Science & Technology Plan (1996-2000) S$4 billion GERD / GDP % National Technology Plan (1991-1995) S$2 billion Knowledge Based / Innovation Driven Labour intensive Skill intensive Capital intensive Technology Intensive Transformation of Singapore’s Economy
Partnerships in Singapore Government Universities/Institutions Industry
Trends and Issues Critical Success Factors • A clear, shared vision between partners • Sustained commitment to mutual goals • Investment in talent development and infrastructure • Policies that support R&D • Respect for intellectual property rights • Fluency in English • Ability to integrate across borders and disciplines
Partnerships in Talent DevelopmentScholarships for Local Talent • Pipeline of 1,000 local PhD talents spanning more than 80 universities and institutions locally and abroad • 25% completed PhD/post-doc training and working as Research Scientists & Engineers in public sector and industry • 75% pursuing BS/PhD education and post-doc experience in top-notch universities and labs • Partnerships with MOE, Science Centre and schools to sustain pipeline
Partnerships in Talent DevelopmentScholarships for International Talent • International Awards • Add diversity and create a vibrant research community • Build linkages with partner universities and extend our international network of talent • SINGA (Singapore International Graduate Award) • Full PhD scholarships under the NUS-NTU-A*STAR partnership • ARAP (A*STAR Research Attachment Programme) SIPGA Awardees • PhD student attachment at A*STAR under joint supervision of faculty from partner universities(e.g. Southampton, Sheffield University) • SIPGA (Singapore International Pre-Graduate Award) • 2 – 6 month research internships at A*STAR for undergraduate and masters level students
Partnerships in Talent DevelopmentMultiple Career Opportunities 850 RSEs spun out to industry, including 150 RSEs to 100 SMEs through T-Up to date (FY2006 – 2010) 13,000 papers published to date (FY2006-2010) 950 primary patents applications filed to date (FY2006-2010) Research Industry Start Ups Awarded President’s Science and Technology Medal in 2009 A*STAR-Academia Pathway, University Joint appointments,Adjunct appointmentsSecondment PhD RSEs at A*STAR Academia Research Leadership