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Education on Sustainability Development at NTU. Presentation for UNEP Brainstorming Session September 17-18, 2003 Beijing China. Excellence in University Education. NTU. Nanyang Technological University. One of 3 state-funded universities

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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

NTU

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

slide3
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
slide4
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.
slide5
NTU: ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES
  • Undergraduate Studies

Accountancy

Business

Communication Studies

Arts (Education)

Science (Education)

Biological Sciences

Bioengineering

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)

slide7

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

SCHOOL OF CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

Dean * Vice Deans * Sub Dean

slide8

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
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
slide10

Sustainability Imperatives in Singapore

Water:

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

Energy:

~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

slide11

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

slide12

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

slide13

Sustainability Education Programs

Multilateral Collaborations

Conducting Training Courses with

WHO, UNIDO, UNDP

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

slide14
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”
slide15

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

Commercialisation

Agreements & MOUs

IESE Director

NTU

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
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
WATER RECLAMATION R&D

Research projects include:

CLEAN WATER PROGRAMME (CWP) – NTU, Stanford and PUB

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
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
STABILIZATION AND WASTE REUSE
  • Singapore’s construction projects excavate massive quantities of marine clay
  • Local industries generate large quantities of metal bearing wastes
slide20

Sludge

Pulverising

Pelletising

Oven Dry

Firing

Wastewater Sludge

Aggregates

Sintered Aggregates

partnerships in environmental engineering
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 &

Technology

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

Natsteel

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
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