Shanghai Jiao Tong University to set up environmental sustainability research centre in Singapore [Press Releases]

December 7, 2011 by  
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1. The National Research Foundation (NRF) has approved the proposal for
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, one of China’s top universities, to set up a research centre in Singapore, in collaboration with the National University of Singapore (NUS) to work on “Energy and Environmental Sustainability Solutions for Megacities (E2S2)”. This centre will be part of the NRF CREATE (Campus for Research Excellence And Technological Enterprise) programme.

2. NRF Chairman and Deputy Prime Minister Mr Teo Chee Hean said: “We are
very pleased to engage in this strategic partnership with Shanghai Jiao Tong
University to develop solutions for energy and environmental sustainability in cities. Given the rapid rate of global urbanisation, this is a timely project, which brings together the complementary expertise of researchers from China and Singapore to address the challenges of waste management and environmental contamination facing large cities today. It will contribute significantly to Singapore’s push to be at the forefront of urban solutions research.”

3. The research agenda for the centre was developed by researchers from
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, in close collaboration with NUS counterparts. The centre aims to improve energy recovery from waste, as well as develop system modeling and data management tools to track and mitigate emerging environmental contaminants. Industry collaboration will be a key component of the project, and testbedding sites in Singapore and Shanghai have already been identified.

4. Professor Zhang Wenjun, Vice President of Research and International Relations in Shanghai Jiao Tong University said: “More than half the world’s
population currently lives in cities. The continued growth of urban areas will bring about increasing environmental stresses. The E2S2 programme will take a systems approach to develop and testbed sustainable solutions in the area of waste management, energy and the environment. We believe the research results will bring important benefits to Shanghai and Singapore, as well as other cities around the world. We look forward to a fruitful partnership with our Singapore colleagues.”

Source: NRF

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