Nanyang Technological University (NTU), together with the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Thales Group of Companies are to set up a new research facility in Singapore.
The three parties had met in Paris two months ago to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and met in Singapore on 16 Dec to inaugurate the CNRS-International-NTU-Thales Research Alliance (CINTRA) Laboratory.
The new laboratory, which will be located at the Research Techno Plaza, aims to harness the latest in science and technology to develop innovations in nanotechnologies for computing, sensing and communications applications.
It will have 50 Singapore and French researchers working on critical issues and challenges faced by existing technologies in the microelectronic and photonic industries over the next two years.
His Excellency Mr Olivier Caron, the Ambassador of France to Singapore, who was the guest-of-honour at the inauguration ceremony, said: "The R&D and innovation landscapes have changed. They are no longer confined to simple projects that can be defined, funded and conducted within single companies, universities or research institutions"
"This current alliance is unlike most of the others - it brings together a research centre, a university and a private company in the same location. It should not only drive breakthroughs in innovation but should also result in bringing these innovations to the market."
Both CNRS and CINTRA are impressed with NTU's superb, well-designed and ergonomic premises and its commitment in the collaboration.
They are confident that this unique joint effort will be successful and brings great benefits to the R&D and innovation industry.
"We are indeed grateful to CNRS and Thales for the confidence that they have shown in NTU. Together with CNRS' strength in research and Thales' experience in the global market, we shall make the CINTRA Laboratory an example of how upstream research can turn into successful commercial products and applications in a most unexpected way," said NTU's President, Dr Su Guaning.