NTU partners Dutch University to ramp up research in food science and technology

From left to right: Princess Máxima of The Netherlands, Wageningen University's President Dr Aalt Dijkhuizen, The Prince of Orange, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands, NTU President Bertil Andersson, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Grace Fu and NTU Provost Professor Freddy Boey.

This partnership will provide NTU students with new opportunities in education and research in this highly interdisciplinary field, by looking at various new undergraduate modules specialising in Food Science and Technology, said an NTU statement on Friday. The tie-up between both universities was officially signed by both university president's and witness by Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands, who is in NTU as part of her official visit to Singapore.


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Full statement from NTU:

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is tying up with Wageningen University from the Netherlands to ramp up research in Food Science and Technology, an upcoming research frontier that is expected to be an important engine of growth for Singapore.

The partnership between NTU and Wageningen University, one of the world's leading research centres in Food Science and Technology, will provide NTU students with new opportunities in education and research in this highly interdisciplinary field.

The School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at NTU and the Department of Agrotechnology and Food Sciences at Wageningen University, is looking at various new undergraduate modules specialising in Food Science and Technology.

NTU aims to develop full-fledged programmes in Food Science and Technology at both the undergraduate and Master's level, involving more schools and departments from NTU and Wageningen University. This will contribute to a critical mass of trained manpower for the food industry both locally and regionally.

The tie-up between NTU and Wageningen was inked today by NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson and Wageningen University's President Dr Aalt Dijkhuizen.

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands, who is in NTU as part of her official visit to Singapore, witnessed the signing ceremony. Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands is joined by Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Orange, and Princess Máxima of The Netherlands.

Also present is Ms Grace Fu, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister (Foreign Affairs and Environment and Water Resources), together with other senior government officials and members of NTU senior management.

"Food Science and Technology is expected to be a new research frontier in Singapore. NTU is anticipating a substantial rise in funding in this field over the next few years as it continues to play an important role in the health, welfare and economic status of individuals and nations," says NTU's Provost, Professor Freddy Boey. "Big food companies could also be developing research labs in Singapore focusing on high value food processing, so we want to move fast and position ourselves firmly in this field so as to benefit our students, faculty and Singapore as a whole."

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