RIT, Singapore reach agreement on academic and research collaboration

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A. Sue Weisler

Lim Ser Yong, left, executive director of the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology, and RIT Provost Jeremy Haefner sign a memorandum of understanding during a ceremony on campus last month. The agreement created a research and education partnership between the Singapore Institute and RIT's Golisano Institute for Sustainability.

RIT recently announced a new partnership with the nation of Singapore that will enhance research and education collaborations in the field of sustainability and increase international exchange opportunities for RIT students.

The agreement between RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability and the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology will include graduate student exchanges, joint research projects and information sharing to advance curriculum development in RIT’s doctoral program in sustainability.

“This partnership will enhance research and education programs offered through the Golisano Institute and serve as a first step in creating additional collaborations with Singapore,” notes Jeremy Haefner, RIT provost.

“The Singapore Institute has assisted many local enterprises in securing global market opportunities in sustainable manufacturing technologies,” says Lim Ser Yong, the organization’s executive director. “This collaboration with RIT will enable us to help local enterprises migrate to a higher plane in the field of sustainable manufacturing technologies, which is critical in today’s dynamic manufacturing environment and for economic as well as societal benefits.”

The two-year collaboration will include opportunities for RIT students to conduct research at the institute’s facilities in Singapore while also developing joint projects between the organizations in sustainable manufacturing, renewable energy and fuel cells and clean production.

“The Golisano Institute is looking forward to expanding our educational and research programs while also assisting the Singapore Institute in providing enhanced services to the nation’s manufacturing sector,” adds Nabil Nasr, director of RIT’s Golisano Institute.

The Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology is a national research center focused on developing new technologies to enhance the performance and environmental quality of the manufacturing sector. The institute is part of Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research.