Posted on 26 February 2012
The National University of Singapore (NUS) launched a new water alliance in partnership with Dutch research institute Deltares.The water alliance, known as NUSDeltares, aims topursue high-impact water research and specialist consultancy services in Singapore and Southeast Asia.
The Agreement was signed on February 24th by Professor Barry Halliwell, NUS Deputy President (Research and Technology, right on photo), and Mr Harry Baayen, Managing Director ofDeltares (left on photo).
Continuation of excisting alliance
NUSDeltares, which is borne of the Singapore-Delft Water Alliance initiative,builds upon the synergy of expertise from NUS and Deltares. It will develop capabilities in areas such as urban water management; adaptation to climate change; operational management systems; as well as natural hazards, environmental risks and their mitigation.
The new water alliance will develop a network of collaborators across Southeast Asia and offer on-the-job-training or special short or degree courses and programmes.
Sustainable water manegement
Prof Barry Halliwell said, “Sustainable water management is a topic of global importance. NUSalready has strong capabilities in water research and management, and the establishment of NUSDeltares will further strengthen ourfoundation in this area.This new partnership deepens our long-standing collaboration with Deltares. We look forward to working closely with Deltares to provide sustainable urban water solutionsfor Southeast Asia and beyond.”
Mr Harry Baayen said, “I am very pleased that our collaboration with NUS will continue via NUSDeltares. NUS is a leading university with international stature as well as a reliable partner for Deltares. Together we provide the essential knowledge for Singapore and the surrounding region to develop innovative solutions for climate adaptation, urban water management, operational systems and natural hazards. The strength of this combination can make all the difference, both for public authorities and the business world.”
Urban water manangement
“NUSDeltares will add to the vibrancy of the local water R&D eco-system, and strengthen Singapore’s growing status as a Global Hydrohub. We look forward to the contribution of its world-class experts in further developing Singapore’s capabilities in urban water management and cutting-edge water technologies”, said Mr Chew Men Leong, Chief Executive, PUB and Executive Director of the Environment and Water Industry Programme Office.
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