Why should I go to Singapore?
With its high standard of living, political stability and cosmopolitan outlook, Singapore is the ideal place to work, live and play.
Where Life is Good
Singapore is a republic in Southeast Asia of 710.2 sq km, approximately one degree north of the equator. The island is safe from natural calamities and the climate is tropical all year round.
The signature trait of Singapore is its multi-cultural makeup. Its people are made of Chinese (76.8%), Malay (13.9%), Indian (7.9%) and other races. This diversity also translates into a unique mix of religions, languages, cultural traditions and cuisines. The successful integration of the different segments of population has created a quiet respect for each other. In Singapore, it is not uncommon to find a mosque next to a temple, and mixed marriages reinforcing social cohesion.
A Playground for Global Talent
The business climate in Singapore is marked by robust trade and investment, providing professionals and investors a strong platform for working and doing business. Global citizens feel right at home in Singapore, with over 7,000 MNCs operating here. Singapore offers a stable base where companies can consolidate their knowledge and competitive advantage, leveraging their positions to seize opportunities and drive their expansion into the emerging markets of Asia.
The major industries in Singapore are electronics, oil and gas, financial services, shipping and chemicals, just to name a few. The Singapore government seeks to maintain its competitiveness by diversifying into value-added activities in the manufacturing and services sectors, as well as identifying and investing in new growth sectors, such as clean technology and biotechnology.
About one in four skilled workers in Singapore come from overseas. To work in Singapore is to join an international workforce that is highly skilled and proficient in English and often one other regional language. The government and corporations also believe in training, offering continuous opportunities to boost the qualifications, productivity and skills of the labour force. All these factors make Singapore-bred talent highly valued and sought after, especially in the light of a global economy.
Singapore commits a significant amount of its GDP towards R&D funding. Some of the factors contributing to Singapore’s ideal position in grooming research expertise are the adoption of English as the language of instruction coupled with an Asian language – an excellent combination for driving strategic collaborations and innovations in the region – and a rigorous system for the protection of intellectual property.
The infrastructure for research is cutting-edge and purpose-built, from biomedical sciences research complexes to research centres within university campuses. Biopolis, for instance, is a symbol of Singapore’s biomedical research strength. Housing private and public sector research institutions under one roof, Biopolis is a nucleus of state-of-the-art facilities where the community of researchers may embark on the development and testbedding of niche research areas before bringing them to market. Its sister development, the Fusionopolis - completed in 2008 - serves the same purpose for science and engineering research, co-locating research institutes in the fields of manufacturing technology, high performance computing and communications.
Our universities, the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) are top ranked tertiary institutions that are also positioned as research universities. Newer ones such as the Singapore Management University (SMU) and the upcoming Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) also add to the diversity of the landscape.
A number of notable research breakthroughs have been made in Singapore. For instance, a team of scientists from the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB) discovered a complex of three proteins that directly regulates the myosin network within a cell. This finding has widespread implications in the fields of cancer growth and spread, wound-healing, learning and memory, and developmental biology. More recently, researchers at the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) have developed a method for comparing two different samples of human speech reliably via a Gaussian mixture model. The ultimate goal is to be able to create a unique vocal “fingerprint” for each individual, and use this to prevent future identity fraud.
With a superlative scientific community and excellent intellectual property (IP) protection laws, Singapore provides the ideal platform for scientific discovery.
The program is co-sponsored in Singapore by the National Research Foundation (NRF). NRF coordinates the orientation, and helps participants move to host institutions.
See How to Locate Potential Host Institutions for more information on how to locate a host institution/researcher in Singapore.
Potential Host Institutions in Singapore
|National University of Singapore||Ms Candace LIM, Senior Executive
National University of Singapore
Division of Research Administration;
Office of Deputy President (Research & Technology)
Tel: (+65) 6516 4811
|Nanyang Technological University||Ms Valerie LOH, Manager, Research Support Office
Nanyang Technological University
76 Nanyang Drive
Block N2.1, B4-01
Tel: (+65) 67906396
|Singapore Management University||Mr. Eric THAM, Manager, Graduate Studies Office
C/O Office of Research
Singapore Management University
81 Victoria Street, Level 12
In your application, please only indicate institutions that are listed here. Institutions not listed here will not be considered.
Last Updated: July 13, 2011 03:49 PM