Witnessed by the Chinese President Xi Jinping and Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the Sino-Singapore International Joint Research Institute is an important technology collaboration platform jointly set up by the China-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City Administrative Committee (CSGKC Administrative Committee), South China University of Technology (SCUT), Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) and SSGKC Investment and Development Co., Ltd (GKC Co). The institute is located in Guangzhou Knowledge City, home to many world-class resources for the international collaboration.
Guided by demand, SSIJRI will bring in advanced technologies and top talents from SCUT, NTU Singapore and renowned universities and research institutes home and abroad. An innovative model of ‘Openness, Diversity, Dynamics and Efficiency’ has been established through innovations in mechanism and technology. Such innovative model will further enhance the vitality and creativity in research, and accelerate the local application of advanced and mature international technologies and products. In line with the pivotal IAB and NEM industries in Guangzhou city, the Institute established 6 R&D platforms: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Life and Health, New Energy, New Materials, Green Buildings and Smart Cities, Pollution Control and Environment Restoration. It has also successfully kick-started several international joint commercialisation projects, incubated and introduced a batch of high-tech start-ups.
Leveraging the massive support from the local governments and the various sectors in the society, SSIJRI has attracted world’s top talents and resources. It strives to build a world-class R&D institute integrating technological innovation, incubation and commercialisation and targets to become the key engine to the innovation-driven industrial development of CSGKC so as to further enhance the internationalisation of research and talents in both countries and the region and facilitate knowledge transfer and technological advancement worldwide.
To be the leading Institute for Sino-Singapore technological cooperation and to become one of the most influential research institutions in the world.
To adopt a demand-driven approach to build an “open, multidisciplinary, dynamic and high performance” innovation model, through technological and institutional innovations.
Conduct world-class cutting-edge R&D, drive technology transfer and nurture technopreneurial talents for the region and beyond.
South China University of Technology (SCUT) is a top research university in Southern China listed under China’s “Double World Class” project as a Category-A University. Its engineering programme is placed at the 22nd by the “Academic Ranking of World Universities”. Patent technology transfer indicators placed 1st in the national ranking; SCUT has 9 disciplines entered top 1% on the ESI global list, its engineering, materials science, chemistry and agricultural science are among the ESI global top 1‰.
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) is a research-intensive university that has earned a global reputation for academic and research excellence. A fast-rising university, NTU is ranked 11th globally in the QS World University Rankings in 2019. It was also ranked the world’s best young university (under 50 years old) by QS for the sixth consecutive year in 2019. The university delivers a holistic education to a cosmopolitan mix of undergraduate and postgraduate students representing more than 100 nationalities in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Medicine and Graduate College. In engineering and technology, NTU is ranked 6th worldwide in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.
As a landmark project of the strategic cooperation between China and Singapore, the China-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City (CSGKC) is a key strategic platform for the industrial transformation and innovation in Guangdong Province and the advancement of China’s Belt and Road Initiative.CSGKC will learn from the successful experience of countries such as Singapore to create a new engine that promotes the gathering of international innovative factors and drives the development of knowledge economy. CSGKC is targeted to be built into a vibrant city of the future where people can live in harmony with the nature.
Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City Investment & Development Co., Ltd (GKC JV Co), is a 50-50 joint-venture company established by Guangzhou Development District Administrative Committee (GDDAC) and CapitaLand. GKC JV Co is responsible for developing the Southern Start-Up Area (SUA) as the first phase, and subsequently the rest of CSGKC in stages. With GKC JV Co as the platform, China and Singapore have collaborated strategically in technological innovation, city development, intellectual property rights, talent exchange and training and investment promotion, etc., making CSGKC a new benchmark for the deepening of all-round cooperation between China and Singapore.