The first Governing Council Meeting (hereinafter as “the Meeting”) of Sino-Singapore International Joint Research Institute (SSIJRI) in 2021 was held on the morning of 22nd March through video conferencing. Representatives of the Governing Council Members, namely Vice President Prof Zhu Min of South China University of Technology (SCUT), Senior Vice President (Research) Prof Lam Khin Yong of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Deputy Director Mr Xu Hui of China-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City (CSGKC) Development & Construction Office, Deputy Director Ms Yang Honglian of Guangzhou Huangpu District Science & Technology Bureau, and Senior Vice President (Strategic Collaboration) Mr Ang Boon Peng of China-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City Investment and Development Co. (GKC JV Co) , and SSIJRI management attended the Meeting, which was co-hosted by Prof Lam Khin Yong and Prof Zhu Min.
Prof Zhu Min first welcomed and thanked the attendees for their presence at the Meeting, and highlighted that this was the first Governing Council meeting following the signing of the Deepened Cooperation Agreement. He then mentioned in the new phase, SSIJRI shall continue to focus on technological innovation, research translation and start-up incubation, and to support technological advancement and industrial development of the CSGKC. He believed that with strong support from the Governing Council members, SSIJRI would make significant contribution to the development of the region; and become an exemplary model of research collaboration between China and Singapore, and a benchmark for the New R&D Institutes.
Ms Yang Honglian spoke on behalf of the newly jointed Governing Council member - Guangzhou Huangpu Science & Technology Bureau, she said the bureau will fulfil its responsibility and support the development of SSIJRI.
The Governing Council deliberated and approved of the new organisational structure of SSIJRI and was debriefed on the progress of SSIJRI in 2020, development plan for 2021 and major tasks in the upcoming 5 years. The Governing Council also approved key items such as the 2021 financial budget.
In his closing speech, Prof Lam Khin Yong thanked the Governing Council members for their support in SSIJRI’s development and emphasised that SSIJRI must focus on and accomplish its goals and plans in its new phase with higher standards. He said challenges come with opportunities, and that SSIJRI shall leverage SCUT and NTU’s strengths in technological innovation and abundance of resources to consolidate the foundation for a more sustainable future.