The 10th AOTULE meeting will be held at the College of Engineering at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore on Nov. 1-3, 2015.
It is my pleasure to welcome you here as the new Dean for College of Engineering, NTU in Singapore for the 10th AOTULE annual general meeting.
This year is a very important milestone for Singapore, as it marks the 50th year of Singapore’s independence (SG50). Throughout the year, there will be many celebration events for both locals and tourists to join in, for a uniquely Singapore experience. I encourage you to participate in these events, if your schedule and timing permits.
Coming back to AOTULE, we are honored to be playing host this year and are lining up activities to ensure that the event is fruitful and beneficial to everyone. At the same time, we would like to extend a warm welcome two of our newest members – Indian Institute of Technology Madras and Hanoi University of Science & Technology to this event.
The annual AOTULE Deans meeting will run in parallel to the student conference. The theme for this year Deans’ meeting is “Promoting Industrial Collaboration, Attracting Industry Funding & IP Commercialisation – Best Practices”. The challenging landscapes of reduced public funding and extensive benefits from joint university-industry research have propelled the need for industrial collaborations in many universities. There are several advantages to industrial collaborations; they encourage the creation, sharing and exchange of both scientific and technological knowledge and capabilities. They also promote entrepreneurships, give universities access to fundings for deeper research and enhance the reputation of universities.
As for the student conference, there are 3 themes: (i) Water & Environmental, (ii) Sustainable Earth and (iii) New Media. This conference will be a good opportunity to see how our young generation of student leaders can rise up to the challenges and find the best possible solutions to solve the problems brought about by environmental and climatic changes and improve the environment we live in. Through this conference, we hope to broaden the students’ perspective from the cross-cultural interactions.
I look forward to learning and sharing from each participating institutions on how each of us deals with the changes in our respective landscapes. I wish you an enjoyable and very productive stay in Singapore.