Science and Technology: the Backbone of Singapore

Nov 19, 2019

Singapore is well known for its Science and Innovations. The major source of Singapore’s National Strategy and Growth are its Science and Technology. Moreover, eminent Science and Innovations are both approved by the Government of Singapore and the industries. It is the seedbed of innovation and value creation which is the stepping stone towards a knowledge-based economy. Singapore’s journey in Science and Technology started when the government first recognized the urgency for a National Technology Policy.

Singapore’s Science and Technology gradually become more successful since the launch of the First National Technology Plan in 1991. A sparkling ecosystem is arising which comprise of a diverse range of research facilities both in the private and public sectors. The Government invested $16.1 billion for 2011-2015 under the Research, Innovation and Enterprise (RIE) 2015 plan for the headway of scientific capabilities in the universities and research institutions over the years which will become highly prominent in explaining scientific knowledge into the society which will improve lives and enlarge opportunities.

SUPERIORITY OF SINGAPORE IN INTERNATIONAL BENCHMARKS

Singapore's science output has grown faster in 2012 as per the NATURE PUBLISHING INDEX (NPI) and has ranked fifth in the Asia-Pacific with more than 50% increase in output of high-quality research published in Nature Research journals. In the rankings of Times Higher Education 2013 on reputation, the National University of Singapore came 22nd which proves that though a small nation, Singapore is noted worldwide for its scientific knowledge

BRILLIANCE IN RESEARCH LANDSCAPE 

Singapore has now developed a dynamic R&D ecosystem consisting of a diversity of research performers, including public sector research institutions, institutes of higher learning (IHL), hospitals and academic medical centres, and corporate research and development laboratories.

  • RESEARCH-BASED UNIVERSITIES WITH A MOTIVE FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION

Singapore’s universities such as NUS, NTU and SUTD play an important role in developing scientific knowledge and are engaged in a wide range of research in basic science, participating with industry to build future technologies today. The development of Research Centres of Excellence (RCEs) within the Universities helps to anchorage upon their keep going power to create world-class research centres to achieve heights of research superiority.

The Research Centre for Excellence (RCEs) include:

1. Centre for Quantum Technologies. 
2. Cancer Science Institute of Singapore. 
3. Earth Observatory of Singapore 
4. Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore. 
5. Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering.

  • INDUSTRY INTENSIVE RESEARCH INSTITUTES WITH SUPERIORITY IN INNOVATION

The agency for science, technology, the research seeks to expand Singapore into a world-class scientific hub. It supervises the biomedical sciences, the physical sciences and engineering research institutes and six consortia and centres. These are the juxtaposition of Biopolis and Fusionopolis- Singapore’s twin research hubs which bring together diverse experimental, theoretical computational and clinical expertise into a unique interdisciplinary arrangement to tackle large scale, highly complex challenges.

  • SINGAPORE'S ACADEMIC-MEDICAL CENTRES UPLIFTING THE BAR IN HEALTHCARE EDUCATION AND RESEARCH

Two Academic Medical Centres are set up for combining medical education and training with an in-depth research to offer advanced clinical care to all the patients. The National University Health System (NUHs) is comprised of the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Faculty of Dentistry and the National University Hospital. The other cluster consists of the Singapore Health Services and Duke-NUS graduate of Medicine.

  • SINGAPORE'S PARTNERSHIP WITH CAMPUS FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGICAL EXCELLENCE (CREATE)

The National Research Foundation, established in 2006, sets the National direction for scientific research through the development of various policies, research plans and strategies, innovation and several enterprises. It is assigned to synchronizing the research in different agencies within a vast National framework in order to issue a logical survey and administration. It also invests strategic initiatives and programmes to develop suitable research and development capabilities and to bring up future talents. By the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE) framework with which Singapore is also patterned, has brought leading worldwide research institutions together in one campus.

The public sector basic and mission-oriented research is promoted by the Government of Singapore. Besides the growth in private sector research and development, the motive is to gain gross expenditure on R&D of 3.5 per cent of GDP by 2015 by which Singapore only proved its worth worldwide but also gives solutions to complex economic and social issues facing the world today. 

Description: Singapore’s Science and Technology gradually become more successful since the launch of the First National Technology Plan in 1991. A sparkling ecosystem is arising which comprise of a diverse range of research facilities both in the private and public sectors.
 

Summary

Singapore’s Science and Technology gradually become more successful since the launch of the First National Technology Plan in 1991. A sparkling ecosystem is arising which comprise of a diverse range of research facilities both in the private and public sectors.
 

Sudipto Das

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