During his two-day visit to Singapore, Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel oversaw the signing of two agreements between Singapore and Luxembourg. These will help pave the way for millions of dollars in funding for joint projects between the two countries.
Mr Bettel met with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana on Tuesday morning (November 15). After that, Mr Bettel visited Agency of Science, Technology and Research (A-STAR) premises at One-North where an agreement was signed between NTU Centre for 3D Printing and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology.
The Centre for 3D printing currently focuses on metals and ceramics. This agreement will widen its scope of work as S$10 million to S$20 million could be supposedly invested. This will allow the researchers to work on applying 3D printing to composite materials as well.
The next agreement was signed between the Luxembourg National Research Fund and the National Research Foundation (NRF) witnessed by the respective Prime Ministers. This will be an excellent platform for fostering innovative collaborations between the two countries. Three projects will be supported for each grant call; with each project being funded for up to three years. The funding amount set aside would be about S$1.25 million for each project.
“They can collaborate to develop new technologies relevant to the needs of both countries,” said Professor Low Teck Seng, NRF’s chief executive officer. “NRF is confident that our continued efforts to strengthen collaborations with top researchers overseas will contribute significantly to building Singapore’s technological capabilities and creating value for our economy and society.”
A key criteria for selection is to have a high degree of cooperation and collaboration between the research teams of both countries in planning, developing and executing the project.
“Luxembourg, similar to Singapore in Asia, is emerging as a digital hub in Europe. It’s small, agile enough to perceive change and to react quickly. Where others think, analyse, analyse and think and do study and counter-study, we decide. That makes the difference,” said Mr Bettel at the Singapore Management University (SMU) during his lecture on digital age and its impact on political leadership.