This new research facility will study and develop key areas relating to future transportation, which includes advanced battery materials for electric vehicles, human-machine interfaces and mobility patterns and concepts. A key focus will see how research outcomes can benefit the Asian market based on the needs of the region.
Under the ambit of advanced battery materials and human-machine interfaces, the BMW Group-NTU collaboration aims to find solutions to key transport requirements in the most sustainable way possible, especially in the area of electric vehicles, where battery safety, efficiency and being environmentally-friendly is of utmost importance.
The study of mobility patterns and concepts will be focused on consumer behaviour in new mobility offerings for mega-cities, namely for multi-modal transportation and car sharing. One such area is the development of advanced routing algorithms so as to make the daily commute more comfortable.
Located at NTU’s Research Techno Plaza, the new joint lab will start off with five scientists and six PhD student researchers. It will be led by Dr Mirjam Storim, Coordinator of University Cooperations of BMW Group and Professor Subodh Mhaisalkar, Director of the Energy Research Institute at NTU ERI@N.
More than 70 per cent of world’s population is expected to flock to global megacities by 2050, this scenario emphasises the importance of mobility research.
Projects by the joint lab will leverage the BMW Group’s expertise in automotive and mobility, as well as NTU’s research strengths, particularly that of ERI@N which carries out cutting-edge research in solar cells and other renewables, electric vehicles, energy and power systems and battery technology in collaboration with the industry.
Research Techno Plaza, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Drive
The 26,000 sq m Centre for Oral Health will house research, education and clinical services. Currently, these services are provided in three separate buildings. Undergraduate teaching and research are done in two different buildings at NUS, while clinical services are provided at NUH.
The project hopes to encourage more voluntary work among dentists. The Faculty will be partnering with a charitable organisation to set up a free dental clinic for the needy.
The constructions will allow the faculty to increase its intake of dental students and train more specialists. The Ministry of Health has projected the need to increase the undergraduate intake from 48 students a year to 80 in 2020. The new centre will also provide the full range of oral health care, especially geriatric and preventive-care dentistry. It will carry out research into areas such as regenerative biology and tissue engineering, focusing on new ways to enhance repair and regeneration of soft tissue and bone as the population ages.
National University Health System, 1E Kent Ridge Road
The new NUH Medical Centre is an integral part of the National University Hospital's redevelopment plan to meet the expanding and increasingly sophisticated healthcare needs of Singaporeans.
At NUH, they believe that patient-centric tertiary medical care must go hand in hand with breakthrough translational research complemented by innovative and rigorous training of healthcare providers. Guided by this belief, NUH has embarked on building up the physical infrastructure for well-trained healthcare professionals to engage in cross specialty collaborations to boost the potential for breakthroughs in research which will eventually translate into better treatments and patient care.
Located directly above Kent Ridge MRT Station on the Circle Line, the 20-storey building is due for completion in 2013. It will house the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore, specialist outpatient clinics, ambulatory surgical facilities, clinical support services such as pharmacies and a diagnostic imaging centre to provide one-stop care for patients; as well as amenities like retail shops, food outlets and a supermarket.
Newsplex Asia is the third of its kind in the world and the first in Asia. The $0.5 million centre, which spans over 160 square metres of space and features advanced facilities in a highly-connected learning environment, will let students and media professionals learn and develop, in a realistic and vibrant setting, integrated digital media and journalism skills.
Newsplex will draw on the expertise of faculty not just from the Wee Kim Wee School, but also other schools and disciplines in NTU, from communication, the humanities, design, engineering, science and medicine. The Newsplex will boost the government and industry’s aim to grow the quality and quantity of well-trained media professionals in Singapore. As media professionals from Singapore and surrounding countries will train in this facility that’s strategically located in the heart of Asia, it will have many positive spill-over effects for the rest of the region.
The 60-seat Newsplex Asia’s high-tech facilities include brand new Mac Pro workstations for print, online, tablet, radio and TV production, ten overhead screens for teaching and monitoring news channels, and a multi-purpose mini-studio for digital audio and video broadcasts and quick photography. All these are aimed at providing content on multiple channels to meet the needs of consumers who increasingly demand multimedia news and information in quickly accessible forms that match their increasingly fast-paced lifestyles.
Newsplex Asia will host professional training and workshops for the media industry in Singapore and around the Asia Pacific, focusing on media convergent journalism and the development and implementation of integrated newsroom strategies during NTU’s vacation breaks. The centre brings the various media platforms together in one convenient, collaborative space. Through carefully-considered planning and physical layout, it will allow journalists, editors, designers and developers to create and communicate in the most efficient ways possible in order to deliver content speedily and seamlessly.
Among Newsplex Asia’s first industry partners is Apple, which has made the Wee Kim Wee School its first tertiary-level education partner in Singapore with Apple Learning Environment status. Working with five faculty members at the School, Apple is supporting their journalism, mobile technology and publication design classes by lending 20 iPads, and providing advice and training on how to use the iPad as a news gathering and content creation tool.
Elevated on Pasir Panjang Hill, Horizon Residences brings a new serenity to living near the sea. Your living spaces and furnishings will be complemented by the gentle breeze, calming sea, and the infinite horizon.
When it comes to amenities, Horizon Residences brings to life your ideal "lazy Sunday". Facilities include a 25m swimming pool, hydro-reflexology massage, Jacuzzi, underwater pool seats and an open concept dining area close to the pool deck.
Re-opening in 2014, the new Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, resembling a moss-covered rock, will look as prehistoric as the three dinosaurs it will house. Cutting-edge technology will keep the 150 million-year fossils, as well as the region's largest collection of South-east Asian animals, in perfect condition.
The 7,500 sq m museum will be the new home of the respected Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and the three diplodocid sauropod dinosaurs, bought for under $8 million from the United States. The spacious gallery will be able to display up to 10 times more exhibits than the old museum.
The internal temperature will be maintained in the low 20°C with humidity of about 60 per cent to keep the specimens in optimum condition. Research specimens and offices will be housed together, presenting unique challenges for safety issues. To comply with the strict fire regulations, the sprinklers are specially engineered while the dry collection area is equipped with a gas extinguishing system.
The architecture of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum will sport a "prehistoric" boulder-like façade with tiered tropical vegetation. Surrounding the site will be lush indigenous plants and trees, as well as landscaped forests for educational purposes.
The architects put in a two-storey central space in the plan to cater for iconic exhibits such as dinosaurs. This prescient design came in handy when the opportunity to buy three fossils became available. The first long-neck baby dinosaur has arrived and its parents will be shipped in by end of next year.
The new materials and technologies that will result from research carried out within the facility, will have the potential to change markets and contribute in a profound way to the betterment of society and the enrichment and diversification of Singapore’s economy.
It has been announced that the new facility will become a major site for graphene research and application for the region and the world.
Graphene research at NUS includes a study led by Assistant Prof Barbaros Özyilmaz who is with the Department of Physics and the Graphene Research Centre. The team found that graphene provides a biocompatible scaffold which accelerates specific differentiation of stem cells into bone cells, spelling exciting possibilities for biomedical applications.
The Seawind is a luxurious development in Telok Kurau area, a highly sought after location in the popular East.
Designed to suit a variety of different lifestyles, the 222 unit development consists of condominium units, Soho concept residences and townhouses with a good mixture of 1-4 bedrooms units.
The Seawind embodies city living with around the clock offerings of famous casual and fine-dining establishments, popular and convenient shopping and entertainment centres, a well as quality schools that East has become renowned for. And yet, the glamour of downtown city and its full enriching recreational and leisure pleasure remain an easy commute away.
Strategically located at the junction of Selegie Road and Rochor Canal Road, Kookaburra is well-placed in the multi-cultural enclave known for its artistic and eclectic pursuits.
Raw-but-warm interiors framed with large clear windows overlooking the colonial courtyard on one side and the busy streets on another.
The all-day breakfast concept that gave Late Plate its underground cult status is retained at Kookaburra. The new restaurant has added a slew of special mains such as Char-grilled Rump Steak, Kurobuta Rendang, Barbecued Kangaroo and Duck Leg & Goose Rillette. Each created specifically for the new outlet by resident Executive Chef Roland Graham.
Chef Roland explains, “Our philosophy with regard to culinary offerings is simple. We want to allow the freshness and quality of the ingredients to speak for themselves, be it the freshest catch from the sea to prime meat pickings or vegetables in season. Our focus will always be on premium quality yet affordable pricing”.
Guests have a choice of 300 specially selected labels straddling both old and new world wines.
Kookaburra has decked out a basement level for private parties and corporate events. So whether it is a casual meal, weekend brunch, or an intimate dinner, Kookaburra offers something for every diner.
180 Albert Street, #01-09, Albert Court Village Hotel
The link bridge (College Link) to UTown is now open. You can now explore UTown’s facilities – a map is available for download here.
The NUS University Town (UTown), the first of its kind in Singapore’s higher learning landscape, opens its doors in 2011. Located across the NUS Kent Ridge campus, this is where some 2,400 undergraduate students, 1,700 graduate students and 1,000 researchers will work, live, and learn in close proximity.
Undergraduates staying in the Residential Colleges have the opportunity to combine the vibrancy of campus living with an exciting multidisciplinary academic programme. Graduate students moving into the Graduate Residence can look forward to facilities dedicated to the university’s growing graduate community. Top researchers from world-class research institutes will gather under one roof to form loci of innovation at the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE).
UTown, which is being developed in phases, will be launching its two undergraduate residential colleges - Cinnamon (that houses the University Scholars Programme) and Tembusu Colleges, in its initial phase in August 2011. Open to all new undergraduates and existing students, each residential college admits up to 600 students. Residents are encouraged to stay for at least 2 years to extract the optimal benefits of residential living and learning.
Each residential college has a Master who will be supported by a team of faculty fellows, graduate tutors and staff. They will develop the academic tone and character of the college. Together with their families, the Master and faculty fellows will live alongside the students.
Students will have a choice of living in single rooms or sharing a 6 bedroom suite. Room rental rates are from S$110 per room per week. Please refer to NUS Office of Student Affairs website for details on the accommodation fees.
Each college is also equipped with facilities such as theme rooms, multipurpose halls, dining halls, student lounges and common lounges. These facilities aim to create a supportive friendly environment, cultivating spirited communities through social, educational and cultural interaction.
With purposeful facilities designed to encourage an open exchange of ideas, this is where creativity, innovation and enterprise will flourish.
UTown leverages NUS’ reputation for enabling research and teaching across disciplines. It offers a new dimension in living and learning in line with the university’s mission to be a global university centred in Asia.
As an expression of NUS’ endeavour to enhance students’ learning experience, UTown is part of NUS’ long term plans to develop collaborative learning communities to engage young minds and maximize their potential.
National University of Singapore 21 Lower Kent Ridge Road,
Stansfield College was founded in 1993 but they will be opening yet another campus in August this year in Serangoon Central. Their mission today is a simple one - to make learning enjoyable. Many of them at Stansfield College including their Chairman and Deans have degrees from overseas universities and they understand the importance of enjoying the learning experience. They have dedicated themselves towards the purpose of their mission as they believe that you get more out of your education if you truly enjoy the process. They also believe that this attitude extends beyond just the time we spend in school. After all, we are all always learning, no matter how old we are so we strive for a simple goal – enjoy learning, enjoy life!
They also know that we enjoy something the most when we can see its true value to us, which is why they strive to offer their students the opportunity which has resulted in their ability to produce many top students over the years, including First Class Honours graduates in their international partners’ programmes consistently, every year. Over the years, they realised that not all interested students qualified for entry into their partners’ programmes and so their range of courses were expanded to include several foundation programmes as well as Certificate and Diploma programmes that allow a student to grow with them and eventually attain direct entry into selected partner university programmes with exemptions, through the transfer of credits. This made University degree programmes available to all who wanted them.
Most of their courses are taught by their full-time faculty who demonstrate a commitment to their mission and core values. They are augmented by a team of adjunct faculty who are carefully screened, many of whom have been with them as effective lecturers for some time.
They believe that people and organisations succeed only through discipline and this is a value they believe in strongly. They focus on moulding their people and organisation through discipline so as to be ‘role models’ for their students. After all, their students learn better obliquely by observation than ‘rote-learning’.
They recognise that first year full-time students need more guidance; therefore their class size policy is to limit the class to 24 and the tutorials to 8 in the critical first year of their Day College programmes. At the same time, they recognise that adult learners prefer a schedule allowing balance between work and classes. Their Evening College programmes are therefore designed with affordability and outside of class support. Their focus is to provide the best guidance to each and every student who enrols with them.
The National University Hospital’s (NUH) new heart centre will be a one-stop centre for heart patients, with its own dedicated cardiovascular nursing and operations team. Officially opened yesterday, the centre will focus on six areas of cardiovascular care: heart failure, congenital heart disease, acute coronary syndrome, vascular disease, women’s heart health and heart rhythm disorder. Its new three-storey building also brings together several departments that used to be scattered across the hospital grounds. These are the cardiac, and thoracic and vascular surgery departments, and the Cardiovascular Research Institute.
The focus is on a holistic and comprehensive approach to treating heart disease. As part of this approach, the new centre even has a garden created by multi-media artist Tan Swie Hian, featuring various sculptures and poems about the heart. This is Singapore’s second heart centre, and is meant to complement the Outram Road facility and take over some of its patient load.
NUH sees about 62,000 outpatients for heart illnesses yearly. With its increased capacity, the new heart centre will be able to see about 10 per cent more patients. This is expected to adequately handle sustained increases in workload for at least the next six to eight years. The new centre’s six key focus areas are meant to address the problems that come with Singapore’s ageing population. Its women’s heart health clinic is also the first of its kind in Singapore. Cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease and stroke, is the No. 1 killer among women in Singapore. There is also the addition of a cardiac rehabilitation centre which will provide aerobic and weight-resistance training to improve patients’ heart health.
With the new centre, floor space has increased by more than three times. The number of clinics and laboratories has also been increased by about 50 per cent to cater to a larger number of patients.
The National University of Singapore has confirmed that the first liberal arts college in Singapore is going to receive its first batch of 150 students in 2013. The college will be set up jointly by the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Yale University under an agreement to provide a new model of liberal arts education for Asia in the complex and rapidly changing world. It is the first campus of Yale outside the United States.
The new college will benefit from Yale in curriculum designing. What will be distinctive about this college is the fact that it will bring together some of the best elements of liberal arts education that is already present in Yale and take some strengths from NUS and develop a new curriculum that really blends the ideas and contexts of the West with ideas and contexts of Asia.
The college will have some distinctive features, with the size of a typical classroom limited to no more than 18 students. It will also be the first among the schools at the NUS to adopt the full residential model. NUS confirmed there had been a three-month delay in finalizing the agreement with Yale because it took longer-than-expected to iron out many aspects of the agreement. The agreement had been due late last year. The agreement was finally reached despite reservations among some Yale faculty members who are concerned about what they saw as "the lack of academic freedom" in Singapore. But administrators from NUS said such opinions were not shared by the majority.
The college will expand the size of its annual intake to 250 students each year, and the college offering four-year programs will eventually have about 1,000 students from Singapore and other countries. The academic quality is a given. But more than that, these must be interesting individuals who bring diverse interests and backgrounds to the classroom.
“One evening, we sat at a small restaurant that served the best truffle sandwiches in Italy. Whilst sipping our wine and nibbling on the divine sandwiches, we commented that there was nothing like this in Singapore. We thought it would be a dream to open a place like it. I think it was that very moment that sparked our passion for truffles and the desire to create Casa Tartufo.
Then we went to Piedmont on a two-week trip. There, we met ‘trifolai’ — truffle hunters — and spent a night with them and their dogs, searching for the ‘golden mushroom’. We also enjoyed making bids at the truffle auction. During the trip, we made very good and important contacts with the local suppliers. We also visited many wineries in search of the authentic taste of Piedmont wine, without the high prices of the most known Barolo and Barbaresco. All these years of working in F&B had given me the chance to be acquainted with numerous passionate wine-makers, and it was wonderful to introduce Tammy to them. We had a good time eating and drinking together with them whilst talking about our common passions: food and wine, naturally.
A few months later, we decided to take a big leap of faith and put our hearts and souls into the conceptualisation of our shared dream: Casa Tartufo. With Casa Tartufo, we aim to be the reference for truffles in Southeast Asia, trading the finest ingredients from Italy, France and the rest of the world, in order to give our guests the best products at the best prices all year round. I hope that you will enjoy tasting a piece of our story.”
Born in Marsala, Italy, which is famous for the sweet wines named after the city, Alex has always been passionate about food and wine. His interest naturally led him into the F&B industry, kick-starting a 20-year career that has taken him all over the world. Alex is a professional sommelier and holds a Masterâ€™s degree in hospitality management from Cornell University. He was also a finalist for the Best Restaurant Manager and Sommelier at the 2009 World Gourmet Summit.
Today, armed with his extensive F&B experience, passion, drive and enthusiasm, as the owner of Casa Tartufo, Alex will oversee the restaurantâ€™s operations, leading a dedicated team of chefs and waiters to display the highest level of professionalism, and deliver the best possible food and service to his guests. Alexâ€™s life and business partner, Tammy Boh, is a banker-turned-restaurateur. She takes care of the finances and marketing whilst assisting in the daily operations. She brings the feminine touch into the restaurant.
Alex and Tammy were inspired by the classic, homely and warm feel of restaurants typical of Milan, Turin and Florence and wanted to recreate the same authenticity in Casa Tartufo Singapore. Taking inspiration from classic Italian chic, chandeliers, soft-style lamps and characteristic wooden chairs add a touch of distinct sophistication. The authentic Italian décor is also extended to the bar, where the patterned marble floor was specially recreated to resemble that of Alex’s grandmother’s house, creating for customers a warm, inviting feeling of being an honoured guest in an Italian home.
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has just unveiled its Yunnan Garden Campus Master Plan, which will transform the campus – the largest in Singapore at 200 hectares – into a mini city. When fully completed, it will have a number of trendy meeting points dotting the landscape to encourage cross-campus chats. Walk into one of these and you will be able to have a conversation with a student, professor or researcher from another discipline or school.
Such common spaces will help to break down psychological ‘glass walls’, and encourage people of different research interests and disciplines to get to know one another better. In this way, everyone will benefit from the cross-fertilisation of ideas that springs from unexpected connections across the sciences. This is something that is becoming increasingly important as new knowledge comes from the overlaps between disciplines.
To create a melting pot of diverse talents across disciplines is in line with the NTU 2015 five-year strategic blueprint announced in November 2010. As part of this blueprint, NTU will put its global stamp in five areas known as the Five Peaks of Excellence. The five interdisciplinary areas are Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road and Innovation Asia.
Today, NTU is already a cosmopolitan hub of 33,000 students and 3,000 faculty and researchers from more than 70 countries. Future visitors to the new Univer-City can expect to find retail shops, cafes and restaurants, and even a pub and cinema in this self-contained campus, together with its existing conveniences. These will be at the new Campus Centre, which will become the heart of NTU. A road near the School of Art, Design and Media leading to the Administration Building will be transformed into a pedestrian promenade. The Campus Centre will create a ribbon of diverse meeting places, with academic, social and residential facilities located alongside each other.
Connecting with Nature: No concrete jungle, this will be a vibrant Univer-City with a soul. Today, the Yunnan Campus is already home to a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna. The Campus Master Plan aims to enhance this even further with additional plants and landscaping. Providing soup for the soul, new blue spaces will be created to add to the green. All these will provide the NTU community with a myriad of opportunities to connect with Mother Nature. The open lush greenery of the campus will be integrated with covered walkways and cycling lanes, to encourage people to walk or ride eco-friendly bicycles. Later on, pavilions and decks can be built next to a network of ponds and lakes to create new outdoor classrooms and lookout points, providing more common spaces for learning and relaxation.
The new ponds will enable NTU to reuse the rain water for irrigation of its lush expanses of greenery. Eventually, all the water bodies, including the naturalized waterways, ponds and lakes will form a continuous swath of blue across the campus to complement the greenery.
Forging greater industry links: The Campus Master Plan also aims to create a seamless physical integration between NTU and its neighbour, the upcoming CleanTech Park, a 50 hectare eco-business facility developed by JTC Corporation. It will be easy and convenient to move between the two entities, facilitating the shared use of research facilities and common spaces for social interaction.
Fostering greater interaction: The pulse of a city is its population. NTU believes that a residential experience is an important part of a holistic varsity education. NTU will be adding 5,000 new hostel places (single and shared rooms) by 2015. This will allow every undergraduate who desires to stay on campus to be able to do so.
At present, there are 9,200 places spread over 16 halls of residence. A new graduate hall, to be ready by early 2013, will house an additional 690 places for graduate students, which will result in more than double the current places available. International faculty and staff can also look forward to new housing facilities on campus.
A new Learning Hub – a shared facility for all schools – will also be created, housing about 70 “Classrooms of Tomorrow”. These classrooms are designed to drive group discussion and interaction. Whiteboards will be replaced by giant interactive screens, and students can even collaborate with their peers in different countries. SMART Boards will empower lecturers to virtually modify their teaching, so as to best fit individual students' learning styles. The Hub is expected to be ready in two years’ time.
To drive cross-disciplinary collaboration, a new Interdisciplinary Research Building is being planned. Catering to a mix of research faculty from NTU and its institutional partners, the building will be located near the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Building at Nanyang Link and is scheduled to be ready by 2014.
In anticipation of the needs of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, a new building will be built at the Yunnan Campus, in addition to the upcoming Novena Campus. To be outfitted with the latest technologies for learning and discovery, the building will be designed for current and emerging trends in medical education, such as virtual learning, clinical simulations and interdisciplinary collaborations. Located near the School of Biological Sciences on Nanyang Drive, it is expected to be ready by 2014. Easy access between the Yunnan and Novena campuses is being planned to ensure interaction of students from both campuses.
Extensive consultation: The Campus Master Plan is developed by the University together with a team of consultants led by Mr Harold Guida from Guida Moseley Brown Architects. It is the culmination of two intensive years of work by NTU’s Campus Planning committee that began in 2008 which included meetings with hundreds of members of the NTU community in this extensive planning process.
Established in collaboration with MIT, with the mission to advance knowledge and nurture technically grounded leaders and innovators to serve societal needs. This will be accomplished, with a focus on Design, through an integrated multi-disciplinary curriculum.
MIT's involvement is multi-faceted and includes developing new curricula and helping with early development, assisting with faculty and student recruiting, mentoring and career development, collaborating on major joint research projects including a new design centre, and student exchanges. Many of the newly hired Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) faculty will also spend up to a year at MIT in a specially tailored collaboration and professional development programme.
SUTD plans to do what MIT has done for Massachusetts and the US economy; be an engine of growth for Singapore, the region and the world. Together with MIT, SUTD will take the best minds and ideas and bring them to the marketplace, creating an enormous technological, financial and social impact for a better future. SUTD will matriculate its first intake of students in 2011. The University's programmes will be based on four pillars leading to separate degree programmes named Architecture and Sustainable Design, Engineering Product Development, Engineering Systems and Design, and Information Systems Technology and Design. Design, as an academic discipline, cuts across the curriculum and will be the framework for novel research and educational programmes.