France and Singapore deepen innovation and research cooperation [fr]
On the occasion of Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing’s visit to Paris from 12 to 13 July, France and Singapore have inked 8 agreements to strenghten cooperation in innovation, research and higher education.
In conjunction with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s visit to France, invited to attend France’s National Day as a guest of honour, Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing made a trip to Paris from 12 to 13 July to deepen innovation and research cooperation between France and Singapore, in the frame of the France-Singapore Year of Innovation.
3 Agreements to intensify exchanges between France and Singapore’s innovation ecosystems under the Global Innovation Alliance initiative
In Paris, Minister Chan Chun Sing visited Station F, the world’s largest startup campus, where he witnessed the signing of 3 agreements along with Minister of State for Digital Affairs Mounir Mahjoubi. These agreements aim at intensifying and facilitating the exchanges between our two innovation ecosystems providing a simplified access to both countries’ markets for Singaporean and French startups.
French Business School ESSEC, the Economic Development Board (EDB) and Entreprise Singapore (ESG) signed an agreement under the Global Innovation Alliance initiative to host and accompany Singapore and French startups looking to access the two markets.
A similar agreement was signed between French incubator Creative Valley, EDB and ESG under the Global Innovation Alliance initiative.
French Public Bank for Investment BPIfrance and ESG also signed an agreement to foster and facilitate technological partnerships between companies of France and Singapore. This MoU aims to establish a collaborative framework under which will be developed activities related to the exchange of best practices and the setting up of coordinated measures to foster technological exchanges and innovation collaborations between companies, organizations and institutions from France and Singapore.
Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation Frédérique Vidal called on Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing on 13 July. They witnessed the signing of 5 agreements in higher education and science cooperation between France and Singapore. Minister Vidal attended in January 2018 the official launch of the France-Singapore Year of Innovation, during the Global Young Scientists Summit".
Singapore, the third-largest partner of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), formalized the integration of CNRS in the CREATE campus with the signing of an agreement between National Research Foundation and CNRS. CNRS intends to set up a subsidiary - CNRS@CREATE Ltd - to host research activities as part of the Singapore research ecosystem.
France and Singapore agreed to deepen cooperation in artificial intelligence with the signing of an agreement between AI Singapore, CNRS, INSERM (National Institute of Health and Medical Research) and INRIA (Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation). AI Singapore, CNRS, INSERM and INRIA wish to promote joint research and development activities of mutual interest and benefit in the area of Artificial Intelligence and Smart Digital Technologies.
French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) signed an agreement to formalize the launch of a joint lab for research in the circular economy. The NTU-CEA Joint Lab, Singapore CEA Alliance for Research in the Circular Economy (“SCARCE”), will develop innovative hydrometallurgy technologies for energy and emission efficient recovery of valuable and scarce resources from waste materials.
Sorbonne Paris Cité University (USPC) launches together with la National University of Singapore (NUS) the « Star Programme » defining new topics of cooperation between the two institutions such as medicine and public health, social sciences and education sciences.
Paris Sciences et Lettres University (PSL) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) inked an exchange programme agreement for undergraduate and postgraduate students.