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Professor Ian Postlethwaite, Dean & CEO Newcastle University in Singapore, shares details of the official opening of Newcastle Research & Innovation Institute (NewRIIS). 

It has been a busy – but hugely exciting – day and year for Newcastle University in Singapore.
The hard work of colleagues both in the UK and Singapore over the last twelve months has today culminated in the Official Opening of Newcastle Research & Innovation Institute (NewRIIS).
NewRIIS is the University’s new cutting-edge postgraduate research facility in Singapore. Located at the Devan Nair Institute for Employment and Employability in Jurong East, NewRIIS is setup with the ambition to deliver research, postgraduate and CPD training programmes, masterclasses and workshops.
Spread over 11,000 sq ft, NewRIIS is a hub for research, collaboration and innovation. The purposefully-designed institute houses four research laboratories, a visualization suite, two 50-seat classrooms, open-plan research areas and seminar facilities.
At the Official Opening today we were pleased to welcome His Excellency Scott Wightman, British High Commissioner to Singapore as our Guest of Honour. In addition to celebrating with our invited guests, we also welcomed our alumni to a special event.
Ahead of today’s events, we had already welcomed guests from leading commercial businesses, renowned academic institutions, global research partners and national authorities to various training and partner events at NewRIIS. I am pleased to report that every visitor to date has commented on how fantastic a space it is!

I am also delighted to announce that, at time of writing, NewRIIS has just received Private Education Institution status from the Committee for Private Education. This means NewRIIS can now start to deliver Masters programmes in Singapore. This is timely and excellent news for both NewRIIS and the University and its international strategy. It is the culmination of much hard work over the last nine months and we look forward to recruiting and welcoming our first postgraduate students in due course.

On the undergraduate side, we have also been equally as busy. Last month, we welcomed over 300 students onto new joint degree programmes in Singapore. The six undergraduate degrees will be delivered jointly with the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) and are offered in Chemical Engineering, Electrical Power Engineering, Marine Engineering, Mechanical Design & Manufacturing Engineering, Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering. These programmes build upon a partnership which has existed between the University and the Singapore Institute of Technology since 2009. Since then, over 1,000 students have graduated in major areas of Engineering and Science.
This is an exciting time for Newcastle University in Singapore. NewRIIS is the latest chapter in the University’s operations in Singapore, matching our renowned research strengths with the strategic needs of Singapore.
I do hope to welcome you to NewRIIS one day in the near future.
Professor Ian Postlethwaite, Dean & CEO Newcastle University in Singapore.


published on: 26th October 2017


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