Rolls-Royce has collaborated with key industry partner Singapore Airlines Engineering Company (SIAEC) to create two highly successful joint ventures:
As part of the Group’s global Research & Technology acquisition activities, Rolls-Royce is engaged with local research partners in Singapore including A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research), NTU (Nanyang Technological University) and NUS (National University of Singapore).
Following a successful relationship started in 2001 with the Institute of High Performance Computing, an A*STAR research institute, Rolls-Royce signed a comprehensive Master Research Agreement with A*STAR in 2004. Projects range from Artificial Intelligence to Manufacturing Process Technologies and cover a wide range of technology readiness levels.
In 2005 Rolls-Royce also commenced its partnership with NUS and signed a Master Research Agreement with projects in Materials Support and Manufacturing Technology Research.
In May 2012, Rolls-Royce signed a Memorandum of Understanding with key local research partners SIMTech (A*STAR) and NTU along with industry leaders Carl Zeiss and Siemens for the establishment of the Advanced Remanufacturing & Technology Centre (ARTC) of Singapore.
When it opens in 2014, the ARTC will serve as the first Asian location and the seventh in a global network of Advanced Manufacturing Research Centres (AxRCs), a concept pioneered by Rolls-Royce, aimed at developing innovative manufacturing and remanufacturing technologies for various industry sectors through collaborations with academia and industry.
In July 2013, Rolls-Royce signed an agreement with NTU to establish the Rolls-Royce@NTU Corporate Lab at a joint investment of S$75 million. Supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF), the new laboratory is the first of its kind in the world with a university that will focus on three core areas of research - Electrical Power and Control Systems, Manufacturing and Repair Technologies and Computational Engineering with the objective of developing future innovations in the areas of Aerospace and Marine Power Systems, Manufacturing and Repair Technologies, Measurement Systems, and Big Data Analytics.
It is also the first lab to be supported under the National Research Foundation’s newly launched Corp Lab @ University scheme.
Rolls-Royce is a significant and committed contributor to establish Singapore as a leading regional hub for talent in the aviation and aerospace industry. In Singapore, Rolls-Royce works closely with various agencies and institutions across government, industry and academia, to train and develop talent and nurture a culture of engineering excellence.
Rolls-Royce participates in the Singapore Economic Development Board's (EDB) Training and Attachment Programme (TAP), which aims to help companies develop manpower capabilities and prepare for growth. The EDB funds the training, both in Singapore and abroad, of engineers and other professionals to create a ready and highly skilled workforce for companies such as Rolls-Royce.
The Advanced Technology Centre also supports the development of talent with industry-relevant PhD degrees through the Industrial Postgraduate Programme managed by the EDB. These students pursue their degrees while being employed by Rolls-Royce and conduct research on subjects that are of importance to the company.
Rolls-Royce collaborated with Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) to establish an engineering degree programme in Aeronautical & Aerospace Technology which saw its first graduating class in May 2012.
Rolls-Royce has been working with Singapore’s National Trade Union Congress’ e2i (Employment and Employability Institute), the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency, to develop training and qualifications programmes to support the development of the aerospace industry in Asia.
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