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Wholly water -- students and scientists gather at NTU to discuss water problem
Date:7/5/2012

International university students and water experts have converged at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to form the backbone of an intellectual and research community on a scarce natural resource -- water.

NTU hosted 24 international students from 10 countries in the last fortnight as they attended the inaugural GlobalTech Summer Camp to learn about Singapore's water story. Last week, the university also hosted the 4th GlobalTech Workshop gathering the top water experts to share and discuss this global problem. In addition, NTU's Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI) hosted the Young Water Talents Symposium at Marina Bay Sands last week where 110 participants were engaged with topics ranging from innovations in drinking water technology and water resources management.

Keeping the world's resources sustainable is a major focus of NTU 2015, NTU's five-year strategic plan to become a great global university by 2015. The plan lists the five interdisciplinary Peaks of Excellence the university is scaling. These are: Sustainable Earth, New Media, Future Healthcare, New Silk Road and Innovation Asia. NTU today has S$849 million dedicated to Sustainability Research.

Don't miss the boat

From setting up a booth in the shape of Noah's Ark at the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) to Global Alliance of Technological Universities' (GlobalTech) two-pronged approach of a Summer Camp and a Workshop to tackle the water question, this effort is indicative of NTU's commitment to sustain the simple molecule known as H2O.

Leveraging on the university's expertise in sustainability research in water, the Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (or NEWRI) will be generating water buzz at the SIWW from 2-4 July 2012.

Inspired by Noah's Ark, this "ship" symbolises NTU's dedication to be part of the global solution for sustainability and it invites partners to "board the Ark", sail forward as a
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Contact: Wang Meng Meng
WangMM@ntu.edu.sg
65-679-06681
Nanyang Technological University
Source:Eurekalert

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