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Date:2/22/2011

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Austrian President and delegation visit NTU

The two agreements will be signed this afternoon in the presence of His Excellency, the Federal President of the Republic of Austria, Dr Heinz Fischer. Accompanying him will be his wife, Mrs Margit Fischer; Federal Minister of Health, Mr Alois Stger; Federal Minister of Science and Research, Dr Beatrix Karl; and a 90-strong Austrian delegation.

During his visit to NTU, the President and his delegation will learn about the university's plans to offer a joint PhD programme with AIT and another Austrian university, the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU). Under this programme, which starts in August 2011 and includes nanobiotechnology and energy research, NTU students will spend up to two years studying in Vienna. Their Austrian counterparts will similarly pursue their research at NTU.

The NTU-AIT-BOKU collaboration in nanobiotechnology has been further boosted by the addition of a fourth partner Sweden's Linkping University. This has led to the formation of the Centre for Biomimetic Sensor Science at NTU's Research TechnoPlaza.

The centre's research focuses on developing biosensors that can detect disease markers in a small amount of blood, or pick out traces of toxins and poisons in air and water. This has potential applications in biomedical research, environmental monitoring, food production and homeland security.

"Through such strategic joint research projects with leading European partners like AIT, SOLID ASIA, BOKU, and Linkping University, NTU will promote the best of international research, and raise the level of academic interaction and scientific collaboration between Singapore and Europe in general, and with Austria in particular," said Professor Andersson, who hosts President Fischer's visit to NTU.

They last met in November 2010, when Prof Andersson was in Vienna to receive the prestigious Wihelm Exne
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Contact: Edgar Lee
edgarlee@ntu.edu.sg
656-790-6052
Nanyang Technological University
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