Singapore`s high-tech strategy was initiated by the National Research Foundation (NRF), an agency of the Office of the Prime Minister of Singapore and led by the Economic Development Board (EDB) in coordination with other sister funding agencies such as the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and universities, spearheaded by the National University of Singapore (NUS).



The National Research Foundation (NRF), an agency of the Office of the Prime Minister of Singapore, sets the national direction for R&D within Singapore by developing policies, plans and strategies for research, and by coordinating innovation and entrepreneurial efforts. The NRF funds strategic initiatives and develops R&D capabilities and capacity by nurturing talent from within Singapore and abroad. It coordinates the research agenda of various government agencies with the aim of further transforming Singapore into an innovative, entrepreneurial and knowledge-based economy.

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NUS is a globally-oriented university, in the distinguished league of the world’s leading universities. It offers a global approach to education and research, with a focus on Asian perspectives and expertise. The NUS mission comprises three mutually reinforcing thrusts:

  • Transformative education that nurtures thinking individuals, who are alive to opportunities to make a difference, are valued members and leaders of society, and global citizens effective in diverse settings.
  • High-impact research that advances the boundaries of knowledge and contributes to the betterment of society.
  • Dedicated service, as a national university, that adds to social, economic and national development.

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The Economic Development Board (EDB) is the lead government agency that plans and executes economic strategies to enhance Singapore’s position as a global hub for business, investment and talent. Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) is the key driver for the high-tech strategy in Singapore.

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The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is Singapore’s lead government agency dedicated to fostering world-class scientific research and talent for a vibrant knowledge-based economy.

A*STAR actively nurtures public sector research and development in Biomedical Sciences, and Physical Sciences & Engineering, and spurs growth in Singapore’s key economic clusters by providing human, intellectual and industrial capital to our partners in industry and the healthcare sector.

A*STAR currently oversees 14 research institutes and seven consortia & centres located in Biopolis and Fusionopolis and their vicinity, and supports extramural research with the universities, hospital research centres, and other local and international partners.

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Established in 1954 to meet the manpower needs identified by the government, Singapore Polytechnic (SP) is Singapore’s first polytechnic. Its 10 academic schools offer 50 full-time diploma courses for its 15,970 students and courses are kept relevant through close links with industry and government bodies, as well as with various overseas institutions. SP offers broad-based, multi-disciplinary and flexible curriculum dedicated to hands-on experience. It is committed to the development of its applied research and development capabilities to enhance the quality of teaching and commercialization efforts. Through Design Thinking, SP offers a revolutionary approach to education, allowing its students to look at problems from different perspectives, and strike a dynamic balance between intuitive and analytical thinking to provide impactful solutions. Among SP’s 166,800 graduates are successful entrepreneurs, top executives in multinational and public-listed corporations, and well-known professionals, many of whom are captains of industries, university professors and researchers, and leaders in government. SP is the first polytechnic to be awarded the President’s Award for the Environment in 2010 and the President’s Social Service Award in 2011.

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