SIWW, Singapore, June 29, 2010 - (ACN Newswire) - The largest ever batch of NRF (Environmental & Water Technologies) PhD Scholarships and NRF (Clean Energy) PhD Scholarships, was presented by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, at a joint award ceremony held during the Singapore International Water Week.
30 outstanding students, with strong passion in Environment & Water Technologies (EWT) and Clean Energy research, were selected from more than 200 applicants for the scholarships awarded by the Environment and Water Industry Programme Office (EWI) and the Clean Energy Programme Office (CEPO). These students will pursue their research at top universities including the Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Stanford University and Cambridge University.
One of the EWT R&D scholarships was also jointly awarded with IUT Global Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based environment and water companies. Such joint-company scholarships aim to help Singapore-based companies build up their R&D capabilities by co-funding their employees for post-graduate studies.
Together, EWI and CEPO have set aside S$55 million from the funds received from the National Research Foundation for the award of such scholarships and have given out more than 50 scholarships to-date.
The government had earlier announced that Clean Water and Clean Energy will be key growth areas for Singapore, and committed a total of nearly S$700 million to develop the R&D and manpower capabilities. EWI targets to grow the value-added (VA) contribution from the water sector to S$1.7 billion and increase the jobs in this sector to 11,000 by 2015. CEPO targets the Clean Energy industry to contribute S$1.7 billion VA and employ some 7,000 within the same timeframe.
About Environment & Water Industry Programme Office (EWI)
The Environment & Water Industry Programme Office (EWI) was set up in May 2006 with $330mil funding from National Research Foundation over 5 years to spearhead the development of the environment and water industry. EWI adopts a three-pronged strategy with technology development as a key pillar to grow the water industry. Our vision is to grow value-added (VA) contribution from the water sector from $0.5 billion (0.3% of GDP) in 2003 to $1.7 billion (0.6% of GDP) by 2015. Jobs for this sector are expected to double to about 11,000 in 2015, with a large part of the growth in professional and skilled categories.
About the Clean Energy Programme Office
To synergise efforts to grow the clean energy industry, the multi-agency Clean Energy Programme Office (CEPO) was established in 2007, consisting of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), the Energy Market Authority (EMA), Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and National Environment Agency (NEA). CEPO is responsible for planning and executing strategies to develop Singapore into a Global Clean Energy Hub where clean energy products and solutions are developed here and exported globally.
Since inception, CEPO has launched several key initiatives, including a S$50 million Clean Energy Research Programme to support R&D efforts, a S$25 million graduate scholarships programme to groom top-notch talent for the industry and a S$20 million Solar Capability Scheme to test-bed innovative Clean Energy solutions. The total funding from the government amounts to S$350mil. CEPO's Co-Executive Directors are the Managing Director of EDB, Dr Beh Swan Gin, and the Chief Executive of EMA, Mr Lawrence Wong.
Sectors: Water, Environment, Alt. Energy
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