The Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is setting up a joint research institute in the southern Guangzhou city to develop new technologies like next-generation electric vehicles.
NTU will partner the South China University of Technology in the project, to be called the Sino-Singapore International Joint Research Institute.
It will occupy up to 20,000 sq m in the Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City, with funding of $44 million for the first five years.
The company behind the Knowledge City is also party to the agreement, signed at the Istana yesterday and witnessed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
NTU said that the institute will focus on research that translates to technological advances for Guangzhou. Several research areas have been identified, including next-generation electric vehicles and intelligent urban transportation systems, nutrition and food science, sustainable urban development, pollution control and environmental restoration, as well as biomedical materials and medical instruments, it said.
"This trans-national research initiative can also help to solve common issues related to research and development faced by both Singapore and China," said NTU president Bertil Andersson.