NUS has signed a collaborative agreement with Korea University and Fudan University to establish the "S³ University Alliance" (S³UA). S³ stands for Shanghai, Seoul and Singapore. The agreement was sealed at the Tri-University Colloquium co-hosted by the three universities on 19 May 2006 in Seoul, Korea.
Presidents of three universities exchanged the signed Seoul Declaration. Front row, (from left):
Fudan University President Professor Wang Shenghong, Korea University President Professor Yoon-Dae Euh,
and NUS President Professor Shih Choon Fong.
Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and representatives from three universities witnessed the signing.
Presidents of three universities exchanged the signed Seoul Declaration. Front row, (from left): Fudan University President Professor Wang Shenghong, Korea University President Professor Yoon-Dae Euh and NUS President Professor Shih Choon Fong. Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and representatives from three universities witnessed the signing.
NUS President Professor Shih Choon Fong, Fudan University President Professor Wang Shenghong and Korea University President Professor Yoon-Dae Euh were the signatories. The signing was witnessed by Minister Mentor (MM) Lee Kuan Yew who was conferred an honorary doctorate degree by Korea University – a highlight of the Colloquium.
MM Lee was invited to deliver the KU's annual Inchon Memorial Lecture which he elaborated on globalisation and attracting talent. MM Lee stressed that, "No university can be excellent in every field. There is potential for synergies and cooperation between them. NUS can serve as the gateway to South East Asia, Fudan as the entry point to a vibrant China and Korea University as the connection to the technology and vibrancy of Korea." The new alliance marks the beginning of a thriving partnership between the three leading Asian universities.
As part of initial implementation plans, Korea University will focus on Asian MBA programmes, while NUS and Fudan will spearhead programmes relating to Asian financial markets and bioscience, respectively. Expected to be launched within a year, these joint programmes aim to be the best in Asia within five years, and among the world's top five in 10 years. Research and education programmes initiated under S³UA will be globally oriented, with a significant focus on Asia.
Delegates of the Tri-University Colloquium at Korea University's Business School.
"The breadth and diversity of talent – whether homegrown or foreign-sourced – at Fudan, KU and NUS provide a platform for deep and meaningful partnership. With our shared heritage and prized location in Asia's global cities, we have what it takes to bring education and research to world class levels," said Professor Shih.
The Colloquium, anchored by the theme Thinking Globalisation: For Whom the Bell Tolls, was attended by Presidents and key officials of the partner universities. The event is especially significant as all three institutions are celebrating their centenary.
The three universities also signed a bilateral Student Exchange Agreement with each other.
Signing ceremony of the Memoranda of Understanding and Student Exchange Agreements between NUS and Korea University and between Korea University and Fudan University. From left: Professor Doo-Hee Lee, Korea University Vice President for Development and External Affairs, Professor Chen Yinzhang, Director of Fudan University Foreign Affairs Office, Fudan University President Professor Wang Shenghong, Korea University President Professor Yoon-Dae Euh, NUS President Professor Shih Choon Fong and Associate Professor Lawrence Loh, NUS Vice President for University and Global Relations.