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Republic Polytechnic’s School of Applied Science, signs MOU with Shimadzu (Asia-Pacific) for training and collaborative research projects


Republic Polytechnic (RP) has joined hands with Shimadzu (Asia Pacific) to set up a training and research laboratory facility for Pre-employment Training (PET) as well as Continuing Education and Training (CET)

Singapore, 7th November 2019: Republic Polytechnic’s School of Applied Science has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Shimadzu (Asia Pacific) Pte Ltd, the leading subsidiary of the 144-year-old global analytical instrument leader Shimadzu Corporation, to set up a research laboratory facility for Pre-employment Training (PET) as well as Continuing Education and Training (CET) curriculum delivery.

Aptly named S.T.A.R (Sustainable Technology & Analytical Research) Laboratory, the proposed laboratory will not only be a training centre for RP students and industry partners but will also serve as a research and development laboratory for sustainable resources research.  This is in line with the United Nations sustainable development goals committed by the Singapore government.  Some of the projects will be in the research areas of sustainable materials, functional foods (Healthy Aging) and urban farming.

From Left to Right: Mr Prem Anand, Executive Officer and Senior General Manager, Shimadzu (Asia Pacific) Pte Ltd; Mr Tanigaki Tetsuya, Managing Director, Shimadzu (Asia Pacific) Pte Ltd; Mr Ashley Chua, Senior Director, Industry Services and SkillsFuture, Republic Polytechnic; and Dr Lim Boon Whatt, Director, School of Applied Science, Republic Polytechnic.

As part of the new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), some of the tools Shimadzu supports will include Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS), Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometer, Fourier Transform-Infra Red (FTIR) Spectrometer as well as integrated laboratory solutions. The new state-of-art analytical instruments managed by Analytical Intelligence (A.I) serves as a learning platform for students and laboratory technicians to learn about laboratory informatics and the use of modern analytical instrumentation.

Republic Polytechnic is a progressive and forward-thinking educational institution in Singapore. The 17-year-old institution focuses on nurturing students to be industry professionals with strong problem-solving abilities when they graduate. 

Dr Lim Boon Whatt, Director, School of Applied Science, Republic Polytechnic, said: “Industry experience is an invaluable part of laying a solid foundation for our students to excel in the workforce. We are pleased to announce our collaborative efforts with Shimadzu (Asia Pacific), allowing our students to work with industry-leading tools and instruments for their training in the areas of sustainable materials, functional food, urban farming and agrotechnology. Through joint research projects, our staff and students will work towards the goal of a sustainable city.”

Mr Prem Anand, Executive Officer and Senior General Manager, Shimadzu (Asia Pacific) Pte Ltd, said: “Education is one of Shimadzu’s key focus areas and we have always supported academia with the best in innovations and technology as per our Company Philosophy of Contributing to Society through Science & Technology. This Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is yet another reiteration of this philosophy. Our goal is to utilise science and technology in our particular areas of business, which are human health, safety and security of society, and industrial development, to help build a more affluent society. Providing Excellence in Science is not only our motto but is a way of life in the Shimadzu Family.”


About Shimadzu (Asia Pacific) Pte Ltd 

Shimadzu (Asia Pacific) is a subsidiary and the Asian headquarter of Shimadzu Corporation, which was founded in 1875 in Kyoto, Japan. The subsidiary was established in 1989 in Singapore as a distribution centre providing analytical solutions, scientific equipment, testing machines, balances and medical equipment to a wide range of laboratories. A fast-paced growth of business in the region has seen the opening of 3 subsidiaries in India, Malaysia and the Philippines with application specialists, technical and sales engineers spreading across 18 countries throughout the region including, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar, Brunei. Additionally, the company operates via a wide and carefully selected network of local distributors in every country in the region.

The company's instruments are relied upon by researchers from large multinational organisations to local academic research universities. Through adoption of scientific inventions and cutting-edge technologies, Shimadzu (Asia Pacific) provides its corporate clients with the highest quality in product standards and delivers excellent customer support services in accordance with its motto - ‘Excellence in Science’.

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About Republic Polytechnic 

The first educational institution in Singapore to leverage the Problem-based Learning approach for all its diploma programmes, Republic Polytechnic (RP) has seven schools and one academic centre offering 37 full-time diplomas in Applied Science, Engineering, Management and Communication, Hospitality, Infocomm, Sports, Health & Leisure, and Technology for the Arts.

RP is committed to nurturing professionals with strong problem-solving capabilities through an innovative and entrepreneurial learning environment, based on a holistic and industry-relevant curriculum. RP's Academy for Continuing Education also offers a comprehensive suite of lifelong learning programmes to provide adult learners with skills upgrading opportunities.

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Mr Saptarshi Chaudhuri (Bob)
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Shimadzu (Asia Pacific) Pte Ltd
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