Coventry among 16 leading UK and Singapore universities to form alliance to accelerate entrepreneurship and innovation collaboration

Paul Noon

Dr Paul Noon OBE, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Enterprise and Innovation

Friday 09 April 2021

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Coventry University has come together with 15 UK and Singaporean universities to form the UK-Singapore Universities Alliance for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (UKSAEI) – the first alliance of its kind to accelerate collaborations in entrepreneurship and innovation between the two countries.

The alliance was launched on 8 April 2021, witnessed by H.E. Kara Owen, British High Commissioner to Singapore, H.E. Lim Thuan Kuan, Singapore High Commissioner to the UK, and Dr Lim Khiang Wee, Executive Director at the National Research Foundation in Singapore.

UKSAEI brings together world leading universities from the UK (Bath, Coventry, Cranfield, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, King’s College London, Newcastle, Nottingham, Manchester and Strathclyde) and Singapore (Nanyang Technological University Singapore, Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore Management University, National University Singapore and Singapore University of Technology and Design) to share knowledge and facilitate collaboration in commercialisation and innovation.

Enabling knowledge exchanges on technology transfer and commercialisation, cross-border licensing of technologies, and training the next generation of entrepreneurs, the alliance will boost efforts in accelerating ideas to market and value capture, and deepen co-operation between innovation ecosystems in the UK and Singapore.

Universities and businesses working together internationally to drive forward innovation and generate prosperity and better social outcomes are vital as we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic. UK and Singapore institutions have an outstanding record in this area, and this partnership will identify new challenges and generate innovative and entrepreneurial responses. This activity further underpins the deep, rich and enduring relationships between the UK and Singapore.

Dr Paul Noon OBE, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Enterprise and Innovation, Coventry University

Coventry University, the Founding Chair of the UKSAEI, is committed to creating international relationships. My team at the Singapore Hub is also proud to be contributing to the UK and Singapore alliance, and in deepening this relationship, we can foster transnational knowledge exchange.

Michael Yap, Regional Managing Director of Coventry University’s Singapore Hub

Both the UK and Singapore are strongly committed to investing in R&D, innovation and enterprise, and recognise the importance of collaborating internationally in these areas to support economic growth. Collaboration in knowledge and education is a top priority for the SG-UK Partnership for the Future, with science and innovation at its heart. The Alliance builds on the extensive links between UK and Singapore universities to make a practical contribution to the role innovation and enterprise development will play in post-COVID-19 recovery. Congratulations to everyone on the launch of this Alliance.

Her Excellency Kara Owen, British High Commissioner to Singapore

I am honoured to be able to witness the launch of the UK-Singapore Universities Alliance for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Since the signing of the Singapore-UK Innovation & Research Partnership Agreement in 2014, Singapore’s collaboration on research, innovation and enterprise with the UK has been growing from strength to strength. I welcome this ground-up initiative and the aim of the Alliance to facilitate commercialisation and innovation among our IHLs. I wish them every success. Congratulations to all involved on the launch of the Alliance!

His Excellency Lim Thuan Kuan, Singapore High Commissioner to London

The Alliance is supported by the British High Commission Singapore, the UK Science and Innovation Network in Singapore, and the UK Universities in Singapore Network.