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Singapore research agreement makes connections across the seas

A new memorandum of understanding between Monash University and Republic Polytechnic (RP) will promote collaboration between our researchers and those at Singapore’s youngest polytechnic.

The memorandum, which aims to bring researchers from the two groups together into collaborative projects, builds on existing education agreements between Monash and RP.

Students from the RP Diploma in Biomedical Sciences and Diploma in Biotechnology can articulate into the Monash Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Bachelor of Radiography and Medical Imaging.

“The signing of the MOU between the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences and Republic Polytechnic to develop research collaborations marks a further step in the growing relationship between our two institutions,” said Professor Leon Piterman, Senior Deputy Dean and Deputy Dean (International) of the Faculty.

“It builds on the successful implementation of articulated degree programs and takes advantage of changes in the Singapore Government policy to build research capacity at each of Singapore's polytechnics. A process of jointly developing priority research areas will soon commence.”

RP Principal Mr Yeo Li Pheow attended the signing with Mr Ashley Chua, Assistant Director (Administration) for the School of Applied Science, and Ms Wong Wai Ling, Deputy Director of the School of Information and Communications Technology.

“The scope of cooperation between the two institutions is now expanded beyond academic programmes, to include collaborative research and staff exchange. Republic Polytechnic recognises that this new MOU will add further value to the growth of both institutions as we seek to elevate our standing in the international research community. We are pleased to witness this new phase of growth in our relationship with Monash University,” said Mr Yeo.

Established in 2003, RP is the newest and most progressive of Singapore's five polytechnics. Students are taught using the problem-based learning (PBL) approach with a unique 'One-Day-One-Problem' teaching method, and are graded daily in each class.

Designed by award-winning Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki, the RP campus in Woodlands is wireless and largely paperless, with almost all academic and administrative work carried out on computer.

Professor Steve Wesselingh and Mr Yeo Li Pheow

'The Principal/CEO of Singapore's Republic Polytechnic, Mr Yeo Li Pheow, with Professor Steve Wesselingh, Dean of the Monash Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.'