NTU’s Schools, Institutes and Centres at Work
Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institutes (NEWRI)
Launched in March 2008, NEWRI represents NTU’s efforts over the last two decades of being a committed and active participant in Singapore’s Environmental and Water Technology (EWT) R&D landscape. Operating with 8 co-ordinated units and some 400 researchers, NEWRI provides a coherent platform for multi- and trans-disciplinary interactions and a contiguous value chain involving research, translation, development and application. This approach better ensures development of innovative and practical environmental solutions relevant to industry and community.
Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE)
The Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE) is focused on translating the understanding of microbial biology and ecology into life sciences based technologies for sustainable urban and natural environments. Exploring, harnessing and controlling microbial biofilms require the use of molecular life science tools in novel environmental engineering technologies and the grooming of new generations of experts to provide sustainable solutions for environmental quality. Engineering of microbial biofilms for efficient bioremediation of pollutants, reuse of water and preventing pathogenic biofilms are but a few of the SCELSE targets.
Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS)
In 2010, EOS built the foundations of a major branch of its organisation, the Sustainability Directorate, headed by the former business executive from Monitor Group, Andreas Schaffer. The mandate of the group is to integrate climate science into decision making and thus make EOS relevant to senior decision makers in business and policy. For example, the Sustainability Directorate is planning to host a new initiative of Corporate Leaders on Climate Change in Southeast Asia. In addition, the group is conducting economics and policy research to address issues relevant to stakeholders.
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)
The S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) is an academic institution and policy-oriented think tank within NTU that is dedicated to analysing the multifaceted characteristics of contemporary international affairs. The RSIS Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies pursues this objective by, among other things, exploring the importance of environmental trends and policies to the progress of countries and communities throughout the Asia Pacific region. The Centre regularly carries out detailed field work projects to this end, consults regularly with government and non-governmental stakeholders and has extensive publication and outreach agendas.
School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS)
The School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) at NTU is actively involved in a wide variety of multi-disciplinary environmental and sustainability research projects. Our School is committed to playing an important part in NTU's Sustainable Earth Peak initiative, in areas such as energy economics, environmental policy, and complexity studies, and including expertise and analysis related to questions of incentives, governance, and a whole host of behavioral, linguistic, and cultural considerations.
School of Computer Engineering
The School of Computer Engineering applies computer and information technology to reduce carbon emissions by replacing carbon-intensive activities with virtual tools. The Climate Group predicts that by 2020, the internet's footprint will have tripled to 1.43bn tonnes of carbon emitted per year. However, information technology - such as smart logistics, energy-aware buildings and more efficient energy grids - could reduce emissions by 15% overall.
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
The School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering’s main research thrust in sustainability is in improving the technologies and standards of intelligent electrical power distribution for eventual deployment throughout Singapore. This includes advanced smart energy meters, building power management systems and home automation networks which are being test-bedded in the NTU Yunnan Campus. Besides reducing energy losses, the intelligent power distribution allows easy connectivity to renewable energy sources and energy storage systems.
National Institute of Education (NIE)
The National Institute of Education (NIE) is the national teacher training institute in Singapore. The Singapore education system has been referred to as being one of the most successful educational systems in the world. This is, in part, due to the sound educational policies and research in the shaping of curriculum and management practices for schools.
The Energy Research Institute at NTU (ERI@N)
The Energy Research Institute at NTU (ERI@N) is an umbrella research institute that works on clean energy (wind, solar, fuel cells, electromobility, and energy storage) and energy efficiency (green buildings, and green ships/ports). ERI@N has a number of applied and fundamental research projects in the above areas that actively seek industry participation in collaboration with top researchers at NTU and around the world.
Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT)
CELT supports the University's Sustainable Earth initiatives as part of the Five Peaks of Excellent by assuring and advancing the quality of educational development, instructional and media support services, and to serve the common good by sharing and deploying appropriate technologies on blended education and learning models to significantly enhance student learning and professional teaching.