Within the framework of the forum "Arctic: Territory of Dialogue", of which NArFU was appointed as a venue for the second time, on March 29, a working meeting of the University scientists with colleagues from Singapore was held at the NArFU Intellectual Centre – Scientific Library.
The foreign delegation was represented by Prof. Timothy White, Associate Chair (Research), School of Materials Science & Engineering; Research Director for Engineering, Physical and Biomedical/Life Sciences, President’s Office (Nanyang Technological University) and Dr. Christopher Len, Senior Research Fellow, Energy Studies Institute (National University of Singapore). The meeting became possible by virtue of the close relations of NArFU and Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Russia, which was represented at the meeting by the Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. Seow Chen Seah.
The head of NArFU Scientific Research department, Alexander Guryev, expressed gratitude to foreign colleagues for their interest in the possibility of developing a partnership with the federal university. Mr. Seow Chen Seah, in his welcoming speech emphasized that direct contacts and communication between scientists constitute a solid foundation for the development of international cooperation between both countries.
During the discussion, Singaporean colleagues and NArFU representatives from the High Engineering School and the Shared Use Equipment Centre ”Arktika" presented priority fields of universities’ research activities and personal research interests. Ecology, materials science and the creation of innovative building materials were defined as the key areas of possible further scientific cooperation. Taking into consideration the interest of Singapore as observer country of the Arctic Council, the foreign partners expressed interest in participating in the NARFU research projects, in particular, the Arctic Floating University expedition. Additionally, possible forms of cooperation were addressed, such as student and staff exchanges, joint conferences and seminars, scientific internships. The parties agreed to continue discussion via video conferences in order to make more detailed joint plans.
The established contacts will allow expanding partnership of NArFU with the universities of Southeast Asia being a perspective direction of the university international cooperation.