Press Release

A*STAR and University of Warwick Launch First Engineering Doctorat e Scholarship in Advanced Manufacturing

31 Jul 2014

Singapore—Engineers in training can look forward to a new vocation-driven engineering doctorate from July 2014. A*STAR and the University of Warwick’s Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) are rolling out an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) scholarship programme in Advanced Manufacturing, a first of its kind in Singapore. Graduates of the programme will be conferred an EngD degree by the University of Warwick, which is renowned for its  degree programmes on manufacturing, and is ranked in the top 10 in the UK. The programme is funded by the A*STAR Graduate Academy (A*GA).

The EngD degree is equivalent to a traditional PhD in engineering, but provides a more industry-oriented education. While a traditional PhD programme in engineering centers on academic research, the EngD programme focuses on applied research that results in innovative solutions for significant industry problems. The programme will leverage on the collaboration research projects between A*STAR’s Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) and WMG. Instead of producing a doctoral thesis, EngD candidates are evaluated on their portfolio, which comprises coursework, project reports, and publications that demonstrate their innovation and project leadership abilities.

Under this programme, SIMTech will serve as a link between industry and the University of Warwick to develop and align the research project syllabus with the current needs of the manufacturing industry. The programme will help candidates understand issues in the area of manufacturing processes, automation, and systems and develop skill sets to tackle real-world engineering problems, thus adding value to the manufacturing industry.


About the A*STAR-WMG EngD Programme

The programme, known as the A*STAR-University Of Warwick Engineering Doctorate (EngD) Programme, comprises two years of studies at WMG in the UK, and two years based in A*STAR’s SIMTech in Singapore. Students will be attached to SIMTech to conduct applied research based on real-world engineering problems and work closely with the industry in order to propose innovative solutions. Full details of the programme are available in Annex A.

SIMTech will lead in applied research projects relevant to the needs of the manufacturing industry while WMG will provide taught classroom modules on related subjects. These include aspects of manufacturing significant to the economy, such as 3D Additive Layer Manufacturing, big data analytics, biomedical manufacturing, and robotics. Together, SIMTech and WMG will train students in R&D innovation, project management and technology commercialisation, and will co-assess the students’ quality of work.

Prof. Alfred Huan, Executive Director of the A*STAR Graduate Academy, said, “The partnership with the University of Warwick and the Warwick Manufacturing Group in the A*STAR-WMG EngD programme broadens our collaborations with universities. With its strong link and relevance to industry, the EngD programme will nurture talents who are strong in applied research and will be ready to lead and drive innovation.”    

Dr Lim Ser Yong, Executive Director of SIMTech, said, “There is an increasing need to nurture and invest in a quality talent pool that is aligned with the industry’s demands for cutting edge innovation with real world impact. It is our privilege to collaborate with Warwick Manufacturing Group, which has established its reputation for its practical approach to education that meets both business and industry’s needs. The A*STAR-WMG EngD Programme will leverage on WMG’s strengths and SIMTech’s capabilities in manufacturing R&D to develop the skill sets necessary for accelerating economic competitiveness and future growth.”

Chairman and Founder of WMG, Prof. Lord SK Bhattacharyya said, “I am pleased to embark on another collaboration with SIMTech through the A*STAR-WMG EngD programme in Singapore. WMG endeavours to provide students with academic excellence with a clear focus on addressing issues pertinent to the manufacturing sector. I believe that both WMG and A*STAR’s SIMTech’s combined strengths in education and research will empower them with the know-how and experience to stay ahead in today’s ever changing economic landscape.”

This is the third educational programme that SIMTech has entered into with WMG. In 2006, SIMTech signed a tripartite agreement with WMG and the Singapore Institute of Management to launch the Master of Science in Engineering Business Management programme, and later the Supply Chain and Logistics Management programme. More than 50 individuals have since graduated.


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About the Agency for Science, Technology and Research
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is Singapore's lead public sector agency that fosters world-class scientific research and talent to drive economic growth and transform Singapore into a vibrant knowledge-based and innovation-driven economy.

In line with its mission-oriented mandate, A*STAR spearheads research and development in fields that are essential to growing Singapore’s manufacturing sector and catalysing new growth industries. A*STAR supports these economic clusters by providing intellectual, human and industrial capital to its partners in industry. 

A*STAR oversees 18 biomedical sciences and physical sciences and engineering research entities, located in Biopolis and Fusionopolis, as well as their vicinity. These two R&D hubs house a bustling and diverse community of local and international research scientists and engineers from A*STAR’s research entities as well as a growing number of corporate laboratories.

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About the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology
The Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) is a research institute of the Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). SIMTech develops high value manufacturing technology and human capital to contribute to the competitiveness of the Singapore industry. It collaborates with multinational and local companies in the precision engineering, electronics, semiconductor, medical technology, aerospace, automotive, marine, oil and gas, logistics and other sectors.

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About A*STAR’s Graduate Academy (A*GA)
A*GA advances A*STAR’s key thrust of human capital development through scholarships, fellowships and collaborative programmes with universities and other partners. Research is a human enterprise and undergirding the sustainability of this enterprise is A*STAR’s talent strategy of developing a strong core of local scientists, complemented by a rich diversity of international scientists. Through its suite of scholarships, fellowships, and outreach programmes, A*GA nurtures a healthy flow of PhD talent for A*STAR and the wider R&D community in Singapore. Since 2001, more than 1,300 Singaporeans have been supported by A*GA for undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral studies in the best universities in Singapore and around the world. Of these, more than 370 have completed their PhD or post-doctoral training and are actively contributing to A*STAR, and various sectors of the R&D ecosystem.

To develop a pipeline of local scientific talent, A*GA offers competitive awards to enable Singaporeans to pursue an R&D career in biomedical sciences, physical sciences, as well as engineering disciplines.

About Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), the University of Warwick
WMG was founded in 1980 by Professor Lord Bhattacharyya to help reinvigorate manufacturing through the application of value adding innovation, new technologies, and skills deployment, bringing academic rigour to industrial and organizational practice.

Today it is one of the world’s leading research and education groups, with 500 people working across six buildings on the University of Warwick Campus, plus collaborative centres in seven countries. An academic department of the University of Warwick, WMG is at the forefront of innovative technology, with research teams leading major multi-partner projects to create and develop exciting new products and processes that can lead to major breakthroughs and be of huge benefit to organisations around the world.

These projects have seen WMG impact a wide range of sectors including automotive, aerospace and defence, digital, construction, energy and utilities, finance, food and drink, healthcare, IT, pharmaceutical and rail.  WMG has collaborated with government sponsored bodies, innovative SMEs and global corporations such as Airbus, Arup, AstraZeneca, Auto Insulations Ltd, BAE Systems, Bladon Jets Ltd, Bosch Ltd, Buehler, GlaxoSmithKline, Jaguar Land Rover, Lloyds Banking Group, Rolls-Royce, Siemens, Tata Motors, Tata Steel and TVS Motor Company to name but a few.

As well as undertaking applied research, WMG offers unrivalled innovative postgraduate and professional education programmes, attracting high calibre students from over 60 countries.

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About the University of Warwick
Warwick is one of the UK's leading universities, with an acknowledged reputation for excellence in research and teaching, for innovation, and for links with business and industry.

The University of Warwick is globally connected, forward-looking and entrepreneurial. It creates new ways of thinking and achieving: standing out from the more ‘traditional universities’ and creating an inspiring place to study and undertake research.

In less than fifty years since being founded Warwick has become one of the UK’s best universities, consistently in the top of UK league tables and rapidly climbing the international league tables of world class universities.

It is university that champions independent thinking and as well as being founded, first and foremost, on academic excellence. Companies tap into Warwick knowledge to develop their own strengths and ensure they remain at the cutting edge within their industries. That cutting edge insight is developed out of truly world class research: Warwick ranks 7th overall in the UK according to the latest Research Assessment Exercise.

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