University of Sheffield Faculty of Engineering sign agreement with Nanyang Polytechnic.

The Faculty of Engineering has signed an agreement with Nanyang Polytechnic, a leading education provider in Singapore.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by Professor Mike Hounslow, the University's Vice-President and Head of the Faculty of Engineering and Jeanne Liew, Principal and CEO of Nanyang Polytechnic, one of Singapore’s leading educational institutions.

Nanyang Polytechnic has strong links with SMEs and large multinational companies such as Airbus and Siemens. The institution also has strengths in transitioning research from the fundamental research base into the companies where the research is applied.

The agreement has been signed.

Signing the Memorandum of understanding: Professor Mike Hounslow, Vice-President and Head of the Faculty of Engineering; Jeanne Liew, Principal and CEO of Nanyang Polytechnic;

During a visit to Sheffield, a delegation from Nanyang Polytechnic toured the AMRC, the laboratories and facilities of the Diamond and met in Firth Court. The Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering played a key part in the visit, with academics from the department spending time with their counterparts visiting from Nanyang Polytechnic. As part of the tour the delegation had a demonstration of a digital twin, hosted in the AMRC, controlling a machine based in Singapore.

Nanyang delegation with TUOS delegation

From left to right: Dr John Oyekan, lecturer in ACSE; Ben Morgan, Head of the Integrated Manufacturing Group at the AMRC; Professor Ash Tiwari, Airbus / RAEng Research Chair in Digitisation for Manufacturing; Ben Short, Head of International and External Engagement for Engineering; Professor Daniel Coca, Head of the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering; Professor Mike Hounslow, Vice-President and Head of the Faculty of Engineering; Jeanne Liew, Principal and CEO of Nanyang Polytechnic; Mr Tan Jek Min, Senior Director, Industry and Lifelong Learning; Mr Lee Youn Kay, Director, School of Engineering; Mr Desmond Tan, Centre Director, Additive Manufacturing Innovation Centre; Dr Vinayak Prabhu, Assistant Director, School of Engineering; Mr Daniel Wee, Director, School of Information Technology.

Professor Daniel Coca, Head of the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, said “We are proud to sign this agreement with Nanyang Polytechnic. There are many exciting synergies between the Faculty of Engineering and Nanyang Polytechnic. The institution is particularly renowned for their translational research and their work with industry leaders.”

The agreement has the potential to bring new opportunities for both institutions. One area of opportunity will be the possibility of staff and student exchanges. Both institutions will also be able to collaborate on research and work with their industrial partners. For example, the next step in the partnership will be expanding the digital twin that was demonstrated during the visit. The digital twin is hosted in the AMRC and during the visit it controlled a machine in Singapore from Sheffield and displayed information about the machine’s status. Other potential projects will revolve around Additive Manufacturing, 5G communications in manufacturing and Artificial Intelligence.

The University of Sheffield undertakes internationally leading research and was last year named among the Top 50 most international universities in the world in the Times Higher Education Global Rankings. The Department for Automatic Control and Systems Engineering is the only department of its type in the UK, with research strengths in aerospace, energy, the environment and manufacturing and robotics.