Published: 03 Apr 2023 | Last Updated: 03 Apr 2023 11:32:17

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore to renew their commitment to fostering international cooperation between the institutions. The partnership, which extends the seven-year relationship between the RVC and NTU Singapore, will help facilitate the creation of a joint veterinary medicine degree and further develop additional undergraduate and postgraduate teaching collaborations in biological sciences.

Pictured left-right:
Associate Professor Li Hoi Yeung, Associate Chair School of Biological Sciences, NTU Singapore
Nina Davies, Director of International and Strategic Engagement, RVC
Professor Stuart WJ Reid, President & Principal, RVC
Professor Simon Redfern, Dean of the College of Science, NTU Singapore
Professor Joseph Sung, Dean of LKC School of Medicine and Senior VP Health and Life Sciences, NTU Singapore
Professor Peter Preiser, Associate Vice President, Biomedical and Life Sciences, NTU Singapore

Additionally, a joint degree in veterinary medicine would be the first and only veterinary medical degree programme in Singapore, helping accelerate the country’s research and expertise in this important field.

As a partner institute, the RVC will work closely alongside NTU Singapore to further contribute to global efforts on major societal challenges, including: veterinary services, food chain safety and security, and One Health research and pandemic preparedness; a concept which recognises the relationship between health and disease at the interfaces between humans, animals and the environment.

Professor Stuart Reid CBE, President & Principal of the RVC, said:

“We are very pleased to be restating our commitment to joint ventures in veterinary science with our friends at NTU. The opportunities and need for international collaboration are greater than ever and the exciting ambitions of our colleagues in Singapore provide real stimulus and momentum for investment. Recent world events, ranging from pandemic threats to food chain security, lay down challenges that are best addressed by collective effort. We are thrilled to be partners in this important initiative for Singapore and the region.”

Professor Simon Redfern, Dean of the College of Science at NTU Singapore, said:

“I am delighted that this partnership between RVC and NTU is moving ahead with such strong support and involvement from both sides. The opportunities for increased research and education in the field of veterinary science within the Singapore context are clear. I think of Singapore’s “30 by 30” ambition to build up the agri-food industry to produce 30% of Singapore’s nutritional needs domestically, by 2030. This, and the recognition of the importance of One Health as an approach to secure a sustainable and healthy future, especially in Southeast Asia and the tropics, brings the relevance of our alliance front and centre.”

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About the RVC

  • The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is the UK's largest and longest established independent veterinary school and is a Member Institution of the University of London.
  • It is one of the few veterinary schools in the world that hold accreditations from the RCVS in the UK (with reciprocal recognition from the AVBC for Australasia, the VCI for Ireland and the SAVC for South Africa), the EAEVE in the EU, and the AVMA in the USA and Canada.
  • The RVC is ranked as the top veterinary school in the world in the QS World University Rankings by subject, 2023.
  • The RVC offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in veterinary medicine, veterinary nursing and biological sciences.
  • The RVC is a research-led institution, with 88% of its research rated as internationally excellent or world class in the Research Excellence Framework 2021.
  • The RVC provides animal owners and the veterinary profession with access to expert veterinary care and advice through its teaching hospitals and first opinion practices in London and Hertfordshire.

About NTU Singapore

Young and research intensive, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in engineering, business, science, humanities, arts, social sciences, education and medicine.

Ranked among the world’s top universities, NTU is home to world-class institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering.

Besides being reputed as one of the world’s most beautiful campuses, the NTU Smart Campus is a living testbed of tomorrow’s technologies and a model of sustainability, with 61 Green Mark Platinum awards for its building projects.

In addition to its main campus in the western part of Singapore, NTU also has a medical campus in Novena, Singapore’s healthcare district.

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