UNSW has entered into an agreement with Singapore's Economic Development Board (EDB) to establish research projects and provide PhD scholarships in photovoltaics and water membrane technology.

The research collaborations will be co-funded by the EDB and UNSW with industry and academic partners.

Singapore has long shown a keen interest in working with UNSW on developing water membrane and photovoltaic technology, in which the University has a strong reputation internationally.

In 2005 Singapore hosted a workshop for potential UNSW collaborators in a bid to strengthen research ties.

Early in 2007 the Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr Lee Hsien Loong, announced the establishment of a joint Membrane Technology Research Centre at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

Led by UNSW's Professor Tony Fane, the research centre provides a major focus for membrane technology applied to sustainable water.

In the area of photovoltaics, the National University of Singapore (NUS) set up the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) in February 2008. This centre will be led by Professor Joachim Luther, ex-Director of the Fraunhofer Institute of Solar Energy Systems (ISE). SERIS represents a potential collaboration partner with UNSW in photovoltaics.

"We are delighted that with this partnership we are embarking on what we hope will be a robust research program in these critical environmental areas," said Vice-Chancellor Professor Fred Hilmer.

"We look forward to continuing to work closely with the Singaporean Government in research that will have clear benefits in this era of dramatic climate change."