Advancing research for the benefit of Singapore and the Asia Pacific region

12 July 2017

An MOU on research collaboration between the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) was signed today. The agreement was signed by Mr. Kevin Shum, Director General, CAAS, and Prof. Chong Tow Chong, Provost, SUTD.

The MOU provides the framework for both organisations to collaborate and engage in the following areas:

  • Research: To conduct world-class policy research on aviation and air traffic management (ATM) topics such as international aviation governance, ATM economics, aviation technologies, and the future development of ATM. SUTD will also apply engineering systems and design science to study the complexities faced by the aviation industry. This knowledge will be shared with governments, international bodies and the aviation community to stimulate discussions on the sustainability of aviation growth.
  • Innovation: To examine multidisciplinary issues and develop insights and solutions to challenges faced by the aviation community. The organisations will work with different stakeholders to holistically develop fresh policy perspectives on how the industry can continue to innovate and leverage technology to realise its full potentials. 

  • Talent: To nurture a pool of local and global experts in Singapore and build up a pipeline of researchers who can contribute to aviation and ATM development in Singapore and the Asia Pacific region. 

The MOU will also allow for partnerships with third parties, including foreign entities, to inject global perspectives to the work undertaken.

Mr. Shum said, “This is the first collaboration established by CAAS that systematically studies the wider context of the policy challenges of the increasingly challenging and complex aviation system. It takes our work in ATM research to the next level. It will enable us to move beyond operational and technical research in ATM to also look at interdisciplinary research and critical analysis of the broader aviation policies. I am confident that the research will deliver fresh ideas and offer breakthrough solutions to the benefit of the aviation industry.”

Prof. Chong said, "SUTD is pleased to contribute to CAAS and Singapore's efforts in advancing ATM research and development. Through SUTD’s unique design- centric multi-disciplinary education and research in products, systems and services, we will work closely with CAAS to develop relevant talents and intellectual capital that will contribute to the growth and transformation of the aviation industry in Singapore and the region."


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