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Nanyang Technological University

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is one of Asia's most prominent universities and an important partner for KTH. The partnership between the universities aims to create opportunities for undergraduate and doctoral students to move between the universities and to stimulate research collaborations in specific subject areas.

Nanyang Technological University in short

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) was founded in 1991 in Singapore and is rapidly becoming one of the world's most prominent universities. The university has 30,000 students in engineering, science, business, humanities, arts and social sciences. NTU is ranked as one of the world's best universities established in the last 50 years and one of Asia's top three universities. The university has an international campus with researchers and students from all over the world.

History of the partnership

KTH and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have a long history of collaboration including student exchange starting 2009 in which 40 students study annually at the partner university. 2014 the universities initiated research collaborations intended to provide a platform for a strategic partnership. In September the same year, a symposium was conducted in Singapore within the disciplines of urban systems science and technology in health where faculty from KTH and NTU participated. During the symposium, the universities signed a MoU with the intent to develop a joint doctoral programme, initially in urban systems science but with the intention to branch out into further areas.

Educational collaborations

KTH and NTU have a great student. Every year KTH received 40 students from NTU studying a semester in Stockholm and offer as many KTH students the opportunity to study a semester in Singapore.

2015 signed a five-year agreement on joint research training in the field of urban system science which includes two students per institution and year. At KTH involved in the School of Architecture and the Built Environment and the School of Electrical Engineering. Rector has given targeted support for graduate students in the program. First admission to the program took place in 2016 and in the current situation, the program has three students, one of KTH's home university and two with NTU. The ambition is to start a similar joint doctoral program in medical technology.


Completed activities

  • October 2013: KTH Rector Peter Gudmundsson met with NTU President Bertil Andersson and opened the discussion on a strategic partnership.
  • March 2014: Meeting with NTU where potential collaborations in different research areas were discussed. Professor Anders Hult, KTH regional director for Southeast Asia, and Professor Stefan Östlund, Electrical Engineering, participated. NTU had representatives from Civil, Environmental and water, materials engineering and electrical engineering. The areas of bio medicine and urban systems were focused on for the initial collaboration.  
  • June 2014: NTU visits the Department of Urban Systems Science at KTH School of Architecture and Planning, where the universities defined education in urban systems, railway engineering and energy as areas of interest for future collaborations.
  • September 2014: Workshop at NTU, where a MoU between the universities is signed.
  • May 2015: The universities sign an agreement to establish a joint doctoral programme leading to a joint doctorate degree.
  • Septemeber 2016: Visit to KTH from the world-renowned Institute NEWRI (Nanyang Environment and Water Research) on potential future collaboration with KTH Water Center.
  • November 2016: Workshop on urban systems engineering at NTU as part of the SACF Excellence Seminar with ten representatives from KTH. NTU acted as host for the session on urban systems engineering with KTH as co-chair.

Planned activities

  • Research and education collaborations in the area of urban system technology is under constant development and comprise technical and social aspects of the development of urban environments. A particularly interesting aspect is the possible involvement of social sciences at NTU and joint doctoral students between technology and social sciences. The work also suggested undergraduate courses in the field with the same focus.
  • A partnership has been initiated within nuclear energy engineering and particularly in the integration of online tools. Cooperation takes place initially in education but with ambitions of expanding into research collaborations.


Page responsible:Linda Andersson
Belongs to: About KTH
Last changed: Nov 26, 2020