TUM and Singapore to work together in plastic recycling

TUM Senior Vice President Juliane Winkelmann with the signed Memorandum Image: T

TUM Senior Vice President Juliane Winkelmann with the signed Memorandum Image: TUM / Astrid Eckert

Environment Minister Fu and TUM Senior Vice President Winkelmann sign Memorandum of Understanding

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is supporting the city-state of Singapore in its efforts to become a technology pioneer in the field of environmental protection for Southeast Asia. Specializing in closed loop recycling management, in the future the CirculaTUM research alliance will work together with the Plastics Recycling Association Singapore (PRAS).

A corresponding Memorandum of Understanding was signed on Tuesday (17 August) by Prof. Juliane Winkelmann, TUM Senior Vice President International Alliances and Alumni, and Grace Fu, Singapore’s Minister of Sustainability and the Environment. On the occasion of the signing, Senior Vice President Winkelmann said: "The partnership sealed today between TUM and PRAS clearly continues the close and long-lasting collaboration of our university with Singapore - an elementary part of our TUM Global Strategy - in a future-oriented research field. The Memorandum of Understanding is another example of how international collaboration is helping overcome challenges of an increasingly global nature."

On the occasion of the signing, Senior Vice President Winkelmann said: "The partnership sealed today between TUM and PRAS clearly continues the close and long-lasting collaboration of our university with Singapore - an elementary part of our TUM Global Strategy - in a future-oriented research field. The Memorandum of Understanding is another example of how international collaboration is helping overcome challenges of an increasingly global nature."

As part of its Zero Waste strategy for waste avoidance, Singapore is working to drive progress in recycling materials, especially plastics. This focus area is shared by the research alliance CirculaTUM, founded in 2020. The alliance consolidates expertise in the field of Circular Economy from throughout the entire university and across discipline and site boundaries, already encompassing over 20 professorships.

TUM has maintained good relations with Singapore for a very long time. The TUM Asia campus was founded there in 2002, the first branch of a German university to be established in a foreign country. Students at TUM Asia can choose from a variety of Bachelor’s and Master’s programs including subjects like Aerospace Engineering, Industrial Chemistry and Green Electronics. TUM scientists and their Singapore partners are currently working in the research platform TUMCREATE on issues in the areas of Transport and Mobility. There is also a wide range of bilateral university partnerships covering among other things exchange students, for example with the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU).


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