February 29, 2024

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CREATE: Fueling Singapore’s Research and Innovation Landscape

Heng Swee Keat, Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies, acknowledged the transformative impact of the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE), an international research campus that has emerged as a dynamic hub for innovation and collaboration.

The Deputy Prime Minister recalled that CREATE was founded sixteen years ago with the intention of enhancing Singapore’s research, innovation, and business landscape. Their initiative intended to attract leading universities and researchers to Singapore, fostering a thriving research ecosystem and providing opportunities for local institutions to collaborate with the brightest minds in the world.

Beginning with a handful of universities and institutions, CREATE has steadily expanded its network to now include nine global partners.

“With its diverse community of researchers from various disciplines and backgrounds, CREATE fosters interdisciplinary research to tackle complex real-world challenges,” said Deputy Prime Minister Heng, adding that as technology evolves at a rapid rate, digital solutions play a crucial role in shaping the future of research and development.

CREATE recognises the power of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research in accordance with global trends. With more than thirty countries represented and a vast multitude of research disciplines, the campus serves as a breeding ground for diverse ideas and perspectives.

The incorporation of digital technology enhances this synergy by facilitating collaborations across disciplines. The 15 established interdisciplinary programmes at CREATE, encompassing fields such as the environment, energy, and urban systems, allow researchers to utilise digital tools and data-driven insights to develop holistic solutions.

Future Health Technology is an example of the intersection between digital technology and healthcare innovation. The programme explores the viability and efficacy of Mobile Digital Health technologies in response to the challenges posed by ageing populations.

The RELab tenoexo is a wearable hand exoskeleton designed for physiotherapy exercises for stroke patients. Combining technology and healthcare, this innovation demonstrates how digital advancements can improve patient care while easing labour shortages.

CREATE exemplifies the effectiveness of collaborative models in scientific progress. In an era marked by geopolitical tensions, global collaboration in science and technology has become less important. However, CREATE emphasises the need for international partnerships to effectively address complex challenges.

By drawing together the brightest minds from diverse institutions, CREATE can extend its influence beyond national borders. The fusion of talents, cultures, and expertise enables ground-breaking discoveries with the potential to uplift populations, safeguard the environment, and shape a better future for all.

The emphasis on sustainable cities and climate change aligns with Singapore’s own priorities while addressing a universally pressing issue. By integrating digital technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) into multidisciplinary programmes such as Mens, Manus, and Machina, CREATE aims to maximise efficiencies in a machine-assisted world while ensuring human-centric outcomes.

While fundamental research remains essential, CREATE recognises the importance of translating scientific insights into practical applications. To influence the actual world, research must be translated into practical innovations. It‘s participation in Singapore’s thriving startup ecosystem exemplifies this strategy.

Programmes like DiSTAP concentrate on developing disruptive and sustainable agricultural technologies. By leveraging digital tools and collaborating with chemical engineers and plant scientists, CREATE intends to provide early detection tools for plant stress, which will benefit farmers around the globe.

CREATE acknowledges Singapore’s innovation ecosystem’s potential for scaling its research and transforming it into tangible solutions. The robust venture capital market and platforms such as the Singapore Week of Innovation and Technology (SWITCH) offer opportunities for collaboration, investment, and commercialisation.

By leveraging this ecosystem, CREATE can increase the impact of its research, expand its global influence, and contribute to Singapore’s position as a hub for technology, innovation, and enterprise in Asia.

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Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

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SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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