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Centres of Excellence


The Centres of Excellence (CoE) Programme was initiated in 2006 to develop world-class research centres in key water technology areas. 

Today, Singapore is recognised for its leading research capabilities in water. Lux Research in 2013 ranked NUS and NTU as #1 and #2 respectively among the world’s top universities in water research. In the same report, NUS and NTU were also home to 5 of the world’s top 30 global thought leaders in water research.

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Frequently Asked Questions

​What is the aim of the Centres of Excellence (CoE)?
The CoE Programme aims to build up critical R&D capabilities and skilled manpower to meet the demands of a fast-growing water industry in Singapore. It also strives to attract international companies and groom local companies to set up R&D and other high-value business activities. 

Can you name institutions who have used this funding? 
The NUSDeltares, Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI) and Separation Technologies Applied Research & Translation (START) Centre have utilised the funds from the CoE. 

What benefits have the CoE brought to Singapore? 
The CoEs have collectively built up capabilities in the water and environment domain and areas of focus including advanced membranes, environmental biotechnology, water reuse and waste-to-energy. 

Source: START Centre​