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Cornell Visit Deepens Partnership with NUS

Seven Cornell faculty and staff stand around a large cutout sign that says #NUS.
From left: Jenny Sabin (AAP), Wendy Wolford (Global Cornell), Leslie Lok (AAP), Linda Shi (AAP), Christine Potter (Global Cornell), Greeshma Gadikota (Cornell Engineering), and Jinhua Zhao (Dyson School).

Joint Seed Funds

(July 2023) Cornell-NUS joint seed grants, which support faculty teams each year with small grants intended to ignite new collaborations, is entering its second year. Applications for funding for 2024 are due on October 6. Visit the Global Hubs 2023 Joint Seed Grant Program to learn more.

A Cornell University delegation, led by Vice Provost for International Affairs Wendy Wolford and including deans and faculty from five colleges, visited the National University of Singapore (NUS), interacting with NUS leadership, faculty, and staff to explore mutual interests in research and education collaborations. 

Building on the long-standing Cornell-NUS relationship, this trip marked the first university-level visit since formalizing the Global Hubs partnership between the two institutions.

The visit coincided with the Cornell 2023 Asia-Pacific Leadership Conference, where more than 200 Cornellians from 14 countries gathered in Singapore. The gathering marked the first in-person Asia-Pacific Leadership Conference in four years and the event's 15th anniversary.

The delegation included Andrew Karolyi, Charles Field Knight Dean of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business; Benjamin Houlton, Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; and Jinhua Zhao, David J. Nolan Dean of the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. Accompanying them were distinguished faculty from the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, SC Johnson College of Business, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Engineering, and College of Human Ecology.

The visit facilitated conversations around common research interests, including sustainability, focusing on the relationship between the built environment and climate change, and Agri-Tech and a discussion on a potential collaboration to create a "global classroom" expanding undergraduate student exchange and experiential opportunities.

Building on the successful first round of the Cornell-NUS Joint Seed grants program, Global Cornell, in collaboration with NUS, plans to organize online research networking meetings for faculty interested in developing collaborative research projects with NUS.