On Sept. 6, representatives from Temasek Polytechnic, a technical university based in Singapore, came to visit Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott Campus and sign a “memorandum of understanding” elaborating possible avenues of collaboration between the two universities. The Temasek delegation, headed by Principal and CEO Mr. Boo Kheng Hua, toured the campus and jointly signed the memo with Dr. Frank Ayers, Chancellor of the Prescott Campus.

Temasek Polytechnic is a three-year university in Singapore with approximately 15,000 students. They offer 51 full-time diplomas in areas including business, engineering, information and IT, and applied sciences.

The memo included possibilities of student exchanges, allowing Embry-Riddle students to study abroad in Singapore, and Temasek students to study in Prescott. Additionally ERAU and Temasek are interested in faculty exchanges, which would allow continued professional development for both schools’ professors.

Already this summer, five students accompanied by business professor Dr. Javad Gorjidooz studied abroad at Temasek. Dr. Gorjidooz and the students enjoyed being able to experience a different view of aviation and took many tours provided by Temasek to places like the Singapore Air Traffic Control Center and Singapore International Airport. Each student was assigned a student “buddy,” and took culture and language classes to enhance the experience abroad. Dr. Gorjidooz says it was a “great experience thanks to the Temasek staff.” With the signing of the memo of understanding, Dr. Ayers hopes to see more summer programs like this in the coming years.

Dr. Ron Madler, Dean of the College of Engineering also visited Temasek to explore the possibility of collaborative research. With specialized programs including Clean Energy and Infocomm and Network Engineering, this could afford Embry-Riddle students unique opportunities to expand upon the courses offered in Prescott.

Temasek already has collaborative partnerships with over 100 other colleges and universities, including Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Asia, headed by Dr. Graham Hunt. Additional collaboration with the Embry-Riddle Prescott campus would allow Prescott students additional opportunities to expand education abroad.

When asked about the visit from Temasek, Dr. Ayers described the Temasek delegation as extremely professional and interested in cooperating with Embry-Riddle. He is happy that “word of Embry-Riddle’s prowess has reached Singapore” and looks forward to an enlarged presence in the Pacific Rim.

“Singapore is a burgeoning economic city-state with great education and aviation opportunities,” says Ayers. “Embry-Riddle’s cooperation in Singapore should not surprise anyone, and working with Temasek Polytechnic will provide both of our schools with outstanding opportunities to grow and diversify our education.”

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