Speech at the East Asia Summit Higher Education Cooepration Forum
Mr.Peter LamKok Wai
Deputy Director(higher Education)，Ministry of Education，Sigapore
(October 13-15，2010 Kunming，Yunnan，China)
Mr.Luo Chongmin，Director，Yunnan Provincial Department of Education，
Ladies and Gentlemen，
I amhonoured to represent Singapore today at the inaugural East Asia Higher Education Cooperation Forum.This forum，which seeks to enhance educational cooperation and exchanges under the 10+6 framework，is timely given the rapid internationalisation of the tertiary sector and Asia's emergence as a major player in the global higher education landscape.
Thismorning，we have heard excellent speeches fromspeakers like MadamWang Liyin and Ms Kathryn Campbell who painted global challenges and opportunities and the need formore enhanced collaboration among governments and tertiary institutions on higher education to respond to these challenges.
To contribute to today's discussion，I would like to share with youSingapore's efforts to build a high quality，diversified tertiary sector，and the important role which internationalisation plays in helping us to achieve this.
Developing a high quality tertiary sector
Singapore is a small country.Our strength lies in the quality of our people.To maintain our competitive edge and prosper as a country we need to ensure thatwe have top-class educational institutions which provide our students with a high quality education.To this end，Singapore's three universities–National University of Singapore(NUS)，Nanyang Technological University(NTU)and Singapore Management University–have done well.They are among the best universities in the region and have contributed significantly to Singapore's development by producing high quality graduate manpower to meet the needs our economy，advancing research and creating knowledge.
As our economy develops，we will expand our university sector by establishing new institutions which will not only increase our graduate manpower，but equip our graduates with the different skills necessary to navigate an increasingly complex global environment.These include a new university，the Singapore University of Technology＆Design(SUTD)that is established in collaboration with MIT and Zhejiang University，a newmedical school jointly developed by NTUand Imperial College London，and a possible tie-up between NUS and Yale University to establish a liberal arts college in Singapore.
Each of these new institutionswill be distinguished by a unique educational model and will add diversity to Singapore's higher education landscape. SUTD is positioned as a top-tier research-intensive university with an initial focus on Engineering and Architecture.Itwill offer a novelmulti-disciplinary curriculumwhich blends the best of both east and west，with entrepreneurship and innovation as hallmarks of its brand of education.The liberal arts college，a first in Asia，will provide an education model to develop leaders of industry，academia and nations.Finally，the newmedical schoolwill notonly provide for Singapore's healthcare needs but also seeks to tap on Imperial College's experience and NTU's capabilities to interface engineering and medicine to innovate better medical systems and devices for health care.
In addition，Singapore also recently set up the Singapore Institute of Technology(SIT)to cater to polytechnic upgraders.This institution is founded on the basis of collaboration.The SIT will partner reputable overseas universities to offer degrees to polytechnic graduates in the name of those universities.Partner universities include UK's Newcastle University and Manchester University，TUM，and University of Nevada Las Vegas.Polytechnic graduates can obtain these degrees in two years.This will save costs，without diluting any quality.
Importance of Internationalisation
These new institutions reflect the importance of internationalisation to the development of our tertiary sector and Asia's rising importance in the global higher education landscape.Our deep educational collaborations with MIT，Zhejiang University，Yale and Imperial College for example，allow us to draw references fromsuccessful educationalmodels around the world which we then adapt and contextualise to Asia to tap on its emerging intellectual and commercialmarkets.
At present，our institutes of higher learning(IHLs)have extensive collaborations with IHLs within the 10+6 framework of nations.For instance，NUS together with China's Fudan University and Korea University，has established the Shanghai，Seoul and Singapore University Alliance to offer business programmes focused on Asia.NTU has collaborated with the Indian Institute of Technology(IIT)Kanpur on student exchanges and joint research，and cur-rently offers a double MBA degree together with Japan's Waseda University. SMUhas also signed a Memorandumof Understanding(MOU)with the University ofWestern Australia(UWA)to collaborate in sports and adventure education.These overseas collaborations not only add to the quality and variety of our educational programmes but also enhance our students'experience through the international exposure which they offer.
However，there ismore scope to enhance educational collaboration within the 10+6 framework as the Asian higher education sector expands.With China and India expected to produce a combined 14 million graduates by 2020，there will be a surge of talentwithin Asia which will benefit fromthe exchange of ideas and diverse educational experiences offered by enhanced educational collaboration.
To conclude，I would like to express my appreciation to the Ministry of Education(China)，Government of Yunnan Province，and people of Kunming City for your warmhospitality.
I look forward to a fruitful discussion at this forumand trust itwill add valuable insights and share ideas on ways to enhance educational cooperation in East Asia.
The 10+6 framework comprises of the 10 ASEANnations and the other6 nations of China，India，Korea，Japan，NewZealand and Australia.