A*STAR Chairman Lim Chuan Poh: We need to continue to attract ‘First World’ researchers to Singapore
Posted by temasektimes on June 24, 2012
Being a small country with no natural resources and only a population of 5 million people, including 3 million citizens, Singapore needs to continue to attract ‘First World’ researchers to work in the R&D sector in Singapore, said A*STAR Chairman Lim Chuan Poh in an extensive interview with Chinese Daily Lianhe Zaobao.
Using the example of former Chairman of the Singapore Genome Research institute Professor Liu (刘德斌) to illustrate his point, Mr Lim said that if A*STAR had not recruited international research ‘superstars’ like Prof Liu, Singapore will lag behind by thirty to forty years in the research arena.
“Hiring renowned international researchers is to provide the environment to nurture young Singaporean scientists,” he added.
Mr Lim said A*STAR’s long-term strategy is to continue to nurture and groom local scientists to continue the work in R&D and it has invested heavily to offer scholarships to promising students in Junior Colleges and polytechnics.
He also encouraged researchers to walk out of the laboratory to become entrepreneurs to bridge the divide between research work and commercial enterprises.