50 Years of Singapore-Europe Relations

Celebrating Singapore's Connections with Europe

50 Years of Singapore-Europe Relations

As Singapore enters its 50th year of independence, it is a good time to reflect on its past as well as look to the future. 50 Years of Singapore-Europe Relations: Celebrating Singapore's Connections with Europe is one such contribution to the wide collection of books commemorating Singapore's 50th birthday. The essays and articles in this edited volume capture historical moments, reveal the heartfelt wishes and thoughtful comments of Europeans who have made Singapore their home, chronicle some of the long-standing partnerships and ponder the future challenges of Singapore. This unique book contains a wide range of essays and articles reflecting on the strong connections that Singapore enjoys with Europe, not only at the official level, but also through the contributions that Europeans and European companies have made — and continue to make — which enrich Singaporean society. These essays provide a kaleidoscope of views on Singapore — they explore how close ties and partnerships are forged between nations, how businesses see Singapore as a trustworthy partner and place to invest and establish roots, and, at a more personal level, the articles also present different perspectives on the strengths, and at times, the weaknesses of Singapore as viewed through the eyes of Europeans who live and work in Singapore and consider it as their home. In commemorating Singapore's 50th birthday, this book will add to the understanding of the richness and diversity of Singapore society, and help readers appreciate and reflect on how openness and connectivity have contributed to the success of Singapore in its first 50 years. Contents:Introduction: Celebrating Singapore's Connections with Europe — 50 Years and More (Yeo Lay Hwee)Connections and Reflections — Multi-dimensional Facets of Singapore-Europe Relations:Singapore and Europe: 50 Years of Relations (K Shanmugam)Europe's Contributions to Singapore's Contemporary Culture (Michael Pulch)Reflectiing on Singapore's Contributions to Europe (Yeo Lay Hwee)1965 and 2015, Europe and Singapore: Some Changes and Constants in a Cultural Geography Perspective (Barnard Turner)Debunking Some "Euromyths" — Understanding the European Union (EU) and Its Connections to Singapore (Loke Hoe Yeong)The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM): A Bridge between East and West (Goh Chok Tong)Singapore and the Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF) (Tommy Koh and Peggy Kek)Singapore, Germany and the European Union — Political Dialogue for Closer Cooperation and Mutual Understanding (Wilhelm Hofmeister)Enduring Bilateral Ties:Belgians in Singapore: Helping to Write the City-State's (Hi)story (Gerard Cockx)The Mermaid and the Merlion — 50 Years with Denmark and Singapore (Written by Mathilde Moyell Juul (commissioned by Royal Danish Embassy)Preserving the Excellent Connection between Finland and Singapore through the Young Generation (Tuukka Väisänen)Cultural and Scientific Cooperation between Italy and Singapore (Contribution from the Embassy of Italy and Italian Cultural Institute)Singapore and Luxembourg: Small Partners, Big Visions! (Contribution from the Luxembourg Embassy)Singapore and the Netherlands: Building the Future Together (Katrijn de Ronde, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands)Polish People in Singapore: The Foundation of Strong Singapore-Poland Relations (Zenon Kosiniak-Kamysz and Katarzyna Kryczka)Singapore and Slovakia — Friendly Countries with a Strong Story (Michal Slivovič)From Commerce and Industry to Education and Science:From Central Europe to Singapore: Bata and Bat'a (Tomáš Smetánka)From Palm Oil to Consumer Goods' Giant (Benjamin Felix van Roij)Jebsen & Jessen (SEA) — A Singapore Story with European Roots (Benjamin Felix van Roij)Siemens in Singapore — Building Partnerships (Contribution from Siemens and Excel Marco)Science and Research Collaboration between Singapore and Europe (Bertil Andersson and Tony Mayer)Engineering the Future: Academic Excellence between Germany and Singapore (Contribution from TUM Asia (Technische Universität München Asia)Irish Connections — Ireland's Intrepid Educationalists in Singapore (Rosemary Lim)NUS' Connections with Europe: Our Students' Experience with European Partners (Anne Pakir)People Matter(s):Brother Joseph McNally: Son of Ballintubber, Ireland and Singapore (Molly Hennigan and Cheryl Julia Lee)Dr Albert Winsemius: A Dutchman among Singapore's Pioneers (Benjamin Felix van Roij)The Polish Professor Who "Maps our Brains" — Prof Dr Wieslaw L Nowiński (Charles Chia)Art and Science in Singapore in the Last 15 Years — A Personal Journey and Reflection (Isabelle Desjeux)Beppe De Vito — The Italian Restaurateur (Charles Chia)From Croatia to Singapore: Marko Kraljević's Journey (Dexter Lee) Readership: General readers who are interested in looking back at the varied dimensions and aspects of ties between Singapore and Europe over the years; students of political science, international relations and European Studies. Key Features:Contains a great variety of contributions, with reader-friendly textsProvides insights into and an overview of long-established Singapore-based companies with European rootsContains accessible insights into diplomatic and inter-regional relations, including ASEM/ASEF by ESM Goh Chok Tong and Ambassador-at-Large Tommy KohSuitable for a range of readers, from the inquisitive general reader to the specialistTimely publication to coincide with and celebrate Singapore's 50th anniversary of independenceKeywords:Singapore;50th Anniversary–Singapore;Diplomacy;Connections;Singapore-European Union Relations;ASEAN-EU;Asia-Europe Meeting;Singapore-EU Business Connections

Singapore–China Relations

50 Years

Singapore–China Relations

' Showcasing the substantive and multi-faceted Singapore–China relationship, this book examines the political, economic, socio-cultural, people-to-people and even military exchanges between the two countries. It also highlights flagship projects and other key private sector-led projects that have become hallmarks of bilateral cooperation. The book argues that the current level of cooperation is built on the earlier foundation laid by Lee Kuan Yew and Deng Xiaoping. In a way, the bilateral relationship is a unique one. For one, Deng Xiaoping had singled out Singapore as a model for China''s reforms and China today continues to find Singapore''s experience relevant. Singapore is also learning from China in the process. The two countries also have a number of bilateral institutional mechanisms that have become more important in reviewing existing cooperation and identifying new ways of working together. Rather than simply provide an overview of bilateral relations, the book highlights the unique or distinguishing features of the Singapore–China relationship. Contents:Introduction (ZHENG Yongnian and LYE Liang Fook)China–Singapore Relations: Looking Back and Looking Forward (John WONG and LYE Liang Fook)Lee Kuan Yew: Th e Special Relationship with China (ZHENG Yongnian and LIM Wen Xin)Resilient and Enduring Singapore–China Bilateral Economic Relations (Sarah Y TONG)Tourism Exchange between Singapore and China: Smooth Expansion and Bright Prospects (CHIANG Min-Hua)Suzhou Industrial Park: More than Just a Commercial Undertaking (LYE Liang Fook)Tianjin Eco-city: A Low-Carbon Model in Singapore–China Cooperation (CHEN Gang)Sharing Singapore''s Successful Development Experience (Singbridge)Growing Educational Exchanges Between Singapore and China (ZHAO Litao)Th e Chinese Community: Huashe and Its Contributions (LIM Tai Wei)Singapore''s Media Image in China (HUANG Yanjie and ZHAO Lingmin)Chinese Studies in Singapore (John WONG and LIM Tai Wei) Readership: Academics, undergraduate and graduates students, professionals and policy makers interested in Singapore–China Relations. Key Features:Highlights the unique or distinguishing features of relationship rather than simply provide an overview of bilateral relationsOffers a timely review of the state of relations on the occasion of Singapore''s 50th anniversary of independence and 25th anniversary of Singapore–China relationsKeywords:Lee Kuan Yew;Deng Xiaoping;Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation;Suzhou Industrial Park;Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City;Guangzhou Knowledge City;Jilin Food Zone;Economic Relations;Educational Exchange;Tourism Exchange;Chinese Studies;Singapore''s Media Image "This book highlights the distinguishing features of the Singapore-China relationship such as the strong foundation laid by the leaders of the two countries, the high-level institutional platforms that drive bilateral ties and the number of flagship projects and multi-faceted cooperation that lend substance to the relationship. It underscores Singapore''s efforts to stay relevant to China''s growth as well as China''s inclination to work with Singapore for mutual benefit. A timely, well-written and informative publication that covers key aspects of the bilateral relationship." Wang Gungwu Chairman, East Asian Institute, NUS Chairman, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS Chairman, ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute '

50 Years Of Science In Singapore

50 Years Of Science In Singapore

As part of the commemorative book series on Singapore's 50 years of nation-building, this important compendium traces the history and development of the various sectors of Singapore science in the last 50 years or so. The book covers the government agencies responsible for science funding and research policy, the academic institutions and departments who have been in the forefront of the development of the nation's scientific manpower and research, the research centres and institutes which have been breaking new ground in both basic and applied science research, science museums and education, and the academic and professional institutions which the scientific community has set up to enable Singapore scientists to serve the nation more effectively. Each article is chronicled by eminent authors who have played important roles and made significant contributions in shaping today's achievement of science in Singapore. Professionals, academics, students and the general public will find this volume a useful reference material and an inspirational easy read.

50 Years of Materials Science in Singapore

50 Years of Materials Science in Singapore

50 Years of Materials Science in Singapore describes in vivid detail how a newly independent nation like Singapore developed world-class research capabilities in materials science that helped the country make rapid progress in energy, biomedical and electronics sectors. The economy mirrored this rapid trail of progress, utilizing home-grown technology and the contribution of materials science to the various sectors is undeniable in ensuring the economic growth and stability of Singapore. Contents:Historical Narrative Early Beginnings to Present (Freddy Boey)Composites, Nanocomposites and Hybrid Materials (Chaobin He, Xiao Hu, Zhang Yu and John Wang)Materials for Water Remediation (Membranes) (Sui Zhang, Lin Luo, Zhi Wei Thong and Tai-Shung Chung)Nanostructured Catalytic and Adsorbent Materials for Water Remediation (Zhong Chen and Teik Thye Lim) Solar Energy and Energy Storage Materials and Devices Research in Singapore (D Sabba, J Wang, M Srinivasan, A G Aberle and S Mhaisalkar )50 Years of Biomaterials Research in Singapore (Subbu Venkatraman, Swee Hin Teoh and Ali Miserez)2D Materials (Andrew T S Wee, Kian Ping Loh and Antonio H Castro Neto)Electronic Materials Research in Singapore (Chee Ying Khoo, Pooi See Lee, Sze Ter Lim and Chee Lip Gan)"Singaporean" Materials Science: What Does the Future Hold? (Subbu Venkatraman) Readership: General public, people interested in history of Singapore, people interested in materials science.

50 Years of Urban Planning in Singapore

50 Years of Urban Planning in Singapore

' 50 Years of Urban Planning in Singapore is an accessible and comprehensive volume on Singapore''s planning approach to urbanization. Organized into three parts, the first section of the volume, ''Paradigms, Policies, and Processes'', provides an overview of the ideologies and strategies underpinning urban planning in Singapore; the second section, ''The Built Environment as a Sum of Parts'', delves into the key land use sectors of Singapore''s urban planning system; and the third section, ''Urban Complexities and Creative Solutions'', examines the challenges and considerations of planning for the Singapore of tomorrow. The volume brings together the diverse perspectives of practitioners and academics in the professional and research fields of planning, architecture, urbanism, and city-making. Contents:Paradigms, Policies & Processes:The Early Years of Nation-Building: Reflections on Singapore''s Urban History (Alan F C Choe)Planning & Urbanisation in Singapore: A 50-Year Journey (Liu Thai Ker)Economic Planning for Productivity, Growth, and Prosperity (Philip Yeo)Environmental Planning for Sustainable Development (Tan Yong Soon)The Built Environment as a Sum of Parts:Planning to Overcome the Constraints of Scarcity (Ng Lang)Making Singapore a Liveable and Sustainable City: Our Urban Systems Approach (Khoo Teng Chye and Remy Guo)The Evolution of HDB Towns (Cheong Koon Hean)Transportation: Mobility, Accessibility, and Connectivity (Mohinder Singh)Industry Planning in Singapore (Tang Hsiao Ling)Greening Singapore: Past Achievements, Emerging Challenges (Tan Puay Yok)50 Years of Urban Planning & Tourism (Pamelia Lee)Shaping Singapore''s Cityscape Through Urban Design (Goh Hup Chor & Heng Chye Kiang)Urban Complexities & Creative Solutions:Conserving Urban Heritage: Remembering the Past in a Developmental City-State (Lily Kong)Public Housing and Community Development: Planning for Urban Diversity in a City-State (Tan Ern Ser)Era of Globalisation: Singapore''s New Urban Economy and the Rise of a World Asian City (Ho Kong Chong)Towards Greater Sustainability and Liveability in an Urban Age (Heng Chye Kiang and Yeo Su-Jan)Perspectives on the Future of Urban Planning in SingaporeChallenges for a New Era (Peter Ho) Readership: Urban planning, architecture, and urban conservation and heritage practitioners; introductory-level urban studies, public policy, and urban administration students; and members of the general public interested in learning more about the history of urban planning in Singapore over the past 50 years. '

Experiencing Europe

50 Years of European Construction 1957-2007

Experiencing Europe

In order to evaluate the perspectives of deepening and widening the EU, it is necessary to review what has happened in the several fields of European integration so far. How has the EC/EU changed from its beginnings, and in which respect is the present situation different from the past? Which trends of evolution can be observed, and which factors may influence future evolution? In this collection, 19 historians from seven countries, all of them well known experts of the field, balance the different aspects of the European experience. Based on broad archival research, the volume offers a comprehensive look on the history of European integration and also examines the present situation and possible developments. All chapters represent a coherent European perspective. Experiencing Europe is seen as a response to the challenges Europeans have to meet in the 21st century.

Southeast Asia and the English School of International Relations

A Region-Theory Dialogue

Southeast Asia and the English School of International Relations

This book examines the interface between the theoretical framework known as the English School and the international and transnational politics of Southeast Asia. The region-theory dialogue it proposes signals productive ways forward for the theory.

50 Years of Amity and Enmity

The Politics of ASEAN Coorperation

50 Years of Amity and Enmity

This book intends to offer an alternative lens for regionalism studies in Southeast Asia. Despite of its widely acknowledged status as one of the most successful regionalism, ASEAN still suffers from numerous obstacles. Yet, in the midst of ASEAN uncertain future trajectories, there is only limited consensus on how to approach ASEAN regionalism. Scholars of ASEAN regionalism tend to use ASEAN identity as the main explanation of cooperation among ASEAN member states. However, this approach suffers from limitations. Emphasis on static, traditional, and all-encompassing identity has made issue-specific cooperation and its internal dynamics neglected. The way issue-specific cooperation alters ASEAN architectures also remains understudied. By shifting attentions to issue-specific cooperation, this book attempts to fully grasp the dynamics of 50 years of ASEAN cooperation. Why could ASEAN member states reach consensus in certain issues—ranging from energy, environment, human rights, disaster management, human security, to infectious disease—albeit ASEAN values such as non-interference and informality? How do these practices of cooperation reshape the idea of ASEAN values? Will the changing practice of issue-specific cooperation spillover to the strengthening of ASEAN regionalism?