The University has strengthened links with South East Asia by establishing a new base in Singapore.
The South East Asia Office will help the University work with partners in education, business and government across the region.
The University has a history of interaction with South East Asia in a number of disciplines, including social sciences, medicine and engineering.
The office joins Edinburgh’s overseas network, which includes bases in North America, Latin America, South Asia and East Asia.
The University has long-standing links with Singapore through its many partners, supporters and alumni.
Edinburgh’s first student from Singapore came to study medicine at the University more than 50 years ago.
The University welcomed 293 students from Singapore in 2016/17.
The new office will help strengthen connections with the 1000-strong alumni community living in Singapore.
The University operates successful student internship programme with Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University. It enables students to undertake placements with Syngenta in India, Glaxo-Smith-Kline and the Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences in Singapore.
Edinburgh also has collaborations with the National University of Singapore. It aims to develop partnerships with A*STAR – the Singapore government’s leading agency for world-class scientific research.
Indonesian students at Edinburgh in 2015/16 totalled 114 – the highest number at any Scottish university.
In 2013, the University signed an agreement with the Indonesian Ministry of Education’s Directorate General of Higher Education (DIKTI). Both parties participate in a postgraduate scholarship scheme that will run until at least 2018.
The University’s School of Geosciences has conducted in-depth research in Indonesia, focusing on volcanology and forest degradation.
Edinburgh welcomed 123 students from Thailand in 2016/17 and regularly engages with more than 500 Thai alumni.
The University has existing research and teaching partnerships with a number of institutions and groups. These include the Thai government’s Ministry of Public Health and Bangkok’s Mahidol University and Chulalongkorn University.
Audrey Kon will head up the new office. Born in Singapore, Audrey was formally Regional Head – South East Asia for the University of Wolverhampton.
Each office is responsible for ensuring that we engage meaningfully in each region, that we build partnerships that will raise our aspirations and impact, and that we are recognised as one of the world’s leading universities. Our increased presence in South East Asia and other regions will ensure we are well placed to respond to opportunities in the future.