After close to 14 years at Jalan Rajah, Curtin Singapore has found a new home at The Alpha in the Singapore Science Park. We speak to Pro Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Linley Lord to find out more about the big move.
If you’ve ever had to move houses or relocate abroad, you’d know how draining the whole process can be. Everything has to be sorted and packed, only to be sorted and unpacked again in a new, unfamiliar environment.
Now imagine having to relocate a community as large as an entire university cohort—even the thought of it sounds daunting to us. So when Curtin Singapore made the decision to move in to The Alpha at Singapore Science Park (SSP), we knew there had to be something about the area that would make this move worth the effort.
Curtin University is Western Australia’s largest university, known for its strong focus in research and innovation. Apart from its main campus in Perth, Curtin University has a number of global campuses all over the world, including one in Singapore, which officially opened in November 2008 as a standalone institution at Jalan Rajah. Curtin University’s staff and students have participated in many high-profile research projects in astronomy, biosciences, economics, mining and information technology, and is globally recognised for its strong connections with industry.
That said, maybe it’s SSP’s vibrant pool of tenants and the potential opportunities for collaboration that drew Curtin Singapore in. Or perhaps it’s the many formal and informal amenities scattered around SSP that enticed them. To find out what sparked the decision to relocate, we sat down with Pro Vice-Chancellor and President of Curtin Singapore, Professor Linley Lord, for a chat about the university’s future plans, and what it is they love most about SSP.