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Chitchat Failed A*Star to be restructured

Discussion in 'The Courtyard Café' started by scroobal, Feb 14, 2017.

  1. scroobal

    scroobal Alfrescian Old Timer

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    1) No meaningful results to science or the economy after 26 years. Does not include the period prior when IMCB was set up in 1987.

    2) Rife with foreigners with questionable credentials and cases of fraudulent qualifications undetected and clearing promotional hurdles for years, yet uncovered by foreign institutions.

    3) Rife with doctored results in published research paper resulting in papers and awarded qualifications to be recalled.

    4) Nepotism among foreigners - husband and brother-in-law recruited by wife into her own organisation - Prof Jackie Ying, IBN, nothing done.

    5) Spouses and partners pressured to be given jobs within the organisation which the organisation agreed to, to land "whales" and thereby creating a poor culture of nepotism as per point 4.

    6) Recruiting classmates and friends from Indian and China with doubtful background at the expense of locals

    7) Speaking Mandarin within clusters

    8) Billions spent, numerous patents but the Govt unable to provide any evidence of results.


    It was going to be a matter of time when the long standing elephant in the room has to be addressed. Now watch the spin behind the re-structuring.


    http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/government-economy/astar-to-undergo-major-restructuring
    A*STAR to undergo major restructuring
    This will help agency keep up with biomed industry and meet CFE objectives, says DPM Teo
    Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 05:50
    by
    JACQUELYN [email protected]@JacCheokBT

    A*Star-TeoCH.jpg Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who broke the news to the media on Monday, said that the restructuring will enable A*STAR to keep up with a biomedical industry that has "transformed tremendously", and meet the objectives of the Committee on the Future Economy (CFE). ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
    Singapore

    A*STAR - the lead public sector agency that spearheads Singapore's research and development (R&D) work - will soon undergo a major restructuring.

    Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who broke the news to the media on Monday, said that the restructuring will enable A*STAR to keep up with a biomedical industry that has "transformed tremendously", and meet the objectives of the Committee on the Future Economy (CFE), which were unveiled just last week.

    He said: "We've assembled over the years a good collection of people and knowledge which is now ready to be taken out into the industry.

    "What we're building now is the entire ecosystem together with the connections into the industry - to see how we can take this knowledge base, bring it into the industry, have deployable solutions ... and have an effect both economically and also on our healthcare system."

    SEE ALSO: MAS to boost financing options for Asia's growth companies
    DPM Teo, who is also chairman of the National Research Foundation (NRF), said that a key objective of the CFE is to take Singapore deeper into a knowledge-based economy, in which R&D activity will create new innovations and even industrial sectors.

    "What we're doing here with NRF and A*STAR is to see how we can take many of the ideas that we have in the R&D institutions into the industry - to create economic value and jobs for Singaporeans."

    He noted that the restructuring of A*STAR will enable the agency to "do this better in the coming years".

    Asked what else Singapore can do to accelerate the commercialisation of R&D, DPM Teo cited the need for more "intermediate type of biotech companies", as well as engagement with big pharmaceutical companies.

    The minister was speaking to reporters on Monday at the sidelines of his visit to A*STAR's Experimental Therapeutics Centre, which was set up to advance small-molecule drug discovery in Singapore. ETC will celebrate its 10th anniversary in March.

    DPM Teo added that A*STAR will be building a "similar centre for large molecules", which will be known as the Experimental Biologics Centre (EBC). No timeframe was disclosed.

    The minister on Monday also stopped short of going into detail about A*STAR's restructuring, only saying that plans will be shared by Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry), S Iswaran, at the upcoming Committee of Supply debate.

    A*STAR chairman Lim Chuan Poh, when asked by reporters about the restructuring, revealed that the agency is transforming to be more closely aligned to the goals of the CFE and also of RIE2020, the S$19 billion research, innovation and enterprise plan for Singapore from 2016 to 2020.

    Mr Lim added that the refashioned A*STAR will adopt "domain-based" and "multi-disciplinary" approaches.

    The first approach will allow it to organise itself in line with the four tech domains RIE2020 has identified: health and biomedical sciences; advanced manufacturing and engineering; urban solutions and sustainability; and services and digital economy.

    The second will enable A*STAR to bring together multiple institutions as well as people of diverse disciplines to create "impactful research".

    Leslie Loh, serial entrepreneur, angel investor and founder of training services provider Lithan, praised A*STAR's restructuring efforts.

    Mr Loh told The Business Times: "It is timely, and the government support is welcome. Biomedical and advanced manufacturing, in particular, are highly research-oriented, deep-tech and expensive domains with long gestation periods, and are therefore difficult for the private sector to address."
     
  2. ckmpd

    ckmpd Alfrescian Old Timer

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    A*Star learns from the pap and is condoned by the pap.

    Not only is A*Star in trouble, the whole SG is in trouble
     
  3. Leongsam

    Leongsam Administrator Staff Member Old Timer Old Timer

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    You left out the part about A* nude parades in public.
     
  4. shittypore

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    I dont noe much abt A star, but did noe a few FTs that was wit A star and all hve balek Kampong wit Fat bank account frm their Salary and CPF witout achieving any recognition international in their field of research while in A Star.
     
  5. Leongsam

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    [TD="colspan: 3"]Nude woman identifed as Singaporean A*STAR scholar[/TD]
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    The couple who treated open air diners in Holland Village to a 15-minute naked parade earlier this year have been identified.

    The woman is Singaporean Eng Kai Er, 24, who is studying at a Swedish university, and the man, a Swedish student on exchange here in Singapore, is Jan Philip, 21.

    Eng, described as a petite woman with short hair, is an A*Star (Agency for Science, Technology and Research) scholarship holder.

    She was also a member of Mensa, an association whose members are defined by their high IQs.

    According to the A*Star website, she is pursuing a PhD in infection biology at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.During her teen years, Eng represented Singapore as a competitive ice skater in Skate Asia, the largest ice-skating competition outside the United States.
    Her father was quoted by a local free sheet as saying that his daughter is a nice and lovely girl, and the family is standing by her.

    Both Eng Kai Er and Jan Philip were charged on Friday of walking naked in public at Holland Village on Jan 24 at about 11pm under the Miscellaneous Offences (Public Order and Nuisance) Act.

    If convicted, they may be fined up to $2,000 and/or jailed for up to three months.

    Their lawyer asked for an adjournment to write in to the Attorney-General's Chambers.

    The case has been adjourned to April 30.

    Lianhe Wanbao reported that for Singaporeans, bail need not be posted in this case, but as Jan Philip is a foreigner, bail of $5,000 was required.

    The Chinese daily also reported that the female accused was willing to post bail on his behalf.
     
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    krafty Alfrescian (Inf)

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    hmm...my psle score was 2 A*Star and 2 A. that's all i know.:eek:
     
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    I thought Holland V was the gateway to The Garden of Eden & these two were "adam" & "eve"..what happened to the fig leaves ...they fell off??
     
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    Wah!..can get A*star's...during my time , we were very proud of our "formula 9" F9.
     
  9. mojito

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    You just explained why A*star cannot make it. Too many entitled prima donna sinkie princes and princesses strutting about doing nothing. What we need is more foreigners to carry the organization through the next 50 years.
     
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    Not forgetting the Astar scholar who tried to poison her classmate Stanford University
     
  11. Rogue Trader

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    One of the most impressive things about Astar is the premise.

    JTC has done a top class job building the campus

    Except for the shiny facilities, everything is meh
     
  12. scroobal

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    The Holland V star went to create more trouble, demanding to be released from her bond, asking for her bond to be transferred to NAC as she wanted to a professional dancer.
     
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    this is another problem sinkieland hasn't learnt how to handle: talent management.
     
  14. borom

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    remember one "related "company that called all its losses "long term investments" -no different here-where they seems to be looking at the very long term (meaning no dateline/timeframe?).
    This usually happens when you spend other peoples money with no accountability and pay yourselves millions a year even when trees are falling/lifts are breaking down/hospitals negligence are killing people, trains breakdown frequently ect2.

    2,800 papers published and 240 patents filed a year-yet I cannot find one that has practical application/made a profit or contributed to the well being and welfare of singaporeans.
    What do you expect from an economy where the most profitable companies are usually properties based/listed companies profits or loss swing according change in valuation of properties and most of your graduates want to make money from capital appreciation in property values than from their economic contribution or jobs!
    Even elections are fought based on who can manage your properties better!
     
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    neber knew they taught teksi 101 at school...you must've been a "shining" student, same as how they taught you to polish the mudguards :p
    strong winds could've blew those over to the coffee bean and tea leaves outlet :eek:
     

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