CALL it great timing. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston was already exploring teaching and research that cuts across different fields of study such as engineering, design and the humanities, when a fledgling university from Singapore knocked on its door.
It did not take more than 11/2 years of talks for the respected American university and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) to forge a partnership that will involve MIT faculty members developing and teaching the SUTD's curriculum, mentoring and undertaking joint research projects with SUTD faculty members.
MIT president Susan Hockfield, speaking to The Straits Times, described the tie-up as borne out of 'a seed which dropped on very fertile ground'.
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