Singapore engineers donate $350,000 to fund construction management research

The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) today donated S$350,000 to Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore to support research into the discipline of construction management.

It pays for two postgraduate research projects in construction project management at NTU’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The aim of the research is to develop new standards in the field, reports newspaper The Straits Times.

“People may have misunderstood the role over the years as it used to require multi-disciplinary knowledge in architecture, engineering and liaising contractors,” the scholarship committee chairman Chong Kee Sen said at presentation, reports the Times.

“As time went by, people started to focus on just one area and not knowing the specific details of the projects. The two projects hope to bring back the definition of construction project management and translate the knowledge into practical applications in the future.”

The money creates a new fund called the “IES-Wong Yui Cheong Research in Construction Project Management Fund”, following a donation of S$1m to the IES from Er. Wong Yui Cheong, also known as YC Wong, to support postgraduate research in project management.

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