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50 Years of Singapore-Europe Relations: Celebrating Singapore’s Connections With Europe

To commemorate Singapore’s 50th year of independence, the EU Centre in Singapore has launch a new book with World Scientific Publishing on Singapore-Europe relations. The book, co-edited by EU Centre Director Dr Yeo Lay Hwee and Dr Barnard Turner, Senior Lecturer at Department of English Language and Literature, NUS, features contributions from eminent individuals such as former Singapore Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong, Ambassador Tommy Koh and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) President Bertil Andersson.

The unique new book features a wide range of essays and articles that reflect on the strong connections that Singapore enjoys with Europe in terms of diplomacy, trade and culture. The essays provide a diversity of views on Singapore and Europe from various perspectives—from how close ties and partnerships are forged between Singapore and its European partners, how European businesses see Singapore as a trustworthy and stable place to invest and sink roots, and at a people-to-people level, how Europeans have made that decision to call Singapore “home” in order to build a future for themselves. In commemorating the Republic’s 50th birthday, the essays and articles in this book not only capture historical moments in the country’s history, but also reveal the heartfelt wishes and thoughtful comments of Europeans who work and live here. It is hoped that the essays would serve as a reminder to readers on the openness and connectivity that have contributed to the country’s success in its first 50 years.

The book is divided into 4 sections. The first section contains essays looking at the multi-dimensional ties between Singapore and Europe, and also explore the role played by Singapore in strengthening Asia-Europe relations. The second section features several essays on the rich bilateral ties between Singapore and several EU member states. The third section explores the business and commercial ties featuring a few  outstanding European companies, and also looks into the growing links between Singapore and Europe through educational exchanges, science and research collaboration.  Last but not least, the fourth section of the book focuses on people and features a number of Europeans who have contributed to Singapore in  different arenas—from economic planning, to arts and education, research and the dining and sporting scenes in Singapore.

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