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Le mot du directeur

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CNRS perceives, values and embraces the diversity (of talents, fields and policies) at play in ASEAN, which explains our opening in 2007 of our regional representative office in Hanoï, and its relocation mid-2014 to Singapore.

Yet, surrounded with scientific research giants like Japan, China and India, one could wonder : why ASEAN ?

In 11 years, Asia changed a lot, and so did CNRS’ activities in the region, where we now co-operate 4 UMIs*.
A recent analysis showed that our UMIs in ASEAN (co)publish above the worldwide average.
Also, UMIs in ASEAN benefit from local ecosystems that “thrives for translation towards society”.

Another specificity of the region is the “drive to connect” of each country, yielding an ASEAN region that “hubs” intensely : there is no better example of this than Singapore’s CREATE Campus, where the local universities mesh, brainstorm and intertwine talents and ideas with top worldwide research universities who invested collaborations here (among which MIT, Cambridge, ETH-Zürich, etc… and possibly CNRS in the future).

If you need yet another reason, consider this key-feature also of ASEAN : time flies faster here, and the dynamics at play are visible, exciting, refreshing : boredom never is an option around here !

CNRS is committed to keep contributing talent and tapping on ASEAN’s abundance of terrains, talents and opportunities.

*UMI : Unité Mixte Internationale, is a format of research partnership which “hubs and stirs” challenges, talents and funding (from local, French and European levels).
With only 37 such joint-laboratories worldwide, these UMIs are CNRS’ flagships out of France.

Luc Le Calvez
CNRS@ASEAN Director.