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Joint PhD course in "Medical Technology" to start in the autumn – Laying of the foundation stone for joint "Research Institute of Digital Medicine"

(Vienna, 18-06-2015) – Today, at a brief ceremony in the Rector’s Office at MedUni Vienna, the Medical University of Vienna and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore signed a Joint Degree Programme. Autumn 2015 will see the start of a joint PhD course entitled "Medical Technology" and the city of Vienna and MedUni Vienna are getting it off to a good start by funding two PhD places on it. "This programme builds on existing PhD programmes and will therefore be able to start quickly," explains Christian Herold, Director of the University Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at MedUni Vienna.

This joint PhD programme is based on the cooperation agreement between the two prestigious universities, which was concluded by Wolfgang Schütz, Director of the Medical University of Vienna, and Bertil Andersson, President of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore, in May 2014 in the field of research and teaching. Another Austrian partner in the collaboration between Vienna and Singapore is the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology.

Moreover, it was agreed on Thursday to set up a joint "Research Institute of Digital Medicine" in Singapore as a collaborative initiative in the field of medical imaging and eHealth. The steering committee for this new institute met for the first time on Thursday.

The aim of the collaboration between MedUni Vienna, NTU and AIT is to develop technologies for the health sector and translate them into practical applications.

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore was only founded in 1981 and is already one of the most important universities in Asia and is among the Top 5 young universities in the world.