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Biological research is centred around NUS. NTI is basically an engineering school and its undergraduate enrolment was 2078. National University of Singapore The National University of Singapore (NUS) has three major responsibilities (10): (a) basic research in biology; (b) training at both undergraduate and graduate levels; (c) technology transfer to industry. The NUS has eight faculties, with biotechnology-related activities being found in the departments of biochemistry, microbiology, botany, zoology and chemical engineering.

Although it has space for a staff of 400, only 200 will be recruited during the first phase of its development. The objective of the recruitment was to obtain a first-class international scientific staff. Faculty salaries ranging from US$20,000 to US$85,000, plus generous fringe benefits and research funding, make working conditions at the IMCB competitive with those of similar institutions worldwide (14). It is, however, worthwhile noting that of the 73 individuals recruited to date, 75 percent are Asians, suggesting that it is not a simple task to recruit European or American scientists, particularly at a senior level.

The deliberate increase in wages has maximized this trend. 8 percent. 9 percent (1). It was due, in large part, to the slump in the American computer industry and the lower global demand for oil and other major commodities (sharply affecting Singapore's regional neighbours). Although total new investment decreased by 36 percent, the United States continues to be the largest foreign investor, with US$190 million in 1985 (46 percent of all foreign and 38 percent of total investments). 5 percent (1).

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