Singapore Ambassador, Congressman Byrne Visit USA
Posted on August 4, 2015 by Bob Lowry
Singapore’s Ambassador to the United States, Ashok Mirpuri, visited the University of South Alabama on Aug. 4 at the invitation of Congressman Bradley Byrne. Along with a group of University leaders headed by USA President Dr. Tony Waldrop, a roundtable discussion took place focusing on opportunities in collaborative research, cooperative education, internship placements and international programs.
“I was honored to host Ambassador Mirpuri in Mobile to highlight our area’s strong connections to Singapore and explore opportunities for new partnerships,” Byrne said. “An important part of the Ambassador’s visit focused on educational opportunities, and I appreciate President Waldrop and his team facilitating a great discussion. I believe today’s meeting has opened the door for a number of exciting research and educational opportunities between the University of South Alabama and Singapore.”
“I am very honored that Congressman Byrne agreed to be the co-chair of the Congressional Singapore Caucus and I promptly accepted his invitation to visit Mobile,” said Mirpuri. “I look forward to fostering deeper ties with Mobile and finding new ways to collaborate. Singapore and Mobile have a special relationship.”
Singapore-based VT Systems has been a part of the Mobile community since 1991 and is one of Mobile’s largest employers. Mobile is also home to Austal USA, which manufactures a variant of the Littoral Combat Ships currently on rotational deployment in Singapore.
“The University of South Alabama, as a regional leader in innovation, education and health care, is strategically positioned to work with global partners in developing relationships that lead to the creation of knowledge, cultural connections and transformative educational opportunities,” said Waldrop. “On behalf of the University, I would like to extend a special thank you to Ambassador Mirpuri for visiting campus today for a valuable discussion on connections between our countries and communities, and thank you to Representative Byrne for his leadership and support of the University.”
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