International Built Environment Week

Sector must keep reinventing itself to meet evolving needs

SINGAPORE and the built environment industry here have had to constantly reinvent themselves to meet the evolving needs at every stage of the country's urbanisation, and this must continue to enable them to stay ahead of developmental roadblocks that may come in the way.

Foreign investors flock to Indonesia

INDONESIA is fast becoming a favourite of foreign investors with the country receiving an all-time record high of US$29.3 billion in new foreign direct investment (FDI) in nearly 22,000 projects last year, a significant increase over the previous year.

Swiss-Singapore ties at a new high

SWISS Ambassador Fabrice Filliez says: "We were delighted that Mr Heng Swee Keat was in Switzerland in May this year so soon after taking up his new office. The visit was another proof of our strong and long lasting Swiss-Singapore friendship and will further inspire our bilateral cooperation in...

Singaporean is new director of Olympic Museum in Lausanne

SINGAPOREAN Angelita Teo has been chosen to lead the Switzerland-based Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage from October this year, managing the Olympic Museum, Olympic Studies Centre, international programmes and heritage.

World's top hotel school to set up first overseas campus in Singapore

SWITZERLAND'S EHL, the famous Lausanne-based hotel school - ranked the world's best hospitality and leisure management university - has just got Singapore's approval to set up its first overseas campus here.

Top Swiss university forges strong links with Singapore

SWITZERLAND'S top university, which has a presence here in Singapore since 2010, has been named the sixth best university in the world in the recently released latest edition of the closely watched QS World University Rankings.

St Gallen holds the key to freshest ideas for the hottest issues in the world

WHILE the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos is the most prestigious gathering of top global thinkers, political leaders and businessmen, Switzerland is host to another unique annual gathering that promotes inter-generational conversations on key current issues with participants from...

Building across East and West

NOT known to many people in Singapore, a boutique agency founded by two Swiss architects has been successfully working on public housing projects here, combining the best of Western and Eastern knowledge in the field.

Swiss quality, Singapore opportunity

AS Switzerland is known for precision and quality, it was the inspiration to plan it the Swiss way that motivated an SME events company to be called planitswiss.

New growth areas for Switzerland and Singapore

The Business Times: In your view, what are some of the new areas that Swiss and Singapore businesses can tap on with each other's help to grow further?

Pianist-composer tunes in to her Swiss-Singapore roots

MEET talented young pianist Rahel Johanna Kai Zhiah Senn who is making waves in the music world. The daughter of a Swiss father and a Singaporean mother, she grew up in Switzerland's largest city - Zurich - in a multicultural and multilingual environment.

Vitra pushing boundaries of design discipline

SWISS family-owned design company, Vitra has seen an enthusiastic response since opening its store in Singapore, its first outlet in South-east Asia. "Our customers and fans have finally found a place to experience our collection of classic and contemporary design pieces," says Vitra CEO Nora...

Australia showcases its industry strengths

TO showcase Australia's capabilities in the built environment field and highlight how Australian companies and organisations can - and are currently - partnering with countries in the region to support Asean's unfolding urbanisation story, the Australian government organised a Regional Built...

ONG&ONG wins SG Mark for Bedok Public Library's interiors

LEADING architectural firm ONG&ONG has won the SG Mark award for its interior design work for the National Library Board's Bedok Public Library at this year's SG Mark awards in the industry category.

Hand shower wins top design award

THE humble hand shower has won the top honour at this year's Singapore Good Design (SG Mark) awards, the country's benchmark of good design and quality. Its winning the top spot is a testimony to the power of good design in transforming such a simple product used in most homes.

SUTD's mobile app gets special mention

A DIGITAL solution designed by Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) professor Lyle Fearnley and his engineering colleagues Poon King Wang and Andy Zheng has got special mention at this year's SG Mark awards.

Special mention for POSB Smart Buddy watch

A SMART watch for school children designed by DBS Bank that encourages them to save and spend wisely by helping them to track their savings and spending habits digitally has won special mention at this year's SG Mark awards in the smart design category.

Customer satisfaction in Singapore hits new high

WHILE some people may think that service performance in Singapore is not up to the mark, a national survey actually shows that customer satisfaction has hit a new high in the country. Importantly, the increase in service excellence is across the board with all eight industry sectors studied...

Budget airlines closing gap with full-service carriers

BUDGET airline customers are more likely to repurchase tickets from them compared to those flying with full-service carriers.

Self-ordering kiosks help raise quality at fast-food outlets

WITH the increased adoption of fast-food self-ordering kiosks, overall satisfaction levels of customers that frequent these kiosks was observed to be as high as those who place their orders via the traditional way of ordering their food and drinks with the counter service staff.

Banks rethinking their branch concept

BANKS here are rethinking the branch concept as they seek to grow their business. They are seeking to create more conversations with their customers as they find that clients who have a multi-product relationship are more loyal and satisfied.

Business China forum to promote sustainable development

WITH continuing trade tensions between the two largest economies in the world threatening the outlook for global economic growth, some 600 leading businessmen will be meeting at a one-day forum here in Singapore next month to talk about promoting "Sustainable Development in a Dynamic World Order...


Bangladesh, Singapore share good ties

BANGLADESH and Singapore enjoy good bilateral relations and are working together to make them even stronger, says Bangladesh High Commissioner in Singapore, Md Mustafizur Rahman. The close cooperation between the two countries is evidenced by the fact that Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina...

Bangladesh's big draws for business

BANGLADESH'S attractive potential was highlighted at the highest level when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during her official visit to Singapore, last year, spoke at the opening session of the full-day Bangladesh-Singapore Business Forum 2018. Jointly organised by the Singapore Business...

Asean Business Awards recognise enterprises with global potential

The Asean Business Awards 2018, which will be presented to leading businesses in the region at a gala dinner this evening, recognise Asean enterprises with the potential to grow beyond their home country and the region to become global players.