The Institute for Sports Research (ISR) envisions itself to be a world class sports R&D institute for sports research and innovation, and the leading research institution in the Asia-Pacific region. Its mission is to create a sustainable global footprint in the sports R&D landscape with focus on excellence and knowledge creation; carry out upstream research with strong commercialization potential so as to maintain a “Thought leadership Pole Position” in identified areas; provide downstream application development; and translate research into commercially viable technology and companies.
The ISR is an international collaboration between Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Loughborough University (LU).
NTU is a research-intensive university with globally acknowledged strengths in science and engineering. The university has roots that go back to 1955 when Nanyang University was set up. Today, NTU has four colleges with 12 schools, and four autonomous entities, the National Institute of Education, the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and the Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering. NTU is in the top 100 of the world’s universities, according to the QS World University Rankings 2010. This places it in the top 1% of universities globally.
Faculty of diverse talents from the Schools of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE), Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) and National Institute of Education (NIE) are involved in the management team and start up of ISR.
Loughborough is one of the world’s leading universities, highly regarded, justifiably proud of its many achievements and recently named University of the Year by the Sunday Times for 2008/09. In the 2011 Guardian University Guide, Loughborough was ranked an impressive 9th out of 118 institutions - cementing its status as one of the country’s pre-eminent universities. In recognition of its contribution to the UK Higher Education sector, Loughborough University research has been instrumental in the award of six Queen's Anniversary Prizes, including its world-leading role in sports research, education and development (2002). The quality of the University’s research was also confirmed by the results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). Every department was found to be undertaking research that is internationally recognised, with ten departments having over 20% of their research judged to be ‘world leading’.
Faculty members and researchers from Loughborough’s Sports Technology Institute (STI) and School of sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS) collaborate closely with their counterparts from NTU.