The MINDEF-NTU Protective Technology Research Centre (PTRC) is an inter-disciplinary research centre. It was established on 29 September 1998 with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). PTRC is hosted in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at NTU, and is primarily funded by NTU and MINDEF. On 9 September 2008, PTRC signed the second renewal of MOU with Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA).

The Centre provides a platform for synergistic R&D programmes which involve the engineering Schools within the College of Engineering in NTU. The three-fold mission of PTRC is:

  • To spearhead research efforts in developing advanced protective technology and homeland security
  • To provide professional education/training and technology transfer
  • To provide specialised advisory services to government ministries and local industry