Master of Public Administration (English)

Master (Coursework)

Programme Type

Full-time, Part-time

Master of Public Administration

mpa@ntu.edu.sg

Applications for January 2022 Intake opens from 15 August to 30 October 2021.

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The MPA programme examines best practices in public administration in Asia to enhance the skills in decision making, governance, and policy design and implementation. NCPA delivers immersive learning experiences using a combination of theory and practice. With former politicians and senior government officials as members of our faculty, students will be equipped with the know-how to develop and implement strategic policies to meet the challenges in their countries, in turn enhancing their effectiveness as public administrators.

A cross-national platform that connects and grooms future public administrators and leaders in Asia and around the world. We equip students with the knowledge, analytical skills and hands-on experience in public administration, management and policy making, which enables future leaders from different countries to share a global vision.

 

Fully taught in English, the programme is offered on both full-time and part-time basis. The Master of Public Administration (MPA) programme offers invaluable opportunities to prepare them to become future leaders in the public sector.

REAL-WORLD LEARNING
This programme takes a hands-on approach; students can look forward to role-plays, discussions and real-life case studies, where they will be able to take theory into practice. Student's learning experience is further enriched through face-to-face meetings and discussions with the NCPA’s extensive network of Chinese mayors and senior officials, alumni of the NCPA's programmes. Students from different countries can learn from one another and share different cultural perspectives.

A FACULTY AT THE FOREFRONT
Adjunct professors who are current or former politicians, or senior government officials in Singapore form part of the faculty. Mr Yeo Cheow Tong, former Minister for Transport; Mr Chan Soo Sen, former Minister of State; Mr Ngiam Tong Dow, former Permanent Secretary; Dr Pei Sai Fan, former Director of MAS Academy; Dr Liu Thai Ker, former CEO of the Housing and Development Board (HDB) and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA); and many others are among them. Courses conducted place emphasis on practicality, which will help students integrate theory with hands-on experience.

AN ILLUSTRIOUS ALUMNI BODY
An extensive network with many of the NCPA’s close to 20,000 alumni are now holding decision-making positions at all levels of government in their countries, including roles such as ministerial-level leaders, mayors and heads of organisations.

Applicants should possess:
  • A bachelor’s degree in good standing from an accredited university or college is required for all applicants. 
  • Minimum of two years' or more of full-time work experience
  • For students from universities where English is not the medium of instruction, a good IELTS/TOEFL test score is required. The minimum test score is as follows:
TOEFL / IEL​​TS Minimum Test Score
TOEFL ​Paper-based: 580
Computer-based: 230
Internet-based: 88-89
IELTS ​Score of 6.5
Min 5.5 for each skill module

The following online test scores are acceptable in view of Covid-19 pandemic. These test scores will also be applicable for AY2022 admissions.

  1. TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition
  2. TOEFL ITP Plus for China students
  3. IELTS Indicator

Note: Each applicant's previous academic performance, work experience, and Statement of Purpose will be carefully reviewed by the university.

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee for each local/international student is S$32,000 (inclusive of GST). This fee excludes miscellaneous fees (health check-up, entry visa, student's pass, accommodation, meals, overseas immersion, etc.).

Every year, fees are reviewed and subject to revisions. As and when fees are revised, the new fees will be applicable to new students. All fees listed are in Singapore dollars (S$) and are inclusive of Goods and Services Tax (GST).​

Fee Payment Schedule 

The tuition fee is payable on an instalment basis. The payment schedule (both full-time and part-time) are as follows:

​1st Semester​2nd Semester​3rd Semester
​Full-time​S$16,000S$16,000​NA​
​Part-timeS$11,000​​S$11,000S$10,000​

Miscellaneous fees are applicable to both local and international students. Please click here for the updated fees.​​​​

 

Application Deadline

The programme offers two intakes each year:

Check the updates above for the exact application dates.


Submitting your application

Step 1:   Applications are to be submitted ONLINE. Any other forms of submission will not be accepted.
Step 2:​ Email your completed online application form with supporting documents to mpa@ntu.edu.sg.

Please use the Checklist (supporting documents required) below to ensure that you have included all the required supporting documents in your email submission.

Documents Checklist

Please use the Checklist below to ensure that you have included all the required supporting documents in softcopy.

Supporting Documents
Required
Remarks
1 Resume or CV A concise document of not more than 3 pages, briefly explaining your job responsibilities and your accomplishments.
2 Passport-size photo Two most recent colour photographs (taken within the last 3 months), including one attached with the softcopy application form.
3 English proficiency report

Applicants are required to take one of these tests if English was not the medium of instruction used at tertiary level (bachelors).

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language
  • IELTS score (International English Language Testing System)
4 Two (2) Referee Reports / Recommendation letters
  1. Download the official referee report form .
  2. Send to your referees to fill up.
  3. The completed referee reports should be sent by your referees via their official (company or organisation) email accounts to mpa@ntu.edu.sg, indicating their designations and contact details in the email.
5 Other Supporting Documents
  1. Degree Scroll(s) or certificates, and Transcript(s) of academic records from each university attended (must be in English, otherwise an official English translation must be provided);
  2. Professional Membership Certificates, if any
  3. NRIC / Passport / Citizenship Certificate / Documentary proof of nationality, whichever is applicable.
  4. Documentary evidence of Immigration Pass (e.g. Employment Pass or Dependant’s Pass) issued by the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA). Note: This applies only to foreign applicants, working or living in Singapore.

 

Only complete applications will be processed for assessment. An application is deemed complete only if the following are met:

  • completion of online application form
  • payment of application fee, and
  • email submission of all supporting documents.


Some shortlisted candidates may be interviewed by the Admissions Committee to gauge their suitability for the programme.

 

The curriculum consists of 8 courses (comprising 2 core courses and 6 electives) and 1 capstone paper.  The programme will equip students with knowledge, analytical skills and hands-on experience in public administration, management and policy-making.

For this graduate coursework programme, students are required to fulfil the following:

2 Core Courses
6 Elective Courses
Capstone Paper
Out of the 6 required elective courses, students have the option to select up to 2 relevant courses from NTU’s other graduate programmes as electives to fulfil their course requirement.  These courses must be approved by both the Director of MPA and the NTU School(s) or Division(s) concerned.

There are 2 semesters in an academic year, each consisting of 13 weeks of teaching, 1 week for examination preparation and 1 week for examination. 

FULL-TIME STUDY

Full-time students typically complete their studies within 12 months (2 semesters).

PART-TIME STUDY

The part-time English MPA Programme allows working mid-career professionals to upgrade their knowledge while pursuing professional growth opportunities.

Part-time studies typically span a period of 18-24 months (3-4 semesters), with a maximum candidature period of 4 years (8 semesters). 

Class Schedule

Classes are typically conducted on: 

Mondays to Fridays  6.30pm - 9.30 pm
Saturdays to Sundays  9.30 am - 12.30 pm and/or 2.00pm - 5.00 pm

Classes are held at the NTU main campus and/or NTU's One-North Campus opposite Buona Vista MRT (location map). 

All students are required to complete two core courses and 6 electives, as well as a capstone paper. The student is expected to complete an original research paper dealing with a chosen topic under the supervision of a MPA faculty member. It usually takes more than a semester to complete the capstone paper, and the minimum length is 15,000 for the paper to be written in English.

To benefit further from NTU's outstanding faculty and resources, students will also have the option to select up to two relevant courses from NTU's other graduate programmes as electives to fulfil their course requirement. These courses, however, must be approved by both the Director of NCPA and the NTU School or division concerned.

CORE COURSES


PM6000 Applied Public Sector Economics
This course serves as an introduction to how markets operate and how the public sector may improve market outcomes. Students learn about essential microeconomic principles and applying these principles to analyse public policy issues. The first part of the course covers markets and the price mechanism, the strategies of consumers and firms, and market structures. The second part examines topics relevant to the public sector. Topics include the effects of government intervention in the form of price or quantity controls, various kinds of market failure and rationales for government’s role in improving market efficiency, and basics of taxation.

PM6003 Public Policy: Theory and Practice
This course is designed to provide students an introductory overview in the field of public policy and policy science. Policy science refers to a problem-solving orientation that cuts across all disciplines to deal with important societal decisions. Policy science aims to integrate all relevant policy-related disciplines into a unified whole. Therefore, students having different backgrounds are all welcome to this course. This course introduces basic elements (e.g. policy environment, decision making, policy output, policy implementation, and policy evaluation) of a public policy process. This course also examines several substantive policy areas such as social welfare policy, education policy, economic policy, etc. in Singapore and many other countries. Students will have chances to analyse real Singapore policy cases by employing theories covered in the lecture. In sum, this course aims to provide both theoretical and practical training for students.


ELECTIVES


PM6001 Public Administration and Society
This course introduces the discipline and practice of Public Administration. With the examination of the academic development of Public Administration, this course provides students a basic framework of Public Administration through overview of all of its subfields including the political environment, intergovernmental structure, public ethics, public organisation theory and behaviour, public strategic management, public human resource management, public budgeting and financial management, and public policy.

PM6002 Public Strategic Management
This course examines the new approaches to public strategic management around the world particularly in the United States and other major OECD countries, including the new managerial revolution, the reengineering movement, the empowerment, the New Public Management, the public entrepreneurialism, privatisation and public-private partnerships.

PM6004 Leadership in Public Sector
This course examines theories and practices of leadership in public sector. It helps the students develop knowledge, understanding and skills to work more effectively in public sector and to be a more effective leader.

PM6100 Macroeconomic Environment and Policy
This course provides reviews and analyses of current macroeconomic issues and methodologies from the perspective of government policymakers, especially those in East Asia. In the first part, we discuss types of data used to measure macroeconomic performance. The second part covers basic macroeconomic models that economists use to explain the macro-economy in the short run and long run. Finally, we focus on applications of macroeconomic theories in the third part, and explore issues in stabilisation policies, international trade and international finance. An integrated theoretical framework introduces international dimensions from the start.

PM6102 Seminar in Public Policy and Management
The course serves two main purposes. One is to provide students with a broad overview of the practice of policy analysis. The other is to help students synthesise what they have learned in the MPA programme, and write a Capstone Paper. The first half of the course covers generic instruments of public policy, basics of benefit-cost analysis, policy implementation, and the role of policy analysts. During the second part of the course, students are provided with an integrative experience through their own efforts in developing an actual program in public policy or management. With faculty supervision and guidance, students go through all aspect of completing a Capstone Paper, including topic selection, problem definition, literature review, analysis, and writing.

PM6105 Research and Statistical Methods in Policy Analysis
The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of methods employed in pursuing research projects in policy analysis. Both the conceptual and empirical dimensions of the subject are explored. On the empirical side, considerable attention is accorded to qualitative methods which feature prominently in administrative research. Basic statistics such as descriptive statistics, probability, sampling, estimation, inference and hypothesis testing, variable analysis and correlation, regression theory, reliability and validity, and prediction and simulation are included.

PM6119 Globalisation and World Economic Order
The process of internationalisation, globalisation and eventual integration of world economy, driven by developed economies, has speeded up. The negative economic impacts of globalisation have prompted increasing demonstration from environmentalists and developing economies. What are the impacts of economic globalisation on the developed and developing economies?

PM6120 Urban & Regional Economics
This course consists of 4 parts: (1) land system and policy, urban structure and housing policy; (2) infrastructure investment and management; (3) transportation policy and management; (4) the issues of trade, labour, comparative advantage and so on in regional development.

PM6122 World Economic Development and World Financial System
The course evaluates the theories of world development and underdevelopment by per capita income and by different rates of GDP growth. It also covers the theories of recession and depression and measures for their cures. The course enables the students to achieve understanding of global economic problems and their recommended solutions. It helps them to assume a good leadership role in global economic fora as well as regional and national economic debates.

PM6127 Principles of Biostatistics
This course provides lectures designed to acquaint the student with the basic concepts of biostatistics and their applications and interpretation. Topics include descriptive statistics, graphics, diagnostic tests, probability distributions, inference, tests of significance, association, linear and logistic regression, and life tables.

PM6131 Globalisation and International Talent Strategies
At the time of accelerated globalisation and advent of the knowledge economy, talent management (including recruiting, nurturing and assessing) becomes a defining characteristic of a nation’s competitiveness. This course is concerned with the impact of globalisation upon different governments’ talent management strategies, both domestic and international. It first introduces various theoretical discussions about globalisation, “war for talents”, and brain circulation. It then discusses in details, and comparatively, talent strategies and challenges in Singapore, China, the USA, UK and Japan. Furthermore, this course will examine different patterns of reactions of global talents to various government initiatives. This course will also critically assess the impact of talent strategies not just on domestic and global talents, but also on the public policies within which talent mobility is to be situated. It concludes with some policy recommendations for managing talent at the time of globalisation.

PM6132 Singapore Public Administration
This course provides an in-depth study of the governance of Singapore--the principles of managing within government and its core public policies that have made Singapore a “first world” nation. Topics covered include: guiding ideologies in public administration, the Singapore style; relations between the ruling party and the government; relations between the government and the multi-racial citizens; relations between the government and the civil service; symbiotic relations between the government and trade unions and crisis management.

PM6133 Happiness and Public Policy
This course examines the concept, measurement, and comparability of happiness and its role in public policy. How happiness may be increased will be discussed both at the individual and social levels. Facts and fallacies on happiness will be critically examined. Questions such as whether money can buy happiness will be discussed. Related issues like environmental quality, relative competition and the appropriate level of public spending will be analysed. Implications for individuals and public policy will also be drawn.

PM6134 Financial Development & Financial Supervision
The course will first cover the broader issues concerning the financial sector, from monetary policy to ensure price and financial stability to financial sector development. It then delves with the financial markets, financial intermediaries and financial instruments. Finally, the course touches on the issues concerning public sector officials from financial supervision and regulation to prevent financial failure or crisis, managing financial innovation, to protecting financial consumers.

PM6135 Global Environment Politics and Governance
This course is first to introduce global environment politics and governance (actors, institutions, mechanisms, and power dynamics) to students, and examine the topic(s) b a typology of three categories: global common pool resources, transboundary environmental disputes and cooperation, and local accumulative environmental change. Secondary, the course, as part of the international relations (IR) curriculum, introduces advanced IR theories and elaborates the theoretical challenges and contributions of the environmental field focusing on power in international politics, causes for international cooperation and normative development in global governance. Students shall have a background in IR theory and commit to collective learning through discussion and interactive reasoning.

PM6136 Cost-Benefit Analysis: Concepts and Practice
Cost-benefit analysis is a formal way to estimate and weight the cost and benefits of policy alternatives. It is a standard and useful tool for government in both developed and developing economies to balance competing social goals, such as environmental protection and economic growth. Cost-benefit analysis holds a great deal of promise for aiding government decision-making.

PM6137 Behavioural Economics for Public Policy
Behavioural Economics studies how psychological limitations influence economic decision makings. Those who design and implement public policy can make use of behavioural economics to achieve the stated objectives of public policy effectively.

PM6138 Security Governance

The course build understanding of the changing threat landscape and how governments and partners should manage existing and emerging security threats. With rapid globalisation, the spectrum of threats have widened from conventional military threats to non-traditional security threats. The security threats range from missile and fissile proliferation, organised and common crime, piracy and robbery at sea, infectious diseases and pandemics, cybercrime and information infrastructure attack and terrorism and extremism. To manage threats, national security agencies, law enforcement, and military forces increasingly work with partners in community, private sector and academia. While the functional focus of the course is global, the regional focus is East Asia, with an emphasis on how Singapore manages security challenges.

PM6141 Global Finance: Policy, Economics and Technology

This course will provide a broad and policy-oriented understanding of global finance. It will take a multidisciplinary approach by drawing from public policy, economics, and urban studies. More than simply an economic phenomenon, finance affects the daily lives and urban environs of citizens across the world. While this course is largely based on the case of Singapore, it will also draw on the examples of other major global financial centres. 

PM6142 Politics and Security in Asia

This course is intended to provide a comprehensive analysis on inter-state politics and regional security in Asia, covering Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. Many analysts believe that with the rise of China, a power shift from the US to China is taking place in Asia. This power shift is generating tremendous impacts on the geopolitical alignments and security issues in Asia. The regional order is undergoing a profound transformation. This process of transformation, however, is expected to be very complicated and even dangerous given the intensifying strategic rivalry between China and the US, territorial and maritime disputes between/among various regional states, and the history of inter-state relations in the region. In addition to the impacts of Sino-US relations, the Asian region has been faced with a number of daunting security challenges, including the North Korean nuclear issue, the East China Sea dispute, the Taiwan issue, the South China Sea disputes, and the border dispute between China and India. None of these issues can be easily resolved and they will continue to affect peace and stability in Asia. There are other important issues that are pertinent to Asian security, for instance regional multilateral institutions, economic interdependence, nationalism and domestic politics in various regional states, as well as non-traditional security challenges. These will be the main topics that will be explored in this course.

 

CAPSTONE


PM6999 Capstone Paper

Under the supervision of the MPA faculty, students are expected to write a paper that identifies and addresses a critical gap in knowledge about a particular issue in public policy or management, which is relevant and significant. The papers can be client-based or non-client-based, and they can be a policy analysis paper, a reform paper, or a case study. Students are expected to consider various analytical approaches learned in the MPA programme to address the problems chosen. Findings from Capstone Papers will be orally presented.

NCPA is dedicated to grooming and mentoring the next generation of public administrators. Through its MPA programme, graduates can look forward to fulfilling careers as future leaders in the public sector. The programme has also groomed many leaders in both public and private sector over the years.

This program helped me better understand public administration and its technical application in the Singapore Government sector. The learning environment is so comfortable with good accommodation facilities, excellent classroom, and helpful staff. The professors are no doubt very professional; the courses were also well delivered. In class, we share knowledge and support each other. I have learnt a lot in the policy studies aspect which can be applied in my career in the government sector.

Mr Jafirman Torang Avery Louerens (Class of 2021)
Chief Section of Planning and Budget
Indonesian Military Academy

The programme provided real and robust application of public policy and economic theories using behavioural insights to resolve social problems, experiential learning journeys like corporate visits, and peer and team e-learning, which created a rich experience and understanding of government policies and implementation in the community. 

With dedicated professors and their specially curated courses, I have developed a greater appreciation and new insights on both regional and global perspectives; the opportunities that arose with China as the 2nd largest economy; the impact beyond economics, through relevant cross-faculty courses. Beyond the rigorous academic programme, the MPA has given me opportunities to build friendships and networks in an increasingly connected world. I strongly recommend the MPA programme to prospective candidates keen on embarking on public policy and administration studies.

Mr Tang Chi Ming (Class of 2020)
Vice-Dean (Training)
National Community Leadership Institute

​​“As Ambassador of Ukraine to Singapore, I was keen to learn about Singapore's best practices in public administration and economic policies that have led to the country’s remarkable success. NCPA’s MPA programme has enriched my knowledge in various fields of public management. The topics such as government’s talent strategies in the face of globalisation and whole-of-government approach, definitely contributed to a better understanding of how the Singapore government works.

It has also helped me to identify some specific areas where my country can apply Singapore's experience in good governance. I strongly recommend the NCPA MPA programme for leaders, practitioners and enthusiasts in public policy”.

Mr Dmytro Senik (Class of 2019)
Deputy Foreign Minister, CDTO, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine
Former Ambassador of Ukraine to Singapore, Brunei and New Zealand



​“The programme has allowed me to develop a good insight into public relations. The professors have done a tremendous job in delivering in the classes. Every session in class is always fruitful, learning new interesting knowledge for me.” 

Mr Richard Lew (Class of 2019)
Deputy Constituency Director
Pek Kio Community Club

"The MPA programme expanded my perspectives beyond the corporate world and provided a holistic learning platform that brought practice and theory together. The culturally diverse student population and highly engaging professors facilitated thought-provoking discussions and encouraged critical thinking at a higher level. It was a great experience, with plenty of opportunities to learn inside and outside the classroom!"

Ms Woo Hui Wen (Class of 2018)
Associate Director
BTI Executive Search

"The programme pushes your creativity, puts you in a solution-driven mindset, and gets you to the forefront of policy-making. It gave me a new perspective on management and provided the tools and real-world examples on how to overcome challenges that any organisation may face, such as creating new business processes and adapting to new regulations. The programme has an immersive environment where students freely discussed real-world policy issues and the details behind their implementation. My management class has been particularly useful for me as the tech industry is known for its fast-paced and ever-changing environment. I still revisit the literature from my management class on how to institutionalise organisational change." 

Mr Ragua Alvarez Daniel Alfonso (Class of 2018)
Incident Response Specialist
Facebook

"The NTU MPA programme has a strong reputation with a comprehensive curriculum on contemporary issues in public administration. The MPA cohort has a rich diversity and experience in real-world practice to support robust participation. The highlight of the programme was the opportunity to engage and exchange point-of-view with senior officials from the Chinese government, many of whom are alumni of the NTU programme. The collective network nurtured during this learning journey continues to yield friendship through the valuable platform of the alumni association."

Mr Vinson Chua (Class of 2018)
Director, Healthcare Business

ST Engineering Electronics Ltd

"I was keen to gain insights into how Singapore came to become one of the world’s most developed economies and well-governed countries in such a short span of 60 years since independence. Several professors helped satiate my curiosity because they had the privilege of working alongside Singapore’s Pioneers like Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Chok Tong.

Our class comprised students from various ministries or government institutions who helped round off my learnings both through classroom discussions and through various group presentations."

Mr Nakul Gupta (Class of 2018)
General Manager, Customer Support
GE Aviation, Asia Pacific
“The programme has helped me develop a better understanding of the fundamental principles of managing a country. It has also taught me how to be creative and still find future improvements for such a beautifully run country like Singapore. I learned that change is always happening and we should continue to find ways to better our government and country. ”

Ms Catherine Villar-Perez (Class of 2017)
Consular and Signing Officer 
Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco

“What I love most is the opportunity to discuss and explore topics with other students in a safe environment, which allows us to critically evaluate our own as well as others’ practices. The professors are very skilled at encouraging critical thinking and supporting students to fully participate. This makes it a worthwhile investment. ”

Mr Justinian Habner (Class of 2017)
Country Director
Department for International Trade (DIT)
British High Commission in Singapore​

 

Scholarships

MPA scholarships bear no bond or obligation for scholars, and are offered on a merit basis to student who demonstrate a strong passion in understanding public administration.

MPA (English) ASEAN Scholarship
Name of Scholarship MPA (English) ASEAN Scholarship
Objective To recognise students from ASEAN countries who have demonstrated strong passion in understanding public administration.
Amount & Duration Funding of full-time tuition fee of one year, excluding miscellaneous fees
Eligibility ASEAN students(including Singaporean) pursuing the Master of Public Administration (MPA) programme at NTU. Application is open to newly enrolled full-time MPA (English) students completing the programme within two semesters.
Selection Criteria Applicants shall be assessed based on their academic performance obtained in their Bachelor degree and work experiences. Applicants must also demonstrate exemplary character, strong passion in understanding public administration, enthusiasm in promoting and enhancing the MPA (English) programme.
Application

[ Download Scholarship Application Form ]

Please send signed and completed application form to MPA@ntu.edu.sg
 

It is a must to indicate your Admission Application number on the form. Incomplete form will not be processed.

Deadline for submission Submit before the closing date of the admission application.

 

 

MPA (English) International Scholarship
Name of Scholarship MPA (English) International Scholarship
Objective To recognise students from International countries who have demonstrated strong passion in understanding public administration.
Amount & Duration Funding of full-time tuition fee of one year, excluding miscellaneous fees
Eligibility International students pursuing the Master of Public Administration (MPA) programme at NTU. Application is open to newly enrolled full-time MPA (English) students completing the programme within two semesters.
Selection Criteria Applicants shall be assessed based on their academic performance obtained in their Bachelor degree and work experiences. Applicants must also demonstrate exemplary character, strong passion in understanding public administration, enthusiasm in promoting and enhancing the MPA (English) programme.
Application

[ Download Scholarship Application Form ]

Please send signed and completed application form to MPA@ntu.edu.sg
 

It is a must to indicate your Admission Application number on the form. Incomplete form will not be processed.

Deadline for submission Submit before the closing date of the admission application .    

 For more information, please contact us at +65 6592 2612 or email MPA@ntu.edu.sg

On-Campus accommodation

As demand for housing exceeds supply, only full-time graduate students may apply for graduate housing. Successful applicants may stay for a maximum period of one academic year. Applicants are encouraged to look for alternative accommodation arrangements while waiting for their NTU housing application results. 

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