Director's Message

Director
NCPA is dedicated to inspiring future leaders for the public, private, and non-profit sectors through its global perspective on developments in Asia and through its multidisciplinary approaches to researching and teaching important policy issues.


Welcome to the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration (NCPA) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU)! As one of Asia’s leading institutions in public administration education and research, NCPA offers wide-ranging programmes, including the Master of Public Administration (MPA), the Master of Science in Managerial Economics (MME), the Master of Social Sciences (China and Global Governance) - MCGG, and the Executive Development Programmes (EDP).

NCPA is dedicated to preparing and inspiring future leaders for the public, private, and non-profit sectors through its global perspective on developments in Asia and through its multidisciplinary approaches to researching and teaching important policy issues. We aim to enhance the quality of governance with our holistic curriculum, top-quality research, and extensive engagement in the policy community.

Located in Singapore, a dynamic business and communications hub in Asia, and being an integral part of NTU, a rapidly-growing global university, NCPA provides world-class education and research in public administration in the context of contemporary Asia. Our strength is built upon the following four pillars.

 The Best Practices of Governance in Singapore
Singapore is globally recognised for its excellence in public policy, public administration, and governance. To leverage on this unique advantage, NCPA incorporates not only Singapore’s successful experience in curriculum design, but also professional attachments, research projects, and industrial visits in all its programmes. Thus students have the opportunity to be exposed to the Singapore model of governance from interdisciplinary angles in a diverse set of policy areas, including public management, urban and housing development, economic growth, social welfare and management, market regulation, health care, transportation and logistics, public finance and budgeting, as well as talents and human resource management.

Synergy of Faculty Resources across NTU and beyond
Home to many outstanding global academic leaders and scholars, NTU is one of the fastest-rising universities. NCPA integrates and consolidates policy-relevant multidisciplinary faculty resources across different colleges and schools at NTU. Bringing expertise in public administration, public policy, political science, economics, sociology, media and communications into NCPA, our faculty, Dr Liu Thai Ker (architect and master planner of Singapore), Professor Su Guaning (President Emeritus of NTU), and Professor Er Meng Hwa (Vice President of NTU) are committed to creating public value for good governance in Asia. Our faculty strength is further enhanced by the presence of distinguished policy practitioners from the Singapore government and senior civil servants such as Dr Yeo Ning Hong, Mr Yeo Cheow Tong, Mr Mah Bow Tan, Mr Raymond Lim Siang Keat, and Mr Chan Soo Sen, who bring their first-hand insights and experience as former cabinet ministers of the Singapore government to NCPA.

Research Excellence in Public Administration
NCPA continuously advances cutting-edge research to uphold our education in public administration and public policy. Students work closely with globally-recognised faculty on research, both in the classroom and through a series of research programmes. The Lien Ying Chow Legacy Fellowship, a high-level exchange programme between Singapore and China, supports leaders from public, private, and non-profit organisations in their cutting-edge research on various policy issues. The Lien Conference on Good Governance held in Singapore every other year is attended by leading academics and has produced many new insights on good governance.
 
NCPA has in recent years stepped up its efforts to make research advancements in the global arena, working closely with international collaborators and identifying new research themes including transnational knowledge transfer, social innovation and philanthropy, and the "One Belt, One Road" study. In early 2017, the NCPA research team won a highly-competitive Ministry of Education Tier-2 research grant entitled “Transnational Knowledge Transfer and Dynamic Governance in Comparative Perspective”, which aims to examine the processes and implications of training on public officials and inter-governmental collaborative projects in Singapore, China, other Southeast Asian nations and Africa.

A Well-established Tradition in Public Administration Education and Extensive Alumni Network
In 1992, NTU was the first overseas university to provide executive education programmes for middle to senior ranking Chinese government officials. The momentum gained from launching the Master of Science in Managerial Economics Programme in 1998 and the Master of Public Administration Programme in 2005 led to the establishment of NCPA in 2009. Today, I am very proud of our achievements – NCPA has an extensive alumni network of about 20,000 Master’s degree holders from our graduate programmes and certificate holders from executive development programmes in China, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, the Philippines, Laos, Malaysia and Thailand. This extensive alumni network not only fosters exchanges and enhances the careers of its members, but also further facilitates NCPA to scale new heights in public administration education and research.
 
NCPA welcomes students with diverse backgrounds and inspiring ideals to improve the world through better governance. I encourage you to learn more about NCPA by visiting our website at www.ncpa.ntu.edu.sg or by meeting us personally in Singapore.


Professor Liu Hong
Tan Lark Sye Chair Professor of Public Policy and Global Affairs 

Director, Nanyang Centre for Public Administration
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Director
依托南洋理工大学雄厚的师资以及新加坡政府治理体制、经济发展、社会管理和全球化的成功实践,我们有信心助力新加坡与中国、新加坡与东南亚邻邦的双边以及多边更长远和更深广的交流与合作,并再创辉煌。

南洋公共管理研究生院自2009年成立以来,秉承南洋理工大学面向中国官员培训的传统,续写南大官员教育二十逾年的辉煌历史,在经济全球化、政治社会迅速发展变革以及中国崛起的背景下,在教育、研究和国际合作等不同领域都取得了令人瞩目的成绩。

南洋公共管理研究生院的优势首先在于与当代中国相关的研究和课程以及雄厚的师资力量

南洋公共管理研究生院的公共管理硕士(MPA)课程、管理经济学硕士(MME)课程以及中国与全球治理硕士课程(MCGG)和高级培训项目已成为南大教育培训的品牌和标识。通过汇聚新加坡政府资深部长、学界著名专家学者和商界企业领袖,我院为学员提供最好的师资阵容。杨林丰博士、姚照东、马宝山、林双吉、曾士生等一批新加坡政府的前部长,新加坡“规划之父”刘太格以及南洋理工大学荣誉校长徐冠林教授、副校长余明华教授都亲自为我院学员授课。依据多年来丰富的教学经验,学院的课程设置注重理论学习、政策分析与实地考察相结合,帮助官员深入理解新加坡模式中制度和文化层面的因素,以及国际化和全球化的理念和机制。前来南大深造的中国政府官员、高校管理干部、企业的管理精英以及专业人士在学习和培训中拓展视野,提升才能,厚植人脉,为未来在中国的管理实践中解决问题、谋求发展打下坚实基础。

南洋公共管理研究生院的另一重要优势是依托新加坡在社会经济管理以及高等教育领域成功经验

新加坡具备中西合璧的政经文化优势,以稳定的政局、廉洁高效的政府而著称,是全球最国际化的国家之一。在社会管理、多元文化融合、多元种族和谐以及国有企业淡马锡模式等方面都有着宝贵的经验值得借鉴。新加坡的教育水平先进,南洋理工大学在2020年QS世界大学排名中名列第13位,在英国泰晤士高等教育(THE)、美国US.News和中国软科等主流世界大学排名中也都位列百名之内。国际化的教学理念,顶尖的科研实力,成功的产业转化以及广阔的合作领域方面,南洋理工大学及新加坡其他教育机构的思路和实践值得分享。

南大硕士学位课程和高级培训项目得到了中新两国政府的高度称赞和肯定

南洋理工大学将中国视为最重要的合作伙伴,中国中共中央组织部和国家外专局对南大也都给予充分认可。1999年南洋理工大学成为新加坡首个获得中国国家外专局境外培训资质的海外高等学府。2014年,南洋公共管理研究生院成为中国国家留学基金委高等教育行政管理人员出国研修项目首个亚洲基地。目前, 南洋公共管理研究生院的硕士毕业学员已超过1800人,高级培训项目毕业生逾18000人。遍及中国乃至世界各地的精英校友网络也是学员职业发展的无价资源。

作为公共管理和公共政策领域的重要教育和研究机构,学术研究的使命让我们更接近成为一流公共管理学院的目标

在拥有卓越师资和充裕资助的条件下,学院也着力推进以公共政策为导向的研究。由连氏基金资助的“连瀛洲纪念奖学金”项目让中国和新加坡的各界精英进行研究和交流。“连氏公共管理国际论坛”每次举办都会邀请中国和新加坡的官员和学者深入探讨两国经济转型、社会发展、公共管理和制度建设的专题。2015年,主题为“善治:全球议题和本地情境”的连氏国际学术会议在新加坡举行,数百位海内外专家学者共襄盛举。

继往开来,我们以创建世界一流公共管理学院为愿景,推动学院的教育、研究与管理创新。依托南洋理工大学雄厚的师资以及新加坡政府治理体制、经济发展、社会管理和全球化的成功实践,我们有信心助力新加坡与中国、新加坡与东南亚邻邦的双边以及多边更长远和更深广的交流与合作,并再创辉煌。