Published on 03 Oct 2023

Lien International Conference on Good Governance 2023

Good governance for the common good


In recent years, the world has been grappling with global challenges, such as the far-reaching impacts of the pandemic, climate change, and the intensifying complexities of geopolitical relations. Against this backdrop, the significance of good governance has emerged as more paramount than ever before.

To delve into the pivotal role of governance and policy in fostering resilience, sustainability, and inclusivity amidst these pressing global challenges, the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration (NCPA) and Lien Ying Chow Legacy Fellowship (LYCLF) at NTU Singapore organised the Lien International Conference on Good Governance in 2023 on 25 – 26 Aug 2023.




At the first large-scale physical conference held after the pandemic, NCPA successfully hosted more than 300 academics, practitioners, and researchers from over 20 countries who convened at the biennial intellectual nexus, themed “Good Governance for the Common Good” held at the Raffles City Convention Centre.

In their opening speeches, Professor Liu Hong, Associate Vice President (International) and NCPA Director (Research & Executive Education) , NTU Singapore, Professor Luke Ong, Vice President, Research, NTU Singapore, and Mr Laurence Lien, Chairman of Lien Foundation, Singapore gave a comprehensive overview of the conference and shared the remarkable progress made in teaching and research over the past three decades.

The Guest of Honour, Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister of Communications and Information and Second Minister for Home Affairs also delivered a speech on the importance of good governance in the digital age and announced the release of Singapore’s inaugural digital economy report that outlines the contributions of the digital economy to the local economy while setting the course for future development.

Eminent keynote speakers included Mr Desmond Tan, Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office, Mr George Yeo, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Singapore, Professor Reto Steiner, Dean, ZHAW School of Management and Law, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland; Professor Zhu Xufeng, Professor and Dean, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, China; and Professor Hideaki Shiroyama, Professor, Public Administration, Graduate School of Public Policy University of Tokyo, Japan.

Other distinguished scholars, researchers, and students from esteemed institutions such as Xiamen University and Renmin University of China also participated in the conference, further highlighting its international stature.

A noteworthy moment during the conference was the launch of the book titled "Good Governance in the Post-Covid Era: Global Health and Economic Recovery." Co-edited by Professor Liu Hong, Dr Celia Lee and Mr Jeremy Goh, in collaboration with the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS), the book is a collection of chapters written by leading international practitioners and academics, with insightful and multidisciplinary perspectives on good governance in the post-COVID 19 era.

This conference was co-organised together with the Asian Association for Public Administration, International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS), Civil Service College and the Stratagem Group.