On 1 June 2021, Nanyang Centre for Public Administration (NCPA) commenced a month-long Executive Development Programme (EDP) on "Governance and Development of a World-Class University" for more than 40 middle and senior management and administrative cadres from various functional departments, offices, faculties and colleges of Beijing University of Technology (BJUT). This is the first time NCPA is offering an EDP for BJUT. BJUT is a multidisciplinary university. In 2020, eight of BJUT's disciplines were among the world's top 500 disciplines in QS World University Rankings by Subject. This programme aims to serve as a channel for mutual learning and knowledge exchange in building a world-class university.
The programme will be held weekly on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons starting in the first week of June. It will close with a sharing session in early July, where the participants will speak in groups on their learning experience.
The Chinese EDP team at NCPA lined up a strong team of lecturers for this programme, including Professor Er Meng Hwa, former Vice President of NTU Singapore; Professor Wen Yonggang, Associate Dean (Research) of the College of Engineering; Professor Chen Xiaodong, former Associate Chair (Faculty) of the School of Materials Science and Engineering; and Professor Liu Hong, Director of NCPA. Other current and former heads of various functional departments and colleges of NTU will also be sharing their first-hand experiences. The programme will explore international development strategy and world-class discipline development from a macro level, the application of Information Technology in teaching management, human resource management and compensation model, and other research topics that discussed specific practices. Because of each university's different situations and positioning, the experience and practices of other universities will inevitably be different. However, these differences are the cornerstones for promoting mutual learning.
Upon completing the programme, the participants will become part of the over 20,000 Chinese alumni of NTU in mainland China.
Although the global COVID-19 situation has affected people-to-people exchanges, this has not disrupted NCPA's endeavours to offer EDPs to China and Southeast Asian countries by making effective use of online learning platforms and meticulous planning by the NCPA's Chinese EDP team.