Public Policy and Global Affairs

Public Policy and Global Affairs (PPGA) is an innovative programme offered by NTU since 2013 to provide students with interdisciplinary training and equip them with practical knowledge and skill sets necessary to dissect and solve real world problems facing political leaders, policymakers, and the global community.

The wealth of PPGA’s course offerings enables students to have a solid foundation in areas of politics, international relations, public administration, and public policy. Students are trained to be thought leaders to confront the problems of today and to design solutions for a sustainable future. Graduates can work in a wide range of professions in the public, private, non-profit sectors, both regionally and globally.


Our faculty members come from diverse backgrounds and have strong professional credentials. They exhibit a sustained commitment to perform excellence in research. Their research projects are published in top-tier journals, making a significant and original contribution to knowledge on political institutions and behaviour, public policy and administration, and the values and ethics of government. 


The three interconnected foci for research in Public Policy and Global Affairs (PPGA) are Global Asia and Asian Regionalism, China studies, and Public Policy in Science and Technology”
PPGA has launched major research projects in the following areas:
  • regional governance and Asian regionalism
  • policy innovation study in Asia;
  • public administration and public consultation in Asia; and
  • rise of China and its consequent global and regional impact - this research area aims to study the impact and implications of a rising China on Asia and/or Asian regionalism, as well as on global politics (e.g. the potential reform of institutions such as the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank).

At the same time, PPGA will develop a strong focus on public and international policy considerations pertaining to the impact of science and technology. Potential topics include global climate change, challenges of energy provision, biotechnology, the global internet, stem-cell research, and nuclear power development
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