Public Policy and Global Affairs

Through degree programmes in Public Policy and Global Affairs (PPGA), the School of Social Sciences (SSS) is an integral provider of public policy education in NTU and Singapore. In 2005, the Master of Public Administration (MPA) programme and the undergraduate Minor in Public Administration programme were launched by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), the predecessor to SSS. Both programmes have achieved noteworthy successes. In just five years, over 1,000 Chinese government officials were awarded the MPA degree, while about 10,000 were trained through PPGA’s short-term executive courses. At the undergraduate level, some 2,700 students took a variety of courses in politics and public administration, while over 100 students graduated with a Minor in Public Administration.


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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