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 Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Public Policy and Global Affairs was finally introduced in 2013 to meet students’ growing interests and career aspirations in public administration and international relations, and to groom the next generation of public policy-makers.
PPGA comprises faculty members with strong professional credentials who can undertake curricular development, teaching, and cutting-edge research. Currently undergoing expansion, PPGA is committed to achieving excellence in both teaching and research, as well as the establishment of a lively and collegial intellectual milieu. Its research projects and efforts seek to enhance the scholarly understanding of political institutions and behaviour, public policy and administration, and the values and ethics of government. In particular, it seeks to strengthen existing research on the theory and practice of Singapore governance as well as regional governance.
PPGA faculty and graduate students have also developed close professional links with the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration (NCPA) at NTU, which offers the MPA degree in both English and Chinese as well as bilingual executive leadership development programmes for middle/senior level government officials from China and Southeast Asia.