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The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy is a school of the National University of Singaporemarker (NUS). It was established in 1992 as the Master of Public Policy Programme under the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of National University of Singapore in collaboration with the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard Universitymarker. The school was formally launched on 16 August 2004.

Mission Statement

To help build capacity in governance by providing opportunities for the education and training of policy-makers and leaders in the art and science of public policy and public management, with the objective of raising the standards of governance and improving the lives of the people in the region.
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Degree Programs

Master in Public Policy

The 2-year Master in Public Policy (MPP) programme is geared towards developing the conceptual and analytical skills for future public service leaders and individuals with an interest in understanding and influencing how public policy choices are made. Typical MPP candidates have five or less years of working experience prior to beginning their coursework.

Master in Public Administration Programme

The 1-year Master in Public Administration Programme (MPA) was started in 2006 and enrolls experienced professionals who wish to acquire new knowledge and skills to enhance their leadership and managerial capabilities.

To be eligible for the programme, candidates must have at least five years of work experience. The degree can now be earned through part-time study.

Master in Public Management

The one-year Master in Public Management (MPM) programme was first offered in 2001 to enhance the skills of senior managers working in the public, people and private sectors in the area of good governance. It is targeted at accomplished senior officials who hold key positions, and whose leadership role is acknowledged within their own organisation.

Doctor of Philosophy

The PhD programme seeks to strengthen the capability and effectiveness of public policy research. It will equip candidates with the necessary theoretical frameworks, research methods and tools to conduct scientific inquiry to address contemporary public policy issues.

Dual Degree Programs

As a member of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN), LKYSPP Master in Public Policy students have the opportunity to enroll in a double degree programme with either Columbia University, London School of Economics and Political Sciencemarker or the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). Their second year of study will be at one of the partner institutions. Students who meet the double degree requirements will graduate with a Master in Public Policy degree from the National University of Singapore and either a Master of Public Administration degree from Columbia University, a Master in Public Administration degree from London School of Economics and Political Sciencemarker, or a Master of Public Affairs degree from Sciences Po.

Students can also enroll in the double degree programme jointly offered by the Faculty of Law, NUS and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Students will graduate with a Masters in Public Policy and a Masters in Law at the end of two years.

LLB (Hons) and MPP Concurrent Degree Program

LKYSPP and the NUS Faculty of Law have also launched the concurrent degree programme in Law (LLB) and Public Policy (MPP) in Academic Year 2007-2008.[585388] Admission to this programme is competitive and selective - applicants to the programme must possess an outstanding academic record and must pass through a rigorous interview selection process.[585389] The programme combines the strengths of the LKYSPP and the NUS Faculty of Law to prepare students for the complex world of policy-making and public service. It offers law students, especially those interested in a future career in public service, an opportunity to understand the legal, policy, and practical dimensions of governance and national, regional, and international policy-making.

Research and Faculty

Asia Competitiveness Institute

The Asia Competitiveness Institute (ACI) was established in 2006 to build the intellectual leadership and network for understanding and developing competitiveness in the ASEAN region. ACI seeks to contribute to the enhancement of economic growth and living standards in the region. It serves as a regional repository of competitiveness information that enables analyses of long-term trends in economic policies and development. It conducts research to understand patterns of policy and economic development, and develops models that are applicable to different contexts. It also undertakes projects to assess current competitiveness of key economic clusters and provide policy inputs for enhancing growth. The ACI is an affiliated institute of the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Universitymarker.

Information + Innovation Policy Research Centre

The Information + Innovation Policy Research Centre was recently established. The Information + Innovation Policy Research center will examine the role of information in our global knowledge economy, especially as it pertains to our ability as organizations, communities and societies to innovate.The I+I Centre will offer research fellowships at the doctoral, post-doc and distinguished faculty level, host important conferences and workshops, and aim at producing world class research. Its online presence, the I+I website, is currently under development - and will be unwrapped in early 2009.

Centre on Asia and Globalisation

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Centre on Asia and Globalisation (CAG) was established in 2006 to analyse the management of global issues and Asia’s role in a rapidly changing and integrating world. Within this broad context, CAG has mapped out two initial areas of research: the mechanisms of global governance, and energy governance. The Centre’s research on global governance investigates a variety of innovative approaches to managing global issues, including: transparency and information; the public roles of the private sector; and inter-governmental organisations. The energy governance programme examines the policies and institutions needed to bring about a shift to a more effective, efficient, and sustainable global energy system, with a focus on the role of Asia in shaping globalisation forces.

Institute of Policy Studies

The Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) is a think-tank dedicated to fostering good governance in Singapore through strategic policy research. It focuses on Singapore’s domestic developments and external relations taking a multidisciplinary approach with an emphasis on long-term strategic thinking. Established in 1988, IPS merged with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in 2007.

Institute of Water Policy

The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy established the Institute of Water Policy in June 2008 in order to meet challenges in efficient and effective water management in the Asia Pacific region. The Institute of Water Policy will: a)undertake research on water policy & governance in Asia; b) provide opportunities for education and training on water policy and governance; c) serve as a knowledge hub for water governance in Asia.

The Asian Journal of Public Affairs

The Asian Journal of Public Affairs (AJPA) is a web-based, biannual academic publication regarding public affairs issues pertaining to Asia and the Oceania region. Spearheaded by graduate students from the Lee Kuan Yew School, AJPA was established to analyze policy-making within Asia through an interdisciplinary lens. The journal seeks an audience of scholars and practitioners.

Lecture Series and Conferences

From Policy to Research Lecture Series

The World Bank-Lee Kuan Yew From Research to Policy Lecture Series was established in 2007 to provide students with a deeper understanding of real life challenges in development research from prominent academics and decision-makers and to facilitate learning across continents intended for research and policy audiences with several schools of public policy in Asia and Europe. The first lecture was brought together 200 students from 12 universities in 4 countries to hear World Bank Country Director for China, David Dollar, speak on research methodologies for analyzing the impact of trade and financial liberalization policies in Asia.

Noteworthy Alumni

  • Kunzang Lhamu, Under-Secretary for Planning, Bhutanmarker
  • HRH Prince Sisowath Chivannariddh, Secretary of State of MFA, Under-Secretary of State for Tourism, Kingdom of Cambodia
  • Zhou Weijiang, Vice-Mayor, Zhousan City, People’s Republic of China
  • Jose Arquimides Barojes, First Secretary, Embassy of Mexico
  • Aubeck Kam, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Manpower, Singapore
  • Nguyen Thi Bich, Director-General, Ministry of Finance, Vietnammarker

Campus and Singapore

Frontside view of Oei Tiong Ham building at Bukit Timah campus
The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy moved from Heng Mui Keng Terrace in December 2006, located at the main campus of the National University of Singapore. There it shared an office park with the Institute for Policy Studies, World Intellectual Property Organization, and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. It is now situated at the Bukit Timahmarker campus, next to NUS’ Law Faculty, and is based primarily in the Manassah Meyer and Oei Tiong Ham buildings.

Singaporemarker is home to a number of multilateral and regional organizations and research bodies – including the IMFmarker regional training institute, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Secretariat, Asia-Europe Foundation Secretariat, the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, and the Institute of South Asia Studies.

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