Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

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Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy logo.png
TypeGraduate school
Established4 August 2004; 17 years ago (2004-08-04)
Parent institution
National University of Singapore
DeanDanny Quah
1°19′11″N 103°49′03″E / 1.31980°N 103.81747°E / 1.31980; 103.81747Coordinates: 1°19′11″N 103°49′03″E / 1.31980°N 103.81747°E / 1.31980; 103.81747
Bukit Timah Campus
Colours  Maroon
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy is an autonomous postgraduate school of the National University of Singapore (NUS), named after the late former Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew.


The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, or LKY School, is an autonomous postgraduate school of the National University of Singapore (NUS). The QS World University Rankings (2019) ranked NUS 11th in the world and 1st in Asia.[1] It was formally launched on 4 August 2004 and named in honour of Singapore's first and longest-serving prime minister. The school inherited the Policy Programme that NUS had set up with Harvard Kennedy School in 1992. Today, the LKY School offers five master's degree programmes, a senior fellowship programme and a PhD programme, and has four research centres.[2]

The mission of the school is to 'be the leading global public policy school in Asia, developing thought leadership, improving standards of governance and transforming lives for a more sustainable world.[3]

Its Executive Education, the consultancy arm of the school, established also in 2010 provides short term training programs for over 2,000 senior professionals annually from over 90 countries worldwide.[4]

As of 2018, the school has over 2,800 alumni from over 90 countries. About 80 per cent of its student body consists of international students with the rest from Singapore.

In 2019, the school also published its revamped corporate video which promotes governance for the future as its main theme.

The school is a full member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), a group of schools of public policy, public administration, and international studies.[citation needed]

Graduate degrees[edit]

The school offers five postgraduate degree programmes. They are:

  • Master in Public Policy (MPP) – two-year programme
  • Master in International Affairs (MIA) – two-year programme
  • Master in Public Administration (MPA) – one-year programme
  • Master in Public Administration and Management (MPAM, conducted in Chinese)

It also offers a PhD in Public Policy and the Lee Kuan Yew Senior Fellowship in Public Service Programme.

Double degrees and exchanges[edit]

Both MPP and MPA students may choose to pursue a double degree with NUS Business School (MBA)[5] or NUS Law School (LLM).[6]

As a member of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN),[7] students from its MPP programme have the opportunity to enroll in a dual degree programme with either the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, London School of Economics, University of Tokyo. The school has student exchange programmes with:[8]


  • Georgetown University, Georgetown Public Policy Institute,USA
  • University of Toronto, School of Public Policy and Governance, Canada
  • Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), USA
  • University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo, Brazil


  • Hertie School of Governance,[9] Germany
  • Bocconi University, Italy
  • University of St Gallen, Switzerland
  • The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland (IHEID)
  • Moscow State Institute of International Relations University, Russia
  • Institute d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po)

Asia and the Pacific

  • The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP), Japan
  • Tsinghua University, China
  • Fudan University, China
  • Seoul National University, Graduate School of International Studies, South Korea
  • Korea University, South Korea
  • Yonsei University, South Korea
  • Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan


The LKY School has built up research expertise in four core areas principally, which are key areas of public policy challenges in Asia in the years and decades ahead. The four baskets of research focus are:

  • Policy Studies, Public Management and Governance
  • Social Policy
  • International Relations and Global Governance
  • Economic Development and Competitiveness

The LKY School has four research centres, providing research on the latest developments in public policy. These are:

Asia Competitiveness Institute[edit]

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 University.

Centre on Asia and Globalisation[edit]

The 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[edit]

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 became an institute within the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in 2008.

Institute of Water Policy[edit]

The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy established the Institute of Water Policy in June 2008 in partnership with the Singapore Public Utilities Board (PUB) and receives funding from the PUB and Singapore's Tote Board. The institute's research is also funded by many local partners including Sembcorp and Temasek Foundation; local and international government agencies such the National Environment Agency (NEA) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA); and international organisations such as the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The mission of the institute is to enhance understanding of the social and economic dimensions of water governance and contribute to improved water management in Asia. IWP undertakes independent research and engages in institutional and corporate partnerships to influence the discourse on water governance issues and make a difference in water governance and management. IWP brings together a diverse group of scholars from various disciplines across the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Amongst them, Visiting Professor Asit Biswas, founder of the Third World Centre for Water Management in Mexico and recipient of the 2006 Stockholm Water Prize; and Michael Howlett, editor-in-chief of Policy Sciences journal.

School publications[edit]

The LKY School publishes a number of research papers, journals and books.[10] Two flagship publications are:

Policy and Society[edit]

Policy and Society[11] is sponsored by LKY School and edited by its faculty members Professors Michael Howlett and M Ramesh along with Professors Giliberto Capano (University of Bologna) and Darryl Jarvis (Hong Kong Institute of Education). It is a SSCI-listed journal that ranks 9th on the SCImago Journal Rankings (SJR Indicator) in the field of Public Administration.


'Global-is-Asian'[12] is the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP)'s flagship digital platform focusing on policy issues affecting Asia and the world. Backed by research and grounded in practitioners' experience, our content aims to shape global thinking and steer meaningful conversations on Asian policy issues, especially among policymakers and fellow academics.

Distinguished Speakers Series[edit]

David Cameron, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, speaking at the school in July 2015

LKY School hosts conferences and lectures for its students as well as the wider public. Visitors who have spoken at the school include former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair,[13] former Australia Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Pulitzer prize-winning author Thomas Friedman,[14] Nobel laureates Elinor Ostrom, Amartya Sen, Muhammad Yunus,[15] Aung San Suu Kyi,[16] and former US Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker.

In 2019, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy organised the 'Asia Thinker Series', a series of thought leadership events. These series of forums involving academic experts, policymakers and business leaders from Asia, focuses on key contemporary public policy issues and the emerging challenges of Asia's influence in the world. The inaugural 'Asia Thinker Series' took place in Jakarta discussing about the topic, "Indonesia in the Global Trade War: Impacts on Business, Global Trade and Investment". The topic of the second forum in Bangkok revolved around the topic, "ASEAN and the New World Disorder: Thailand, seeking a new balance". The third 'Asia Thinker Series' forum will be held in Delhi, India in November 2019.

Aranda Chatbot[edit]

In 2018, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy's Thought leadership & Strategic Communications team Social Media team launched a Facebook Chatbot named Aranda. Aranda was named after the orchid, Aranda Lee Kuan Yew[17] and serves the school in its admissions application process. The marketing project that involved Aranda was nominated as a finalist for Marketing Interactive's MARKies Awards 2019 and won a gold award in Marketing Interactive's Loyalty and Engagement Awards 2019.

Noteable alumni[edit]

  • Don Wee, Member of Parliament, Singapore
  • Jack Sim, Founder, World Toilet Organisation, Singapore
  • Intan Azura Mokhtar, Member of Parliament, Singapore
  • Darryl David, Member of Parliament, Singapore
  • Tan Chuan-Jin, Speaker of the Parliament of Singapore
  • Ugyen Dorji, Minister for Labour and Human Resources, Bhutan
  • Chang Lih Kang, Member of Parliament, Malaysia
  • Wong Shu Qi, Member of Parliament, Malaysia
  • Aedit Bin Abdullah, Judge, Supreme Court, Singapore
  • Hoo Sheau Peng, Judge, Supreme Court, Singapore
  • See Kee Oon, Judge, Supreme Court, Singapore


The LKY School is situated at the Bukit Timah campus together with the NUS Law Faculty, next to the Singapore Botanic Gardens. It is based primarily in the Manasseh Meyer and Oei Tiong Ham buildings. The NUS Bukit Timah campus was built in the 1920s in order to facilitate the Raffles College, and later served as headquarters of Japanese Army during the Japanese occupation. The site became the campus for the Singapore Division of University of Malaya in 1949, then The University of Singapore in 1962, and the merged National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1980.

After NUS moved its campus to Kent Ridge, the site served as the campus of the National Institute of Education and Singapore Management University (SMU), respectively. After SMU moved into their permanent campus at Bras Basah in 2005, the campus was returned to NUS, and became the campus for NUS Law School and the LKY School in the following year.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 March 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Overview | Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy". Lkyspp.nus.edu.sg. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  3. ^ http://lkyspp.nus.edu.sg/about-us/vision-and-mission/"Vision & Mission | Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy". Lkyspp.nus.edu.sg. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Executive Education". Lkyspp.nus.edu.sg. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy – The NUS MBA". Mba.nus.edu. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  6. ^ "NUS – Faculty of Law : Asia's Global Law School". Law.nus.edu.sg. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Global Public Policy Network". Gppn.net. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  8. ^ [1] Archived 26 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Welcome to the Hertie School in Berlin".
  10. ^ "Publications | Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy". Lkyspp.nus.edu.sg. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  11. ^ "Policy and Society – ScienceDirect.com". Sciencedirect.com. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  12. ^ "Global-Is-Asian | Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy". Lkyspp.nus.edu.sg. Archived from the original on 21 August 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  13. ^ "Private Dialogue Session with Tony Blair | Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy". Lkyspp.nus.edu.sg. 16 August 2013. Archived from the original on 22 January 2016. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  14. ^ "Why We Need a Green Revolution (by invitation only) | Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy". Lkyspp.nus.edu.sg. 24 January 2011. Archived from the original on 22 January 2016. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  15. ^ "Creating a Supportive Environment for Social Businesses" (PDF). Lkyspp.nus.edu.sg. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  16. ^ "Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi speaks with LKY School faculty | Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy". Lkyspp.nus.edu.sg. 22 September 2013. Archived from the original on 22 January 2016. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  17. ^ Aranda Lee Kuan Yew

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