Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
|National University of Singapore|
|Location||469C Bukit Timah Road, Singapore
Bukit Timah Campus
The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy is an autonomous postgraduate school of the National University of Singapore (NUS).
- 1 History
- 2 Graduate degrees
- 3 Research
- 4 School publications
- 5 Distinguished Speakers Series
- 6 Noteworthy alumni
- 7 Campus
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
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 (2015/164) ranked NUS 12th in the world and 1st in Asia. 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 four master's degree programmes and a PhD programme, and has four research centres.
The mission of the School is to 'educate and inspire current and future generations of leaders to raise the standards of governance in Asia, improve the lives of its people and contribute to the transformation of the region.'
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.
As of 2014, the School has over 2,200 alumni from nearly 80 countries. About 80 per cent of its student body consists of international students with the rest from Singapore.
The School offers five master's 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 Management (MPM) – one-year programme, one semester at Harvard Kennedy School
- Master in Public Administration and Management (MPAM, conducted in Chinese)
It also offers a PhD in Public Policy.
Dual degrees and exchanges
As a member of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN), 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, Sciences Po, GraSPP, University of Tokyo, Peking University, Tsinghua University, University of Geneva or Science Po.
The School has student exchange programmes with:
Asia and the Pacific
- Tsinghua University, China
- National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Japan
- Seoul National University, Graduate School in International Studies (GSIS), Korea
- Yonsei University, Graduate School of Public Administration
- Korea Development Institute, Korea
- University of Malaya, Malaysia
- University of Tokyo, Japan
- University of Toronto, School of Public Policy and Governance, Canada
- Centro de Investigación y docencia Económicas A.C. (CIDE), Mexico
- Georgetown University, Georgetown Public Policy Institute, United States
- Hertie School of Governance, Germany
- Bocconi University, Italy
- Moscow State Institute of International Relations University, Russia
- University of St Gallen, Switzerland
- The Graduate Institute, IHEID, Switzerland
Africa & the Middle East
- The American University in Cairo, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, Egypt
The LKY School has built up research expertise in seven core areas principally, which are key areas of public policy challenges in Asia in the years and decades ahead. The five baskets of research focus are:
- Social policy and public management in an urbanising Asia including Singapore
- Economic competitiveness, growth, and development policy in Asia
- Water, disaster, and environmental governance in Asia
- Technology, innovation, and governance in Asia
- China-India and Asian security
The LKY School has four research centres, providing research on the latest developments in public policy. These are:
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 University.
Centre on Asia and Globalisation
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
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
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.
The LKY School publishes a number of research papers, journals and books. Two flagship publications are:
- Policy and Society
Policy and Society
Policy and Society 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.
Published every quarter, Global-is-Asian is the flagship magazine of LKY School that focuses on public policy research undertaken by the School. It highlights contemporary policy debates and offers reportage. The magazine also features research by faculty, PhD students and the School’s research centres, on areas of public interest particularly for Asian governments.
Distinguished Speakers Series
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, former Australia Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Pulitzer prize-winning author Thomas Friedman, Nobel laureates Elinor Ostrom, Amartya Sen, Muhammad Yunus, Aung San Suu Kyi, and former US Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker.
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- Aditad Vasinonta, Director of Strategies and Planning Division, Department of Industrial Promotion, Ministry of Industry, Thailand
- Ahmad Hanafi Rais, Member of Parliament, Yogyakarta Province, Indonesia
- Ananias Serrano Cornelio III, First Vice President and Chief Risk Officer, China Banking Corporation, Philippines
- Antonio G. De Guzman Junior, Director General, Office of International Relations and Protocol, Office of the Senate Secretary, Senate of the Philippines
- Athar Mansoor, Deputy Commissioner, Government of Pakistan
- Aubeck Kam Tse Tsuen, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communications and Information, Singapore
- Bibhuti Bhusan Dash, Joint Commissioner of Security (Civil Aviation), Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, India
- Bouaphat Phonvisay, Acting Chief of Division at Health Insurance Division, Planning and Finance Department, Lao PDR
- Brij Bhushan Gupta, Additional Director, National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics (NACEN), Faridabad, India
- Chen Yong, Director, Beijing Municipal Commission of City Administration and Environment, China
- Chokedee Kaewsang, Deputy Secretary General, Thailand Board of Investment
- Choki Gyeltshen, Joint Commissioner, Department of Revenue & Customs, Bhutan
- Duminda Ariyasinghe, Executive Director, Investment Promotion and Media, Board of Investment of Sri Lanka
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- Fausto Xavier Valle Baldeon, Ambassador of the Republic of Ecuador to Singapore
- Ferdinand B. Cui Jr., Undersecretary and Deputy Head, The Presidential Management Staff, Office of the President of the Philippines
- Guo Xiangyu, Director General, the Central Committee of Communist Youth League, China
- Ha Huy Thong, Deputy Head, National Assembly’s Committee for External Relations, Vietnam
- Hu Zhenqing, Chief Auditor, National Audit Office of China
- Hussain Habib Imtiaz, Additional Inspector General of Police, Central Police Office, Pakistan
- Intan Azura Mokhtar, Member of Parliament, Ang Mo Kio, Parliament of Singapore
- Khemmani Pholsena, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Lao PDR and Lao Secretariat for Accession to the World Trade Organization
- Khieng Sochivy, Chief of Battambang Zone, UNICEF Cambodia
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- Kunzang Lhamu, Chief Research Officer, Gross National Happiness Commission, Bhutan
- Letchumanan Ramatha, Director General, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Malaysia
- Magdalena Legaspi Mendoza, Senior Vice President, Development Academy of the Philippines
- M. Maheshwar Rao, Commissioner for Industrial Development and Director of Industries and Commerce, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
- Mahendra Jain, Development Commissioner, Kandhla Special Economic Zone (KASEZ), Mahrashtra, India
- Maria Anthonette Velasco Allones, Under Secretary, Department of Tourism & Executive Director, Career Executive Service Board, Philippines
- Mario C Villaverde, Associate Dean, Ateneo de Manila University School of Government, Philippines
- Hj Mohd Jammy Hj Mohd Shah Al-Islam, Acting Deputy Police Commissioner, Royal Brunei Police Force
- Muhammad Harrith Rashidi Bin Abdullah, Group Operation Commander, Royal Brunei Airforce
- Myat Myat So, Director General (Retd.), Foreign Economic Relations Dept., Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development
- Lieutenant-General Nem Sowath, Advisor, Director (Cabinet office of HE Deputy Prime Minister Gen Tea Banh), Council of Ministers, Director General, Department of Policy and Foreign Affairs, Ministry of National Defence, Cambodia
- Ngo Duc Thang, Ambassador of Vietnam to Thailand
- Nguyen Thi Bich, Director General, Ministry of Finance, Vietnam
- Oum Chenda, Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Women’s & State Affairs, Cambodia
- Pankaj Aggarwal, Commissioner, Health Services, Madhya Pradesh, India
- Pema Dechan Dorjee, Director, Research and Statistics Department, Royal Monetary Authority (RMA), Bhutan
- Pery Irawan, Head of Division of Procurement, The Secretariat of the Vice-President of the Republic of Indonesia
- Praveer Ranjan, Inspector General of Police, Puducherry, India
- HE Prum Sokha, Secretary of State, Ministry of Interior, Royal Government of Cambodia
- Rajesh Kumar Kedia, Addl./Joint Commissioner of Income Tax, New Delhi, India
- Rupinder Brar, Income Tax Commissioner, Mumbai, India
- Jack Sim, Founder, World Toilet Organisation, Singapore
- HRH Sisowath Chivannariddh, Under Secretary of State for Tourism, Cambodia, Commercial Deputy Manager, Cambodia Airports, Cambodia
- Sundaram Pushpanathan, Former Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Economic Community
- Sujit Prasad, General Manager, Derivatives and New Products Department, Securities and Exchange Board India (SEBI)
- Suresh Chandra Gupta, Joint Secretary (Fertilizers), Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, India
- Syed Mohd Hasrin Bin Tengku Hussin, Undersecretary, South East Asia, Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia
- BG Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Manpower, Singapore
- Tan Rowena Nieves Adena, Presiding Judge, Supreme Court of the Philippines
- Torsak Buranaruangroj, Chief Provincial Public Prosecutor, Office of the Attorney General, Thailand
- Thynn Thynn Hlaing, Country Director, Oxfam – World leading Humanitarian and Charity British Organization, Sierra Leone – West Africa
- Vilayvong Bouddakham, Secretary General (Vice Minister), Lao People’s Revolutionary Youth Union (LPRYU)
- Viengthavisone Thephachanh, Director General, Foreign Affairs Department, National Assembly of Lao PDR, and Global Peace Council Member
- Viresh Kumar Bhawra, Inspector General of Police, Punjab, India
- Von Glenn Sace Hernandez, Executive Director, Greenpeace Southeast Asia
- Vu Chi Long, Deputy Director General, Department of International Relations, Ministry of Finance, Counsellor of Vietnam Mission to UN, WTO in Geneva, Switzerland
- Wajid Fauzi, Secretary to the Director General for Protocol (Yemen), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia
- Wang Ge, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Supervision, China
- Wang Qin, Deputy Director General, Jiangsu Provincial Government, China
- Wang Xun, Vice Mayor, Bengbu Municipal Government, China
- Wu Cheng, Vice Dean, Shanghai Normal University, China
- Kwong Weng Yap, Chief Executive Officer, Leap Group, Myanmar
- Zhao Deguan, Deputy Director of the Legislative Office of the Shanghai Government, China
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.
Before the December 2006 move to Bukit Timah, the LKY School was located at Heng Mui Keng Terrace on the NUS main Kent Ridge campus.
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