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Director’s Message

NCPA is dedicated to preparing and inspiring future leaders for the public, private, and non-profit sectors through its global perspective on developments in Asia and through its multidisciplinary approaches to researching and teaching important policy issues.

Welcome to the ​Nanyang Centre for Public Administration (NCPA) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU)! As one of Asia’s leading institutions in public administration education and research, NCPA offers wide-ranging programmes, including the Master of Public Administration (MPA), the Master of Science in Managerial Economics (MME), the Master of Arts in Contemporary China (MACC), and the Executive Development Programmes (EDP).

NCPA is dedicated to preparing and inspiring future leaders for the public, private, and non-profit sectors through its global perspective on developments in Asia and through its multidisciplinary approaches to researching and teaching important policy issues. We aim to enhance the quality of governance with our holistic curriculum, top-quality research, and extensive engagement in the policy community.

Located in Singapore, a dynamic business and communications hub in Asia, and being an integral part of NTU, a rapidly-growing global university, NCPA provides world-class education and research in public administration in the context of contemporary Asia. Our strength is built upon the following four pillars.

 

The Best Practices of Governance in Singapore

Home to many outstanding global academic leaders and scholars, NTU is one of the fastest-rising universities, ranking 13th in the 2015 and 2016 QS World University Rankings. NCPA integrates and consolidates policy-relevant multidisciplinary faculty resources across different colleges and schools at NTU. Bringing expertise in public administration, public policy, political science, economics, sociology, media and communications into NCPA, our faculty, Dr Liu Thai Ker (architect and master planner of Singapore), Professor Su Guaning (President Emeritus of NTU), and Professor Er Meng Hwa (Vice President of NTU) are committed to creating public value for good governance in Asia. Our faculty strength is further enhanced by the presence of distinguished policy practitioners from the Singapore government and senior civil servants such as Dr Yeo Ning Hong, Mr Yeo Cheow Tong, Mr Mah Bow Tan, Mr Raymond Lim Siang Keat, and Mr Chan Soo Sen, who bring their first-hand insights and experience as former cabinet ministers of the Singapore government to NCPA.

 

Research Excellence in Public Administration

NCPA continuously advances cutting-edge research to uphold our education in public administration and public policy. Students work closely with globally-recognised faculty on research, both in the classroom and through a series of research programmes. The Lien Ying Chow Legacy Fellowship, a high-level exchange programme between Singapore and China, supports leaders from public, private, and non-profit organisations in their cutting-edge research on various policy issues. The Lien Conference on Good Governance held in Singapore every other year is attended by leading academics and has produced many new insights on good governance.

NCPA has in recent years stepped up its efforts to make research advancements in the global arena, working closely with international collaborators and identifying new research themes including transnational knowledge transfer, social innovation and philanthropy, and the "One Belt, One Road" study. In early 2017, the NCPA research team won a highly-competitive Ministry of Education Tier-2 research grant entitled “Transnational Knowledge Transfer and Dynamic Governance in Comparative Perspective”, which aims to examine the processes and implications of training on public officials and inter-governmental collaborative projects in Singapore, China, other Southeast Asian nations and Africa.

 

A Well-established Tradition in Public Administration Education and Extensive Alumni Network

In 1992, NTU was the first overseas university to provide executive education programmes for middle to senior ranking Chinese government officials. The momentum gained from launching the Master of Science in Managerial Economics Programme in 1998 and the Master of Public Administration Programme in 2005 led to the establishment of NCPA in 2009. Today, I am very proud of our achievements – NCPA has an extensive alumni network of 17,000 Master’s degree holders from our graduate programmes and certificate holders from executive development programmes in China, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, the Philippines, Laos, Malaysia and Thailand. This extensive alumni network not only fosters exchanges and enhances the careers of its members, but also further facilitates NCPA to scale new heights in public administration education and research.

NCPA welcomes students with diverse backgrounds and inspiring ideals to improve the world through better governance. I encourage you to learn more about NCPA by visiting our website at www.ncpa.ntu.edu.sg or by meeting us personally in Singapore.


Professor Liu Hong

Tan Kah Kee Endowed Professor of

Public Policy & Global Affairs

Dir​ector, Nanyang Centre for Public Administration

Chair, School of Social Sciences

Nanyang Technological University​​​​​​​