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Transnational Knowledge Transfer

This research area focuses on the dynamics, processes and implications of two-way transnational knowledge transfer in the Global South, for the formation and fostering of dynamic governance that emphasises peer-learning, innovation, foresight and adaptability in policy-making.

Ministry of Education Tier 2 Grant

Period: 1 July 2017 to 31 December 2020

Team: Prof Liu Hong (PI), Dr Celia Lee, Dr Wang Tingyan, Ms Huang Xi

Led by Prof Liu Hong, this project was awarded a major 3-year Tier-2 grant by the Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE). This is a timely project amidst the shift of globalization ideologies which presents new opportunities and challenges to Singapore to stay relevant as a privileged gateway and hub in the Global South amidst economic and political reconfigurations. China on the other hand has risen at an unprecedented speed and scale over the past decade, becoming the second largest economy in the world. This has triggered many developing countries in Africa and Southeast Asia to send public officials to China for training which has also become one of China’s most ambitious and important forms of cooperation with Asia and Africa. Employing a comparative case-study approach, this research examines the origins/reasons, process/mechanisms and effectiveness of South-South transfer and cooperation between Singapore-China, Singapore-Southeast Asia and China-Africa in the arenas of knowledge transfer and industrialization strategy.

This project has also solidified engagements and connections with individual and institutional partnerships. Networks and alliances with the following international higher education institutions and organisations were forged to carry out joint research or organise workshops and seminars:

  • Sun Yat-Sen University, China
  • Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City Investment and Development Co Ltd, China
  • Renmin University of China
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom
  • International Institute of Administrative Sciences, Belgium
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Institute of Economics and Social Studies, Mozambique
  • Ministry of Economy & Finance, Cambodia
  • Mandalay University, Myanmar
  • Civil Service Commission, Thailand
  • Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Public Administration, Vietnam


‘Towards a New Model of Development? Transnational Knowledge Transfer Between China and Africa’ International Workshop

On 18 May 2018, the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration (NCPA), with the support of the Institudo de Estudos Sociais e Economicos (IESE) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), successfully organized an international workshop at Maputo, Mozambique.


‘The Belt and Road Initiative and Singapore-Myanmar Collaborations: Enhancing Policymaking for Economic Development’

On 27 and 28 February 2019, the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration (NCPA) and the University of Mandalay jointly organized an international workshop at Mandalay, Myanmar.

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‘The Dynamics of Knowledge Transfer and Governance in the Global South’

This workshop was jointly organised by London School of Economics and Political Science – IDEAS and Nanyang Technological University – Nanyang Centre for Public Administration on 19 November 2019 in London, as one of the series of events for the research project. ​

Research on Improving Business Environment for Guangzhou Development District and Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City

Period: December 2019 to December 2022

Team: Prof Liu Hong (PI), Dr Ma Sirui, Ms Huang Xi

This is a spinoff project funded by the GDD and SSGKC, arising from the knowledge transfer relation between Singapore and China. The overarching objective of the study is to help Guangzhou administrators to optimise municipal business environment through learning and transferring best practice of Singapore and beyond into local context. The research team first of all conducted a comparative study of GDD, Singapore and global leading states on 10 main areas of a business lifecycle, business regulations and policies, based upon which we propose to Guangzhou a series of policy recommendations and a training proposal. In next step, we will provide customised training courses for Guangzhou administrators to better absorb Singapore model, and assist in transferring research results into real practice with regular evaluations.​​​​​​

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