NTU launches landmark programme for senior Vietnam officials in public administration and governance
Former Singapore ministers Mah Bow Tan, Yeo Cheow Tong and Yeo Ning Hong to share expertise
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has launched a new executive training programme for Vietnam’s senior government officials today. The strategic programme provides participants with a deeper understanding of the developments in Singapore’s public administration and management in the past four decades, along with a rich interplay of perspectives from thought leaders.
An integral part of the programme involves Singapore’s former ministers such as Mr Mah Bow Tan, Mr Yeo Cheow Tong and Dr Yeo Ning Hong, who will share their first-hand experience and Singapore’s best practices in public administration and governance. Apart from class lectures, the customised and intensive training programme also consists of seminars, dialogue sessions and visits to government institutions and corporate organisations in Singapore to enrich the participants' learning experience.
The programme is expected to further strengthen high-level bilateral exchanges between Singapore and Vietnam. The first batch of 20 officials will undergo a two-week residential training programme conducted by NTU’s Nanyang Centre for Public Administration from 18 to 31 December 2011.
“As the Vietnamese government embarks on a series of reforms to boost its economy, NTU is pleased to be able to share our expertise and enhance the knowledge and skills of Vietnamese officials in public administration and governance through this new programme. We hope that by the end of the course, these leaders will gain a deeper understanding of the rapid changes in the world we live in, and apply their newly gained knowledge to the local situation in Vietnam,” says Dr Wu Wei, Director of Nanyang Centre for Public Administration .
Based in NTU’s Yunnan Garden campus, this training programme is part of Vietnam’s National 5-Year Plan of Training Government Officials overseas, called Programme 165. The aim of the programme is to build a pool of high calibre talents for senior leadership positions, and to improve Vietnamese government officials’ management and leadership skills.
The pioneer class from Vietnam is led by Mr Trần Văn Thành, Deputy Chief of the Central Office of the Vietnam Communist Party’s Central Committee. Half of the class comprises officials at the Vice-Minister level.
The establishment of this new executive training programme marks a new milestone in the relations between NTU and Vietnam.
Previously in 2000, former Vietnam President Nguyen Minh Triet (2006-2011), who was then the party head of Ho Chi Minh City, requested NTU to train his government officials in the English language. The English classes in NTU’s Language and Communication Centre started in 2002 and since then, NTU has trained about 400 Vietnamese government officials.
The Nanyang Centre for Public Administration, which conducts this new programme, also manages NTU’s flagship Master of Science in Managerial Economics and Master of Public Administration widely known as the Mayors’ Class. Last month, the Mayors’ Class was awarded the 2011 Business China Enterprise Award for bettering bilateral relations between Singapore and China. More than 1,000 Chinese government officials have graduated from the two programmes that promote knowledge sharing and cultural exchanges between Singapore and China’s senior government officials in managerial economics and public administration. It is a fertile ground for fostering new initiatives and deepening long-term relations between the two countries.
Over the past 19 years, NTU has offered short-term executive training programmes for more than 10,000 Chinese officials.
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