News Details | 02-Dec-2011

Ng Foundation gives S$750,000 to support scholarships for NTU’s Mayors’ Class

Ng Foundation Limited (黄日昌基金会), a Hong Kong registered charitable organisation funded by Singapore entrepreneur and philanthropist, Ng Chit Cheong (黄日昌), has made a cash gift of S$750,000 to Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
With a dollar-for-dollar matching grant from the Singapore Government, S$1.5 million is raised to support scholarships in perpetuity for the university’s Master of Science in Managerial Economics (MME) and Master of Public Administration (MPA) students. 
With this gift, two additional new scholarships will be awarded every year for the MME and MPA programmes dubbed the “Mayors’ Class”, as many of its students were promoted shortly after graduation to become vice governors, party secretaries of municipalities and mayors in China. The gift will be held as an endowment fund named the Ng Foundation China Leadership Scholarship.
Mr Ng said, “I am impressed by the quality of the NTU Mayors’ Class programme. I hope the scholarship will help to support more budding leaders from China and give them the opportunity to hone their management skills for future career advancement.”
Each award of the Ng Foundation China Leadership Scholarship, valued at S$30,000, covers the full one-year course of study at the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration. Students accepted into the MPA and MME programmes are selected through a rigorous process and they represent the cream of China’s public sector from provinces and municipalities across China.
Said Associate Professor Wu Wei (吴伟博士), Director of NTU’s Nanyang Centre for Public Administration (南洋公共管理研究生院院长) that runs the MME/MPA programmes, “We are very grateful for Mr Ng Chit Cheong’s generosity. For the last few years, Mr Ng has been giving prize awards to our outstanding Mayors’ Class students. This gift is an extension of his trust and recognition of the quality of our programmes.”
NTU’s Mayors’ Class was recently award the 2011 Business China Enterprise Award. More than 1,000 Chinese government officials have graduated from the unique programmes that promote knowledge sharing and cultural exchanges between Singapore and China’s senior government officials in economic 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 officials. Since the inception of the MME and MPA programmes in 1998 and 2005 respectively, more than 1,000 local and national government leaders from China have graduated from these Master’s programmes.

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About Nanyang Technological University

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences.  In 2013, NTU will enrol the first batch of students at its new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, which is set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to four world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI) and Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N).

A fast-growing university with an international outlook, NTU is putting its global stamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, and Innovation Asia.

Besides the main Yunnan Garden campus, NTU also has a satellite campus in Singapore’s science and tech hub, one-north, and is setting up a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.
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