NTU partners Guangzhou City Organisation Department in talent training
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has forged a strategic partnership with the Organisation Department of Guangzhou City (广州市委组织部) to accelerate its efforts in developing high-quality training programmes for government officials.
The collaboration was sealed on Monday 20 July 2009, with both sides inking a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at NTU’s one-north campus. The signatories were Dr Wu Wei, Associate Dean (Administration) of NTU’s College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences (南洋理工大学文学院院长吴伟博士), and Mr Li Zhichang, Deputy Director General, Personnel Department, Communist Party of China (CPC) Guangzhou Committee (广州市委组织部副部长李志昌先生).
The witnesses to the MOU signing were NTU President Dr Su Guaning (南洋理工大学校长徐冠林博士), Senior Associate Provost Professor Er Meng Hwa (南洋理工大学副校长余明华教授), Professor Pan Tso-Chien, Dean of NTU’s College of Engineering (南洋理工大学工学院院长潘则建教授), Mr Zhu Xiaodan, Member of Standing Committee of Communist Party of China (CPC) Guangdong Committee, Secretary of CPC Guangzhou Committee and Chairman of Standing Committee of Guangzhou People's Congress (广东省委常委、广州市委书记、广州市人大常委会主任朱小丹先生), Mr Ling Weixian, Member of the Standing Committee of CPC Guangzhou Committee and Secretary General of CPC Guangzhou Committee (广州市委常委、广州市委秘书长凌伟宪先生), Mr Xue Xiaofeng, Member of Standing Committee of CPC Guangzhou Committee, Director General of Administrative Committee of Guangzhou Economic and Technological Development District and Party Secretary of CPC Luogang District (广州市委常委、广州经济技术开发区管委会主任、萝岗区委书记薛晓峰先生).
The MOU provides a broad framework for both parties to develop training programmes for middle rank and senior officials in Guangzhou City recommended by the Organisation Department. These programmes include NTU’s Master’s degree programmes and short-term training programmes, as well as a series of seminars in the areas of enhancing the government’s efficiency and communication of foreign economic and trading activities.
Building on the expanding links between Singapore and China, the new partnership signifies the enhanced commitment to foster stronger Sino-Singapore cooperation through the sharing of management experience and expertise.
At the meeting at NTU’s one-north campus, the distinguished guests also met with the NTU dons to learn more about the university’s latest developments, such as its China-focused Master’s programmes and environment and water technology research initiatives. They were also engaged in a fruitful discussion on industrial transformation and upgrading, a subject of great relevance as Guangdong’s economy has reached this particular stage of development, with the province shifting its focus to high-end manufacturing and high technology.
In September 2008, NTU played host to a high-level delegation led by Guangdong Party Secretary Mr Wang Yang, who had requested to visit NTU as the university has strong ties with China and runs several well-regarded Master's programmes for top Chinese officials. NTU was the only educational institution the delegation visited during their four-day visit in Singapore – a reflection of the university's strong global standing in the field of higher education. Impressed by the vision and mission of NTU, Mr Wang expressed his wish for Guangdong to forge a closer partnership with NTU on the training of Chinese officials. In March 2009, NTU’s Master of Science in Managerial Economics (MME) and Master of Public Administration (MPA) programmes enrolled a total of 142 Chinese officials, including 15 senior officials from Guangdong. On 16 July 2009, NTU and SingBridge International Singapore signed a MOU with two Guangdong government bodies to collaborate on research, education and training in the proposed Guangdong Knowledge City at the inaugural Singapore-Guangdong Collaboration Council meeting in Guangzhou city.
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