News Details | 19-Jun-2012

NTU and Temasek Foundation launch “Train-the-Trainer” programme for Senior Vietnamese Officials

Total of 100 Officials to Undergo Leadership Training in Public Administration, Policy and Governance in NTU 

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) welcomes the first batch of senior Vietnamese officials who are in Singapore to be trained as master trainers on public administration, policy and governance. This is a new “Train-the-Trainer” programme launched by NTU and Temasek Foundation (TF).

With a funding of S$400,000 from TF, the two-week training began on 11 June with a group of 25 senior Vietnamese officials who are selected to form a core group of master trainers. They will be trained by NTU’s Nanyang Centre for Public Administration (NCPA) for two weeks. An integral part of the programme involves sharing of best practices and Singapore’s development experiences by NTU's top faculty, current and former Singapore’s politicians.

Former Defence Minister Yeo Ning Hong will share his expertise on public administration reform in Singapore’s land transport policy while Mr Mah Bow Tan, another retired Cabinet Minister, will speak to the Vietnamese officials on the country’s experience in strategic public management in national development and housing policy.  

Also, former Minister for Transport Yeo Cheow Tong will lecture on Singapore’s health care strategy as well as the republic’s political development and public policy formulation procedures.

Apart from class lectures, the participants will also attend round-table discussion, dialogue and visits to the headquarters of the People’s Action Party, key government institutions and corporate organisations such as the Economic Development Board. To further transfer the knowledge, these master trainers will in turn share and impart the knowledge to additional officials in their country. This model of knowledge transfer will ensure good governance and public administration practices will be passed on after the formal training is over.

NTU and Vietnam’s Monitoring Office of Programme 165 (MOP165) signed a memorandum of understanding today to implement the new “Train-the-Trainer” programme. Under the agreement, NCPA will train 100 Vietnamese officials in four batches as master trainers. With the passing on of knowledge, the programme will eventually benefit 255 or more officials.

“Temasek Foundation is pleased to be in this partnership with Nanyang Centre for Public Administration to support this training programme. In the process of knowledge sharing among officials in Vietnam and Singapore, we hope that this programme will lead to greater improvements in the standards of public administration in Vietnam and benefit the local community,” said Mr Benedict Cheong, Chief Executive Officer, Temasek Foundation.

“With the strong support from Temasek Foundation, our officials will have the opportunity to gain useful knowledge to cater for their work. We are happy that the knowledge will be shared with their other colleagues and subordinates who cannot attend the programme, thus bringing them opportunities to acquire useful knowledge,” said Nguyen Van Quynh, Member of Central of Communist Party, and Deputy Head of the Central Committee of Organisation and Personnel.

“This new programme is in line with MOP165’s chief mission of Vietnam’s national 5-year plan of overseas training for government officials, the Programme 165. The training of government officials is also a key initiative in the university’s strategy to become the New Silk Road of knowledge exchange. I hope this
“Train-the-Trainer” programme can help Vietnam government to build up a pool of high calibre talents for senior leadership positions, and further strengthen high-level bilateral exchanges between Singapore and Vietnam,” said Professor Er Meng Hwa, NTU Vice-President (International Affairs).

Under NTU’s five-year strategic blueprint, the New Silk Road is one of five interdisciplinary areas on which the university aims to put a global stamp, the others being sustainability, healthcare, new media and innovation.

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Media contact:

Wang Meng Meng
Assistant Director (Media Relations)
Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University
Tel: (65) 6790 6681; Mobile: (65) 9007 9585

Diana Lee
Senior Associate, Communications
Temasek Foundation
Tel: (65) 6828 6737; Mobile: (65) 9652 0569

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), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).

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. For more information, visit

About Temasek Foundation, Singapore

Temasek Foundation is a non-profit philanthropic organisation anchored in Singapore that seeks to contribute to sustainable growth and a bright future of hope and opportunities for people in Asia.  The foundation works with partners to support programmes that develop people through health care, education and research, programmes that build bridges between peoples, programmes that build institutions of excellence through good governance and ethics, and programmes that rebuild lives and livelihoods affected by natural disasters.

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