News Details | 15-Sep-2008

NTU hosts Guangdong senior officials led by Party Secretary Mr Wang Yang

Dr Su Guaning, President of Nanyang Technological University (NTU), hosts a visit by a 24-member delegation from Guangdong province led by Mr Wang Yang, Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Guangdong Provincial Committee and a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, on 15 September 2008.  Accompanying the delegation is Her Excellency Madam Zhang Xiaokang, Chinese Ambassador to Singapore.

The delegation is visiting Singapore from 14 to 17 September to learn about the country’s experience in various areas as they see Singapore as a good model of development.  They have requested to visit NTU as the university has strong ties with China and highly regarded programmes attended by top Chinese officials. The visit is a reflection of NTU’s strong global standing in tertiary education.

Among the senior officials visiting NTU are Mr Liu Yupu, Shenzhen City Party Secretary, Mr Wan Qingliang, Vice Governor of Guangdong Province and Mr Liu Zhigeng, Dongguan City Party Secretary.  The delegates engage in discussions with academics from NTU’s College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences (HASS), School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), Nanyang Business School (NBS), National Institute of Education (NIE), and NTU administrators.  Among the NTU dons are Professor Lim Chong Yah, NTU’s Albert Winsemius Chair Professor, Mr Ngiam Tong Dow, Adjunct Professor at HSS and former senior civil servant who served alongside Singapore’s founding political leaders, and Professor Tan Kong Yam, former Chief Economist of Singapore and Senior Economist for the World Bank in China.

The distinguished guests will engage in a dialogue with NTU professors on the following four topics:

• Industrial Upgrade and Transition
• Operation, Governance and City Planning
• Singapore’s Experience in Developing Higher Education and the Cultivation of Shared Values
• Regional Economic Cooperation

They will also be given an overview of NTU’s latest developments.

In particular, Professor Tan Kong Yam, Director of NTU’s Asia Research Centre and a professor of Economics at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, leads a discussion with the delegation on Singapore’s experience in industrial transformation and upgrading, a subject of great relevance as Guangdong’s economy has reached this particular stage of development.

Says Dr Su, “We are honoured by such a high level visit from China led by Party Secretary Wang Yang, a member of the top national leadership. We are also happy to have this opportunity to conduct an open dialogue with the Guangdong delegation on issues of economic transformation. Guangdong province has always been at the leading edge in China’s economic transformation. I am sure we will learn a lot from each other. I look forward to more such high level exchanges.”

As a multicultural research university with particular strengths in China, NTU is a key partner contributing to the concerted effort to foster relationships with the emerging governing and business elite from Asia to enhance the economic prospects for Singapore.  From initial short-term management training for provincial officials, NTU now conducts six Master’s degree programmes in Mandarin for senior officials and mayors, businessmen, educators and entrepreneurs from China. 

The highly regarded Master of Science in Managerial Economics (MME) and Master of Public Administration (MPA) programmes enrolled a record number of 129 government officials from China this year. The participants represent the cream of China's public sector, and comprise vice-mayors, chiefs and divisional directors of government departments from Chinese provinces and municipals.  The university’s China-based graduates help forge a vital link between China and Singapore and open up more avenues for collaboration.

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