NTU trains Chinese officials for public administration and economic management
Close to one hundred Chinese officials from central and local governments will be attending classes at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) for a year. These officials are in Singapore for the one-year Master of Science in Managerial Economics (MME) and Master of Public Administration (MPA) programme, also known as “Mayors’ Class”.
The current intake consists of some very senior Chinese officials. One of the MPA participants, Mr Fan Ruiping from Hubei province, who is the Party Secretary of the Communist Party of China Ezhou City Committee, is the highest ranking official that has been enrolled since the programme started five years ago. The MPA programme also sees the first female mayor, Ms Lou Bing, from Renhuai City, as one of the participants this year. The other high level official from the MME programme is Ms Ma Jie, who is a member of the China’s National People’s Congress, equivalent to a member of parliament of Singapore. All these are clear indications of the higher profile of the Mayors’ Class.
The participants were formally welcomed at the commencement ceremony today. Manpower Minister Mr Gan Kim Yong was the Guest-of-Honour.
The Chinese participants, who are chosen through a rigorous selection process, represent the cream of China’s public sector from Chinese provinces and municipals such as Fujian, Heilongjiang, Liaoning, Guangdong, Guizhou, Sichuan, Xinjiang, Yunnan, Shanxi, Hubei and Tianjin.
Since the inception of the MME and MPA programme in 1998 and 2005 respectively, 906 local and national government leaders from China have graduated from the NTU’s master’s programmes. Many of whom were promoted shortly after graduation and are now vice governors, party secretaries of municipalities and mayors. The breadth of the alumni base has not only helped to build a significant network of NTU ambassadors in China, it also helped to forge better understanding between China and Singapore and open up more avenues for collaboration.
Dubbed as the “cradle of training for Chinese officials”, the two highly-regarded China-focused programmes are geared towards enhancing the participants’ effectiveness as public administrators, and enabling them to apply best practices to bring out positive transformation in China, both socially and economically.
The programmes, which have a well-established curriculum over the years, have allowed the participants to form a more comprehensive and strategic view of China’s challenges and opportunities, and understand how Singapore has addressed challenges similar to those they are facing. The interactions with Singapore faculty, government officials and business leaders, have also helped to strengthen high-level bilateral exchanges between Singapore and China.
This year, three sponsors have offered 13 scholarships to participants who have demonstrated excellent leadership ability. The scholarships, five from CapitaLand Ltd, five from Engro Corporation Ltd and three from Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering), are a clear recognition from the industry partners of the high quality of the programmes that NTU is offering, and the strong support that NTU received from industry partners.
As Singapore and China celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties this year, NTU seeks to develop closer ties between the two countries through human resource training, and score new achievements on cooperation in the fields of education, science and technology.
The Nanyang Centre for Public Administration (NCPA), which officially opens today, will allow NTU to tap the growing Chinese market and to play a leading role in enhancing the university’s strengths and expertise in educating global leaders and building bridges to China. In addition to the Master’s programmes, the Centre will also offer short-term executive training programmes, conduct and facilitate interdisciplinary research, and host outreach and networking events.
The university has offered short-term executive training programmes for some 8,500 officials over the past 18 years.
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