News Details | 11-Apr-2012

NTU launches the new Mayors’ Programme for high-level Chinese officials

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is launching a new advanced executive management training programme for senior Chinese officials. Targeted at high-ranking officials who are Director-General level and above, the Mayors’ Programme is built on NTU’s two successful master’s degree programmes, popularly known as the Mayors’ Class as many of its graduates become Mayors after completing the course.

The announcement is made today as NTU celebrates its 20th anniversary of training for senior Chinese officials at a gala dinner with Singapore’s Education Minister, Mr Heng Swee Keat as the Guest-of-Honour.

The Mayors’ Programme is customised to meet the requests of the Chinese government and aims to be relevant and complementary to the participants’ jobs. The programme is expected to enable senior top-tier officials to better serve the development of the country upon completion of the course.

The new short-term course will focus on themes that are the main concerns of the Chinese Central Government and the local governments, such as social management, urban management and economic restructuring.

This new approach is a reflection of NTU’s efforts to make the training of officials more pertinent to and effective in raising their skills at governing. A draw for course participants will be the opportunity to tap into the experience of NTU’s team of adjunct lecturers, who are current and former top Singapore government officials. They include:
• Dr Yeo Ning Hong (former Minister for Defence and Health),
• Mr Yeo Cheow Tong (former Minister for Transport),
• Mr Mah Bow Tan (former Minister for National Development),
• Mr Yeo Guat Kwang (Member of Parliament for Ang Mo Kio GRC),
• Mr Chan Soo Sen (former Minister of State for Education),
• Mr Ngiam Tong Dow (former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance),
• Dr Liu Thai Ker (former CEO of the Urban Renewal Authority) and,
• Mr Pei Sai Fan (Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore Academy).

The new programme fits into the Chinese government’s 10-year plan to reform the training of its officials. From 2010 to 2020, the aim is to build educational and training systems for officials with Chinese characteristics that are more open, dynamic and effective by the end of this decade.

“As China stands at a critical juncture of deepening its reform and its drive to openup as well as restructure its economy, Chinese officials will face more challenges in living up to their responsibilities. The new advanced training programme, which caters mainly to senior office-bearers, will improve the officials’ overall management level and capabilities, as well as broaden their world view ,” says Dr Wu Wei, Director of NTU’s Nanyang Centre for Public Administration.

Mr Zhang Jianguo, the Vice-Minister of China’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and Director of the State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs, said: “As NTU is our certified overseas training institution, we have a very good partnership. Moving forward, we hope to deepen and expand our collaboration, bringing our partnership to greater heights.”

The first of batch of 35 senior officials from China’s Central Organisation will undergo this new Mayors’ Programme in May this year. The second batch is a group of mayors from Liaoning Province who will be in Singapore for a two-week programme customised for them.

Since 1992, more than 12,000 officials from almost all provinces in China have undergone NTU’s executive training programmes and flagship postgraduate programmes – Master of Science in Managerial Economics and Master of Public Administration. Many of them are now influential decision-makers and key officials in the Chinese government.

For the past two decades, NTU has earned accolades for its quality training of Chinese officials, as well as its outstanding contributions towards closer ties between Singapore and China. This includes NTU’s Mayors’ Class receiving the 2011 Business China Enterprise Award.

Besides education and training, NTU also plays an active role in deepening bilateral relations through its unique research and exchange programmes. With support from Singapore’s Lien Foundation, NTU was the first university to conduct a study on the public service index of 32 Chinese cities.

The university also introduced the Lien Ying Chow Legacy Fellowship, headed by Singapore former Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Wong Kan Seng. Since its inception in 2007, the Fellowship has enabled 27 senior government scholars from Singapore and China to conduct policy research through a high-level exchange programme and to foster positive change back in their country.

“NTU’s training of senior Chinese officials is a key initiative in the university’s strategy to become the New Silk Road of knowledge as NTU really represents the best of the East and West,” adds Dr Wu.

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

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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