News Details | 11-Jul-2013

NTU, Temasek Foundation and Vietnam government expand cooperation on training programmes for senior Vietnamese officials


Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Temasek Foundation, in collaboration with Vietnam’s Monitoring Office of Programme 165 (MOP165), will launch a new training programme for senior Vietnamese officials this month. MOP165 is the leading national-level institution in Vietnam that is responsible for the training of government leaders and senior officials, focusing on political science and governance issues.

The new programme, an expansion of the two countries’ existing collaboration on executive training programmes, is timely as Singapore and Vietnam celebrate 40 years of diplomatic ties this year.

With a S$600,000 grant from Singapore’s Temasek Foundation and co-funding of S$475,000 by the Government of Vietnam, a more specialised and topical training programme has been developed to cater to the needs and interest of the participants. A wider range of government officials, including provincial government leaders, as well as leaders of key government agencies and organisations, will have the opportunity to participate in the programme.

Leaders from the Vietnam Women’s Union, which has a total membership of more than 13 million women, will be the first batch of participants to benefit from this new agreement. The 25 female officials will be in Singapore from 25 August 2013 for the new two-week training programme focussing on leadership and public policy conducted by NTU’s Nanyang Centre for Public Administration (NCPA).

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed today in Hanoi by Prof Alan Chan, Dean of NTU’s College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and Dr Nguyen Van Du, Head of MOP165, Central Committee of Organisation and Personnel, Vietnam.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by HE Ng Teck Hean, Singapore Ambassador to Vietnam, Prof Freddy Boey, Provost of NTU, Mr Nguyen Van Quynh, Member of Central Committee of CPV, Vice Chairman of the Party Central Committee’s Organisation Commission, Standing Vice Chairman of Programme 165, and Mr Benedict Cheong, Chief Executive Officer of Temasek Foundation.

The new agreement was conceived after the first successful training programme was launched in 2012, where senior Vietnamese officials were trained as master trainers on public administration, policy and governance. Under the first agreement, NCPA trained 100 Director-General level officials in four batches as master trainers last year. With the transfer of knowledge, the “Train the Trainer” programme has benefited close to 2,000 officials to date.

“Participants have found the programme very useful and effective. They are able to apply what they have learnt from Singapore in their work. In fact, the second batch of participants from Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) reported that they started a new project to build about 1,700 blocks of affordable housing for workers which will benefit more than 8,000 workers and their families. This project was conceived and conceptualised based on Singapore’s experience of building public housing for the populace, in this case, for our union members,” said Mr Nguyen Hoa Binh, Vice President of the VGCL Union who led the second batch of training delegates from Vietnam.

“This agreement is a timely development as Singapore and Vietnam celebrate 40 years of diplomatic ties this year. It also reflects the Vietnam government’s strong confidence in NTU’s extensive professional training capabilities,” said NTU Provost, Prof Freddy Boey. “I believe that this strategic partnership will further strengthen our links with Vietnam, and open up more areas of cooperation. Singapore has much to share in terms of its own experience in leadership and human resource management. We at NTU will continue to design specialised and targeted programmes in these areas and others, to bring greater relevance and benefit to the participants.”

Temasek Foundation Chief Executive Officer Mr Benedict Cheong said, “Singapore had in its early days benefited from similar training programmes and scholarships offered by other countries in education, healthcare, public administration and others.  It is therefore fitting for Singapore institutions to play their part to support the on-going development efforts of Asian communities.  With Temasek Foundation’s support, this programme will further contribute to the governance, public policy and administration strategies in Vietnam and bring about long-term benefits to the local community.”

Training for the programme will commence on 25 August 2013 and is expected to conclude by 2015.

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Media contact:

Feisal Abdul Rahman
Senior Assistant Director (Media Relations)
Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University
Tel: (65) 6790 6687

Caroline Tan                                                            
Temasek Foundation                                             
Tel: (65) 6828 6739      

Diana Lee                                                                
Senior Associate
Temasek Foundation                                             
Tel: (65) 6828 6737      

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. It has a new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, 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 the 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 a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

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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. For more information, visit

About Monitoring Office of Programme 165

The Monitoring Office of Programme 165 operates under the direct supervision of both the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Viet Nam and the Government of Viet Nam.  It is also the leading national-level institution that is responsible for the training and preparation of government leaders and senior officials for high-ranking positions and a major centre focused on political science and governance issues.  It oversees the development of training programmes for mass organisations such as the national trade, women and youth unions and for all 63 provincial political schools across Viet Nam.


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