News Details | 29-Sep-2012

NTU holds this year’s China Convocation in Nanjing as Singapore-Jiangsu ties grow

- 326 graduates from NTU’s six China-focussed degree programmes
- Jiangsu province produces record number of graduates this year
- "Training-of-trainers" programme for Jiangsu officials yields good results

Just one week after Singapore signed about S$1.5 billion worth of agreements in Jiangsu, the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) marked the largest number of graduates from the Chinese province, at its 7th China Convocation today in Nanjing, Jiangsu’s capital. Held annually in different Chinese cities, this year’s ceremony sees 326 officials from all over China graduating from six Master’s degree programmes. Another four high-flyers from the government sector officially concluded their one-year fellowship stint under the Lien Ying Chow Legacy Fellowship (连瀛洲纪念奖学金).

Among the graduates this year are 16 Jiangsu officials from NTU’s highly-regarded Master of Science in Managerial Economics (MME) and Master of Public Administration (MPA) programmes, also popularly known as the ‘Mayors’ Class’ (市长班), as many of its graduates rise to higher office such as mayors in China. Over the last three years, the Organisation Department of Jiangsu Provincial Committee has sent about 26 outstanding officials to attend NTU’s ‘Mayors’ Class’ programme.

Apart from the six NTU degrees, participants of the ‘Training-of-Trainers’ leadership executive programme (中国江苏省领导干部公共管理与治理培训班) also received their certificates today. The programme, hosted by NTU and Singapore’s Temasek Foundation, was pioneered in Jiangsu province to bolster partnerships and networking between Singapore and China.

Participants of the ‘Training-of-Trainers’ programme are leaders responsible for training all officials in the Jiangsu province. It has since equipped 124 Jiangsu officials in three batches.  About one-third of the participants were promoted soon after completing the programme, with some even publishing books to share what they had learnt in Singapore. Following its success, there are now plans to extend the programme to another province in China.

“Our collaboration with Jiangsu has progressed rapidly. Through our various endeavours with the province, we are happy to see that many graduates have been promoted to important leadership positions at the provincial and municipal levels,” said Associate Professor Wu Wei, Director of NTU's Nanyang Centre for Public Administration (NCPA).

NTU’s close ties with Jiangsu are in line with Singapore’s move to ramp up collaboration initiatives with the province, which sees Singapore as its 10th largest trading partner. Just last week (20 September 2012), fifteen Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) worth almost S$1.5 billion were signed between Singapore and Jiangsu. The MOUs were signed at the 6th Singapore-Jiangsu Cooperation Council (SJCC) meeting held at Taizhou in Jiangsu.

Since 1992, NTU has conducted Master-degree and short-term programmes for more than 10,000 mid-and-high-level Chinese officials.

With NTU’s heritage, strong connections in China, collaborations with top overseas institutions and academic strengths, NTU has established itself as a vital knowledge hub that combines the best of the East and the West. The New Silk Road is one of NTU’s Five Peaks of Excellence, the other four being Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media and Innovation Asia.

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Nanyang Technological University
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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.

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