NTU experts in Myanmar for exchange with its senior government officials
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is leading a group of domain experts, including former Minister of National Development Mr Mah Bow Tan, to Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, to kick off a new knowledge exchange programme for senior Myanmar government officials.
The programme is organised by NTU’s Nanyang Centre for Public Administration (NCPA), in collaboration with Myanmar’s Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development and its Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
30 senior Myanmar officials selected by the Myanmar Central Government will take part in the inaugural programme which starts 13 Nov 2012. The high-level participants include Deputy Minister for Border Affairs Maj-Gen Zaw Win, Deputy Director General for Ministry of Science and Technology Dr Saw Sanda Aye, and Deputy Director General for Ministry of Health, Dr Tin Tin Lay.
The four-day programme sees NTU’s faculty and Singapore’s former politicians sharing the city state’s experiences in urban planning, public housing, economic development, environment protection and other issues related to public governance.
Former National Development Minister Mr Mah Bow Tan will share his expertise on national development, urban planning and land transport policy. Former Minister of State for the Ministries of Trade & Industry and Education, Mr Chan Soo Sen, will give an overview of Singapore’s politics, labour relations and social management.
“NCPA is always seeking new partners to share our expertise in public administration training, in turn promoting Singapore’s bilateral relations with other countries. We are proud that NTU is Singapore’s first institution to provide such opportunities for exchange with Myanmar officials. We look forward to increased collaborations with the Myanmar government to provide similar exchange programmes in the future,” said Dr Wu Wei, Director of NTU's Nanyang Centre for Public Administration (NCPA).
This new initiative by NTU is in line with Singapore’s pledge to assist Myanmar in its capacity-building efforts and to support the country’s transition to democracy. On 30 January 2012, Minister for Foreign Affairs and for Law Mr K Shanmugam led a Singapore delegation to Myanmar to sign the Singapore-Myanmar Technical Cooperation Programme Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Under the programme, Singapore will provide technical assistance to support Myanmar’s development in three areas, namely economic development, human resource development and public administration.
Since 1992, NTU has conducted public administration and governance training programmes for more than 13,000 mid-and-high-level Chinese officials. In the past two years, NTU has also trained 120 senior officials from Vietnam with support from Singapore’s Temasek Foundation.
With NTU’s heritage, strong connections 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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