NTU's high-profile MSc (Managerial Economics) and Master of Public Administration programmes continue to attract senior Chinese officials
More top Chinese officials are attending Nanyang Technological University (NTU)’s Master of Science in Managerial Economics (MME) and Master of Public Administration (MPA) programmes, with this year’s combined intake being the largest ever at NTU since the inception of the programmes in 1998 and 2005 respectively.
The two highly regarded China-focused master’s programmes have enrolled a total of 142 government officials from China in March 2009, surpassing last year’s enrolment of 128 participants. This is the largest number of senior officials from the same country pursuing postgraduate studies in Singapore.
The 57 MME and 85 MPA participants represent the cream of China’s public sector, and comprise vice-mayors, chiefs and divisional directors of government departments from Chinese provinces and municipals such as Chongqing, Sichuan, Heilongjiang, Guangxi, Guangdong, Liaoning, Huai’an City of Jiangsu, and Panjin City of Liaoning. Some of the high-level officials are nominated by China’s Central Organisation Department.
Over the years, the MME and MPA programmes have received strong industry support in the form of scholarships and gold medals for the participants. The sponsors include Lianhe Zaobao, Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nantah Alumni Association, Tan Chin Tuan Foundation, renowned bilingual writer Madam Li Lien Fung, and renowned entrepreneur Mr Ng Ghit Cheong. This year, ten full scholarships – five from CapitaLand, South-east Asia’s largest property group, and five from Jiangsu Huailong Material Company Limited, a joint venture between EnGro Corporation and Jiangsu Huaigang Tegang Company – will be offered to promising Chinese officials from Helongjiang, Guangdong, Liaoning, Sichuan, and Huai’an, who demonstrate excellent leadership ability. The scholarship boost is a clear recognition of the quality of the programmes, while highlighting NTU’s role in the global economy to nurture global leaders for industry.
NTU’s strengths in Asia are built on its academic heritage, as well as on Singapore’s position as a crossroads of the world. The university’s longstanding ties with China have deepened in recent decades. Its initial efforts to provide an essential short-term management and public policy programme for Chinese officials began in 1992, with strong support from the Singapore and Chinese governments. Based on the overwhelming response from participants, the courses were eventually expanded into two full Master’s programmes.
The MME programme was launched in 1998 to meet the needs of Chinese leaders, many of whom were going beyond local shores to keep abreast of the political-economic developments in the region. Now into its twelve year, the programme provides training for Chinese leaders in economic policy management and business strategies in East Asia.
Introduced in 2005, the MPA programme helps participants enhance their skills and effectiveness as public administrators by examining best practices in public administration in Asia. In addition, participants benefit from the opportunity to network with government officials and business leaders in Singapore.
Together, both programmes have benefited 767 senior and middle-ranking Chinese officials, enhancing their effectiveness as public administrators, and enabling them to apply best practices to bring about positive transformation in China, both socially and economically. Apart from the two Master's programmes, the university has offered short-term executive training programmes for some 6,000 officials over the past 17 years. Our graduates play a significant role as NTU ambassadors in China. They help forge better understanding between China and Singapore and open up more avenues for collaboration.
A ceremony will be held on Monday, 30 March 2009, at Nanyang Executive Centre, NTU, to officially launch the twelve intake of the MME programme and the fifth intake of the MPA programme in the presence of Guest-of-Honour Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office.
Phoebia Tang, Manager, Corporate Communications Office
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