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Inspiring Leaders Improving Lives Transforming Asia

Power is shifting to Asia The School’s mission as set out (above) by statesman Lee Kuan Yew, Former Prime Minister and Minister Mentor, Singapore

Message from the Dean The world has not fully recovered from the Great Recession of 2007-2009. We will debate for a long time its fundamental causes. And we will eventually learn many valuable lessons from this enormous financial crisis. One lesson, however, clearly stands out. We now know that in addition to the invisible hand of free markets, we also need the visible hand of good governance. It was a mistake to believe that markets always know best. This clearly means that schools of public policy have become a sunrise enterprise again.Young people who want to make a difference and create a better world have to seriously consider public policy education. The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy offers many advantages. Established in 2004, it has grown rapidly from 40 students to 350 students, with alumni from over 65 nations. It offers a global classroom, which provides the ideal setting to understand the common challenges we face with globalisation. The School also offers unique insights into the Asian public policy experience at a time when the world has recognised that the 21st century will be the Asian century. This is the place to network with future generations of Asian leaders. The faculty excels in both teaching and research. The School’s learning environment is further enhanced by a steady stream of distinguished speakers, such as Tony Blair, Paul Volcker, Pascal Lamy, Kofi Annan, Jan Peter Balkenende, Helen Clark, Montek Singh Ahluwalia,Yang Weize and Li Yuanchao. Our network of international partners has also grown. In addition to our long-standing collaboration with the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), we were the first Asian school to join the Global Public Policy Network, established by Columbia University’s SIPA, the LSE, and Sciences Po, Paris. This gives our Master in Public Policy students the opportunity to pursue double degrees with any of these three schools. We were also the first institution to establish a double degree with the University of Tokyo since its founding in1877. Finally, the world has come to recognise that Singapore provides one of the best public policy laboratories in the world. Many independent international surveys confirm that several of Singapore’s public policies are among the best-performing in the world.

“The School offers unique insights into the Asian public policy experience at a time when the world has recognised that the 21st century will be the Asian century.”

No other school offers this unique collection of advantages. Young people who dream of creating a better world are invited to join us at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

Kishore MAHBUBANI Dean and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy


september April Official Opening of the LKY School The School was established in 2004 out of the 12-yearold public policy programme at NUS in collaboration with Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

raffles foRum Two-day conference held during the annual meeting of the IMF and World Bank in Singapore.

July GPPN Double degree programmes with Columbia, the LSE and Sciences Po, Paris marks the school’s entry into the Global Public Policy Network.

august ST Lee project Three-year project funded by Dr. ST Lee gathers some of the world’s top thinkers to consider how to improve global governance.

december december LKY SCHool Moves to Bukit Timah Campus Built in the 1920s to house Singapore’s first college, the campus sits next to the city’s Botanic Gardens.

september LI KA SHING BUILDING DEDICATED Hong Kong philanthropist’s S$100 million gift helps to endow many of the school’s scholarships.

bbc world debate News presenter Nik Gowing leads a debate on “Will the 21st Century Be the Asian Century?”

february September 5th anniversary School marks event with special remarks from its namesake, Singapore’s Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew.

november UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO signing The new double degree with Japan’s most prestigious university, its first since its establishment in 1877.

kofi annan Nobel Laureate and former UN Secretary-General joins the School as its first Li Ka Shing Professor.

july Lee Kuan Yew Former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew joins the School as a Distinguished Fellow.

april MPAM Launch New Master in Public Administration & Management programme is aimed at China’s officials, taught entirely in Mandarin.

september PEKING UNIVERSITY SIGNING The signing of a new double degree with China’s prestigious Peking University.

Chairman of IBM, Samuel Palmisano, 2011

Former UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair, 2011

Inspiring Leaders To train future leaders, we introduce them to some of the world’s existing ones.

Meet some of our guest speakers

With its strategic location at the crossroads of Asia, the school draws some of the world’s most seasoned policymakers for lectures, conferences and seminars that give students and faculty the opportunity to engage them in lively debates and critical discussions.

Former Netherlands Prime Minister, Jan Peter Balkenende, 2011

Former US Federal Reserve Chairman, Paul Volcker, 2011

India’s Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, 2012

Director-General of World Trade Organisation, Pascal Lamy, 2012

“The school is an integral part of Asia – it knows its customs, its needs, its leaders. At the same time, it can be called among the best of the West – through its relations with universities with similar missions and comparable challenges, and through a network of faculty contacts. And now, it is adequately financed in a city that can attract the talented and ambitious – and not so incidentally is recognised as cleanly and effectively administered.” Paul Volcker

Nobel Laureate, former UN Secretary-General and the School’s first Li Ka Shing Professor Kofi Annan, 2010

Former New Zealand Prime Minister, Helen Clark, 2012

“We aim to develop young leaders who will have an impact on global affairs for decades.”

Improving Lives At the heart of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy’s reputation for excellence is its faculty – a diverse and growing community of scholars and practitioners well-known for teaching and research expertise in a variety of fields.

“Our curriculum takes the Harvard model and puts it in the Asian context, with case studies and field research that clearly differentiate us.”

“Our classrooms serve as their own laboratories for comparing and contrasting policies around the world.”

Faculty The School’s faculty comes from all over the world. Full-time faculty members research, teach and consult, offering a unique focus on applying public policy in Asia. Professors teach courses that bridge the gap between research and practical applications. Eminent scholars and leading practitioners also visit regularly to lecture, conduct seminars or teach semester-long courses.

Faculty (this page, top to bottom) Faculty (opposite page, top to bottom) Jonathan Marshall, Assistant Professor, Leadership Chen Kang, Visiting Professor, Economics Caroline Brassard, Assistant Dean and Senior Lecturer, Economics Suzaina Kadir, Assistant Dean and Senior Lecturer, Religion and Politics Dodo J Thampapillai, Associate Professor, Environmental Economics M. Ramesh, Visiting Professor, Public Policy

Charles Adams, Visiting Professor, Monetary Policy Ora-orn Poocharoen, Assistant Professor, Public Administration Kenneth Paul Tan, Vice Dean and Associate Professor, Singapore Politics, Society and Culture Lam Chuan Leong, Adjunct Professor, Singapore Public Management

(from top to bottom) Gillian Koh, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Policy Studies Asit K Biswas, Visiting Professor Huang Jing, Visiting Professor and Director, Centre on Asia and Globalisation Kanti Prasad Bajpai, Visiting Professor and Vice Dean (Research)

Research The School’s research centres have become magnets for leading academics. The Asia Competitiveness Institute studies ways to boost the region’s competitiveness, while the Centre on Asia and Globalisation examines the impact of globalisation on Asia and Asia’s role in global governance. Singapore’s own policies are the focus at the Institute of Policy Studies, while comparative water management, conservation, and use are central themes at the Institute of Water Policy.

“We are privileged to have the opportunity to work on some of the most profound challenges facing the world -from climate change and corruption to risk and regulation, poverty alleviation, water and food security.”

Executive Education The Executive Programmes play an integral role in the School’s mission to inspire leaders, improve lives and help transform Asia. They are specially designed to serve the needs of organisations and working professionals in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, strengthening their leadership and management capabilities to perform more effectively in our changing environment. Our experienced team of faculty and senior practitioners integrates cutting-edge research with practical know-how and expertise. We offer a few open enrolment programmes each year, but the large majority of Executive Programmes are custom-designed to meet the specific needs and objectives of organisational clients. The customised programmes can be held for a few days or over few weeks at the training facilities at the School or at client organisations around the world.

Jeffrey D. Straussman, Visiting Professor & Faculty Director (Executive Education)

“We train more than 1500 public officials every year in key areas of financial reform, anti-corruption, public management reform, urban planning, public-private partnerships, risk and regulation.”

Alumni The more than 1,400 graduates of our programmes work in 65 countries and territories around the globe, forming a diverse community from which the school continues to draw support. Our alumni have gone on to become ambassadors and editors, social entrepreneurs, business leaders and, of course, government officials, all working to make a difference in Asia and beyond.Today, LKY School graduates can be found at the Asian Development Bank, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the United Nations and the World Bank. One of our graduates, Ferdinand B. Cui Jr. ’07, became an advisor to Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, as undersecretary for policy and strategic monitoring. Prince Sisowath Chivannariddh ’04 returned home to Cambodia to become his country’s secretary of state for foreign affairs. And Bharath Jairaj ’10 built on his career as a consumer activist and publicinterest lawyer in India to join a leading non-profit environmental initiative in Washington, DC.

Transforming Asia & Beyond Anywhere you go in booming Asia and beyond, odds are growing that you will find one of our graduates, working in ministries and government agencies or in multinational corporations, non-profits and multilateral institutions.

Choi Jin Young (top left), MPA ’10, Vice-President, Learning & Development, OCBC Bank, Singapore Kathryn Wightman-Beaven (top right), MPA’11, Director, Global Corporate Responsibility, PricewaterhouseCoopers John Roberts (left, extreme right in picture), MPP ’11, Founder, Heal the World Foundation, Africa

“The curriculum, faculty, guest speakers and internationally diverse student body helped me learn to dissect complex global problems and conceive of local solutions.” SOME OF OUR ACCOMPLISHED Alumni Bibhuti Bhusan Dash, MPM ’09, Inspector General of Police/Police Advisor, India Maria Anthonette Velasco Allones, MPM ’06, Undersecretary, Department of Tourism, Philippines Pankaj Aggarwal, MPM ’09, Indian Administrative Service, Chairman and Managing Director, Madhya Pradesh Eastern Region Electricity Distribution Corporation Ferdinand B. Cui Jr., MPM ’07, Undersecretary for Policy and Strategic Monitoring, Presidential Management Staff, Office of the President of the Philippines

Kwok Fook Seng, MPM ’03, Permanent Representative (WTO), Singapore Aubeck Kam, MPM ’01, Chief Executive Officer, Media Authority of Singapore Elizabeth Quah, MPM ’06, Group Director (Planning), Ministry of Health, Singapore Joel Aufrecht, MPA ’08, Programme Analyst, Office of Personnel Management, USA Brig.-Gen.Tan Chuan-Jin, MPM ’07, Minister of State, Ministry of Development and Ministry of Manpower, Singapore James Orum Sheppard, MPP ’08, Policy Analyst, OECD Bharath Jairaj, MPP ’10, Senior Associate, World Resources Institute, USA

Ha Huy Thong, MPM ’01, Deputy Head, National Assembly, Committee for External Relations, Vietnam Prum Sokha, MPM ’02, Secretary of State, Ministry of Interior, Cambodia Dr Yan Chen, MPM ’08, Vice Mayor, Anhui Province Chizhou, China Pery Irawan, MPM ’09, Head of Division for Budget, Plan and Performance Evaluation Secretariat of the Vice President of Indonesia Luo Fuyong, MPM ’09, Secretary,Youth League Committee, Xinjiang, China Chokedee Kaewsang, MPM’01, Deputy Secretary General, Board of Investment,Thailand

“My classmates are government officials, journalists, social entrepreneurs and bankers. They come from over 50 countries.”

“No programme in the world other than the MPM provides the opportunity to study in two elite schools, LKY School and the Harvard Kennedy School or SIPA Columbia within one year.” Allen Lai, Physician, MPA ’08, PhD candidate, Taiwan

Amee Parikh, Lawyer, MPA ’09, India

“Nowhere else can doctoral students conduct cutting-edge research, access policy makers and see the impact their work has in this dynamic region.”

Meng Na, Journalist, MPM ’09, China

Careers LKY School students are sought after by the world’s leading institutions – in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Whether you want to switch careers, or climb the ladder to assume positions of greater leadership, the school provides unparalleled networking and careerdevelopment opportunities. The School’s Professional Development Unit also helps equip students with the tools they need to pursue their career goals, offering assistance on interviewing, résumé writing, and conducting job searches.

Bianca Martina Rohner, Banker, MPP ’09, Germany, with double degree at Sciences Po, Paris

“The LKY School has provided me with a perfect opportunity to learn while exploring a deeply interesting region.”

Wen Penghui, Foreign ministry official, MPM ’09, China

Darryl David, MPA’11, Singapore

From top left to bottom right: Global Public Policy Network Conference hosted by LKY School, 22-23 Oct 2007 Christian Ksoll , MPP ’10: double degree with Sciences Po Helen Victoria Chou, MPP ’09: SIPA, Columbia with double degree from LKY School Aneliya Nazirova, MPP ’11: double degree with LSE Fabian Suwanprateep, MPP ’11: double degree with SIPA, Columbia

Partnerships & Exchanges The LKY School provides students a unique environment that is at once Asian and global. Partnerships with leading institutions give students the opportunity to pursue double degrees or semester exchanges in Asia, North America and Europe. The School’s membership in the prestigious Global Public Policy Network gives students unique opportunities to earn a double degree, spend a semester or gain exclusive access to cutting-edge research, conferences and forums with other members of the network – The London School of Economics and Political Science, Sciences Po, Paris, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York, University of Tokyo, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin and FGV-School of Business Administration of Sao Paulo (EAESP). The School’s growing partnerships also extend to double degree arrangements with University of Geneva and Peking University, and exchange programmes with institutions including Georgetown University, Washington D.C; University of Toronto, Canada;Tsinghua University, Beijing; the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland and Seoul National University, South Korea.

Strategic partner

double degree partners

Student Life Any graduate knows that the most memorable lessons are those they learn from their fellow students. Our student community is made up of men and women from more than 50 different nations. They come not only from different cultures and speak different languages, but also have different areas of expertise, with degrees ranging from business and economics to engineering and sociology. Some come fresh from earning their undergraduate degree, others with a wealth of career experience. The students not only learn about public policy but also about cultures that represent a majority of populations of the world.

Arriving students elect a class committee that liaises with the school and organises activities designed to edify and entertain. Students publish their own quarterly webbased publication on regional issues. They also run clubs that invite speakers from diverse industries to speak and host conferences and seminars. Most students live in the terrace homes that make up our historic College Green (Dunearn Road Hostels).

“At College Green, I can watch Indian Bollywood movies, listen to American jazz, sway to African beats, savour authentic Chinese delicacies and feel at home among European classmates.This college housing estate for students is a perfect complement to the classroom learning experience of the LKY School.�

Singapore - at the crossroads of Asia Singapore is strategically located at the crossroads of Asia and provides an opportunity to access and immerse in the wider Asia Pacific region. It is routinely rated as one of the most livable cities and is a confluence of East and the West. Clean, green and efficient only begin to describe why an increasing number of people from around the world choose to call this city-state home. A small tropical island nestled in the centre of Southeast Asia, Singapore prides herself on being a multi-racial country and has a diverse culture. It is easy to feel at home in Singapore with a wide range of cuisines that are easily accessible. Crimes rates are among the world’s lowest and broadband internet access among the highest. Getting around Singapore is easy as the public transportation system is well developed.

“Singapore quite possibly is a great interaction between a major urban metropolis and tropical land environment. You can see all the best plays, go to the best concerts, eat great food, but at the same time you can also go to the beach and walk in the nature reserve or run at the Botanic Gardens.�

Overview of Programmes Name of Programme

Master in Public Policy

Admission Requirements

Bachelor’s degree with Honours At least 2 years of work experience

Profile of Students

Avg. Age: Mid-20’s Avg. Work Exp.: 5

Graduation Requirements

8 Core + 7 Electives Policy Analysis Exercise (PAE)

Tuition Fees

Singaporeans/ Permanent Residents (subsidised):S$7,020/year International: S$8,850/year

Application Deadline

15 February

Application Documents

3 Essays University Transcripts 3 Reference Letters Résumé/CV TOEFL/IELTS Optional: GRE/GMAT

Course Starts


Language of Instruction


Double-Degree/ International Component

Double-degree with SIPA, Columbia, LSE, Sciences Po, Paris, University of Tokyo, University of Geneva and Peking University Double-degree with NUS Business School and NUS Law School


2-years Full-time

Information is correct at the time of printing and is subject to change without prior notice. Please visit our website for updates.

Master in Public Administration

Master in Public Management

Master in Public Administration and Management

Doctor of Philosophy

Bachelor’s degree with Honours At least 5 years of work experience

Bachelor’s degree with Honours At least 8 years of work experience

Bachelor’s degree with Honours At least 5 years of work experience

Master’s degree with Honours or a Second-Class Upper Honours degree

Avg. Age: Late-20’s to Mid-30’s Avg. Work Exp.: 8

Avg. Age: Late-30’s to 40’s Avg. Work Exp.: 12

Avg. Age: Late-30’s to 40’s Avg. Work Exp.: 10

Avg. Age: Late-20’s to Mid-30’s Avg. Work Exp.: 8

6 Core + 4 Electives Capstone Examination

LKYSPP: 4 Core + 1 Elective + Attachment with Government Agencies Partner School: 4 Electives

6 Core + 4 Electives

6 core + 4 Electives + PhD Qualifying Examination (QE).

Singaporeans/Permanent Residents: (Full-time) S$7,897.50/year (Part-time) S$4,387.50/year

Singaporeans/Permanent Residents: S$7,020/year International: S$8,850/year & Partner University: S$65,350

Singporeans/Permanent Residents: S$23,000/year International: S$23,000/year

Singaporeans: S$5,360/year Permanent Residents: S$6,760/year International: S$6,760/year

15 February

15 February

15 January

15 November

3 Essays University Transcripts 3 Reference Letters Résumé/CV TOEFL/IELTS Optional: GRE/GMAT

3 Essays University Transcripts 3 Reference Letters Résumé/CV Current Position and Career Trajectory TOEFL/IELTS Optional: GRE/GMAT

University Transcripts Résumé/CV Organisation Endorsement Form

Research Proposal University Transcripts TOEFL/IELTS 2 Referee Reports Résumé/CV Writing Sample Optional: GRE/GMAT









Regional Study Trip Continuation Path Degree with INSEAD Double-degree with NUS Business School and NUS Law School

Semester at Harvard Kennedy School or SIPA, Columbia

Regional Study Trip

Research Exchange Programme at Global Public Policy Network Institutions – SIPA, Columbia, LSE, Sciences Po, Paris

1-year Full-time Min. 2-years, Max. 4-years Part-time

1-year Full-time

10 months Full-time

4-years Full-time, Max. 5-years Full-time

International: (Full-time) S$9,956/year (Part-time) S$5,531/year

To apply to any of the above programmes, visit our website at or email us at

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy National University of Singapore 469C Bukit Timah Road Oei Tiong Ham Building Singapore 259772 Tel (65) 6516 6134

Fax (65) 6778 1020


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