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Senior public officials obtain MPAM degrees at NUS

05 January 2012

Minister Heng presenting the plaque to one of the graduands

Prof Tan giving the welcome address

The Master in Public Administration and Management (MPAM) programme, offered by the NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and NUS Business School, celebrated the graduation of its second batch of students at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore on 4 January 2012. This Class of 2011, comprising 75 leaders from China's central, provincial and municipal authorities and two senior Taiwanese public officials, was much larger than the 55-strong inaugural batch who graduated in December 2010.

Besides their successful completion of the programme, the valedictory dinner also celebrated the longstanding and close ties and collaborations between Singapore and China, particularly in the field of higher education. Singapore Minister for Education Mr Heng Swee Keat graced the event as Guest-of-Honour. Also in attendance were China Ambassador to Singapore His Excellency Wei Wei and Deputy Director General Dr Wang Xintang from China's Central Organisation Department who made a special trip from Beijing to Singapore to attend the dinner.

Said Minister Heng: "This programme is testament to the excellent bilateral relationship between Singapore and China, and I hope that this programme will facilitate more exchanges between officials and academics from both countries."

Delivering the Welcome Address, NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan said: "The MPAM programme is very much in line with NUS' vision to be a leading global university centred in Asia. While aiming at creating high research impact internationally, we are also placing a strong focus on pioneering innovative programmes to engage Asia, particularly China, India and Southeast Asia."

The 10-month long MPAM programme conducted entirely in Mandarin was initiated following an agreement between the Singapore and Chinese governments that was signed by Chinese President Hu Jintao during his visit to Singapore in 2009. Inaugurated by Minister Li Yuanchao of China's Central Organisation Department in April 2010, the programme provides training to senior Chinese public officials with the twin objectives of sharing principles of good public governance and policy and exposing the officials to the Singapore experience.