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Building High Performing Education Systems

The May run of this programme is postponed to October.
Thank you very much for your kind support to the LKY School Executive Education.

A notable achievement of Asian, African, and Middle Eastern emerging and developing countries is rising enrolments at both elementary and high school levels. Basic schooling is generally now available for almost every child. This quantitative achievement, however, masks a ‘learning crisis’ of poor educational achievement for a variety of reasons. These are poor infrastructure, outdated curricula and methods, and above all, ill prepared and poorly motivated teachers. The advent of the global economy makes the solution to this problem all the more urgent.

As each country struggles with its own internal issues of reducing budgets and shifting priorities, a clear vision is needed to prepare the young for the future and ensure economic growth and employment without which social stability will be endangered. Skills development and training is one usually underfunded and underdeveloped, but essential for employment and economic development. The policies and experience of some of the more innovative and determined countries bear valuable lessons, which is the aim of this programme.

Key Information

Programme date 9 Oct 2017 - 13 Oct 2017
Venue: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772
Programme cost:

S$5,320 + 7% GST;

S$4,788 +7% GST (for group registrations of 3 and above)

*Fee is inclusive of lunch, refreshments and learning support materials


Executive Education Department
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore
469C Bukit Timah Road,
Singapore 259772

Tel: (65) 6516 8697/ (65) 6601 1183
Fax: (65) 6872 9291

Application Deadline: 11 Sep 2017

Programme Objectives

Through an interactive and ‘solution finding’ programme, participants will:

  • Understand the causes for the ‘learning crisis’ and its consequences for socio-economic development
  • Examine, from a regional and country-specific perspective, policy and ‘best practice’ solutions to major education problems
  • Learn about the key principles that underpin relevant and effective education policy development and implementation
  • Understand the demands of the evolving and competitive global workplace and how to tailor curricula and pedagogy to meet these challenges

Target Audience

The programme is designed for middle level officials in education ministries, deans in education faculties, leaders in teacher education institutions, polytechnic leaders, those working in education NGOs, and those who have an interest in improving educational outcomes.


Kenneth Paul Tan
Vice Dean (Academic Affairs) & Associate Professor

Kenneth Paul TAN is Vice Dean (Academic Affairs) and Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, where he has taught since 2007. From 2000 to 2007, he taught at the NUS’s University Scholars Programme and Political Science Department. Since 2000, he has received more than 10 teaching awards, including in 2009 the Outstanding Educator Award, the most prestigious teaching honour bestowed by the University. In 2012, he was elected Chair of the NUS Teaching Academy, where he has been a Fellow since it was established in 2009. He has written widely on (1) principles of public policy and administration (focusing on meritocracy, pragmatism, and public engagement); (2) liberalization, democracy, and civil society; (3) Asian creative cities and the culture industry (focusing on film, television, popular culture, and theatre); (4) race, gender, and sexuality; (5) spatial justice in Asian cities; (6) nation branding, soft power, and nation building; and (7) politics, society, and culture in Singapore. He has published in leading international journals such as Asian Studies ReviewCritical Asian StudiesInternational Political Science Review, and positions: asia critique, and has authored two books: Renaissance Singapore? Economy, Culture, and Politics (NUS Press, 2007) and Cinema and Television in Singapore: Resistance in One Dimension (Brill, 2008). He has held visiting fellowships at the Australian National University, Georgetown University (on a Fulbright Fellowship), and Harvard University. In 1995, he received a Lee Kuan Yew Postgraduate Scholarship to read for a Ph.D. in social and political sciences at the University of Cambridge, which he completed in 2000. In 1994, he obtained a First Class Honours degree in the Joint School of Economics and Politics at the University of Bristol on a Public Service Commission Overseas Merit (Open) Scholarship. He is a member of the Arts Advisory Panel of the National Arts Council (Singapore) and sits on the committee of Our Singapore Conversation, a year-long national-level public engagement exercise that began in 2012. He is the founding chair of the Asian Film Archive’s board of directors, sits on the board of directors of theatre company The Necessary Stage, and has composed music for some of its performances. He is an avid runner, who has travelled to a number of cities to run marathons. He is married to Clara Lim-Tan, principal of Yu Neng Primary School.

Professor Mohamed Waheed Hassan
Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Waheed was the 5th President of the Republic of Maldives (2012–13). He obtained his PhD from Stanford University and is a specialist in international development and education, having served as Senior Education Advisor to UNICEF and as Special Representative of UNICEF in Afghanistan.

Professor S Gopinathan
Academic Director, The HEAD Foundation

In a career spanning over four decades, S Gopinathan has been extensively involved in Singapore’s education policy and practice planning, especially in teacher education. He has served as a consultant to several organisations such as the World Bank, UNESCO, UNICEF, the Commonwealth of Learning, and the Hong Kong Institute of Education.

Dr N Varaprasad
Partner, Singapore Education Consulting Group

Varaprasad has almost 40 years of experience in higher education, equally split between polytechnic-level education and university education. He was the founding Principal/ CEO of the highly innovative Temasek Polytechnic and Deputy President at the National University of Singapore.

Dr Lim Lai Cheng
Executive Director, Singapore Management University (SMU) Academy & Academic Director of the Office of the Provost, SMU

Lai Cheng oversees SMU’s SkillsFuture agenda, continuing education and technology-related innovation in teaching and learning. She has extensive experience in the Singapore education system, both in schools and in the Ministry of Education, holding key roles in corporate communications, curriculum planning and policy development.

Darren McDermott
Education Consultant

Darren has extensive experience of higher education consulting in both Asia and Europe. He is currently an EU/ ASEAN Expert participating in the European Commission grant-funded Support to Higher Education in the ASEAN Region (SHARE).The programme aims to strengthen regional cooperation, enhance the quality, competitiveness and internationalisation of ASEAN higher education institutions.

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