Executive Education Programme Updates (June – July) |

Executive Education Programme Updates (June - July)

Executive Education (EE) has successfully organized three brand new open enrolment programmes running for the first time this year, and has also delivered a programme to a group of Japanese local government officials seconded to the Singapore office of The Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAR).

Learn more about the programmes below.

Emerging Innovation in Policy Making; Behaviour, Data and Design executive programme with NESTA

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The inaugural Emerging Innovations in Policy Making: Behaviour, Data and Design programme provided participants an introduction to design-thinking approaches, application of randomized control trials and the use of behavioural insights to make informed decisions in policy making. The programme was held from 8 to 12 June 2015, in partnership with NESTA (UK). Nesta is a UK’s innovation foundation whose mission is to help people and organisations bring great ideas to life.

Of the 34 attendees, 3 were overseas participants from India and Malaysia while the remaining represented both the local ministries and private sector. Through the programme, they develop skills to reframe their mental maps, redefine problems and creatively present their solutions in the form of physical prototypes. The highly interactive programme required participants to carry out a survey on the public perception of the local transport system. Participants greatly valued the opportunity to share and discuss their challenges in implementing innovation within their own departments with innovation pioneers from other ministries and agencies.


Driving Public Policy Excellence and Sustainable Transport among the Key Learning Points for Japanese Local Government Officials







The LKY School delivered a programme to a group of Japanese Local Government Officials seconded to the Singapore office of The Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) on 22-23 June.

The course provided insights on how public governance and excellence are embodied in the Singapore’s civil service. Participants were able to obtain insights on how the expansive growth of the country during its first 50 years took place despite the absence of abundant natural resources. With a highly merit-based performance management system, Singapore relies to the competitiveness, innovation and creativity of their civil servants in crafting policies.

Having one of the most efficient and modern public transport systems globally, the Singapore government continues to respond to an increased demand of better transport facilities. Among the key consideration would be the presence of many foreign talent (FTs) working in Singapore, urban planning, managing current congestion levels, as well as the need for strengthening family relationships which includes the ageing population. Participants had the opportunity to compare these from their experiences in Japan.

The programme was held at the CLAIR Office in Singapore.


Executive Programme on Smart Policies for Sustainable Cities


Executive Education successfully launched its inaugural five-day programme on Smart Policies for Sustainable Cities, providing policymakers and urban planners from Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia the opportunity to compare urban planning and governance approaches from Singapore and abroad.

Participants from the public and private sector discussed how to make cities more livable, how to use big data for more informed choices, how to use urban density for city planning, how to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in cities, and what “smart” urban policies could look like in sectors such as water, housing, transport and others.

Highlights included learning journeys to JTC CleanTech Park and Urban Redevelopment Authority, exploring Singapore’s ABC Waters, and an engaging panel discussion on business opportunities and regulatory challenges of the emerging shared economy in Singapore and abroad with representatives from Uber and Airbnb.


Ethical Decision Making for Public Officials


As public officials, ethical issues and dilemmas are to us what water is like to fish: they are all around us. But although important and ubiquitous, they are also often the issues that we find hardest to notice and to talk about openly. Public officials may be reluctant to engage in ethical reasoning because they lack the conceptual tools to do so, or they find the issues too controversial or uncomfortable to discuss.

The inaugural programme on Ethical Decision-Making for Public Officials helped participants to identify ethical issues and value conflicts, equipped them with frameworks to weigh competing interests and embraced their ability to communicate their decisions in ethically sound and defensible ways. Participants were from Singapore and Nigeria, allowing faculties to challenge the participants by having case studies that are applicable to the two nations. This provided interactive discussions (with insights and good practices) among the participants.



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