Early Career Professional

Innovations In Urban Management: Lessons From Singapore And Hong Kong

City governments and urban authorities face a variety of challenges from multiple sources. The challenges include rapid urbanisation and population growth, ensuring that the urban infrastructure can cope with the influx of rural migrants, facilitating economic restructuring to create jobs, building an efficient and cost-effective transportation system, providing affordable housing options as well as recreation and health care for residents both young and old, and dealing with a variety of environmental challenges. Many cities also struggle with the need to balance rising demand for private real estate with the growing demand for public goods and services such as social housing, water and sanitation, public transport, communications and other utilities. They often struggle to provide the infrastructure and put in place the public services needed to deliver these essentials. The solutions to these and many other urban problems require enhanced urban management and governance capabilities, and public institutions and processes that integrate the efforts of various stakeholders – both inside and outside of government. Among the more advanced cities, the challenges are no less complex or multi-dimensional. Many seek to become the hubs of new industries, or to bolster their competitiveness by becoming centres of innovation and cultural vitality.  

This programme is an intensive comparative exploration of urban governance and urban management practices in Singapore and Hong Kong. It is a learning journey that is highly relevant for urban policy practitioners in both of these cities and many others in emerging Asia and beyond. Both Singapore and Hong Kong have had widely admired successes in urban management and governance. Both are often seen as centres of innovation for urban policy.  At the same time, Singapore and Hong Kong have much to learn from each other and from other cities around the world. Finally, both cities have to continually adapt and innovate as they wrestle with urban challenges – both familiar as well as novel ones.

SINGAPORE COMPONENT Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy National University of Singapore (Bukit Timah Campus) HONG KONG COMPONENT Leadership and Public Policy Executive Education The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Tue 22 November 2016 to Fri 2 December 2016

12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Mon 10 October 2016

Through the programme, participants will:

  • Gain insights from a range of disciplines – including public policy studies, economics, public management and political science – and appreciate how these apply to urban governance and management;
  • Understand Singapore and Hong Kong’s experiences in urban development across a wide range of issues including urban planning, land policy, environmental sustainability, transport, housing, water management, livability in high-density cities, managing ethnic and social diversity and identity, and fostering innovation;
  • Reflect on lessons for their own cities from the experiences of Singapore, Hong Kong or others, and discuss the challenges and opportunities these may present; and
  • Examine real-life case studies from both cities and learn from site visits to urban authorities in Singapore and Hong Kong.

The programme is designed for urban administrators, city planners and professionals from urban authorities, international organisations, the private sector and not-for-profit organisations. Participants are expected to have a general proficiency and understanding of the English language, as this will be the only medium of instruction.

Programme cost:

Participants based in Singapore or Hong Kong

  • S$13,588.00
    (Inclusive of return flights from Singapore to Hong Kong / Hong Kong to Singapore on Singapore Airlines or Cathay Pacific Airlines, airport transfers, daily two-way transfers between hotel and programme venue, and 6-night accommodation in Singapore / Hong Kong)

Overseas participants (outside of Singapore or Hong Kong)

  • S$15,088.00
    (Inclusive of return/one-way flights from Singapore to Hong Kong, airport transfers, daily two-way transfers between hotel and programme venue, 6-night accommodation in Singapore, and 6-night accommodation in Hong Kong)

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

Tel:(65) 6601 1183/ (65) 6516 1032
Fax: (65) 6872 9291

Leadership and Public Policy Executive Education
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Tel: (852) 3469 2001/ (852) 3469 2256
Fax: (852) 2358 3360

Application Deadline:10 Oct 2016

The ten-day programme will be jointly delivered by the LKY School, NUS and the Leadership and Public Policy Executive Education, HKUST.


The Innovations in Urban Management: Lessons from Singapore and Hong Kong will be taught by leading experts in urban policy and management from the National University of Singapore, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and other academic institutions in Singapore and Hong Kong, prominent practitioners in government and non-government sector, and distinguished guest speakers and panelists.