Dean's Welcome

dean-welcome-2015We have come a long way. In ten years, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy has become the third best endowed school of public policy in the world, the second most generous and, possibly, the first to introduce a fully integrated multidisciplinary curriculum. It has emerged as the school of choice to study public policy in Asia, offering several advantages to young people venturing into the field.

The strong, diverse and research-active faculty is a major asset. Pedagogical innovations, experienced practitioners from Singapore and a rich pool of Asian case studies enhance the classroom experience. With international students making up 80% of the cohort, the rich global diversity of the classroom also provides unique networking possibilities. Our goal is to bring together the best of the East and the best of the West, enriching the educational experience of our graduate programmes.

The School also excels in research. Generous research funding is one of our strongest assets. The multidisciplinary faculty produces excellent research in several fields, from social policy to China-India relations; from water policy to international trade. Four research centres complement the research of the faculty, creating an ecosystem of research excellence that also benefits the students.

Our executive education (EE) programmes are also among the strongest in the world. Hence, in addition to over 2,000 graduate alumni from 80 countries and territories, we have also trained more than 11,000 professionals from all around the world in our EE programmes.

For a small school, we have already created a substantial global footprint. Our partners and donors have contributed significantly to the School’s growth. Our collaboration with the Harvard Kennedy School is long-standing. We are also the first Asian school to join the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN) established by Columbia SIPA, the LSE and Sciences Po. We are blessed by the strong continuing support we receive from our donors, many of whom are driven by the noble mission of the School to inspire leaders, improve governance and transform Asia.

As we move into our second decade, with even greater potential beckoning us, we would like to invite you to join us in this exciting journey that we are embarking on.

Kishore Mahbubani 马凯硕
Dean and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy