The Lee Kuan Yew School Course
Against the backdrop of successful Asian countries, Singapore experienced rapid development from a Third World former colony, poor in natural resources, to a First World nation whose per capita gross domestic product (GDP) ranks among the highest in the world. This 13-week module includes an in-depth study of the Singapore success story and Asia’s development.
It will also include a discussion of public policies that have been the cornerstone of Singapore’s development. The module will also supplement the school’s pool of case studies that are highly relevant to the Asian context. The school hopes to inspire future leaders to advance their own communities through lessons from five decades of nation-building. This module is compulsory for students of all programmes.
The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP ) is especially well-placed to share the model of governance in Singapore and Asia. We are fortunate to be able to draw on notable Singapore pioneers and luminaries as faculty members.
- Kishore Mahbubani, Professor (Practice) Dean of LKYSPP and former Singapore ambassador to the United Nations
- Lam Chuan Leong, Professor (Practice) Former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of National Development, Ministry for Trade and Industry, and Ministry of Communications and Information
- Lim Siong Guan, Professor (Practice) Group President of GIC and former Chairman of the Singapore Economic Development Board
- Tommy Koh, Ambassador-At-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Special Adviser of Institute of Policy Studies
Some features that the module will cover include Singapore’s foreign policy successes and failures, expansion of Singapore’s economy and trade in the region.
- Study of “wicked problems”, such as climate change and international economic governance from an Asian perspective
- Analysis of relevant case studies, such as the Asian Financial Crisis, migration in Asia, inequality and the growth of cities
- Interdisciplinary learning through teamteaching of multi-faceted topics, such as Myanmar in Transition
- First-hand learning through overseas study trips
- Opportunities to work with organisations and government agencies on real-life challenges confronting them