Associate Professor Kenneth Paul Tan, Vice Dean of Academic Affairs of LKY School, visited Nazarbayev University (NU) in Astana, Kazakhstan, from 27–30 January 2014.
His visit coincided with the Open House for NU’s Masters in Public Policy Programme at the Graduate School of Public Policy (GSPP). LKY School’s Executive Education team has collaborated closely with NU on the scope and design of the programme, where it will also field faculty and adjunct lecturers to support classes. Assoc. Prof. Tan invited those who are committed to public service to enrol in the programme, which will provide a public policy learning environment that features experienced and knowledgeable faculty members and access to an extensive network of local policymakers and business leaders.
He also described LKY School’s role and commitment in supporting GSPP’s establishment and growth under a long-term partnership agreement that was signed in 2012. The partnership aims to educate future Kazakh policymakers who will contribute to the country’s goal of joining the advanced countries by 2050. This goal comes under the wider “Kazakhstan Strategy 2050” at the initiation of President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
At NU, Assoc. Prof. Tan gave a lecture on “Singapore’s Multicultural Society, Nation State, and Global City: Contradictions in the Governance of Singapore” to students and staff, followed by a reunion with LKYSPP alumni in Astana. Other than meeting with NU’s management, Assoc. Prof. Tan was also received by representatives from various government agencies.