NU GSPP Singapore Component

After a 3-year hiatus due to the Covid pandemic, Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Public Policy (NUGSPP) resumed the Singapore component for students of the Master in Public Administration and Master in Public Policy programs. The School’s Strategic Partner, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) of the National University of Singapore, hosted 79 graduates in June and 54 students in July for the two-week-long Singapore Component Program.

The Singapore Component is a part of the capstone research project  of their MPP/MPA program, whereby students spend two weeks in Singapore learning about the historical and contemporary development of policymaking and governance in Singapore, followed by reflections and discussions on their relevance and application to the Kazakhstan context . The students engaged in a comprehensive course to learn about Singapore’s model of policy development, interacting with Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy faculty, experts and practitioners, and current and former government officials. 

Their learning journey extended outside of the classrooms, with visits arranged to several public agencies and private organizations such as the Housing & Development Board, Urban Redevelopment Authority, Institute of Technical Education, PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency, Land Transport Authority, and Action Community for Entrepreneurship, allowing them a first-hand experience of Singapore-style policymaking-in-practice. At the end of the trip, they reflect on how the Singapore experience could be relevant or adapted to the Kazakhstani context.

It is noteworthy that this year we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the NU GSPP strategic partnership with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP). The Long-term Agreement and Partnership Establishment between NU GSPP and LKYSPP was signed on August 2, 2012. Within this partnership, LKYSPP has assisted with the design and development of  GSPP’s programs, recruitment and training of faculty and staff, establishment of faculty and student exchanges and engagement in joint research and  publications.  LKYSPP faculty members also offer courses and seminars at GSPP and transformational educational tours to Singapore have been organized for our Masters students every year.


Related articles:

Kishore Mahbubani, 25.07.2015, The unusual partnership of Singapore, Kazakhstan. The Strait Times/Opinion.

The Singapore Component (with Nazarbayev University) at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (Video)