- Annual Enrollment:
- More than 200
- % International:
- Over 80%
- Employment sectors:
- Ministries, government agencies, multinational corporations, non-profits, and multilateral institutions
- Degrees offered:
- Master in International Affairs (MIA), Master in Public Policy (MPP), Master in Public Administration (MPA), Master in Public Management (MPM), Master in Public Administration and Management (MPAM), Doctor of Philosophy in Public Polic
- Info here
We 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 2,700 graduate alumni from 89 countries and territories, we have also trained more than 15,000 professionals from 100 countries 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.
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Why study geopolitics in Singapore?
Whether as host to the recent U.S. President Donald J. Trump—North Korean leader Kim Jong-un summit on denuclearizing the Korean peninsula, the Presidents Xi Jinping—Ma Ying-jeou meeting of 2015 to improve China-Taiwan relations, or the venue of the annual Shangri-La Dialogue, Singapore offers an unmatched vantage point to view and interpret the changing geopolitics of Asia and the world.
Located in the heart of where East meets West, Singapore’s reputation as an honest broker and its penchant for a rules-based regional-global order makes it an ideal place for students and faculty to debate the meaning and implications of shifting geopolitics. The cosmopolitan student body and faculty ensure an exciting but dispassionate approach to studying change, reflecting a true diversity of opinions while striving to incorporate Asian perspectives.
The National University of Singapore’s reputation for academic excellence—ranked number one in Asia and number eleven in the world by the 2018 QS World University Rankings—continues to draw talented students and an accomplished faculty from all over the world to the school.
What will the students gain from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP)?
Living in Singapore among an unmatched cosmopolitan student body, guided by a distinguished faculty with their fingers firmly on the region’s pulse, LKYSPP students obtain the analytical tools and interpretive sensibilities to answer questions such as: Are we in the midst of a power transition, with rising powers such as China competing with the established power, the United States, to shape rules of the game in Asia and beyond? What are the chances of a U.S.-China trade war, and of such a war spilling over to military conflict in, say, the South China Sea? What roles can and should the European Union (EU), Japan, India, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) play in this evolving economic and security landscape?
With deep expertise on China, India, the United States, the Koreas, Japan, and ASEAN, our faculty is committed to delivering an outstanding education in international affairs.
Thus, the National University of Singapore-Master in International Affairs experience enhances the global competitiveness of those who want to make a difference.
Who should study at the school?
We welcome students who share our passion for understanding the seismic changes happening in Asia and who are prepared for an immersive experience of living in Asia as a way to understand these developments. Our students prize forming new networks with Asia’s young policy and thought leaders, and they aspire to making a positive difference through an international career in policy, business, nongovernmental organizations, consulting, policy-relevant research, and academia.
Students keen on exploring future career opportunities through internships will also find a supportive environment at LKYSPP. The World Bank, the United Nations Development Program, the Global Environment Institute in Beijing, the EU Delegation to Singapore, and the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue are among some of the organizations where our students have secured internships.
For over a decade, we have trained students from Asia and other parts of the world to be the best they can be through our world-class public policy education.
Why study in Asia now? And why Singapore?
Because Asian economies are developing at a tremendous pace and power is shifting from the West to the East, there is a growing demand throughout the world to better understand Asian perspectives. Located in the heart of the region where East meets West, Singapore offers an unmatched vantage point to view and interpret these changes. Recent developments—China’s emerging role as the region’s champion of trade through the Belt and Road Initiative, in the context of a retreating Western order—signal the emergence of a new world order in which the actions of Asian powers matter more in global affairs than before. Therefore, studying in Asia enhances the global competitiveness of those who want to make a difference: our students achieve a strong grasp of the economic, strategic, and cultural dynamics of the region as they form new networks with Asia’s young policy and thought leaders. Singapore’s education reputation also continues to attract global attention, with the National University of Singapore ranking fifteenth in the world in the latest QS World University Rankings.
How does the Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) School of Public Policy groom leaders of tomorrow?
The LKY School is uniquely positioned to prepare future leaders for the new era. For over a decade, it has trained students from Asia and other parts of the world through its world-class public policy education. Our careful selection of students from the world over allows students to learn from one another through their diverse perspectives and varied experiences. This global network of fellow graduates and future leaders remain invaluable contacts throughout their careers. The LKY School allows its students opportunities to learn by engaging in dialogue with global luminaries and Asian leaders, such as Aung San Suu Kyi, former Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Kofi Annan, and David Cameron. The LKY School also facilitates internship opportunities and job connections for students, enabling graduates to move quickly to jobs in national governments, multilateral agencies, nongovernmental organizatons, and research institutes.
What is special about the newly launched Master in International Affairs (MIA) program?
The LKY School launched its inaugural MIA program in August 2017. Our distinguished international faculty, with deep expertise on China, India, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the United States, and other Asian-Pacific powers, is committed to delivering an outstanding education in international affairs. Students in the MIA program will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty members, and they are expected to participate in the latest debates in international affairs from both a theoretical and practical point of view. Students who share our excitement about Asia and who aspire to an international career in policy, business, consulting, research, or academia will thrive in the challenging LKY School environment. Last but not least, our students are also encouraged to undertake practical fieldwork and internships, in addition to taking advantage of exchange programs with other top universities in Asia and beyond. More information can be found here.
The 21st century will be the Asian century. This was the main theme of my book, The New Asian Hemisphere: The Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East. Recent developments—America's “pivot” to Asia, the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, China’s “One Belt, One Road”, and more ominously, maritime disputes in the East and South China Sea—remind us of the imperative of understanding the region's dynamics for future global prosperity. The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY School), which is without peer in Asia, is uniquely positioned to prepare future leaders for this new era. For over a decade, it has trained students from Asia and other parts in the world in three flagship public policy programmes, Master in Public Policy (MPP), Master in Public Administration (MPA) and Master in Public Management (MPM). In August 2017, it will launch its newest program, the Master in International Affairs (MIA).
Why has the LKY School launched a new Master in International Affairs program?
As power shifts from West to East, there is a growing demand to understand the perspectives of Asia's new powers. Located in the heart of the region, the LKY School offers an unmatched vantage point to provide these perspectives. Its international faculty has deep expertise on China, India, ASEAN, the US, and other Asian-Pacific powers. The student body is global too, with 80 percent drawn from countries in Asia and other parts of the world, including China, India, ASEAN, Europe, and America. Few institutions can match this cosmopolitan learning environment.
How will the curriculum be different?
Our distinguished faculty will expose students to the latest debates in international affairs, from both a theoretical and practical point of view. Crucially, students will be offered the chance to immerse themselves in the study of Asian societies through a rich menu of courses, many providing an Asian perspective on major global developments. Our MIA students, I am certain, will add to the “buzz” in the School, by debating these perspectives critically and energetically. Like their fellow MPP, MPM and MPA students, the MIA students will have the chance to undertake practical fieldwork in other Asian countries. Our students have met Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar and former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Indonesia; they also have ample opportunities to engage the many distinguished visitors to the School, who have included Kofi Annan, Paul Volcker and Amartya Sen.
What is the advantage of getting a National University of Singapore (NUS) degree?
NUS is now ranked #1 in Asia and #12 in the world in the latest QS World University Rankings. Committed individuals aspiring to an international career in policy, business, consulting, or academia can count on receiving an outstanding education—which is rigorous and relevant to their needs—in international affairs from a leading global university. They will leave the LKY School with a top-rank degree and a global network of fellow graduates who will remain invaluable contacts throughout their careers.