The 1-year MPA programme provides an intensive, interdisciplinary course of study for experienced mid-career professionals with 5–15 years of work experience who wish to work on increasingly complex issues shaping national, regional, and global policies and projects. The MPA programme takes in mid-career public servants and intends to prepare them for more senior management roles in the public sector. As a result, the curriculum is more focused on giving them relevant skills such as the intelligent and critical consumption of research, the ability to plan more detailed policy responses to more complex situations, and the desire to be life-long learners.
Taught by expert faculty using a problem-based learning approach and real-world case studies, MPA students learn to apply the techniques of policy analysis and programme evaluation to resolve complex multi-dimensional policy challenges, as well as sharpen their leadership and communication skills. The School also conducts an active programme of seminars and public lectures by political, not-for-profit and business leaders to enable all students to complement their formal learning with the opportunity to interact with distinguished individuals who are shaping the future. The MPA class comprises approximately 80 accomplished and motivated individuals who come from more than 25 countries around the world and lend themselves to a dynamic exchange of ideas. They bring with them a wealth of diverse experiences from a variety of sectors such as finance, trade, education, media, health, transport, housing, foreign affairs, and development.
The MPA student profile is drawn widely from the public, private and not-for-profit sector. A sample cohort includes candidates from the Indian Administrative Service, National Audit Office of China, Economic Policy and Competitiveness Research Centre, Mongolia; and in positions such as Director of Global Corporate Responsibility, PricewaterhouseCoopers; Director for UNFPA, Indonesia; Freelance Reporter for The New York Times and Managing Director, Head of Equities, Merrill Lynch.
MPA students and faculty come from around the world across the public, private and not-for-profit sector, with international students constituting roughly 80 percent of the student body.
For enquiries, please contact either
Joyce Cuff at (65) 6516 5357 or
Regine Wong at (65) 6516 4845
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