2010 Events Spotlight
Nov. 19, 2010
Open Budget. Transform Lives
LKY School Assistant Professor Ora-Orn Poocharoen and PhD student Jan Seifert have contributed in the Open Budget Survey 2010 which revealed that 74 of the 94 countries assessed fail to meet basic standards of transparency and accountability with national budgets. Download Powerpoint presentation
Nov. 2, 2010
Progress in Financial Sector Reform: Issues and Challenges
Distinguished Speaker Dr. Paul Volcker, Head of US President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board shared his perspectives on the issues and challenges of the Financial Sector at the NUS University Cultural Centre. Video highlights
Oct. 26, 2010
Nobel Laureates Join ASIASIA
Three of the world's leading institutional scholars, Nobel Economics Laureates Douglass North and Elinor Ostrom and Mary Shirley, President of the Ronald Coase Institute (Nobel Economics Laureate 1991) and former research director at the World Bank have joined the Asia Society for Institutional Analysis (ASIASIA) as advisors. ...more
Sept. 27, 2010
Naím Warns of Diffuse Power, Concentrated Policy Focus
The biggest threats to the world stem from an increasing diffusion of global power and transnational problems, and yet an increasing concentration of intellectual power in the US and of policy study in academia’s narrow confines, veteran columnist Moisés Naím said in a lecture.
Sept. 24, 2010
Reinvent or Be Tossed Aside, Warns UK’s Mandelson
Companies, political parties and nations must all continuously reinvent themselves to stay relevant to their customers and constituents, said British politician Peter Mandelson at a lunch where he cited Singapore as inspiration for the centrist shift in 1997 that launched his Labour Party’s 13 years in power.
Sept. 13, 2010
Leadership Key to Averting Looming Threats, Harvard Dean Says
Though they may seem insoluble, looming problems such as climate change can be solved by motivated leaders willing to risk their popularity to generate urgency needed to tackle them, the dean of Harvard’s school of public policy said in a lecture.
Sept. 3, 2010
East's Rise Poses Gloomy Options for West, HSBC Economist Says
The West’s relative decline in the face of China and India’s economic ascent has sparked a revival of state-guided capitalism and is forcing developed nations to grapple with a widening gap between rich and poor and a need for greater labour mobility, HSBC’s top economist said in a lecture.
Sept. 1, 2010
New Video Highlights Institute of Water Policy’s Research
Established in 2008, the school’s Institute of Water Policy aims to foster effective water management policies through new thinking and research. Get a glimpse of its work and of how the future of water is changing in the Institute’s new corporate video.
Aug. 25, 2010
LKY School Professors Lay Out Policy Processes in New Book
Routledge has published a new book by a group of LKY School professors entitled The Public Policy Primer: Managing the Policy Process. The book offers a concise overview of the policy cycle, from agenda setting and policy formulation to policy implementation and evaluation.
Aug. 20, 2010
Free Market or State? Nobel Economist Says Answer Can Be Both
Free-market fundamentalism may be in retreat as the state’s guiding hand regains post-crisis favour, but neither extreme necessarily offers the most efficient way to manage economic resources, according to Elinor Ostrom, the Nobel prize-winning economist. Often, the neatest solution comes from a messy combination of both, she said in a lecture.
Aug. 18, 2010
Robert Klitgaard: Corruption Won’t Go Down Without a Fight
A noted American law professor and judge once predicted that corruption would eventually be shamed out of existence, yet it is still thriving in much of Asia, writes Robert Klitgaard, the school’s second Li Ka Shing Professor. Corruption may be doomed, he says, but taking it down will require a concerted effort.
Aug. 12, 2010
Cruz-del Rosario: Inequity Prolongs Cambodia’s Nightmare
Cambodia has come far toward delivering the redemption many hoped for in 1993 when elections ended the country’s bloody civil war, writes visiting Assoc. Prof. Teresita Cruz-del Rosario. But sentencing Khmer Rouge war criminals goes only part of the way toward ending Cambodia’s nightmare. As long as rural poverty persists, economic revival will remain elusive.
Aug. 2, 2010
Nuclear Agency Chief Says Iran Ready to Talk on Turkish Fuel Plan
Tehran and leading nuclear powers are ready to discuss how to supply Iran with fuel for a nuclear reactor designed for medical research, International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Yukiya Amano said Monday.
Aug. 2, 2010
Tan Tackles Meritocracy’s Downside in Contribution to New Book
The competition for talent is shifting the delicate balance between the egalitarianism and elitism inherent in Singapore’s meritocracy, Assoc. Prof. Kenneth Paul Tan writes in a contribution to a new book, Management of Success: Singapore Revisited. While winners can expect higher pay, losers are becoming sceptical about their prospects for upward mobility.
July 29, 2010
Newly Tenured, Wu Says Thailand Debunks Healthcare Orthodoxy
Whatever one might say about Thailand’s deposed former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, one thing he did achieve was a landmark system of universal healthcare, says Assoc. Prof. Wu Xun, a specialist in policy reform who recently won tenure from the National University of Singapore. China should take note, he says.
Jul 28, 2010
Institutional Processes and Regulatory Risk in the Thai Energy Sector
The state’s role in building infrastructure has diminished in the past 30 years, Assoc. Prof. Darryl Jarvis writes in the latest edition of Regulation & Governance, but its role as regulator has grown. Developing countries face particular challenges adjusting to the change, as a case study on Thailand ’s energy sector demonstrates.
July 27, 2010
John Beck: For Mature Economies, Growth is No Longer Enough
Growth is an intuitive measure of economic progress, but Japan’s experience in its so-called “lost decade” illustrates how lives can improve without it. Senior Adviser John Beck argues that with sources of demand ebbing, governments in developed countries may need to turn from making citizens richer to making them happier.
July 26, 2010
Values, Conflict and Change: Latest Issue of Global-is-Asian
In the latest issue of the LKY School's quarterly newsletter, Assistant Dean and Director of Research Astrid S. Tuminez reviews a debate over whether Asia's rise has come at the expense of Asian values. And Senior Adviser John Beck re-orders our priorities. Read more.
July 15, 2010
African Philanthropist Outlines Steps for Africa’s Continued Recovery
One of Africa’s top businessmen and philanthropists, Mo Ibrahim, called Thursday for greater African economic integration, investment in agriculture and for action against climate change to accelerate Africa’s recovery from ruinous pisions imposed during the Cold War.
July 9, 2010
Indian Minister Urges Integration as Asia Regains Pre-Colonial Stature
Asia’s economic resurgence is part of a longer-term return to the balance of global power prevalent before the Industrial Revolution, and global organisations need to reflect this reversion to historical norms, said Anand Sharma, India’s minister of commerce and industry, in a lecture Friday.
July 8, 2010
NUS Alumni Converge for Bukit Timah Campus Homecoming
In conjunction with the National University of Singapore Class of 1960's 50th reunion, the Faculty of Law and the LKY School joined the NUS Alumni Office in hosting a special Bukit Timah Campus Homecoming. Roughly 500 people attended, including 50 LKY School alumni. To watch a slide show of the festivities, click here.
July 5, 2010
India-China Media Dialogue Explores Future of Superpower Relations
Propelled onto the world stage by their rapid economic development, India and China increasingly find themselves unlikely bedfellows, pided by language, culture, political systems and different concepts of Asia. Reconciling the way these two giants regard each other is crucial to peace and stability in Asia.
July 1, 2010
Former LKY School Fellow Named ‘Chief Bail-Out Officer’
Klaus Regling, a former EU Fellow at the LKY School, has been named chief executive of the new, European Financial Stability Facility, the €440 billion special-purpose vehicle established to support ailing euro-zone countries. A full profile of Regling, a veteran economist, appears in the latest issue of The Economist.
June 30, 2010
University of Tokyo Confers Fellowship on Institute of Water Policy Director
The University of Tokyo named the director of the school’s Institute of Water Policy, Dr. Seetharam Kallidaikurichi, a fellow in a ceremony held June 30 at the Japanese embassy in Singapore. The university cited Kallidaikurichi's role in establishing the Asian Development Bank-University of Tokyo internship program and his “continuous and intensive collaborations in the field of water resources management and the GCOE program with the Department of Civil Engineering” at the University. Japan’s Ambassador to Singapore, Makoto Yamanaka, and Professor Toshio Koike of the University of Tokyo said Kallidaikurichi was the first University of Tokyo fellow from Singapore."
June 30, 2010
Institute of Water Policy Hosts First BBC World Debate on Water
The Institute of Water Policy today hosted BBC World News "The World Debate" series, where a panel of international intellectuals and policymakers discussed the question, "Are we running out of water?" To watch a webcast of the debate, click here.
June 17, 2010
Study Trip to Shanghai Builds Bridges, Expands Horizons
Students from the 2010 Master in Public Management Programme took a four-day trip to Shanghai in June to gain a greater understanding of both the city and of China in general. Highlights of the visit included the Shanghai Expo 2010 and to the China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong, with which the school is building closer ties. To see a presentation on the trip, click here.
June 29, 2010
Asian Perspectives on Qualitative Growth
Long hailed as miraculous, Asia’s growth needs to be made more sustainable, a goal that will require measuring policies against more discerning yardsticks than just a nation’s economic growth rate.
Feb. 26, 2010
Nobel Laureate Kofi Annan joins LKY School as Li Ka-shing Professor
Nobel Laureate Kofi Annan, former secretary-general of the United Nations, joined the LKY School of Public Policy in February as the first Li Ka-shing Professor. His programme in Singapore included dialogue sessions with students and faculty, a public lecture, and meetings with high-level government officials.
Jan. 22, 2010
Developing economies leading the world out of the financial crisis: Hans Timmer
What kind of life would you prefer to lead? Juggling a rapidly disappearing amount of scrawny savings in Madrid to pay for your income annuities or stashing up your private gold portfolio during the Chinese New Year in Beijing? Surely, the latter, without any arguments, right?