As countries in Southeast Asia and the Pacific enter a new phase of their development, the importance of public policy has become increasingly recognised. The problems faced by policymakers range over a wide spectrum of issues which are unique to countries in the region. In the regional context, these are further complicated by religious, ethnic, historical and political variables which add to the complexity of governance. Charting public policy within these varied settings and meeting the demands and expectations of different constituents, national and international, require public servants who are trained to look at the issues from the vantage points of several disciplines.
The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy was established in 2004 with the mission of educating and training the next generation of Asian policymakers and leaders. Situated in Singapore, a neutral observation ground to witness the historic rise of Asia, the School is thus in the right place at the right time.