Singapore Training Program Report

Yu Jingjing

During May 27 - June 3, I, as a member of the MPA students from the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, participated in the public administration training courses offered by the National University of Singapore. Through classroom learning and visiting tours, I got to know about the social government and local customs of Singapore, which can be very helpful and productive for my public management learning.

The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore is an internationally influential institution of higher learning. The teachers arranged for us were well-known scholars and senior government officials in Singapore, who were knowledgeable, insightful, and very enthusiastic in interaction and communication. They helped us know about Singapore's social governance faster and profounder and brought us a lot of innovative management ideas and inspirations regarding how to detect, understand and resolve crises. In particular, their inclusiveness towards the different cultures, races, and religions in Singapore is beneficial and worth learning, from which I knew how to put myself in others’ shoes, better serve people with different needs, and how to carry out daily classification management.

The curriculum was provided in a variety of forms, including traditional classroom, visiting tours and mobile classroom. We were organized to visit the Housing Development Board (HDB), Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and NEWater Plant, during which we had access to government departments and local enterprises to understand Singapore's public housing policy benefiting 80% of the population, Singapore's long-term development plan and water treatment technology born out of crisis awareness and sustainable development concept.

In the mobile classroom, the professor took us to the Chinatown, the Little India protected area and the historical building protection work in the areas. We witnessed how the Singapore government was able to develop business and attract public attention according to local conditions in order to promote economic development, while protecting its historical style as far as possible. Such learning content and effects were unachievable in an ordinary sightseeing tour or by reading the paper materials. It’s definitely more intuitive, in-depth, and impressive.

Finally, the purpose of training in Singapore was to broaden our horizons and inspire our ideas. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to go out to see and to hear for myself, to get to know different cultures and ideas. China and Singapore are quite different in national conditions, institutional mechanisms, etc., for which copying is not an option in many cases. However, Singapore's advanced social governance philosophy is something inspiring and worth learning. Witnessing the gap, I think I will try to put myself in the right position in study, think diligently and make sensible conclusions, and more importantly, never forget our original intention of serving the people。

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