Public Policy and Global Affairs Programme


​The Public Policy and Global Affairs (PPGA) Programme at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) is an integral provider of public policy education in NTU. In 2005, PPGA launched the Master of Public Administration (MPA) programme and the undergraduate Minor in Public Administration programme. Both programmes have achieved noteworthy successes. In just five years, over 1,000 Chinese government officials were awarded the MPA degree, while about 10,000 were trained through PPGA’s short-term executive courses. At the undergraduate level, some 2,700 students took a variety of courses in politics and public administration, while over 100 students graduated with a Minor in Public Administration. The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Public Policy and Global Affairs was finally introduced in 2013 to meet students’ growing interests and career aspirations in public administration and international relations, and to groom the next generation of public policy-makers.


PPGA comprises ten faculty members with strong professional credentials who can undertake curricular development, teaching and cutting-edge research. Currently undergoing expansion, PPGA is committed to achieving excellence in both teaching and research, as well as the establishment of a lively and collegial intellectual milieu. Its research projects and efforts seek to enhance the scholarly understanding of political institutions and behaviour, public policy and administration, and the values and ethics of government. In particular, it seeks to strengthen existing research on the theory and practice of Singapore governance as well as regional governance.


News and Events

A Distinguished Seminar by Dr Wolfgang Dreschler
on 23rd February 2017 @ 1000 Hrs
Venue: LT22 (South Spine)
By Xu Chengwei on Friday, 3 February 2017
By Gayathri Haridas on Friday 20 Jan 2017
Research Assistant Prof. Ana C. Alves presented a paper entitled ‘The Resilience of Chinese Economic Statecraft towards Africa: from Mao to Xi’ at the 39th annual conference of the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific, 5-7 December 2016, University of Western Australia, Perth.

NEAR-EU is a global academic network. Its goal is to broaden the field of European integration studies by incorporating the domain of higher education in the research and activities of European study centres and departments of international affairs. NTU’s Public Policy and Global Affairs Programme is one of the seven consortium partners and the main contact person for all NEAR-EU queries is Dr Meng-Hsuan Chou ( For more information and regular updates about NEAR-EU, please see:

News​​​ ​Assistant Prof YU Wenxuan and PhD candidate XU Chengwei (NTU/HSS-PPGA) presented on Aug. 27th, 2016, a joint paper entitled ‘ Technological and Political Rationalities of Smart City Initiatives in China: An Empirical Analysis’ at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS. The study developed an explanatory model to examine the variance and test it with a cross-section dataset using multiple regression methods. Among their most notable findings are that environmental pollution and urban congestion are key drivers for the development of smart cities in China, however, the relationship between these are not always positive nor linear. In addition, they also find smart cities initiatives are driven not only by technical rationalities but also political ones, and that political support from local ruling party seems to make a difference.
News​​ Assistant Professor Kei Koga’s recent article ‘The rise of China and Japan’s balancing strategy: critical junctures and policy shifts in the 2010s’ has been selected by the editor of the Journal of Contemporary China (Suisheng Zhao) as of one of the highlights of the Journal in 2016.

Assistant Professor Woo Jun Jie awarded 2016 Ken Young Best Paper prize at policy and Politics for the jointly-authored articleFrom tools to toolkits in policy design studies: the new design orientation towards policy formulation research’

Seminar ‘Thinking the Unthinkable’ and ‘Acute New Vulnerabilities for Business, Governments and Systems in the New Public Information Space’
By Nanyang Visiting Prof. Nik Gowing, 30 and 31 August 2016.

PPGA PhD Confirmation Exercise: "The Road to Federalism? Critical junctures and path dependence in Nepal, Myanmar and Sri Lanka"

By Michael Breen on Thursday, 21 May 2015


​"Modern democracy and the randomly-selected citizen"

By Dr. Oliver Dowlen on Thursday, 21 May 2015


​"The Workshop on Governance, Consultation and Petition"治理协商信访”研讨会 

With Keynote Speech by Mr. Baey Yam Keng (马炎庆) on Thursday, 16 April 2015


​"Challenges of governance, administrative reforms and promotion of integrity in a developing country: the case of Bangladesh"

By Mr. Muhammad Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan on Thursday, 26 February 2015


PPGA PhD Confirmation Exercise: "Three Essays on Public Management Capacity Building in Bangladesh"

By Ariful Haque on Friday, 30 January 2015


PPGA PhD Confirmation Exercise: "Motivation For Public Service: Perspective of Self-Determination Theory"

By Xu Chengwei on Friday, 30 January 2015


PPGA PhD Confirmation Exercise: "Innovation Policy of Singapore: How does organizational culture impact innovation in One North Science Habitat?"

By Gayathri Haridas on Friday 30, January 2015


​"China, the U.S. and Climate Change"

By Prof. Eric Heikkila on Thursday, 29 January 2015


PPGA student Low Yi Hui selected to represent Singapore at the ASEAN-India Student Exchange Programme (9-18 November 2014)

News PPGA student Edieusdi Bin Ahmad selected to represent Singapore at the meeting APEC Voices of the Future (5-11 November 2014)
 Seminar ​​

Social Science and the "Asian Century" : Is A Global Social Science Possible?
Convened by Prof He Baogang & Prof Kanishka Jayasuriya on Friday 21 November 2014

Seminar ​​
Seminar ​​ Most Developed in the Region But Far Away from a Regime
By. Dr. Inkyoung Kim on Wednesday 5 November 2014
Seminar ​​ Governance as Policy Capacity in Singapore
By Dr. Woo Jun Jie on Monday 3 November 2014