Singapore's public policy school keen for a tie-up with IIM-A

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Mumbai, Nov 2 (UNI) Singapore-based Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) is in talks with the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) for a student exchange programme.

LKYSPP Vice-Dean (Executive Education and Development) Stavros N Yiannoukla told UNI here today, ''Talks are only at a preliminary stage. To start with, we want a student exchange programme with them. However, in long term, we are looking for a co-operation similar to what we have with the Columbia University or with the London School of Economics.'' The LKYSPP is an autonomous graduate school of the National University of Singapore. It offers masters degree programmes in public policy, public administration and public management as well as a Doctor of Philosophy programme.

The School is also a member of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN), which is an alliance between LKYSPP, Columbia University's School of International Public Affairs (SIPA), London School of Economics and Political Sciences Po, Paris.

As part of GPPN, the School offers double degree programmes with each of SIPA, LSE and Political Sciences Po alongside its own programme.

In addition to IIM-A, we are also in touch with a number of corporate bodies including the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) for such collaborations, Mr Yiannkoula informed.

''However, since our objective is to train the next generation of Asian leaders and policy makers, our focus remains on executives from the public sector, civil society and those who demonstrate leadership and commitment for good governance,'' Mr Yiannkoula added.

According to the Vice-Dean, at present some 37 Indian students drawn from Ministry of Labour, Department of Personnel and Training and Security and Exchange Board of India and other public sectors are pursuing these three different courses at the School. ''India is third in terms of number of students from various countries studying at LKYSPP after Singapore and China,'' Mr Yiannkoula said.

UNI

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