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Price Faculty Offer Public Administration, Policy Lessons to Officials from Singapore

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Price Faculty Share Expertise with Public Officials from Singapore’s Nanyang Center

Singapore Delegation The USC Price School hosted a delegation from the the Nanyang Center for Public Administration in Singapore.
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The USC Price School of Public Policy hosted a delegation from the Nanyang Center for Public Administration, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, on Sept. 5. The delegates are civil servants in mainland China and participants of Nanyang Overseas Study Mission, which is a part of Nayang Mayors’ Class Training Program, a one-year Master of Public Administration Training program for senior officials in public sectors.

Organized by Professor Eric Heikkila and Ginger Li of the USC Price Office of International Initiatives, the event provided opportunities for delegates to learn about public administration and public policy in the U.S. The one-day event featured several presentations by USC Price faculty and site visits to the Southern California Association of Governments and Los Angeles City Hall. This first delegation from Nanyang Technological University is seen by both sides as a pilot project, with the potential for additional visits in the future.

USC Price faculty who presented included: Shui Yan Tang on “ten principles for the use and design of rules”; Terry Cooper on “ethical decision-making”; and Frank Zerunyan on “the City of Rolling Hills Estates, a case study for a California city.” Dean Jack Knott delivered a welcome speech to the delegation on the event. In addition to the presentations given by USC faculty, the Executive Director at SCAG, an L.A. City Councilmember, and the L.A. City Attorney also met with the delegation and answered questions about planning policy issues in Los Angeles and California.

After returning back to Singapore, the delegates will write a summary report on lessons learned in the U.S. and share the report with other classmates who were not in the Overseas Study Mission.