NEW YORK, Aug. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Roughly 60% of the world population of four billion people reside in Asia. As the world shifts its focus to Asia, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY School) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) introduces its newest graduate degree program, the Master in International Affairs (MIA). NUS is ranked #1 in Asia, #12 in the world and #7 in Social Policy and Administration according to QS University Rankings. Since 2004, LKY School has trained over 2,350 leaders from a diverse student body representing over 80 countries. The overall focus is on shaping Asia's influence in the world and addressing global issues of poverty, governance, conflict resolution, economic development, international security, world trade, religious and cultural differences, and geopolitics.
The MIA curriculum offers a 2-year degree and is now open for admission to students in the US and around the world for the school year beginning in August 2017. The total cost for the 2-year graduate degree is $ 22,000.
"Most young people today understand that we live in a small and interdependent world. Instinctively, they aspire to be global citizens. They also know that the 21st century will be the Asian century. No school is better placed to explain Asian perspectives. We therefore offer a unique educational opportunity for future world leaders," says Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and former Singapore Ambassador to the United Nations.
It is critical to recognize that jobs today are becoming international. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that one in five American jobs is tied to global trade; and that number is expected to rise significantly in coming years. Research about leaders in 30 different countries reported that nearly half of them had international experience.
"For anyone interested in pursuing a career in international affairs, international experience is essential. Studying at the LKY School allowed me to deepen my exposure in the Asia Pacific region and connect directly with governments that face the challenge of striking a balance between rapid economic growth and political stability. There are very few, if any, international affairs programs that offer these direct connections. The increasing impact of the Asia-Pacific region on global, political, economic, and security events add greater value to this experience," said Andrew Billo who works as a humanitarian affairs officer at the United Nations in New York.
Singapore is often regarded as the gateway to Asia, with its reach to China, India and the ASEAN nations. Recognized for its quality of life, Singapore offers students one of the cleanest, safest and greenest cities in the world to live in with an award-winning urban infrastructure, modern amenities, great food, and world-class healthcare.
The LKYSPP has extensive collaborations within the global academic community and has strategic partnerships with the Harvard Kennedy School, as well as with the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN), which includes Columbia University, the London School of Economics & Political Scient (LSE) and L'institut d'estudes politiques de Paris (Siences Po). LKYSPP is located at the National University of Singapore. For more information on the MIA program, visit http://programs-lkyspp.nus.edu.sg/ .
SOURCE Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy