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東京大学公共政策大学院 | GraSPP / Graduate School of Public Policy | The university of Tokyo

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Double Degree Programme with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Mayuko Mizukawa (from Japan)

For the second year of my master’s degree, I studied at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP), the National University of Singapore, on the Double Degree Programme.

The orientation week, which was scheduled before the beginning of classes, was a nice beginning to my studies at LKYSPP. There were various events scheduled, including information sessions, library tours, and activities.

The orientation activity called the “Singapore Experience” was one of the highlights of orientation week. We were divided into teams, and visited multiple places in Singapore following the tasks assigned. We then discussed the policy implications of each of the sites we visited, and submitted a video introducing what we learned and discussed. The videos were submitted and reviewed by school staff, and my team won first place in the video contest. We were happy to hear this result as we spent many hours discussing the policy objectives of the sites we visited.

The classes at LKYSPP have a strong focus on policies in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Therefore there are many opportunities to learn about the policies across the region. Also, as another feature of LKYSPP, there is a compulsory class called the Policy Analysis Exercise in which we work on capstone projects in groups. The class which looked at global issues through the perspective of ethics was especially interesting. In this class, we learned about the debates among philosophers and discussed the possible policy approaches based on their views.

I enjoyed daily life in Singapore very much. The walk to campus was nice as the campus is located next to the Singapore Botanic Gardens. I enjoyed exploring Singapore, especially the various dishes from different countries around Southeast Asia.

There are many things that could be gained from studying abroad.
I hope that those who will be studying abroad will also have a valuable experience at both GraSPP and graduate school abroad.