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Exactly sixteen years ago, as the world celebrated Easter last weekend, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, daughters and sons of Rwanda laid under siege waiting for the axe hanging over their heads to fall. And, as sure as day follows night, the axe fell within six days and, for the next agonising 90 days, the once beautiful “Rwanda” was awash with blood – and the whole world was watching in what in todays technologically advanced lingo they call “real-time”.
So how did this global lights-off event become an annual ceremony for people across the world to voice their commitment to action against climate change?
Over the last year, a group of dedicated LKYSPP students and I have been carrying out fundraising events to promote educational development in rural Cambodia. We have been working with two non-governmental organizations – the Phnom Penh-based Supplementary Teaching Education Program (STEP) and the Seattle-based Construction for Change (CfC) – to help build a kindergarten in Meanchey district, Lveatay, Cambodia.
Greg Mortenson, co- author of the #1 New York Times bestseller “Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time” and “Stones into Schools,” visited the LKYSPP and shared his experiences as a humanitarian building schools in rural areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Mortenson’s easygoing attitude, something that he attributes to his spending his early days in rural Tanzania and his time away from big cities, is in stark contrast with the discipline he has shown in bringing education to areas where little development has taken place.
Following Semester 1’s Cultural Night, the MPP Senior and Junior Class Committees joined forces once again and organized the first-ever “Singapore Experience Amazing Race – LKYSPP Edition,” which involved eleven teams of five members each from both MPP classes.
As part of his ongoing lecture series, LKYSPP Dean Kishore Mahbubani discussed the importance of geopolitics in determining the actions of states. To illustrate his point, he explained how the 2008 Georgia-Russia conflict was a result of Georgian political leaders not having a sufficient grasp of contemporary political dynamics.
The peaceful rise of China is not a forgone conclusion. The country is still grappling with a complex mix of military, economic and political dilemmas. This was the key message in LKYSPP Visiting Professor Huang Jing’s seminar on “China’s Peaceful Rise: Implications and Challenges” held on March 29th.
Lights were turned off from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM at the Bukit Timah Campus and at College Green over the weekend, as the LKYSPP school community joined the rest of the world in observance of Earth Hour 2010.
A group of Master in Public Policy (MPP) students initiated a Disaster Risk Awareness program for Grade 5 students of the United World College of Southeast Asia (UWC) on February 12th. The program was part of the donation drive initiated by the MPP students for the victims of the earthquake at Haiti, which claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Haitians and left the capital city in ruins.
“Africa needs to take ownership of its own destiny,” according to Kofi Annan, Li Ka Shing Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP). His public lecture entitled “Africa and Asia: Past Lessons, Future Ambitions” organized by LKYSPP at the NUS University Cultural Centre on February 26th, 2010 coincided with the printing of a Newsweek article that highlighted the strong parallels and blossoming relationship between the African and Asian continents.
Kofi Annan is a man to be admired for his outstanding achievements while at the helm of the United Nations (UN). His legacy includes successes in East Timor and Kosovo and an ambitious attempt at reforming the UN. He constantly roams around the African continent as ambassador-at-large promoting good governance, human rights, poverty alleviation and equitable growth. He also inspires the youth to foster the same belief that propelled him to the UN’s top post. It is fitting then that he discussed the future of Asian-African relations in his inaugural public lecture as Li Ka Shing Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP).
Semester 2 is alive and kicking! And so is the second leg of the Law Faculty Football League at the NUS Bukit Timah Campus! The league is organized by the Law Faculty and has seven participating teams – five from the Law Faculty and two from LKYSPP (MPP Juniors and MPP Seniors). The MPP Seniors won the league last year and emerged as the champions of Bukit Timah!
European Union (EU) Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht visited the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) on March 3rd 2010 and gave a public lecture entitled EU and Singapore: Partners in Trade and Partners for Growth.
At the mere age of 22, Jean-Philippe Meloche (MPA 2009/2010) worked as an Industrial Adviser at the Competition Commission in London. His experience there, as part of his policy analysis exercise at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where he studied before coming to the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP), gave him enough insights that he thought might be interesting to his fellow students. On February 24th, JP put together a College Green Dialogue on the “Regulation of Electricity Markets,” where he explained how deregulated electricity markets can function despite fears of collusion, as well as the overarching regulatory framework set by British policymakers.
Coinciding with the Chinese New Year celebrations, LKYSPP Dean Kishore Mahbubani welcomed students and staff for the inauguration of the newly-renovated College Green (CG) Multi-Purpose Hall (MPH) on February 9th. The ceremony was also graced by the presence of Dr. Wolfgang Schüssel, former Austrian chancellor as the school’s distinguished guest.
Inspired by National Heroes’ Day held annually on February 1st, Rwandans Florence Mutesi and Liban Mugabo (MPP 2009/2011) used the opportunity to reflect on their country’s journey in the past fifteen years. The dialogue sought to move away from a “Hotel Rwanda-centric” view of the country, and instead intended to focus on current challenges, policy responses and political will.
Amidst ongoing efforts by the international community to come to the aid of the victims of the January 12 tragedy that struck Haiti, students at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) spearheaded a campaign to raise funds and spread awareness of the challenges facing the people of Haiti among the student community and Singapore society at-large. The campaign was a collaborative effort among students from the various programs at the school.