Acceptance Speech by Prof Ho Teck Hua, Recipient of Business China Enterprise Award 2019 on 7 Jun 2019 at Sands Expo and Convention Centre
Mr. Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr. Lee Yi Shyan, Chairman of Business China, Mr. Samuel Tsien, Group CEO of OCBC Bank, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
1. On behalf of the National University of Singapore, I would like to thank Business China, for conferring the 2019 Business China Enterprise Award, on our Master in Public Administration and Management Programme.
2. I would also like to thank, Prime Minister Lee for personally giving out this prestigious award. We are extremely honoured and privileged to receive it.
3. The programme is jointly offered, by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, and the NUS Business School. This award recognises the efforts and contributions, of our faculty and staff. It encourages us, to improve and grow, this powerful platform for dialogue between Singapore and China, to forge a strong network of public managers, deepen mutual understanding, and improve governance in both countries.
4. Over the last 10 years, the programme has received strong support from both governments, as well as many institutions and individuals. Chinese public agencies have sent high quality students, while Singaporean ministries, statutory boards, and agencies, have hosted study visits and externships. We thank them all, for their significant contributions.
5. The programme has received generous financial support from Singapore’s Ministry of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, CapitaLand, and other donors, which have enabled us to offer scholarships. We would like to thank the donors, for their support in helping us to attract high quality students.
6. We would also like to thank our cabinet ministers, political leaders, and captains of industry, who have engaged the students through talks, seminars, and activities. These are highly valuable learning experiences. In fact, they are this program’s key differentiators.
7. Once again, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to Business China, for bestowing this honour upon us. We are immensely proud to receive this award. Thank you!