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Hinrich Foundation and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy form talent development partnership to advance sustainable global trade in Asia

Published 31 July 2020 | 2 minute read

New LKYSPP scholarships for the Master in International Affairs program jointly offered by the LKY School and the Hinrich Foundation

SINGAPORE, 29 July 2020 – The Hinrich Foundation and National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) will jointly train talent to advance sustainable global trade in Asia. Together they will offer two full-tuition scholarships valued at $120,000 for the Master in International Affairs program commencing in the academic year of 2020.

“International trade has been an important driver of growth and development in Asia. But governance issues and unsustainable trade practices have created negative social and environmental externalities, as well as growth imbalances. These have contributed to social instability and geopolitical issues in Asia.

With this partnership we aim to support the education of the next generation of trade leaders who will drive the development of more sustainable trade practices in the region
Alex Boome - Program Director of the Hinrich Foundation

According to Boome, that the program is offered in Singapore – a global trade hub with a strong reputation for good governance and policy excellence – will provide excellent learning opportunities for our Global Trade Leader scholars.

The current state of the world - COVID-19 on top of a global order already disrupted by geostrategic rivalry, de-globalization, income inequality - makes clear, more than ever, the need to better understand international relations and to improve national and international governance. The Lee Kuan Yew School enthusiastically partners the Hinrich Foundation in providing scholarship assistance to candidates studying in our Master in International Affairs program. Through this partnership, recipients are trained to be leaders with strong multi-disciplined foundation in both the theory and practice of international relations
Professor Danny Quah - Dean and Li Ka Shing Professor in Economics

The two LKYSPP-Hinrich Global Trade Leaders for the academic year 2020 are Mekhla Jha, from India, and Xu Yuchao, from China. Boome said: “The program will enable these two scholars to become a driving force for sustainable growth and mutually beneficial global trade.”

Aspiring scholarship applicants may find details for academic year 2021 at

About the Hinrich Foundation

The Hinrich Foundation is an Asia based philanthropic organization that works to advance mutually beneficial and sustainable global trade. The foundation supports original research and education programs that build understanding and leadership in global trade. Its team of global trade experts and practitioners apply their deep knowledge and experience in trade, economics, policymaking and education to deliver the Foundation’s programs. The foundation is building a network of next-generation trade leaders by partnering with universities and corporations across global value chains.

About the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy’s Master in International Affairs

Situated in the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy is rated as one of the leading institutions of public policy in Asia. It offers a wide variety of programs in public policy, international relations and public administration. Its programs are designed to equip all participants with relevant and useful skills across a broad spectrum of disciplines in international relations.

The Master in International Affairs is a 2-year full-time master program that provides students with a strong foundation in both theoretical frameworks and practical knowledge of multi-disciplinary subfields of international relations, together with an immersive experience in Asia. It offers various specializations including but not limited to international security, regional studies, and international economics and development.

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