Public Policy Seminar 2017

The Public Policy Seminar (PPS) brings together tertiary students from polytechnics/universities who are keen to learn about policy making in the global digital economy. Set in Singapore’s national policy context, the PPS gives you the opportunity to gain insights into how the Public Service uses Big Data in decision making, understand the issues faced by policy-makers and the trade-offs involved, and grasp the complexities in designing citizen-centric policies.

Get up close and personal with Mr. Tan Chuan-Jin, Speaker of Parliament, as he shares the innovations and multi-agency collaborations that support public policy developments in the manpower and social sectors.

You can also sign up for an afternoon of interesting workshops, participate in lively discussions and hands-on activities, and walk away with a fuller appreciation of public policy making.

The PPS will take place on Saturday, 7 October 2017, at the Lifelong Learning Institute. Register now at: and get right down to the heart of policy making with us! Registration closes on 22 September 2017, 2359. 

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 0730-0830 Registration 
 0830-0915 Seminar I: Singapore’s Governance Context
 0915-1000 Seminar II: PSFuture – The Future of Public Service
 1000-1030   Tea Break
 1030-1115 Seminar III: Making Public Service Innovation Work
 1115-1245 Dialogue with Mr. Tan Chuan-Jin, Speaker of Parliament
 1245-1400 Lunch and Networking Session
 1400-1600 Workshops (By sign-ups only. Limited seats available.)

 Workshop I. Design Thinking in Public Policy
 Workshop II. Harnessing Data in the Public Service
 Workshop III. Futures Thinking and Horizon Scanning
 Workshop IV. Maintaining Singapore’s Relevance to the World
 Workshop V. Engaging Young Singaporeans

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Who can sign up for the Pubic Policy Seminar?

PPS 2017 is open to Singaporean/ Singaporean PR tertiary students from the polytechnics/universities. We encourage students from all disciplines to participate.

When are the key events?

  • Seminars on Singapore’s governance context, Public Service innovations and the future of Public Service
  • Dialogue with Mr. Tan Chuan-Jin, Speaker of Parliament, on innovations in the social and manpower sectors
  • Workshops on design thinking and use of Big Data in Public Service; engaging Singaporeans effectively; and maintaining Singapore’s relevance to the world.

I am a postgraduate student. Can I participate in the Public Policy Seminar?

Yes, PPS 2017 is open to postgraduates.

I am a Government scholarship recipient. Can I participate in the Public Policy Challenge?

Yes, PPS 2017 is open to recipients of Government scholarships.

Is there a registration fee?

No, the event is free of charge.

Can I change my details after registration?

Yes, let us know of the changes via email to

Can I participate in the workshop without attending the seminar?

No. Participants will have to attend the seminar to understand the context of policy making in Singapore so that they can delve deeper into topics explored in the workshops, and engage in fruitful discussions with fellow participants.

Please note that there are limited seats available for each workshop and confirmation of seat is based on first-come-first-served.

Can I attend the seminar if I’m not interested in the workshops?

Yes. Participants can attend the seminar in the morning if they are not interested in the workshops in the afternoon.

Where will the seminar and workshops be held?

They will be held at the Lifelong Learning Institute. More details will be released to participants via email.