13 April 2021

Abu Dhabi School of Government and Civil Service College of Singapore agree partnership to enhance government training

  • Exchange of expertise and knowledge will include the fields of public sector leadership, governance, public administration, and management

  • Expansion of collaborative learning and training programs for government employees in Abu Dhabi and Singapore

The Abu Dhabi School of Government (ADSG) and the Civil Service College of Singapore (CSC), the lead agency for training, learning, and staff development of the country’s public sector, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), fostering an ongoing exchange of knowledge in the fields of public sector leadership, governance, public administration and management. The MoU signing ceremony took place electronically during the virtual session of the 13th Abu Dhabi-Singapore Joint Forum held earlier today, attended and co-chaired by HE Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority of Abu Dhabi, and HE S. Iswaran, Singapore Minister for Communications and Information.

Both organizations have agreed to work together to develop new training and educational programs with an aim of cultivating the competencies of the public service sectors in both Singapore and Abu Dhabi.

The agreement ensures that both organizations are able to leverage their intelligence from the diverse perspectives and rich experience in the field of public policy and governance. Through this partnership, ADSG applies its international expertise and enhance learning journeys that benefit government employees in Abu Dhabi. CSC’s support is vital at ADSG, as they continue to focus on equipping Abu Dhabi’s future leaders with the skills that enable them to operate at the highest international standards.

Our partnership with the CSC presents a key opportunity for two like-minded organizations to engage in a productive exchange of knowledge and research in the public sector.
ADSG is keen to leverage their expertise to develop greater learning programs for Abu Dhabi’s government employees, as part of our goal to create a rich environment for knowledge sharing and continuous learning.

Dr. May Laith Al Taee, Acting Dean of Abu Dhabi School of Government (ADSG)

Ong Toon Hui, Dean and CEO of Civil Service College of Singapore, commented: “At CSC, diverse knowledge exchange is at the core of our ethos and we believe in the importance of exchanging perspectives. ADSG is already recognized for its commitment to continuous learning and boosting the competencies of government employees through the delivery of leading education. Together, we will be able to harness our diverse inputs and creative innovative learning opportunities to empower government employees in the UAE and Singapore.”

The announcement is another example of the enduring strategic links between the two countries, which has led to shared political, economic and socio-cultural ties. The UAE remains Singapore’s largest trading partner in the Middle East and also hosts the largest Singaporean community in the region.

The CSC in Singapore offers innovative learning opportunities for public servants and government employees in Singapore, with a mission of developing first-class public service across Asia. The institution aims to build strategic capacity in governance and leadership ensuring there is a networked government supported by the Singapore Public Service. The programs offered by CSC provide access to public sector thought leadership, as well as first-hand knowledge from experienced government members.


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