Recognising that today’s governance and policy challenges require broad interdisciplinary knowledge and a rich repertoire of analytic, as well as practical skills embedded in a culture of responsibility;
Acknowledging that such knowledge and skills are relevant across institutional sectors, be they government, business, or civil society;
Appreciating that diverse national and international perspectives enrich teaching and research and lead to cross-fertilisation of ideas and approaches;
Realising that educating future generations of leaders requires challenging intellectual environments, dedication to teaching;
Understanding that excellence in teaching rests on a vibrant research culture of outstanding scholarship;
And further recognising the importance of public discussion and scholarly debate to enhance the educational and academic experience of students and faculty alike.
Specifically, the School is to educate students who are equipped with state-of-the-art knowledge and analytic, as well as practical skills of policy studies; who are capable of applying their expertise to the complex problems of today’s world at local, national, and international levels; who are interdisciplinary in approach, inter-sectoral in outlook, and international in orientation; and who are intellectually open and with a deep sense of ethical responsibility towards the common good.