Advanced Urban Governance Programme

Be part of our unique leaders' retreat

15 June – 4 July 2020

The Advanced Urban Governance Programme (AUGP) is a unique 3-week Leaders' retreat – comprising a carefully selected group of primarily mayors and city leaders, with participation of senior leaders from the private sector, academia, NGOs and International Organisations.

The AUGP will culminate in the participation at the World Cities Summit (WCS) 2020.

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Cities are at the vanguard of facing and solving some of the most pressing challenges facing humanity like climate change, social cohesion and technological disruptions. More than half the world now live in cities — and this number will increase to two-thirds by 2050.

Many megacities are rising in Asia and elsewhere. However, governing cities to be liveable and sustainable is one of the most complex jobs.

Unlike in the business world where businesses schools and advanced management programmes exist, there are no training programmes for those who are or are about to become mayors and city leaders.

Singapore’s Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) aims to fill this gap with the inaugural Advanced Urban Governance Programme (AUGP). At the completion of AUGP, participants can attend the World Cities Summit (WCS) from 5 – 9 July 2020.

CLC will build on its repertoire of practical knowledge in running its renowned Leaders in Urban Governance Programmes over the last decade, attended by over 2,000 global city leaders.

Why choose AUGP

Leaders participating in the AUGP will have the opportunity to:

  • Study case studies on both Singapore and other cities, led by practitioners

  • Interact with leading thought leaders and practitioners in the urban governance sector

  • Participate in in-depth study tours and intensive workshops to tackle challenging real-world city projects

The AUGP will culminate in the participation and presentation of recommendations at the World Cities Summit (WCS) 2020.


The AUGP curriculum is made up of four components.

AUGP Curriculum

The four components will cover a range of topics (subject to modification) such as:

Case Studies of Cities Led by Practitioners  Urban Conversations with Thought Leaders  Experience Singapore: From Plans to Reality  Workshops & Showcases 
  1. Land Acquisition & Sales, Urban Redevelopment
  2. Infrastructure
  3. Housing
  4. Arts, Heritage & Tourism Conservation
  5. Sustainable Environment
  6. Greening & Biodiversity Conservation
  7. Industrial Infrastructure
  8. Financing a City
  9. Technology & the City
  10. Cities in Focus by international organisation/NGO
  11. Global Power Relations
  12. Urban Governance in a Complex World
  13. Global Politics of Southeast Asia
  14. Intelligent Planning - Value, Science and Art
  15. International Case Studies
  1. Cities for People
  2. Dialogue with Member of Parliament
  3. Planning for Communities
  4. Climate Change & Resilience
  5. Competition in a Global World
  6. In-conversation: Singapore and the World
  7. City Management & Administration, Public Private Partnership
  8. Governance and Leading a City
  9. City Planning & Urban Design
  10. International Case Studies
  11. Conversation with Political Office Holder
  1. Public Agencies: collaborative projects showcasing the case studies
  2. Technological projects
  3. Private Sector Initiatives
  4. NGO / Community Engagement
  5. Gaming
  1. Workshop at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
  2. Workshop at Lee Kuan Yew Centre of Innovative Cities, Singapore University of Technology and Design
  3. Workshop at Nanyang Centre for Public Administration, Nanyang Technological University
  4. Workshop at School of Design & Environment, National University of Singapore
  5. City Showcases (TBC)

Who Should Attend

  • A minimum of 10 years of professional or management experience in city development

  • City leaders and public officials at mayoral level / C-suite leaders from the private sector, international organisations and NGOs / senior academics

  • Fluency in spoken and written English

  • The AUGP is open to all nationalities.

Programme Fee

Application Process

  1. Download and complete the application form.

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    AUGP application form 
  2. Email your completed application form [optional: together with your curriculum vitae (CV)] to

    Mr GOH Ter Yang
    Email: Ter_Yang_GOH_from.TP@mnd.gov.sg
    Tel: +65 6645 9615

    Ms RUAN Ningzhen
    Email: ruan_ningzhen@mnd.gov.sg
    Tel: +65 6645 9973

    Your application shall be acknowledged by an email. In the unlikely event that you do not receive an acknowledgement email within a week, please contact the above-mentioned personnel.

  3. Qualified candidates are admitted to the AUGP on a rolling, vacancy available basis. You are encouraged to apply early, especially if you require sponsorship.

  4. If your application is successful, you are required to pay a deposit of S$5,000 to secure your slot. Please refer to Payment Policies for more details.

Payment Policies

The programme fee covers tuition, course materials, local study tours, accommodation and most meals.

  • If your acceptance letter and electronic invoice is dated before 01 April 2020, you are required to pay within 30 days a deposit of S$5,000 to secure your slot, and the remaining S$40,000 before the start of the programme.

  • If your acceptance letter and electronic invoice is dated after 01 April, you are required to pay the full amount of S$45,000 to secure your slot within 30 days.

  • If you are an employee of the Singapore government and have obtained official approval to attend the AUGP, you are not required to make payment. Instead, your department will be invoiced directly.

Applicants looking for sponsorship are still required to pay the deposit of S$5,000 upon application. The deposit will be refunded to you after you have completed the programme if a sponsorship is awarded.

Please note that any payment made is non-refundable. However, in the event that the programme is cancelled, you will receive a full refund.

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