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The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore (NUS), in Partnership with the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA), Sciences Po, Launches The Singapore Story: Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew, Volumes I & II, French-Language Edition

The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
2011-10-25 19:15 763
 

PARIS, Oct.25, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of NUS in partnership with PSIA, Sciences Po, launched a dual-volume French-language edition of Mr Lee Kuan Yew's memoirs today. Volume I is entitled The Singapore Story: Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew and Volume II From Third World to First: The Singapore Story, 1965-2000.

Mr Lee Kuan Yew was the founding Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore from 1965 to 1990, and remained an active member of the Cabinet until retirement early this year. Mr Lee was instrumental in steering Singapore from a third world country into one of the most developed nations in Asia, despite its limited land area and natural resources.

In the highly-praised memoirs, Mr Lee recounts his experiences and shares his insights on Singapore's nation-building story. Volume I covers Mr Lee's early life and his later struggles against the colonialists, the communists and the communalists as he attempted to forge a nation out of a society of many races. Volume II provides fascinating insights into key national and international events of the period and describes Singapore's dynamic and unique transformation.

Volumes I and II of Mr Lee's memoirs were first published in English in 1998 and 2000 respectively. The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy is honoured to be the publisher of the French-language edition of the memoirs.

The Guest-of-Honour for the book launch held in Paris was Mr George Yeo, former Foreign Minister of the Republic of Singapore and currently Visiting Scholar of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Mr George Yeo had initiated the idea of a French-language edition of the memoirs when he served as Singapore's Foreign Minister. The book launch was well-attended by leaders from the French government, diplomatic circles, business, civil society and media.

Speaking at the launch, Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, said: "The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy is honoured to have played a small role in sharing the wisdom contained in Mr Lee Kuan Yew's memoirs with a larger global audience. With the launch of the French edition, the School has achieved another modest milestone in its mission to raise the standard of public policy and governance. The memoirs also enable individuals and organisations outside Asia to understand why our region has been relatively successful in its economic development efforts."

Professor Ghassan Salame, Dean of PSIA, said, "PSIA, a bilingual professional School of International Affairs based in Paris and a longtime close partner of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, was honoured and uniquely positioned to take part in this event, given Lee Kuan Yew's dedication to the pursuit of bilingual education and his extensive career in public service across fields that are essential to the training of future leaders in international affairs."

Mr George Yeo and Singapore Ambassador to France Mr Tan York Chor also spoke at the launch.

About the NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy is a graduate school of the National University of Singapore (NUS). Its mission is to help educate and train future generations of policy makers and leaders in Asia, with the objective of raising the standards of governance throughout the region, improving the lives of its people and, in so doing, contribute to the transformation of Asia. The Lee Kuan Yew School has an international student body from over 60 countries. For more details on the school, please visit www.lkyspp.nus.edu.sg.

About the Paris School of International Affairs

The Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA), Sciences Po, is a global graduate studies school offering nine Master's programmes. It is the only school of international affairs in France. The international student population exceeds 70%, with 1200 students coming from 100 different countries. Students are fluent in English, with 70% of courses being offered in English. The PSIA curriculum interlaces conceptual foundations and current scholarship.  For more details on PSIA, please visit www.psia.sciences-po.fr.

Source: The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
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