- The Civil Service College (CSC) started its journey as the Staff Training Institute. Its task was to train new officers in the Administrative Service in modern management concepts and techniques. This training was later extended to officers in other services. In addition, the curricula were expanded to cover training in language and supervisory skills.
Evolving to meet the needs of the Public Service
– The Institute moved to Heng Mui Keng Terrace. It was also renamed the Civil Service Staff Development Institute to more accurately reflect its business. May 1979
– the name was later shortened to Civil Service Institute (CSI). As the Institute increased its focus on training and developing other public officers in managerial, supervisory and operating skills, it was again renamed The Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM). 1993
– The Institute of Policy Development (IPD) was created to meet the need for more focused programmes in public sector leadership. It focused on developing programmes in governance, policy development and leadership development for senior public officers. April 1996
– IPAM and IPD merged to form the Civil Service College (CSC). A third unit, Civil Service Consulting Group (CSCG), was added to provide professional advisory services to organisations on people development issues and to help them implement the concepts, systems and skills taught in IPD and IPAM. August 2001
– CSCG merged with the Personnel Guidance Unit (PGU), a psychometric assessment and development unit to form the CSC Consultants (CSCC). The role of CSCC was to provide in-depth consultancy in organisational excellence and people development.
A New Beginning
1 October 2001
– The Civil Service College Act
provided for the corporatisation of CSC as a Statutory Board under the Public Service Division, Prime Minister's Office. This allowed CSC greater autonomy and operational flexibility to meet the needs of the Public Service in a fast-changing knowledge-based economy. At the same time, this ensured that CSC's objectives remained in line with the needs and aspirations of the public service.
Since its inauguration as a Statutory Board in 2001, CSC has evolved into a learning Institute with three training departments
, five centres of expertise
and five corporate services units.