International Practices in Graduate Programmes in Governance and Public Policy


The aim of this study is to support the process of PASGR´s programme design by obtaining a clear picture of current practices in the design and implementation of graduate programmes focused on ‘governance and public policy’ in various international schools. PASGR is interested in lessons from international experience, not for the development of a new school of governance or public policy, but rather, to consider what international experience in the areas of programme design and teaching practices might be incorporated into an African collaborative MA programme. Essentially, the study should: Compare features such as patterns of faculty recruitment, teaching content and pedagogical methods, student recruitment, student assessment, programme design/structure, relationship between research and teaching, the nature of partnerships with other schools and institutions (highlighting any activities specifically connected to African institutions, teaching and/or research), graduate employment, etc and build a picture of trends and commonalities in practice as well as key differences.This paper is structured largely along the issues (bullet points) listed in section 3 of the terms of reference (see Annex 1). The concluding section goes beyond the instructions of that paragraph and summarises, in broad terms, what is regarded as the four critical issues that the PASGR programme needs to address as it progresses. Finally, it suggests it is worth reflecting on those features which are present in elite schools that could be attractive to African institutions with the possibility of developing them jointly. How can elite institutions best help? The following submissions are suggested by the findings but are not necessarily conclusive: Collaborating in the development of the curriculum of the school, particularly in the #8220;core” areas; Assisting in the design and run research methods workshops, particularly in key areas such as quantitative methods; Developing and mentor some key academics; Evaluating and peer review research proposals; Providing access to international networks; and Providing positive motivation over a sustained period.


Anheier, H. K.; Wilson, D. International Practices in Graduate Programmes in Governance and Public Policy. Partnership for African Social & Governance Research (PASGR), Nairobi, Kenya (2010) 40 pp. [A PASGR Scoping Study]

International Practices in Graduate Programmes in Governance and Public Policy

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