Scoping paper on international practices in graduate programmes in governance and public policy

Abstract

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 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 compares 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 summarises, in broad terms, what is regarded as the four critical issues that the PASGR programme needs to address as it progresses.

Citation

Anheir, H.K. Scoping paper on 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]

Scoping paper on international practices in graduate programmes in governance and public policy

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