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The Public Sector have evolved tremendously over the years and its role in the 21st century has changed significantly since the days of independence. In today’s world of public-private partnership, the public sector role has become ever more important in driving the wellbeing of the nation. The advances in technology now means civil servants are much more accessible to the public and public policies need to take cognisant of technology and delivery methodologies in addition to the traditional impact and implications.

The three Executive Development Programme(EDP) under this competency deal with contemporary topical subjects such as :

Analysing Public Policy

Focuses on the development of knowledge and skills to plan and evaluate government programmes and services. Topics include models of evaluation and accountability. The programme is designed to provide participants with an understanding of how to analyse public policy for better decision-making. It focuses on relevant theoretical models of policy analysis and decision-making. Upon completing the course, participants will have a broad perspective of the factors that contribute to the development of public policy.

Session 1 : Tuesday, 10 January 2016
Session 2 : Wednesday, 11 January 2016


Economic Policy and Development

This programme highlights development topics from a macro-economic perspective. In addition to reviewing the various nuances of economic policies, the programme will include the analysis of development policies and the development planning processes as required to be practiced in developing countries. The empirical focus of this course allows students to develop sufficient analytical skills to analyse socio-economic development cases.

Session 1 : Tuesday, 3 January 2016
Session 2 : Wednesday, 4 January 2016


Public Management Reform

Since the early eighties, many governments around the world have undertaken significant reform processes with the aim of introducing managerial principles and tools in the public sector. Even if it is possible to identify common paths in such reform processes, it is true that these have been implemented in different ways and with different results in different countries. At the end of the course, participants will be able to analyse, in a comparative perspective, public management reforms in different countries and suggest recommendations to its implement actions.

Session 1 : Tuesday, 17 January 2016
Session 2 : Wednesday, 18 January 2016



Dato’ Dr. Zulkifli Idris
Analysing Public Policy

Dato Dr. Zulkifli Idris was a Professor in the Graduate School of Management at University Putra Malaysia since June 2009 until he retired in May 2012.  Currently he is still teaching at Nilai University.  Dato Dr. Zulkifli Idris earned his PhD  degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A in August 1995.  Prior to pursuing his PhD degree, the father of three children, received his Masters degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. in April 1984 and Bachelor of Economics (Honours), from University Malaya, in June 1975. He started his career at the Ministry of Trade and Industry in 1975 as an Assistant Director under the Shipping and Freight Study Unit. He left the Ministry of Trade and Industry in February 1980 and joined National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN) as Senior Project Officer under the Centre for Management Development.  In 2005, he was transferred as the Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Malaysia and was promoted in 2006 as the Secretary General of the Ministry until his retirement in September 2008.

Mr. Mpumelelo Nxumalo
Economic Policy and Development

Lelo Nxumalo is from Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. He graduated from Pestalozzi in 2006, progressing directly to Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA. He graduated with full honours in a BA in Economics in 2010. Lelo then went on to Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government for his graduate studies in International Development, after a two and a half year (2010-2012) stint as a Research Analyst at the International Monetary Fund, Washington DC, in the African Department, covering the central African oil exporting countries.

Prof Datuk Dr John Antony Xavier
Public Management Reform

Datuk Dr. John Antony Xavier, is a professor of management at the Graduate School of Business, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). Prior to joining UKM in 2012, He was a professor at the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and was an Administrative and Diplomatic Officer (PTD) for 36 years in the Malaysian public service. He has also worked as a consultant to the Government of Kuwait, IMF, World Bank, Commonwealth Secretariat, Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management and the Arab Administrative and Development Organisation (ARADO). Datuk John graduated from the University of Malaya in 1974 with a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) degree. He holds a Master of Business Administration (High Distinction) from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium (1986) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of London (External) (1988). Additionally, he holds a Certificate in Legal Practice (Honours) from the Malaysian Legal Qualifying Board. In 1996, he obtained his Ph.D. in Public Expenditure Management from the London School of Economics.