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Centre – Public Policy


The principal aims of the PP are to advance the mission of the University to be a centre of excellence in learning, teaching and research in public policy studies;

+ To enhance the capacity of the public service for improved services through executive capacity-building training and consultancy

+ To champion public policy research findings for solving societal problems, and

+ To foster collaboration between the University and the public service as a platform to understand public service problems and communicate research findings.

In support of the objectives the PP shall undertake the following key responsibilities:

Research and Development

+ Undertake (descriptive research) policy analysis, benchmarking studies and impact assessment on public policies to identify the critical success factors of effective policy-making and implementation

+ Conduct (normative) research on new policies, policy innovation and policy transfer to propose solutions to socio-economic and administrative problems

+ Conduct public management research on government machinery – laws, systems, processes – for public service delivery enhancement including policy implementation and

+ Carry out research for strengthening government institutions, including capacity building, such as study of the organisational architecture and right-sizing of the public agencies.

Consultancy and Collaboration

+ Forge academic-public service partnerships, strategic alliances and networks across the public service to understand and address policy and citizen needs through research, policy development and consultation

+ Forge international links with international organisations such as the World Bank and the Commonwealth Secretariat in matters related to public policy and management

+ Participate in government deliberations in public-policy formulation and implementation and offer high-quality and impartial advice

+ Leverage the expertise in the public and private sectors and universities to develop policy recommendations for the development of a conducive business environment

+ Undertake consultancy projects for the government on specific areas of policy need or service improvement

+ Promote communities of expertise (practitioners) to develop long-term policy capability in areas of significance to the public service and

+ Become the organ of the University in formulating the University’s position respecting a public policy or issue.

Teaching, Executive Training and Development

+ Develop and conduct courses in public policy and management as part of a specialisation in the MBA programme

+ Supervise doctoral and MBA students in the field of public management and

+ Undertake capacity-building among senior management of the public service in areas such as strategic management, public policy and management, performance management and economic growth and competitiveness.