University Senate                                                                      Proposed: March 30, 2007

 

                                                                                                Adopted:         

 

 

RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH A DUAL MPA/MPP DEGREE

 

BETWEEN SIPA AND THE NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE

 

 

WHEREAS    the proposed dual degree program between SIPA and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore would provide students with the opportunity to earn master’s degrees in policy from the two international universities and to join an exceptional set of professionals who are forging a growing network of internationally skilled decision-makers; and

 

WHEREAS    SIPA’s three previous dual degree programs have succeeded in attracting students with outstanding professional and intellectual strengths, who have gone on to public policy positions in a variety of international settings; and

 

WHEREAS    the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, with faculty from around the world and alumni in 26 different countries, has the intellectual profile and global reach SIPA expects from its partner institutions; and

 

WHEREAS    the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore is at the cutting edge of public policy education in Asia and is therefore an excellent candidate for the Global Public Policy Network’s first graduate program in Asia; and

 

WHEREAS    both institutions will have an advisor system in place, which will help dual degree students plan and prepare for their intended field of concentration at the partner school and ensure that incoming second-year students have special advising and access to the courses they need to satisfy their concentration requirements;

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED              that the University Senate approve the proposed dual degree program and forward it to the Trustees for appropriate action, with the proviso that the Education Committee will review the program in five years.

 

Proponent

                                                                       

Education Committee

 

 

 

 

 

Senate Education Committee

 

MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT: Proposed MPA/MPP Dual Degree Between the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (NUS)

 

Overview

The proposed MPA/MPP dual degree will be a two-year, five-term program, requiring a minimum of 71 credits.  Students will spend their first year at their home institution studying a core curriculum, which is already in place at both schools.  This core curriculum comprises economics, statistics, management, law and politics.  During the second year the students will pursue a specialized program in a field offered at the other school, drawing on a different faculty, academic tradition, political context and cultural environment.  These areas include Economic Policy, Financial Policy, Economic Development, Public and Non-Profit Management, Urban Affairs, Environment, Energy, Social Welfare, Immigration, Education, and Security, among others.  The course work taken abroad in the second year will satisfy the second-year requirements of both degrees.  Regardless of where the first year is spent, the summer credits will be earned at NUS, because SIPA does not have a summer program.

 

Students who begin at SIPA will take 16 credits in each of their two semesters at SIPA, 3 credits in the summer at NUS, and 18 credits in each of their two semesters at NUS, for a total of 71 credits.  Students who begin at NUS will take 15 credits in each of their two first-year semesters at NUS, 6 credits in the summer at NUS, and 18 credits in each of their two semesters at SIPA, for a total of 72 credits. 

 

It is anticipated that initial enrollment will be 3-5 students at each institution, for a total of 6-10.  Dual degree students will be drawn from students who are in their first year of the existing degree program at each institution (MPA at SIPA; MPP at NUS).  The home institution will conduct an initial screening of the dual degree applications, and will forward the applications of acceptable candidates to the other institution for final selection. 

 

Partnership Between SIPA and NUS

The proposed dual degree program will expand the Global Public Policy Network to include its first graduate program in Asia.  The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS is seen as being at the cutting edge of public policy education in Asia and is therefore an excellent candidate for the Global Public Policy Network’s first dual degree in that part of the world.  The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS draws its faculty from around the world and has alumni in 26 different countries.  It has the intellectual profile and global reach SIPA expects from its partner institutions. 

 

Goals of Dual Degree Program

SIPA sees the program as a unique opportunity in the field of international professional education.  The opportunity to earn professionally-oriented master’s degrees in policy from the two international universities is especially attractive in an increasingly interdependent world.  Students will be required to confront and learn from international differences both in and out of the classroom.  SIPA and NUS share the conviction that professional education built around public and international policy studies is solid preparation for a wide array of careers.  Dual degree holders will constitute a small and exceptional set of globally-trained professionals, forging a growing network of internationally-skilled decision-makers.

 

Existing SIPA Dual Degree Programs

This will be the fourth of SIPA’s dual degree programs, joining the Master of International Affairs with Sciences Po, the Master of Public Administration with Sciences Po, and the Master of Public Administration with the London School of Economics and Political Science.  These other programs have been successful to date.  Fifty students have completed the Sciences Po MIA dual degree and thirty-two students have completed the LSE MPA dual degree.  SIPA reports that the academic performance of the dual degree students in the existing programs has been outstanding and that faculty at all three schools have been impressed with the professional and intellectual strengths of the students involved.  As anticipated, the dual degrees are developing a globally-oriented community of public policy students:  the students moving in this network, which also includes dual degrees between Sciences Po and LSE, come from around the world and are in no way limited to citizens of North America and Western Europe.  The graduates have gone on to positions at European think tanks, U.S. public school systems, the U.S. State Department, the World Bank, McKinsey and Company in Paris, and the United Nations in Africa.  SIPA anticipates that the proposed MPA/MPP dual degree would yield similarly successful and diverse results.

 

Advisors for Dual Degree Students and Availability of Course Offerings

An advisor system will be in place for dual degree students.  At each school students will have an administrative advisor familiar with course offerings and requirements at the relevant partner school.  During the first year, these advisors will help students plan and prepare for their intended field of concentration at the partner school.  In addition, in each of the two years, students will have a faculty advisor familiar with the course offerings at the school in which they are studying.  During the second year, administrative advisors ensure that incoming second-year students have special advising and access to the courses they need to satisfy their concentration requirements.

 

Conclusion

The proposed degree will be a valuable addition to SIPA’s international dual degree programs, which have already proven successful in preparing students for important international policy work.  The proposed program will also provide an excellent opportunity to expand the Global Public Policy Network to include its first graduate program in Asia. 

 

The Education Committee therefore supports the proposed MPA/MPP dual degree between the School of International and Public Affairs and the National University of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.