University Senate                                                                   

Proposed: February 6, 2009
Adopted: by voice vote without dissent

 

RESOLUTION FROM THE SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS
TO ESTABLISH A PROGRAM LEADING TO THE COMBINED
MASTER OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS FROM SIPA AND THE
MASTER OF PUBLIC POLICY FROM THE HERTIE SCHOOL OF GOVERNANCE, BERLIN

WHEREAS        Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs has enjoyed a successful cooperative relationship with a number of international universities, and
WHEREAS       students can be offered sophisticated training in International Affairs and Public Policy by capitalizing on the strengths of both SIPA/Columbia and the Hertie School of Governance,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Senate establish the combined Master of International Affairs/Master of Public Policy between Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs and the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED     that the Senate forward this resolution to the Trustees for appropriate action.
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED        that the Education Committee will review the dual program in five years.
Proponent:
Committee on Education


SUMMARY OF PROPOSAL FOR A DUAL DEGREE PROGRAM LEADING TO MASTER OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS (SIPA) AND MASTER OF PUBLIC POLICY (HERTIE SCHOOL OF GOVERNANCE) DEGREES
Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and the Hertie School of Governance propose creating a Dual Degree program, allowing participating students to obtain in two years the Master of International Affairs and Master of Public Policy degrees from both institutions.
The program builds on the successful model of SIPA’s existing dual degrees with the London School of Economics, Sciences Po in Paris, and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.  These programs offer students a rare opportunity in the field of international professional education. By spending a first year at their home institution acquiring a set of core skills shared throughout SIPA’s network of partner graduate programs and a second year gaining specialized skills at the host school, participating students earn professionally-oriented master’s degrees in policy from both universities.
The first-year common core curriculum is already in place in both schools and includes economics, statistics, management, law, and politics. During the second year, dual degree 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.  In the case of the SIPA/Hertie MIA/MPP dual degree areas include Economic Policy, Financial Policy, Economic Development, Public and Non-Profit Management, Urban Affairs, Environment, Energy, Social Welfare, Security, European Governance, and Democratization, among others. The course work taken abroad in the second year will satisfy the second-year requirements of both degrees.
The Hertie School is a relatively new institution, created in 2003. It is a private institution, enrolling approximately 200 students in a two-year public policy graduate program very similar to SIPA’s degrees.
Anticipated enrollment
Initial:  3-5 at each institution. Maximum within first five years: 6-10 total.