A new master’s program at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) will enable future leaders develop and implement high-quality public policy that will shape the nation.
The Master of Economic and Public Policy was launched today (eds. 16 March) and is a result of the collaboration between the University of Papua New Guinea School of Business and Public Policy and the Australian National University, supported by the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct.
The Precinct is a partnership between the Papua New Guinea and Australian Governments, which provides education and professional development to support capable and ethical public sector leadership.
Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, Bruce Davis said training leaders with expertise in the disciplines of economic and public policy was crucial to any nation’s future prosperity.
“The policy decisions made by governments drive economic and social development and the delivery of services to the people,” Mr Davis said.
“The University of Papua New Guinea was the country’s first university and one that has continued to play an important role in shaping the leaders of the nation.
“The Master of Economic and Public Policy will continue this tradition of producing high-quality graduates; technically skilled and capable leaders who can apply these qualities in a way that is relevant to PNG.”
The School of Business and Public Policy is in the process of finalising a new five-year strategy that will ensure there is a strong academic and research program in place.
The new strategy will cement the School’s place as one of the emerging schools of business and public policy in the Asia-Pacific region.
A new School of Business and Public Policy building is also currently being constructed under the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct partnership.
The building will provide students and staff with a modern space for learning, discussion and research.
The University of Papua New Guinea is a leading provider of Accounting, Business, Economics, Public Policy Management programs at the undergraduate level and Business Administration, Human Resources Management, Strategic Management, and Economic and Public Policy at the Master’s level.