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UCL teams up with NYU Wagner to offer new Master’s course

1 May 2013

UCL’s School of Public Policy and NYU Wagner have announced an innovative new one-year Executive Master of Public Administration in Global Public Policy and Management (Global EMPA) that will equip future leaders with the skills to deal with complex global issues and policy decisions.

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The joint degree programme marks a partnership of two leading schools of public service in the UK and US, giving students access to organisations, leaders and experts in Europe, America and beyond. The integrated degree programme is unique in that it focuses on both policy development and implementation and includes a global comparative perspective.

The Global EMPA programme is aimed at experienced analysts, decision-makers and managers in the public, non-profit and private sectors. It will give these public service leaders the analytical and managerial knowledge and skills they need to design and implement effective, sustainable, cross-sector solutions to global challenges.

Students will spend the first semester at NYU Wagner in New York and the spring term at UCL. During the summer, students will work on client-based projects, known as Capstone, in locations around the world.

The programme is jointly headed by Albert Weale, Professor of Political Theory and Public Policy at UCL, and Paul Smoke, Professor of Public Finance and Planning and Director of International Programs at NYU Wagner.

Professor Weale said: “More than ever, public policy makers require the skills to analyse complex problems and the skills to manage implementation to ensure that what seems good on paper works on the ground.

“Whether we are talking about setting priorities in health policy, delivering clean water to cities or ensuring that the environment is well cared for, those in public policy must bring together different perspectives and different organisations in ways that are fruitful and effective. Our intention is to construct a programme of intensive study that will equip leading policy makers of the future with these skills.”

Professor Smoke said: “The contemporary public service sector faces substantial and growing challenges – both global and local – that demand innovative and collaborative action. The NYU-UCL Global EMPA builds on the expertise and achievements of seasoned analysts and practitioners, empowering them with additional skills and the versatility required to deal with these evolving challenges effectively.”

Applications open later this year and the programme will start in the autumn of 2014.

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