The Department and the MPA teaching staff

The University of Hong Kong’s Department of Politics and Public Administration is a founding department of the Faculty of Social Sciences and has played a leading role in research and teaching in Public Administration in Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific region since 1969. The Department is a core teaching unit at the University, offering a Bachelor of Social Sciences, Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of International and Public Affairs (MIPA), and Doctor of Public Administration (DPA). Our programmes are amongst the most renowned in Hong Kong and many of our graduates are now serving in the upper echelons of the HKSAR Government. At the forefront of Politics and Public Administration education is a commitment to excellence in training our students to become future leaders in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

Programme Aims and Objectives

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) Programme, first launched in 1978, is designed to provide high quality professional education to students and prepare them for leadership roles in the public sector.

The curriculum is designed to achieve the following learning objectives:

  • Acquire cutting edge knowledge in public administration and public policy.
  • Understand the changing institutional and political contexts of public affairs.
  • Examine the critical issues and possible solutions to the challenges in governance.
  • Develop professional knowledge and core skills required to become effective public managers and leaders.

Distinctive programme features

  • Optional live-in courses in the Peking University or the Chinese Academy of Governance (國家行政學院)
  • Extensive use of interactive teaching methods
  • Intensive workshops conducted by distinguished international scholars
  • Experience sharing with senior practitioners and professionals from the public, private and non-profit sectors
  • Simulation exercises for training various practical skills
  • Opportunities for one-day shadowing with various organizations

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