Message from the Rector

Rector

The Centre for Public Policy and Governance (CPPG) was created with a vision to build links between the academic community and policy makers. It particularly focuses on Punjab, since Forman Christian College (FCC) has its University Charter under the Punjab Provincial Assembly. The intent is to contribute towards improving both governance and policy-making processes.

In its commitment to preparing leaders for tomorrow through raising awareness on policy and governance, FC College has been working in close cooperation with public policy-making institutions. The result is that CPPG designed and has been offering a one-year Executive Master’s in Public Policy geared towards mid-career professionals mostly in public service.

At FCC, liberal education is the major emphasis in the undergraduate programs. Since acquiring its University Charter, however, the college has been making efforts to promote graduate programs, particularly MPhil and PhD programs. In that spirit, FCC initiated an MPhil in Public Policy in the year 2014 to further boost a culture of research and to contribute towards policy-relevant research.

Through research, policy dialogues, seminars, international conferences and short term trainings, CPPG has emerged as the university face of FCC. It has built a Resource Centre, which has digital facilities and a library with a special focus on public policy with access to various resource archives. It is a place that is rapidly growing as it is open to academics, researchers, policy analysts, government functionaries and interested citizens. The hope is that this will soon become a Centre of Excellence in Public Policy.

It is my vision as Rector that CPPG will be a centre not just for Pakistan but also for the region. It already functions as a think tank where academia, government, business and civil society link up together to produce significant, practical research on a wide range of issues and concerns. It is not just Forman Christian College that benefits from the Centre but Pakistan is becoming a better place because of the work being done here.

James A. Tebbe

Rector FCCU