Training Needs Assessment for Master’s Level Programs

Objectives:

The objective of the baseline research is to assess degree awarding master’s level Public Policy and Governance programs across the country in terms of faculty, curriculum, students, administration and infrastructure, and articulate institutional capacity building and faculty training needs for the program. All GINI partners as well as other schools with policy programs were included in the study.

Scope of the study

Though the study encompasses only educational institutions, which are or aspire to start Public Policy and Governance programs, it is important to identify the measuring criteria for these schools. Thus the scope of the study also includes conceptual notes on what can be termed Public Policy, Public Administration and Governance. Usually programs evolve their own area of expertise tailoring the curriculum according to their own program philosophy, faculty expertise, staff and institutional resources. Programs of some foreign universities will also be explored to get a better understanding of areas of focus in these disciplines.

Foreword

This relatively short yet wide ranging report on Training Needs Assessment for Master’s level programs clearly demonstrates that Public Administration, Public Policy and Governance are the emerging programs in Pakistan’s higher education.  The size of the clientele is not very clear at this point. The Report draws attention to the fact that disciplinary basis are still hazy and the curriculum at the Master’s level, generally shows lack of consensus on the broad parameters of these programs. For example, the Report highlights how the Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) programs are overwhelmingly influenced by Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and Information Technology (IT) and have yet to evolve their distinct identity.  It also notes the inadequacy of trained faculty in the fields of public policy, public administration and governance.  Therefore, the Report visualizes that there is great opportunity for not only streamlining the curriculum and faculty needs but also initiating a discourse on how to structure Master’s level programs in the country.