I wish to commend Strathmore Business School for its recognition of the importance of public policy and management and the focus on developing result oriented professionals in the public sector. These were the words echoed by the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Devolution and Planning, Hon. Anne Waiguru during the launch of the Master in Public Policy and Management (MPPM) at Strathmore Business School on Wednesday 24th July 2013.
Hon. Waiguru conveyed her appreciation for the alternative framework and enhanced opportunity that the program presents for current and aspiring public servants and leaders in the country especially due to the major changes the public administration world-wide. The Kenyan public sector has been making great strides towards improving effectiveness through the introduction of performance contracts, business process re-engineering and digitization of records, she said.
MPPM, the first program of its kind in Kenya, which took over a year to be developed and was benchmarked with top programs in public policy from other top business schools all over the world.
The program will reflect key issues in public policy and will be taught using the case study methodology. Currently, we are in the process of writing several cases on public policy from the region, said Dr. Robert Mudida – Academic Director, MPPM.
SBS Dean, Dr. George Njenga said that the program was developed due to a need for good fundamental education on public policy and management. The program is designed to develop the general management skills of results-oriented professionals in the public sector, non-governmental organisations and private sector.
The Cabinet Secretary also affirmed that the increasing demand for better quality services by the citizens has set the stage for a new order in the management and accountability of governments. The Master in Public Policy and Management should seek to respond and orient the students towards being effective leaders. The program is a commendable effort whose result, I am sure, will be discernible in the outputs of the pioneer public servants and non-state actor students who will join, she concluded.
MPPM is designed to develop the general management skills of results-oriented professionals in the public sector, non-governmental organisations and private sector with reasonable career experience.
The curriculum provides a broad range of academic courses and practical tools designed to advance the students in managerial careers in Public Policy and Management, Public Finance, Strategy, General Management, Managing People in the public sector, and International aspects of public policy.
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Watch the highlights of the launch below.