IIE Networker - Fall 2009 - (Page 40)
NEW PARTNERSHIP New York City and Sao Paulo, Public Policy and Business: A New Dual Degree Partnership By Robert Garris COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY’S SCHOOL of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) has partnered with the Fundação Getulio Vargas Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo (FGV-EAESP) in Brazil to create a dual degree program for graduate students interested in studying public policy and business from an international perspective. The Schools have designed a unified two-year curriculum which draws on the strengths, cultures and traditions of both Schools. Students will complete the SIPA core curriculum in public policy in New York during their first year of study, developing analytical skills in economics, statistics, and political systems, and gaining an overview of public and non-profit management. The group will then move as a cohort to FGV-EAESP for a second year of study during which they can choose from a wide array of public policy and business fields to develop a specialization. At the successful completion of a student’s program of study, FGV and SIPA will mutually recognize sufficient transfer credits from the partner institution, allowing the student to receive two master’s degrees. The graduates of this program are expected to leave with strong analytical and managerial skills, deep policy knowledge, and academic credentials from leading institutions on two continents. They will also be bilingual (or multilingual) and well-prepared to work in an international environment. Kurt Mettenheim, Chair of the Department of Social and Legal Sciences at FGV-EAESP, explained the School’s motivation for pursuing this ambitious effort: “We see the new program with SIPA as an important step in consolidating our international position and reputation as the leading business and public policy school in Brazil. Many institutions retain student and faculty exchange programs (we have agreements with more than 90 institutions abroad), but sharing dual international and public policy master’s degrees implies a larger step and further integration and collaboration. We plan to limit dual master’s degree programs to one world- class university on each continent, and working with Columbia University’s SIPA provides a perfect opportunity in this regard.” Creating a unified master’s program that spans two continents and cultures was feasible in part due to the complementary histories, missions, and curricula of the two Schools. Columbia’s SIPA was founded in 1946 to educate a new generation of public servants who needed deep policy knowledge and practical skills to work in the new international institutions emerging after World War II. This effective combination of rigorous social science analytical skills and hands-on practical training has resulted in SIPA graduates extending the scope of their public service to institutions in the public, non-profit and private sectors. Similarly, FGV-EAESP, founded in 1953 with support from the OAS, USAID, the Brazilian government and private sector organizations, filled an important need in the Latin American economy for managers and leaders with a powerful combination of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs was founded in 1946 to educate a new generation of public servants who needed deep policy knowledge and practical skills to work in the new international institutions emerging after World War II. both schools are founded in educating students in rigorous analysis and practical management skills, so that they are prepared for success in the working world. SIPA’s focus on public service and public policy pairs well with FGV’s deep experience in business education, Creating a unified master’s program that spans two continents and cultures was feasible in part due to the complementary histories, missions, and curricula of the two Schools. rigorous analytical skills and a practical skill set for managing and implementing solutions. FGV-EAESP is widely recognized as the leading business and public management school in Brazil, and reputed for the quality of its 20 research centers. These centers cover themes which will be especially useful for the new dual degree program, including Public Administration and Government; Research; Ethics in Organizations; Environmental Management; Banking Excellence; Finance; the Third Sector; Sustainability; Information TechnologyforGovernment;Entrepreneurship and New Businesses; and the Politics and Economics of the Public Sector. From my perspective at SIPA, FGV is an excellent partner. The curricula offered by so that the graduates of this program will be well prepared to be effective in the public, private and non-profits sectors. The faculties of both Schools have approved the proposed curriculum and relevant syllabi for courses, which will permit the Schools to recognize course work completed at the partner institution. The program is built on successful models already in place with SIPA’s other dual degree partners at the London School of Economics, Sciences Po in Paris, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. Based on feedback from students and faculty involved in SIPA’s other dual degree programs, the FGV-SIPA dual degree has 40
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