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Focus on public administration
Wong Yat-hei
update on Saturday, February 12, 2011
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With society here becoming increasingly politically polarised, working in the public and non-profit sector is more challenging than ever.

"Hong Kong is experiencing profound political, administrative and socio-economic changes. Public managers need to be equipped with the latest knowledge, skills and toolkits in public policy and management in order to deal with the challenges," says Dr Peter Cheung, programme director for the master of public administration degree offered by the University of Hong Kong.

The curriculum covers theory and practice of subject areas such as public administration and management, public policy, and governance. To help students develop managerial skills in public management, the programme also offers workshops by experienced professionals and renowned scholars from abroad.

Leonie Lee, an administrative officer in her late-20s, working for the Hong Kong government, says she has taken up the programme to acquire skills and knowledge in public administration.

"The course has given me the opportunity to approach issues related to the government and community as both an outsider and insider," she says.

Applicants should have a bachelor's degree with honours or an equivalent qualification. Students come from diverse backgrounds, and have at least three to five years' working experience. Many hold management positions.

Full-time enrolment takes a year, while part-time study takes two years. Lessons are held on weekday evenings and on Saturdays.

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