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LSE and Columbia University launch dual MPA

LSE is launching a dual MPA (Master of Public Administration) with the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University in the city of New York.

The new MPA programme will start in 2003. It is aimed at existing top-level officials, those hoping to be officials, or those seeking to exert influence on policy makers. Potential students are expected to work in central, regional and local government, and on such policy areas as finance, health or housing in the UK, the rest of Europe or in the US.

The LSE/Columbia MPA will be the first UK MPA to offer an international dual element of teaching. Students can opt to undertake the full 21 month programme entirely at LSE or entirely at SIPA, or to take the dual degree programme by studying at both LSE and SIPA.

At a launch event at the School, Professor George Jones of the Government Department highlighted the 'hard edged analytical skills' at the core of the new programme, reflecting too that LSE's study of public policy dates back to the School's establishment in 1895.

'This programme offers students unrivalled experience in two of the world's leading cities as well as expert teaching from the internationally renowned faculty of two premier educational institutions,' said SIPA Dean Lisa Anderson.

Professor Patrick Dunleavy, chair of LSE's Public Policy Group, within which the MPA will be based, said: 'Policy making has become very complex - citizens find it hard to understand and so do governments.

'We believe this new MPA will offer professional expertise and techniques of analysis that use rigorous methods rooted in economics but also take account of international, political, social and cultural factors. There is a serious lack of such analytical capacity, both quantitative and qualitative, which this programme aims to fill by developing a trained community of policy analysts and evaluators.'

The dual MPA is one of the first tangible outcomes of an alliance between LSE and Columbia University. This alliance links the two universities in teaching, research, fund-raising and other related activities, and has already convened an environmental State of the Planet conference in May 2002 on the world summit themes around sustainable development.

For further information on the MPA and how to apply for the programme please visit the web site: http://www.sipa.columbia.edu/| 

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Contact Professor Patrick Dunleavy + 44 (0)20 7955 7178
Professor George Jones + 44 (0)20 7955 7179

Judith Higgin, LSE Press Office +44 (0)20 7955 7582
James Devitt, Columbia University Office of Public Affairs, +1 212 854 6173

Notes:

LSE is a world-class centre for teaching and research across the full range of the social, political and economic sciences. Founded in 1895 by Beatrice and Sidney Webb, with around 7,700 full and part-time students from more than 120 countries worldwide, LSE has an outstanding reputation for academic excellence, rated second in the UK in the latest survey of university research excellence.

Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) is committed to advancing the development of policy through research, training and collaboration with practitioners in the public and private sectors. SIPA, founded in 1946 as the School of International Affairs before adopting its current name in 1981, offers masters degrees in international affairs and public policy analysis and public administration. Its eight regional institutes and 10 research centres, which range from U.N. studies to economic policy management, complement the curriculum and underscore SIPA's mission of finding viable solutions to real-world concerns.

18 August 2002

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