Master of Public Policy and Management
- CRICOS Code: 020385A
Student profile: Nicola Battle
Master of Public Policy and Management student Nicola Battle completed overseas study as part of her program. She wrote about her experience for the University of Birmingham website.
What service integration looks like from Melbourne
If you don't give people the room to surprise you, they will invariably become the boring people that you expect them to be. This month I learned that the same can be said of cities. Indeed when I first told people that I was travelling to Birmingham to undertake a five-day intensive public management subject as part of my master's degree, I encountered an inordinate amount of skepticism from both Aussies and Brits alike. "Why would you want to do that? It will be cold, the food's rubbish and there is nothing to see. Wouldn't you rather go to London?"
Student profile: Diana Álvarez
Master of Public Policy and Management student Diana Álvarez recently attended the Open Government Partnership Asia-Pacific regional meeting 2014. She shares her experience and reflections of the conference.
Unlocking Innovative Openness: Impetus to Greater Citizen Engagement
As a student of the Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM), there are important concepts you know you will need to repeat, understand and internalise throughout your Masters studies. You can feel familiar with some of these concepts, or you may have even observed their implementation in your professional career. In any case, it is always rewarding when theory and practice combine, and the outcome aims to benefit citizens.
The Open Government Partnership Asia-Pacific regional meeting 2014, titled 'Unlocking Innovative Openness: Impetus to Greater Citizen Engagement' presented a two day agenda full of discussions and debates that highlighted the diversity, and also the shared experiences through the region and even across the world.
How South Korea improved its access to governmental information by implementing an electronic one-stop-shop for all public institutions; how New Zealand improved the public service performance by collaborating with non-governmental actors; how a Bangladeshi NGO gathers data to improve judicial trials and the problem of overcrowding in prisons. These and many other cases exemplified how big concepts such as open data, e-government, social participation and governance become daily experiences, which are implemented and seized by governments and other actors within society.
The cases went from the local to national level, from NGOs to federal initiatives, from the United Kingdom to Mongolia, and whilst this conference did not aim to agree on a common goal, some aspects were shared and highlighted repeatedly throughout the two days. On one side, a common trend is the link of innovation and open government with Information Technologies usage, as a tool, not as a goal in itself. Another aspect is that an open government is not a static process, it has to be dynamic and engage everyone and has to be considered as an asset for all the actors involved, not only the governments.
In any case, I appreciated this experience and I would recommend that everyone involve themselves in activities outside classrooms. The Master of Public Policy and Management provides us with the opportunity to meet and learn from students coming from all over the world. For me, that has been one of the most important aspects of this program. This will certainly make a difference in the decisions I will take in my career. Another important part has been to get involved in diverse activities such as this, from which I have also learned how policy-making is conducted across the Asia-Pacific region. More importantly, problems and policies implemented across the region represent for us - as students of Public Policy - an excellent opportunity for analysing, evaluating and designing strategies to overcome problems faced all around the world. Therefore, events like the Open Government Partnership Asia-Pacific regional meeting 2014 give me more reasons and an increased impetus to keep learning and getting as much as I can from my current studies in the MPPM.