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Message from the Dean

Some Asian countries have been experiencing significant changes and undergoing rapid economic growth, but some others, including Indonesia, are not keeping pace with this booming expansion on an equal footing.

Globalization has significantly effected the economy, way of life, culture and governance of most Asian countries due to less and less cost of communication and transportation improvements, and fewer barriers in the flow of goods and services, people, capital, ideas and knowledge. As a consequence of globalization there is more collaboration and agreements between Indonesia and other countries to establish free trade areas such as the ASEAN Free Trade Area that has been effective since January 1, 2015 .

One thing in common among the rapidly developing ASEAN region is the increasing demand for public services especially due to rapid population growth and urbanization. On the other hand, many ASEAN governments have the traditional problems of scare resources, unharmonious public policies, unresponsive and inefficient public bureaucracies. Moreover, in Indonesia today, like in many other developing Asian countries, there are considerable unresolved social problems, such as, poverty and social in-equality, low-quality education, natural resource extraction, increasing deforestation, overfishing, air and water pollution, and widespread corruption. As result, Indonesia faces the problem of lack of public trust in governance. To some extent, the situation is a result of poor public policy, weak institutions, and unqualified civil servants. Contemporary policy challenges go far beyond the traditional limits of the public sector and the confines of the nation state.

Needless to say, it is a huge challenge for Indonesia to find the right format mix of administrative reform and national development strategy that maximizes the opportunity for dialogue among all stakeholders representing various constituencies in Indonesian society. This situation calls for a new brand of policy makers and leaders, drawn from all sectors of society, (public, business, and civil society) trained to look at the issues from an interdisciplinary national as well as international perspective.

 

Needless to say, it is a huge challenge for Indonesia to find the right format mix of administrative reform and national development strategy that maximizes the opportunity for dialogue among all stakeholders.

The three-semester Master of Public Policy (MPP) Program at School of Government and Public Policy (SGPP-Indonesia) is designed to prepare Indonesian and international students to understand and manage the social, political and economic dynamics unfolding in the implementation of Indonesian government policies: from local kabupaten and kota, to provincial, to national. Students’ knowledge will go beyond narrow technocratic to listening and synthesis to what the stakeholders in the policy field have to tell the policy makers. Students are thus prepared to become “pragmatic” policy makers: continually reflecting on—and adjusting—their own practice in the light of your experience in their ongoing activities.
At SGPP, the coursework will be complemented by an international field study trip to two Asian countries in January. This is in order to offer a first-hand experience of what empirical fieldwork on concrete policy questions entail regarding best practices, as well as the opportunity to reflect on the limitations of such research in the field.

Moreover, every year the SGPP will also organize six workshops for students in strategic issues such as, dynamic governance, disaster management, peacemaking initiatives, military reform, conflict resolution, local government, and leadership. In addition, SGPP in collaboration with other institutions will also actively organize public talks and lecture-seminars on selected policy issues facing Indonesia.

I want to use this opportunity to deeply thank you for your interest in SGPP and to appeal to prospective students from all segments of society— the public sector, business sector, and civil society to register and join SGPP. Your endeavors will be greatly rewarded.

Thank you.

 

Director,

School of Government and Public Policy-Indonesia