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Reflections on public administration education

PhD student Akram Hossain co-authors a journal article on public administration education in Bangladesh and highlights MPPG Program which is designed based on the MPA program at the University of Bergen.

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PhD student Akram Hossain and Muhammad Azizuddin have published the article “Reflections on public administration education with a case of Bangladesh” in Teaching Public Administration. The paper focuses on public administration education in Bangladesh and also highlights MPPG Program which is designed following the model of the MPA program at the University of Bergen, Norway.

The paper aims to review public administration education in the higher education institutions in Bangladesh, and their role in ensuring modern public services. Most universities in the country offer public administration degrees; however, minimal contributions to nation building have been observed. The study asks: what are the pitfalls behind this? How to address the limitations?

The paper is a qualitative study with gleaned data, using inductive content analysis to investigate the phenomenon with three case universities indicating the link between curriculum and learning delivery at the universities in Bangladesh.

The research finds that poor development-oriented public administration education has little correlation to national development. The education system is traditional, where typical cultural features are nonchalance and indifference towards domestic demands. The discipline cannot create a distinctive identity and position in academia, which has consequences for the advancement of the administrative system in a developing country like Bangladesh. A research-informed curriculum with innovative pedagogical approach might be an alternative.

The paper enlightens both academics and practitioners, as literature on public administration education in Bangladesh has been scarce. It calls for higher education institutions to reassess public administration education, teaching methods and research for national development.

Read the article HERE.