Addis Ababa University College of Public Administration

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Addis Ababa University College of Public Administration

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The Department of Public Administration and Development Management is one of the oldest departments though it passed through different phases and revisions. The teaching of public administration in the higher education system of Ethiopia has more than half a century of history. Since its opening in the early 1950s, the department has become one of the strongest that has been running different demand-driven undergraduate and post-graduate programs (including Ph.D). The Department has demonstrated its strength by surviving various changes in the governance structure because of the multi-disciplinary nature of the field. The Department is currently under the College of Business and Economics located on the former Faculty of Business and Economics campus and runs various programs related to public administration, policy and development management.
The Department of Public Administration was opened in the early 1950s under the then University College of Addis Ababa. In 1961, when Haile Selassie I University, now Addis Ababa University, was inaugurated, the department was made to operate within the Faculty of Arts as the Department of Public Administration. From 1977 to 1981 the department was organized first under the Department of Political Science and Government, and subsequently under the Department of Management of the College of Business Administration. In 1982, however, a different arrangement that merged the fields of management (business administration) and public administration was put in place and the Department of Management and Public Administration (MTPA) was established. This department had been producing graduates that specialized in business administration and public administration for over two decades.
A major restructuring of the department occurred in 2004. As part of the Program Review of the Addis Ababa University, the decision was made to establish an independent department responsible for producing graduates in public administration and development management labeled as “Department of Public Administration and Development Management” within the Faculty of Business and Economics, currently called College of Business and Economics. Before launching the program in 2004, the curriculum of the department was revised taking into account the global dynamics in the theories and practices of public administration and development management as well as the national demands for skill and knowledge in public and development administration.
Since 2012/2013, the Department has implemented the nationally harmonized Public Administration and Development Management curriculum in both the regular and evening divisions of its undergraduate program. The department has played a leading role in the designing of the nationally harmonized curriculum. The BA program in Public Administration and Development Management is intended primarily for those who are planning a career in the administration and management of public sector organizations and development processes.
The Department has also one of the strongest post-graduate programs in the University. It launched its master’s level program called ‘Master of Public Administration (MPA)’ in 2005.The Program has produced many graduates currently serving in government and non-government organizations. A large number of the MPA graduates have also joined institutions of higher education to teach courses in administrative studies, thereby alleviating the acute shortage of teaching staff in these institutions.
Recently, having analyzed the growing demand by the market for professionals in the field, the Department reviewed its MPA program and replaced it by a modular and block teaching program in Public Management and Policy (MPMP) that involve two specializations: Public Policy Studies and Development Management. Considering the feedback from stakeholders on the implementation of MPMP program and based on its extensive review, the Department designed an integrated curriculum for its Master’s in Public Management with no specialization options. The program is currently being undertaken in the regular and evening classes as well as distance education division. The Department is the first in the College of Business and Economics to start the master’s level program for distance education students, and thus has proved its readiness to respond without delay to the demand of the market in the area.
The Department is also a pioneer in launching a PhD program in the College. The PhD program in Public Policy Management (PPM) started in 2010 and has graduated five students so far. At present, there are more than fifteen students pursuing their PhD studies in the area. Moreover, after a thorough demand analysis of the market and a review of the government’s medium-term (GTPs) and long-term development plans, the Department is preparing to launch a new additional master’s level program in Development Management.
 
Graduate Profile and Career Opportunities of Graduates
Graduates of PADM can effectively discharge responsibilities, including in the areas indicated below, in government, non-government and private companies and organizations: –

  • Exercise knowledge of administrative and public policy making and implementation,
  • Manage various development projects in government and non-government organizations
  • Manage human and material resources efficiently and effectively in different organizations
  • Mobilize resources and raise funds for nongovernment organizations
  • Serve as a liaison between government and nongovernment organizations
  • Manage public financial resources so that they can be efficiently utilized
  • Establish the system and facilitate effective administrative communication
  • Administer various government enterprises
  • Effectively lead human resources to achieve organizational objectives
  • Engage in independent research and consultancy services to solve administrative, political and economic problems
  • Suggest solutions by understanding problems of changes in administration in public, private as well as NGOs

 
Vision, Mission, Goals and Objectives of the Program

  1. Vision:

Become center of excellence in Public Administration and Development Management by producing competent graduates who exercise innovative skills to ensure sustainable development.

  1. Mission:

Contribute to education of efficient and effective public administrators, policy makers and implementers for sustainable development through academic, research, training, consultancy services and policy advocacy.
Objective

  • General Objective

The general objective of the Department of Public Administration and Development Management is to achieve academic excellence (conceptual knowledge, analytical skills and practical experience) in the preparation of students for administrative positions as well as in research and consultancy activities in government, non-government agencies, and academic institutions and, to some extent, in business organizations.

  • Specific Objectives
  • To develop the critical and analytical skills which enable students to understand policy and program formulation, implementation, budgeting, resource allocation and evaluation;
  • To prepare students for mid-level professional career that involves managing and administering human, material, financial and information resources of organizations at the various levels of government and non-government organizations, parastatals and other agencies;
  • To train mid-level professionals who must fill the professional gaps in all tiers of Ethiopia public sector.
  • To provide knowledge and skills (including but not limited to decision making skills, administrative communication skills, policy making and implementation skills, public finance and budgeting skills, leadership and conflict resolution skills and so on) required to run public institutions effectively and efficiently. These skills are believed to be important where the state is o
  • To develop the analytical skills of students in understanding how public administration functions;
  • ne of the Development Actors that play major roles in socio-economic and political development.
  • To build the foundation for students who are interested in pursuing graduate studies in public administration and related programs.
  • To equip students with the required skills, knowledge and attitudinal/behavioral competencies to enable them act ethically, effectively and efficiently in the administration of public sector organizations;

Motto

  • Enhancing academic excellence.The Department of Public Administration and Development Management is one of the oldest departments though it passed through different phases and revisions. The teaching of public administration in the higher education system of Ethiopia has more than half a century of history. Since its opening in the early 1950s, the department has become one of the strongest that has been running different demand-driven undergraduate and post-graduate programs (including Ph.D). The Department has demonstrated its strength by surviving various changes in the governance structure because of the multi-disciplinary nature of the field. The Department is currently under the College of Business and Economics located on the former Faculty of Business and Economics campus and runs various programs related to public administration, policy and development management.The Department of Public Administration was opened in the early 1950s under the then University College of Addis Ababa. In 1961, when Haile Selassie I University, now Addis Ababa University, was inaugurated, the department was made to operate within the Faculty of Arts as the Department of Public Administration. From 1977 to 1981 the department was organized first under the Department of Political Science and Government, and subsequently under the Department of Management of the College of Business Administration. In 1982, however, a different arrangement that merged the fields of management (business administration) and public administration was put in place and the Department of Management and Public Administration (MTPA) was established. This department had been producing graduates that specialized in business administration and public administration for over two decades.
    A major restructuring of the department occurred in 2004. As part of the Program Review of the Addis Ababa University, the decision was made to establish an independent department responsible for producing graduates in public administration and development management labeled as “Department of Public Administration and Development Management” within the Faculty of Business and Economics, currently called College of Business and Economics. Before launching the program in 2004, the curriculum of the department was revised taking into account the global dynamics in the theories and practices of public administration and development management as well as the national demands for skill and knowledge in public and development administration.
    Since 2012/2013, the Department has implemented the nationally harmonized Public Administration and Development Management curriculum in both the regular and evening divisions of its undergraduate program. The department has played a leading role in the designing of the nationally harmonized curriculum. The BA program in Public Administration and Development Management is intended primarily for those who are planning a career in the administration and management of public sector organizations and development processes.
    The Department has also one of the strongest post-graduate programs in the University. It launched its master’s level program called ‘Master of Public Administration (MPA)’ in 2005.The Program has produced many graduates currently serving in government and non-government organizations. A large number of the MPA graduates have also joined institutions of higher education to teach courses in administrative studies, thereby alleviating the acute shortage of teaching staff in these institutions.
    Recently, having analyzed the growing demand by the market for professionals in the field, the Department reviewed its MPA program and replaced it by a modular and block teaching program in Public Management and Policy (MPMP) that involve two specializations: Public Policy Studies and Development Management. Considering the feedback from stakeholders on the implementation of MPMP program and based on its extensive review, the Department designed an integrated curriculum for its Master’s in Public Management with no specialization options. The program is currently being undertaken in the regular and evening classes as well as distance education division. The Department is the first in the College of Business and Economics to start the master’s level program for distance education students, and thus has proved its readiness to respond without delay to the demand of the market in the area.
    The Department is also a pioneer in launching a PhD program in the College. The PhD program in Public Policy Management (PPM) started in 2010 and has graduated five students so far. At present, there are more than fifteen students pursuing their PhD studies in the area. Moreover, after a thorough demand analysis of the market and a review of the government’s medium-term (GTPs) and long-term development plans, the Department is preparing to launch a new additional master’s level program in Development Management.
     
    Graduate Profile and Career Opportunities of Graduates
    Graduates of PADM can effectively discharge responsibilities, including in the areas indicated below, in government, non-government and private companies and organizations: –

    • Exercise knowledge of administrative and public policy making and implementation,
    • Manage various development projects in government and non-government organizations
    • Manage human and material resources efficiently and effectively in different organizations
    • Mobilize resources and raise funds for nongovernment organizations
    • Serve as a liaison between government and nongovernment organizations
    • Manage public financial resources so that they can be efficiently utilized
    • Establish the system and facilitate effective administrative communication
    • Administer various government enterprises
    • Effectively lead human resources to achieve organizational objectives
    • Engage in independent research and consultancy services to solve administrative, political and economic problems
    • Suggest solutions by understanding problems of changes in administration in public, private as well as NGOs

     
    Vision, Mission, Goals and Objectives of the Program

    1. Vision:

    Become center of excellence in Public Administration and Development Management by producing competent graduates who exercise innovative skills to ensure sustainable development.

    1. Mission:

    Contribute to education of efficient and effective public administrators, policy makers and implementers for sustainable development through academic, research, training, consultancy services and policy advocacy.
     Objective

    • General Objective

    The general objective of the Department of Public Administration and Development Management is to achieve academic excellence (conceptual knowledge, analytical skills and practical experience) in the preparation of students for administrative positions as well as in research and consultancy activities in government, non-government agencies, and academic institutions and, to some extent, in business organizations.

    • Specific Objectives
    • To develop the analytical skills of students in understanding how public administration functions;
    • To equip students with the required skills, knowledge and attitudinal/behavioral competencies to enable them act ethically, effectively and efficiently in the administration of public sector organizations;
    • To develop the critical and analytical skills which enable students to understand policy and program formulation, implementation, budgeting, resource allocation and evaluation;
    • To prepare students for mid-level professional career that involves managing and administering human, material, financial and information resources of organizations at the various levels of government and non-government organizations, parastatals and other agencies;
    • To train mid-level professionals who must fill the professional gaps in all tiers of Ethiopia public sector.
    • To provide knowledge and skills (including but not limited to decision making skills, administrative communication skills, policy making and implementation skills, public finance and budgeting skills, leadership and conflict resolution skills and so on) required to run public institutions effectively and efficiently. These skills are believed to be important where the state is one of the Development Actors that play major roles in socio-economic and political development.
    • To build the foundation for students who are interested in pursuing graduate studies in public administration and related programs.

Graduate Programs

  1. D. Program in Public Management and Policy: The objective of the Ph.D. program in Public Management and Policy is to produce highly proficient educators and researchers that can serve the needs of the country’s emerging universities, regional management institutes and research centers. Ph.D. Program in Public Management and Policy is very demanding and accepts students with high caliber. Candidates admitted into the Ph.D. program will be full-time students. They shall fulfill the following requirements for admission:
  • A three-five-page double-spaced preliminary, well-written research proposal that falls under one of the thematic issues of the program, and that squarely addresses core concepts and issues in these areas.
  • The following are the thematic areas for the program:
  • Public Policy.
  • Local Governance and Economic Development.
  • Urban Governance and Management.
  • Public Sector Financial Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Public Sector Reform and Management
  • Master’s degree in Public Management/Administration, Political Science, Economics, Business Administration (Management, Accounting and Finance), Law, Sociology, Regional and Local Development Studies.
  • If after reviewing the candidates’ academic background any deficiencies that will affect progress towards the successful completion of the PhD program are observed, these shall be redressed by having them audit core courses in the master’s program.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.0 point scale.
  • At least a ‘good’ score in the Master’s Thesis.
  • Meet the admission requirements of Addis Ababa University.
  • Follow the application procedures determined by the Addis Ababa University’s Registrar Office.

* Interview with applicants who meet the above criteria may be conducted (during which they present their statement of purpose) to make a final admission decision.

  1. Masters in Public Management and Policy: With the growing demand for highly skilled individuals in the field, the department launched the Master of Public Administration (MPA) in 2005. Upon successful completion of the Master’s Program in Public Management and Policy, the graduates will acquire competencies and skills, which will enable them to find career opportunities in government, NGO and private sector organizations as well as bilateral and multilateral organizations as public servants or as consultants/ advisors and researchers. A student seeking admission to the Master’s Program in Public Management and Policy must have a basic working knowledge of public organizations.

The following are the admission requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in one of the following disciplines: Public Administration, Business Administration, Business Education, Management, Law, Political Science, Economics, Sociology and Accounting and Finance
  • Score a passing grade in the entrance examination conducted by the department of Public Administration and Development Management.
  • Fullfil the admission and application procedures of Addis Ababa University
  • Provided that requirements 1 through 3 are dully fulfilled, special consideration will be given for women and persons coming from disadvantaged areas or regions of the country.

*Applicants having BA degree in Public Administration and Development Management are given special consideration.

  1. Masters in Development Management (Program under deliberation): While the government has been issuing development policies and programs over the years, the lack of educated and capable professionals required to translate such polices/programs into concrete goods and services is being widely recognized. This agenda of generating well qualified and educated professionals of development policy/program advisors, designers, administrators and facilitators of the same has been on table for some time. The department of Public Administration and Development Management, as the most appropriate academic unit to do the job, is planning to launch an MA program in Development Management very soon.

The objective of the program is to produce highly proficient development managers/administrators, researchers and educators that can serve the needs of government and non-government organizations (NGOs), the country’s emerging universities and research centers. Upon successful completion of the Master’s in Development Management, the graduates will acquire competencies and skills, which will enable them to find career opportunities in government/public, non-government, multilateral and private organizations as employees, advisors, consultants, researchers and leaders.
Undergraduate program
Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and Development Management: The Bachelor of Arts (BA) Program in Public Administration and Development Management is a training program that combines theories and practices in the organization and management of the public sector as well as management of development programs and projects.

  • Admission Requirements: The admission requirements are common to all higher education institutions in Ethiopia: complete secondary school level education (10 + 2) and achieve the minimum pass score in the higher education entrance examination set by the Ministry of Education.
  • Completion Requirement: The Bachelor’s program lasts three years during which time a candidate for the BA degree in PADM is required to complete 111 credit hours or 183 ECTS. The credit hours are divided across 6 semesters. All courses are compulsory. Students begin their applied research work in the third year.   A student who does not complete the required credit hours and achieve the minimum pass mark as stipulated in Addis Ababa University legislation will not be able to receive the degree certificate.
  • A student is required to have a minimum CGPA of 2.00 in his major and minor. No “F” grade in any module/course taken.

 
Special Features

  • Exercise knowledge of administration and public policy
  • Serve as a liaison between government and non-government organizations
  • Eager to participate in solving the grass root level problems
  • Promoting good governance through proper academic exercise
  • Keen interest to engage in community services
  • Harnessing students that fit the dynamic world

Contacts

Head, Department of Public Administration and Development Management
 Name: Dr. Mulugeta Abebe
Building: Eshetu Chole
Office room No. 507
Telephone Number: 0111-0111-229202
Mobile: +251-911-630455
Fax: +251-111- 229602
Email:  mulugirumw@yahoo.com
P.O.Box  5563, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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