Certificate Programme in Policy Analysis - Institute of Public Policy and Administration

Training & Courses | 29 March 2014

Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
12 May 2014

The Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA), Graduate School of Development at the University of Central Asia (UCA) announces its Certificate in Policy Analysis programme.


The programme will be offered at UCA in Bishkek beginning 12 May 2014. Developed in collaboration with Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration, the Certificate programme is targeted to civil servants, independent analysts and staff at think-tanks and non-governmental organisations who wish to acquire skills essential to advancing evidence-based policy analysis.  The programme is offered in a flexible, part-time format to accommodate working professionals. Taught by highly qualified staff, it is the first of its kind in the region. The language of instruction is Russian.
 
Costs and Tuition Fees
Scholarships for qualified applicants are available with support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada and Aga Khan Foundation, Canada. 
 
Programme Schedule
The Certificate in Policy Analysis programme begins on 12 May 2014. It is a rigorous six-month intensive programme, with classes offered four times a week. Classes are scheduled during the late afternoon during weekdays and on Saturday mornings. There are breaks between programme modules.
 
Programme Structure
The Certificate in Policy Analysis is a 25 credit European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) programme. Participants who successfully complete the programme will receive a professional development Certificate in Policy Analysis and a certificate supplement detailing the programme of studies completed and learner’s achievement in accordance with European norms. Credits earned in the Certificate programme will be accepted by UCA’s Graduate School of Development towards its Master of Science in Economic Development programme, which will be launched in September 2016. 
 
The programme will include four modules and a colloquium. Each module will be practice-based and related to real policy issues facing governments. Performance in each module will be based on written assignments and an examination.
Programme modules include:
  • Policy Process in Government
  • Economics for Policy Analysis
  • Methods of Policy Analysis
  • Policy Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Colloquium (please see below)
Examination and Assessment
At the end of each module there will be an exam. The final assessment will include a capstone project - a policy paper that participants will develop throughout the programme, based on ongoing learning and analysis. Each paper will focus on a policy problem chosen by the participant, and will be presented at a colloquium to a panel of senior researchers and government officials. The best papers will be published in a series of IPPA working papers. 
 
Admission and Material Requirements
The programme is intensive and rigorous, and participants should expect to be challenged and demonstrate self-motivation. UCA reserves the right to select only those applicants it believes have the qualifications and experience to succeed.
 
Admission requirements include an undergraduate degree, experience in government institutions or research on public policy and administration and appropriate aptitude in mathematics. 
 
All reading material will be provided by UCA. However, participants are required to have personal computers with Internet access, which is essential to the successful completion of course exercises. 
 
How to Apply
For admission to the programme starting on 12 May 2014, all applications must be submitted by 20 April 2014:
  1. A completed application form (download application form via link on top)
  2. University transcripts 
  3. A detailed Curriculum Vitae
  4. A letter of recommendation
by mail or e-mail to:
  • Programme Administrator
    Institute of Public Policy and Administration, University of Central Asia
    138 Toktogul Street, Bishkek, 720001, Kyrgyz Republic
  • ippa@ucentralasia.org
    Subject line: Application to Certificate in Policy Analysis Programme
Applicants will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance during the application period.