UCA Celebrates Policy Analysis Programme Graduates in Dushanbe
The University of Central Asia’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration (UCA IPPA) celebrated the graduates of its Certificate Programme in Policy Analysis (CPPA) at a ceremony at the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) under the President of Tajikistan in Dushanbe on 28 January 2016. The course was delivered through a partnership between UCA and IPA.
The nine participants who successfully graduated from the programme are civil servants affiliated with various state bodies, including the Agricultural Ministry of Tajikistan and the Finance Ministry, as well as representatives of academia.
Murodjonov Sodikjon, main Specialist at the Division of the Department of Public Service under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan attended the graduation, which awarded graduates a professional development Certificate in Policy Analysis. Graduates also received a certificate supplement detailing the programme of studies and learner’s achievement in accordance with European norms. The course is a 25-credit European Credit Transfer (ECTS) and Accumulation System programme.
“Expertise theoretical and practical skills and application of critical methods for analysis of social and economic activities are necessary for educating civil servants. In this regard, UCA IPPA CPPA plays an important role in building capacity of civil servants”, said Abdulkholikzoda Akmal Mahmadi, IPA Vice-Rector on Science and International Relations..
CPPA is an executive programme for civil servants, independent analysts and staff at think-tanks and non-governmental organisations. It includes four modules: Policy Process in Government, Economics for Policy Analysis, Methods of Policy Analysis, Policy Monitoring and Evaluation. Each participant also develops and defends an original policy paper to a panel of senior researchers and government officials at an end-of-course colloquium.
“The Programme was a good opportunity to gain both useful theoretical materials and practical skills. The development of analytical notes is the most significant part of CPPA which allowed me to strengthen analytical skills needed for my professional development”, said CPPA graduate Mizhgon Tagoymurod, leading specialist of the Department of the State debt and financial assets of the Finance Ministry of Tajikistan.
Delivered in Russian, the course was taught by an international team comprised of Associate Professor Oleksandr Kiliievych of the National Academy of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine; Zaure Sydykova of the Small Business Development Centre, Bishkek; and Dr Roman Mogilevskii, IPPA Associate Director and Senior Research Fellow. UCA IPPA offers CPPA concurrently for Kyrgyz, Tajik and Afghan civil servants at UCA in Biskhek and Dushanbe, in a flexible modular format to allow professionals to participate.
CPPA is offered within the framework of IPPA’s Research and Public Policy Initiative (RPPI), supported by the International Development Research Centre and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada. RPPI aims to ground policy-making processes in Central Asia in sound evidence and policy analysis by building the capacity of researchers to conduct independent and critical studies and by expanding the ability of policy professionals to utilise such research in policy development.