Certificate Programme in Policy Analysis
The Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA), Graduate School of Development at the University of Central Asia (UCA) announces its Certificate Programme in Policy Analysis (CPPA) for new participants. The programme will be offered at UCA in Bishkek beginning 6 April 2015. 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. Taught by a team of highly qualified staff, it is the first of its kind in the region.
Costs and Tuition Fees
Scholarships for qualified applicants are available with support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada and Aga Khan Foundation, Ottawa, Canada.
The programme is offered in a flexible, part-time format to accommodate working professionals. CPPA is a rigorous six-month programme, with classes offered three times a week, in the late afternoon. There are breaks between programme modules.
Programme Structure and Assessment
The language of instruction is Russian. The programme includes four modules and a colloquium. Each module is practice-based and related to real policy issues facing governments. Performance in each module is 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)
The final assessment includes a capstone project - a policy paper that participants 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 an end-of-course colloquium to a panel of senior researchers and government officials. The best papers will be published in the IPPA Working Paper Series.
CPPA is a 25 credit European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) programme. Graduates 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 when the programme is launched.
The programme is intensive and rigorous. 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 materials will be provided by UCA.
How to Apply
To apply to CPPA, please submit the following by 15 March 2015:
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
Subject line: Application to Certificate in Policy Analysis Programme
Applicants will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance during the application period.