Melbourne University will spend $9 million to set up a new School of Government next year within the Faculty of Arts, absorbing the current Centre for Public Policy.
Current centre director, public policy professor Helen Sullivan, will be the inaugural director of the new school.
The initiative is likely to be close to the heart of vice chancellor Glyn Davis who is a public policy expert. Some $20 million has been allocated in recurrent funding for the school over the next 5 years.
“Critical and innovative thinking about governance is crucial and timely as existing institutions in democratic and non democratic states face challenges of legitimacy and accountability,” Professor Davis said.
“It will draw together existing expertise and students from across the University in the fields of political science, international relations, economics, law, development studies and more,” he said.
Students enrolled currently in the Master of International Relations, Master of Development Studies and Master of Public Policy and Management programs will become part of the new school from 2013. New streams of study will be added in 2014.
Professor Sullivan said “the research and teaching capability of the new school will strengthen our relationships with leading public policy schools internationally as well as in our region.”
“It will also help us form new partnerships with governments at all levels, public agencies, charities, industry groups and non-governmental organisations. The new school will offer tailored public policy advice as well as new executive education programs,” she said.
The school has already lined up a research project with the Institute of Public Administration Australia to look into the changing role of public services. (The Australian)