Masters in Public Policy and Administration
Acquisition And Processing InformationScott Avery of Washington State University's International Research and Development (IRD) donated these theses to the Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections on February 1, 2011. They were moved to the main body of the Libraries for cataloging and adding to the library's collection, but eventually MASC reclaimed them on September 11, 2012, accessioning them as UA2012-06. The collection was processed in September 2012 by University Archivist Mark O'English, with aid from Katrina Burch.
Number of containers: 3 boxes
Linear feet of shelf space: 1.75
Through a USAID contract, Washington State University helped establish a Masters in Public Policy and Administration program as Afghanistan's Kabul University. The purpose of the USAID project was to make college education more accessible and attainable for the citizens of Afghanistan, and the program incporporated a "study abroad" period on WSU's Pullman campus.
USAID described the program as follows:
In Afghanistan, mid-career professionals have few opportunities to earn advanced degrees in their field. To address this gap, Kabul University established a Masters in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) program. The professional program teaches the tools of governance – including formulating, implementing, and evaluating policies and programs. The program targets rising leaders from a diverse range of ministries and organizations, including the Ministry of Public Health, the Office of the President, and NGOs and development organizations. After passing ten rigorous courses, students write a master’s thesis and defend their work before professors, fellow students, and university administrators. Candidates conduct original research after completing their coursework and a study abroad program at Washington State University.
Graduates use their enhanced professional skills to improve the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s capacity in project planning, financial management, program administration, and organizational leadership. MPPA candidate Mohammad Sharif Samsor emphasized the importance of professional education in rebuilding Afghanistan, stating, “I am sure the skills, the knowledge, and the experiences offered to me by the MPPA program will allow me to contribute to the rebuilding, rehabilitation, and renovation processes of my homeland. I feel that I am on the right path.”
Description retrieved (and slightly edited) from http://afghanistan.usaid.gov/en/USAID/Article/1073/Masters_in_Public_Policy_and_Administration_Program_Educates_Afghanistans_Reformers on 9-13-12; originally written March 31, 2010
The collection consists of 41 theses completed in the fall of 2010 within the Masters of Arts in Public Policy and Administration program offered at Kabul University (Afghanistan).
The collection is ordered alphabetically by author's name: last name, first name.
This collection is open and available for research use. Copyright may apply.
The suggested citation for the collection is:
Kabul University Masters in Public Policy and Administration Theses, 2010 (Archives 327)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
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