New International Master’s Degree Prepares Entrepreneurs, Leaders for Global Public Policy Challenges

USC launches international master's degree in global public policy
The international master’s degree in Global Public Policy, offered by the USC Price School is the first of its kind.

Meeting global policy challenges requires new levels of coordination and cooperation on an international scale. An inventive new degree program offered by the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy and the University of Hong Kong addresses the global demand for training and education to shape future leaders capable of identifying key resources, creating solutions to complex problems, and managing unprecedented change.

The Master of Global Public Policy degree, launching in June 2017, is the first of its kind, bringing together professionals from government, business and nonprofit organizations across Asian and the Pacific Rim region to consider the most complex social and sustainability issues in the region.

“These are exciting, and daunting, times in the global policy arena,” said Jack H. Knott, dean of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. “The opportunities are boundless, and with them come concerns about sustainability, social justice and governance across international borders. The Master of Global Public Policy degree was developed to help leaders and influencers in Asian-Pacific Rim companies, governments and NGOs understand the challenges and engage them in an ongoing global policy conversation about where we’re going and the most effective ways to get there.”

The 15-month degree program is designed for working executives and will bring students to Los Angeles, Hong Kong and greater Asia where they will learn from world-class faculty in the USC Price School, the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Social Sciences and world-renowned practitioners.

“Policy complexity is all around us,” said John P. Burns, dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Hong Kong. “We are well equipped to deliver an innovative program that provides Asian perspectives on global policy problems such as urbanization, sustainability, and global growth. A comparative East-West approach will enable policy makers to share solutions and provide better outcomes for our communities.”

The degree program is aimed at professionals, leaders and entrepreneurs seeking skills in public policymaking, greater political acumen, capability in global trend analysis, economic and data analysis, improved intercultural communication, an understanding of how common policy problems are being addressed in different countries, and connections with policy leaders and experts from around the world.

USC has attracted one of the largest contingents of international students of all U.S. universities, with the highest numbers coming from China and India.

The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy has defined excellence in public affairs education and research for more than 85 years, and ranks fourth nationwide among 272 schools of public affairs. The school’s mission is to improve the quality of life for people and their communities worldwide.

The Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong, now in its 50th year, seeks to contribute to the advancement of society and the development of leaders through excellence and innovation in teaching and learning, research and knowledge exchange. The faculty ranks 14th in the world and second in Asia among university faculties of social science. Its core mission is to improve the human condition through sustainable development.

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