In response to demand for policy analysts and practitioners with an international vision, SIRPA has built a two-year MA program in International Public Policy (IPP). This program combines multiple strengths. First, China, after decades of rapid development, is now the world's second largest economy. In addition to expanding domestic demand for policy experts, China has also been an active partner in global public affairs. Second, Shanghai is China's economic capital and a vibrant global city. It has China's first Free Trade Zone and accommodates the headquarters of the BRICS New Development Bank.

The IPP program welcomes students with diverse academic backgrounds, such as social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering, among others. The program emphasizes strong analytical capacities, quantitative skills, policy orientation, and an international vision. Training in IPP will prepare students for leadership and analytical positions in public, private, and nonprofit organizations in or out of China. It also sets a solid foundation for further Ph.D. studies.

Highlights of the program

(a) All courses except the Chinese language courses are taught in English. There are some distance learning courses co-organized with our international partners.

(b) Most faculty members are Chinese with a Ph.D. degree from the West. There are also foreign faculty members.

(c) The program is composed of half international students and half Chinese students.

(d) Courses are designed with an interdisciplinary focus and a methodology focus.

(e) An internship in local or foreign agencies is important for developing a policy design or a thesis.

(f) Ample opportunities for international exchanges including double degree programs.

Training goals for students

(1) Grasp basic skills of policy analysis and program evaluation and have a solid knowledge of social science research methods.

(2) Have considerable understanding of certain issues in international public policy and the ability to systematically analyze domestic and international public policies.

(3) Can independently carry out academic research and write professional articles and consulting reports.

(4) Have strong abilities to research and write on policy issues and to design and propose recommendations.

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