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Monday, October 31, 2005

MPA program in faculty exchange with African university

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at UNC Pembroke and a leading South African university are enganged in a faculty exchange during the fall 2005 semester.

Lunch in Port Elizabeth, South Africa - From left: Dr. Henry Wissink, dean of the School of Public Administration, Derrick Taylor, Dr. Schneider, Kishore Raga, and Doris Schneider.

Lunch in Port Elizabeth, South Africa - From left: Dr. Henry Wissink, dean of the School of Public Administration, Derrick Taylor, Dr. Schneider, Kishore Raga, and Doris Schneider.

Political Science Department Chair Dr. Robert Schneider is teaching a class at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and Dr. Henry Wissink, dean of NMMU’s School of Public Administration, traveled to UNCP.

They are teaching a core course in “Public Policy Analysis.” It is an on-line class with two weeks of face-to-face class-work at both universities.

Dr. Schneider traveled to Port Elizabeth last summer and came away very impressed with NMMU’s program and its students.

“It's a solid program, and the students in my online course are a fascinating group of practicing local public administrators from several African nations,” he said. “They are on the front lines of issues like the AIDS pandemic and economic development.”

UNCP’s MPA program is designed to prepare students for leadership roles in public organizations. With concentrations in health, criminal justice and emergency management, the program can be earned completely online

UNCP’s MPA program is growing rapidly with 159 students enrolled in the fall 2005 semester. It offered classes at Fort Bragg, N.C., for the first time this fall.

Dr. Schneider said a global outlook is valuable.

“We hope the teaching exchange is the first step in a cooperative venture between our universities,” he said. “From a management perspective, it is very valuable to be able to look at the world through someone else’s eyes.”

“The MPA program has a strong desire to have an international component,” Dr. Schneider said.

With more than 20,000 students, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) opened in January 1, 2005, after a merger of three smaller universities. It offers a wide range of studies, including business, teacher education, engineering, health sciences, law and liberal arts.

Port Elizabeth is located on the Southern tip of the African continent on the Indian Ocean.

“It’s a place of great beauty and great challenge,” Dr. Schneider said. “We stayed in the University’s international villa and were treated to a taste of local culture.”

For more information about UNCP’s Master of Public Adminstration program, please call 910.521.6637 or email mpa@uncp.edu.

Dr. Schneider visit the rugged coastline of the Indian Ocean

Dr. Schneider visit the rugged coastline of the Indian Ocean

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