A global network for graduate-level public policy education and policy dialogue that will harness top academic talent to address the most pressing policy challenges of the 21 st Century was launched by three leading international public policy graduate institutions, Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE), and Sciences Po (Paris).
The Global Public Policy Network (GPPN) will eventually expand to include about ten public policy graduate schools in key global cities worldwide, sponsoring collaborative public policy research and student and faculty exchanges, as well as offering dual degrees in graduate professional programs. The Network will facilitate international forums of policymakers with scholars and policy experts from Network and other universities to analyze and devise responses to critical global challenges.
"Today, our greatest public policy concerns know no borders," said SIPA Dean Lisa Anderson. "A global network of public policy schools offers the best opportunity for the academic community to work collectively on multiple intertwined challenges -- from sustainable development to trade to terrorism to public health crises to the protection of human rights worldwide -- and to prepare some of the world's most able graduate students to assume global leadership roles in the coming decades."
The GPPN academic directors are SIPA Dean Lisa Anderson, Professor Michael Storper of Sciences Po, and LSE Professor Patrick Dunleavy. The first executive director is Robin Lewis, who developed many of SIPA's international initiatives during two decades as SIPA associate dean.
The GPPN builds on an existing partnership among LSE, Sciences Po, and SIPA that offers prestigious master's degrees in public policy and international affairs. Students in these master's programs study in coordinated programs on each campus in emerging global disciplines such as economic development, environment policy, global governance, and public management. These collaborations capitalize on the unique academic strengths and diverse curricula of the three graduate schools, while expanding cooperation in social science teaching and research.
"Each of our institutions possesses public policy learning and linkages built on generations of scholarship and exchanges," observed Richard Descoings, director of Sciences Po. "We are convinced that our new global network will quickly grow to much more than the sum of its parts, and become an important contributor to international public policy debates."
SIPA, Sciences Po, and LSE are already strengthening ties among their own university communities with increased joint programming and other new initiatives. The GPPN expects to announce new partners in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East over the coming years.
"Universities will contribute meaningfully in a globalized world only if we build broad networks that cultivate the world's best and brightest," remarked Howard Davies, director of the London School of Economics. "The Global Public Policy Network will foster learning and encourage solutions that arise from genuine knowledge of how local and global realities interact in practice and in policy making."
The GPPN will host its inaugural conference in Paris in March 2006.