On July 12, 2018, an official letter from Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) notified that the MPA program of Shanghai University of Finance and Economics was officially certified by the organization. SUFE has become one of only three accredited schools in China.
The MPA program of Shanghai University of Finance and Economics began to apply for and promote NASPPA international accreditation since October 2012. It became a member College of NASPPA in May 2013, and submitted its self-assessment report in August 2015. The program was interviewed on the spot in March 2016 and March 2018, and was voted at the plenary meeting of the NASPAA accreditation and peer review committee in July 2018. The certification process lasted nearly 6 years, and so far it has come to fruition.
This time, more than 40 universities around the world have applied for the MPA program to participate in this round of NASPPA international certification, only six universities including SUFE have been approved, the remaining five are famous universities abroad.
With the strong support of the school leadership, Graduate School and relevant departments, and under the leadership of Professor Yu Wei and Professor Liu Xiaobing and the guidance of the MPA Teaching Guidance Committee, a series of reforms have been carried out on the MPA project: six teachers are responsible for six examinations of students' essential abilities project respectively, the assessment and feedback system of teaching quality takes mission as the leading factor and students' essential abilities as the index.
The internationalized teaching connotation has been strengthened by holding international workshops in Japan, Singapore and the United States and requiring graduation thesis including international experience. Through alumni questionnaire survey and symposiums, the program timely access to the reform direction of teaching content and requirement of employers. Through special lectures and domestic on-site teaching to enrich students' understanding of social diversity and leadership.
Teachers and students of the College of Public Economics and Management, together with experts both inside and outside the school, have made joint efforts to unify the deployment, elaborate preparation, and refine each procedure and index link. All the teachers and office staff of the accreditation team spare no effort to work. It has profound academic strength and scholarly origin in the field of public administration.
The Chair of University Council Cong Shuhai, President Jiang Chuanhai, Vice President Yao Lingzhen and other school leaders, graduate schools and other functional departments have repeatedly inspected, directed and coordinated the MPA project international certification work.
(From MPA Program Office (School of Public Economics and Administration))