Australian Ambassador to Philippines congratulates CMU-Australia students of the Policy Research and Development short course

Posted 17th July 2019

Australian Ambassador to the Philippines, His Excellency, Steven J. Robinson AO was the special guest at the presentation ceremony for participants in the inaugural Australian Government funded Policy Research and Development short course, which was conducted by CMU Australia and the Philippines’ De La Salle University in Manila last month.

Twenty-four middle managers from nine leading Philippines public sector agencies, participated in the 7-week course.

In addition to classroom studies, all participants produced a policy reform paper for their respective agencies, which they presented to their peers and agency principals at a Policy Research Forum. These policy reform papers will be used by the relevant government agencies and key stakeholders for planning programs and delivering public services.

In congratulating the participants on completing the course, and reflecting on participants’ new capacities, Ambassador Robinson said, “the significant commitment made by Philippines Government Agencies to send participants to the course augurs well for the continued delivery of good policy reform across the Philippines bureaucracy.”

The inaugural Policy Research and Development Short Course participants with the Australian Ambassador to the Philippines, His Excellency, Steven J. Robinson AO (5th from left); De La Salle University President, Br. Raymundo B. Suplido (centre) and Carnegie Mellon University Australia Head and Distinguished Service Professor, Professor Emil Bolongaita (5th from right)

“As a witness to what good policy can do for communities, it is important for public sector leaders in the Philippines to be skilled to the highest level in the latest policy reform methods”.

“Policy reform is a very important function of government and your responsibility is to apply, and share, your new knowledge to lift the capabilities all”, he told the participants.

CMU Australia Head and Distinguished Service Professor, Emil Bolongaita said, “it was a privilege for CMU Australia to be entrusted to deliver such an important educational program and to be a part of contributing to the capacity and capabilities in the Philippines public sector employees”.

“The skills-based course content was based on subjects from our Masters of Public Policy and Management degree and thus was well-suited to give participants new policy reform skills and techniques for managing the rigorous demands of running government on a day-to-day basis."

“Congratulations to all participants. They excelled at their studies and embraced the subject matter with great enthusiasm and drive.”

De La Salle University’s President, Br. Raymundo B. Suplido said, “we’re delighted that such a renowned University as CMU Australia is helping the Philippines to build capacity in policy analytics and championing an evidenced-based culture in our public sector”.

“The future of the Philippines relies heavily on our capacity to build a community of leaders and professions who will actively participate in improving the quality of life of our nation”, he said.

Eight CMU Australia teaching professors, led by Head and Distinguished Service Professor Emil Bolongaita, traveled to Manila to deliver the 7-week course. The agencies that participated in the course were the Civil Service Commission, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Budget and Management, Department of Trade and Investment, Department of Transport, Philippine Competition Commission, Public-Private Partnership Center of the Philippines, National Economic and Development Authority and Department of Public Works and Highways.

Carnegie Mellon University established its Australian campus in 2006 to deliver Master of Science in Public Policy and Management and Master of Science in information Technology to local and global students. The University is ranked #24 in the world, #6 in Public Policy Analysis and #1 in Information technology.