An agenda for rethinking mid-career master programs in public administration

Frans-Bauke van der Meer, Peter Marks

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The pace of societal change and the development of societal challenges have speeded up considerably during the last couple of decades. With substantial impact on different levels; i.e. ranging from global to local. When focusing on the public domain, these changes and challenges have a major impact on public professionals, whom are facing different and frequently changing questions. Mid-career programs in Public Administration (MPA) have the mission to support enrolled professionals in dealing with the changes and challenges. This article is about the development of such MPA’s. Both substantive and didactic development is needed. To counter institutional inertia it seems vital to institutionalize a regular rethinking and adaptation of curricula and didactic strategies. This article identified some important points of attention and some options to deal with these in order to continuously improve the contribution of MPA programs to relevant and effective professional development and ongoing professional learning.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-142
Number of pages17
JournalTeaching Public Administration
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 5 Apr 2018


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