UTAR launches new programme to nurture public administration professionals

AS the global economy evolves, jobs and responsibilities at government agencies have grown increasingly important. With integration and collaboration between international governments, it is crucial to have government talents that can bring great results to the public service overall operation. This is especially true given the ongoing pandemic.

The Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Faculty of Business and Finance (FBF) at its Kampar Campus is gearing up to be part of the solution. In line with the government’s transformation efforts, UTAR will soon launch a new Bachelor of Public Administration (Honours) programme aimed at fostering a new generation of civil servants.

FBF deputy dean Dr Choong Yuen Onn said the programme would be an excellent platform to produce well-trained civil servants.

“A public administration degree is a good start for students who want to make a positive impact on the social and economic well-being of individuals, communities and the public. Graduates are not limited to work in government departments, but will also be an asset in the private sector. As the graduates are familiar with the operations, systems and legal knowledge of government departments, they can join the private sector to help companies deal with procedural matters to a certain extent. Graduates may also use the knowledge and skills to engage in their own careers because the skills learned in public administration can be applied when managing non-profit or non-governmental organisations and other private enterprises.”

Department of Business head Dr Tee Chee Wee said: “The programme is suitable for arts and science streams students to pursue further studies, and it is usually only offered by public universities. Currently, UTAR is actively promoting it to let more people know and apply for this professional programme.”

The new programme will comply with the Malaysian Qualifications Agency requirements. The faculty hopes that future students will continue advancing in their educational careers upon graduation.

Considering the government’s urgent need to establish e-government operations, FBF Dean Assoc Prof Dr Au Yong Hui Nee said the future course will accelerate the process.

“The existing Bachelor’s degree programmes focus more on the benefits of the private sector, while this newly launched public administration programme is more inclined to principles, practices and organisational management related to private and public organisations, and even covers profit or non-profit organisations.

“It also emphasises the establishment of a solid understanding and foundation of public or government management systems. More importantly, when more people understand the government’s operation and communication methods, it will help reduce the gap and misunderstanding between private companies and the government.”

The three-year public administration degree programme will not only provide students with fundamental knowledge of governance and public administration, but will also help them develop valuable skills that can be applied in various work settings. Students will get the opportunity to resolve and address real-life challenges in various contexts regionally and globally.

Upon graduation, students can look forward to a wide range of career choices. From government relations managers to human resource specialists, students have the opportunity to make a difference with their skills and knowledge. The course is expected to start in October 2021. For more information, visit https://study.utar.edu.my/public-administration.php