School of Public Policy Increases Involvement in Asia

Posted: April 26, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Stephanie Kriner

Aware that the continuing economic development of Asia will play a critical role in “our global future,” Mason’s School of Public Policy (SPP) is working with partners in the region to develop policy programs, according to Dean Kingsley Haynes.

Kingsley Haynes
Kingsley Haynes

“China and India were identified by the SPP faculty as areas of important concern. Of course, these two countries represent half the world’s population, and SPP has had overseas work in these places, including student overseas studies, for five to seven years,” says Haynes, who recently returned from a trip to the region.

The purpose of his trip was to cement SPP’s continuing ties with China in general and with Tsinghua University’s School of Public Policy and Management (SPMM) in particular, Haynes says. SPP and SPPM are working together to develop four research projects: an economic development project in Beijing; a transportation project in Shendong Province; an infrastructure and entrepreneurship project in the Pearl River delta; and a regional development project in the Autonomous Administrative Prefecture of Mongolia in Xianiang.

While in China, Haynes visited research sites and lectured. He also met with university and government officials at East China Normal University in Shanghai. Before returning to the United States, he traveled to Taiwan to give a series of lectures to public affairs graduate students at National Sun Yat-Sen University, where SPP has a cooperative agreement.

Last December, Haynes and SPP professors Roger Stough and Tojo Thatchenkery went to India for the opening of a joint project with the All Indian Management Association. The project, the Center for Public Governance, conducts research and provides governance-related training for public officials and citizens. Stough hopes the center will help India reach and sustain the double-digit growth rates that have characterized development takeoffs of other Asian countries such as Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and China over the past three decades.

At the kickoff of the Delhi-based center, Stough gave the keynote address. On the following day, Stough, Haynes, and Thatchenkery led a variety of workshops and panel discussions. The Mason team will continue to provide research and policy analysis support as the center grows to serve the entire country.

In addition to its international projects in Asia and India, SPP has links to programs in Sweden (Jonkoping International University), the Netherlands (Delft, Erasmus, and Leiden Universities), the United Kingdom (Oxford University and the London School of Economics), Belgium, and Spain.

This article originally appeared in SPP Currents in a slightly different format.

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