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The International Public Policy and Management Institute, housed at the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, is the first educational institute established at the University of Kentucky to provide international professionals with various opportunities to advance themselves as global experts. The Institute links the academic and professional expertise of faculty, researchers, and alumni to the needs of international professionals in business, government, and public organizations around the world. The Institute can draw on an interdisciplinary faculty, with expertise in public policy, public administration, economics, business, management, international relations, and political science, and applies academic advances in those fields to the analysis of public policies and management issues in a global setting. The Institute currently concentrates on professionals, government officials, and employees of local public enterprises in Asia, but is eager to expand its focuses to other countries to meet the needs of their professionals.
The IPPMI offers five different opportunities for various international professionals in the field of public policy and government:
Year-Long Certificate Program
The certificate program offers indepedent academic studies concentrating on public policy and local government management, English-language courses customized to the students' professional and academic needs, professional field visits to a variety of organizations in the United States, internships with local officials, and experiences designed to broaden participants' understanding of American society.
Master’s Degree Programs
Students may pursue a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree or a Master of Public Policy (MPP) at the Martin School. The MPA program combines one and a half years' graduate study with a half-year internship placement, and the MPP is an accelerated one-year program.
Short-Term Executive Program
The Institute offers specifically tailored executive education programs. Participants can choose the length and scope of the program as well as academic content.
Long-Term Visiting Scholar Positions
Long-term visiting scholars are eligible to participate in classes and activities of the year long certificate program as well as enjoy the collegiality of the Martin School and the wider university.