25 September 2023

ANZSOG expansion to build on relevance

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The Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) has announced an expansion of its operations and a major revamp of its delivery of key courses.

Dean and Chief Executive of ANZSOG, Professor Ken Smith (pictured) said the changes were being made to make sure the 16-year-old school remained relevant to the needs of the modern public sector.

“The landscape that Public Services operate in continues to change rapidly; standing still is not an option,” Professor Smith said.

“We are continually reviewing what we do and making changes which will ensure ANZSOG stays at the forefront of public sector education and research.”

He said that in recent months the School had made changes to its core education and research programs and had expanded its operations in Perth, Brisbane and Wellington (NZ).

“These changes have been made after widespread discussions and reflect what we have been told by our key stakeholders,” Professor Smith said,

Chair of the ANZSOG Board and New Zealand State Services Commissioner, Peter Hughes said the changes involved ANZSOG’s Associate Dean (Academic), Catherine Althaus co-directing the Executive Fellows Program (EFP) alongside Robin Ryde, who had been Director of the Program for seven years.

“This year, Professor Janine O’Flynn will be joining ANZSOG full-time from the University of Melbourne and will be playing an important leadership role with the Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) Director of six years, Professor Michael Mintrom,” Mr Hughes said.

“These changes will strengthen courses that are already offering a unique and high-quality education designed specifically for the public sector.”

Mr Hughes said the EMPA and EFP were trusted programs in the public sector and would remain central to ANZSOG’s activities.

“We are committed to achieving greater diversity in the academic and practitioner faculty in all areas of delivery,” Mr Hughes said.

“This will include equal gender representation and ensuring greater responsiveness to the expectations of the First Peoples of Australia and Māori in Aotearoa New Zealand.”

Professor Smith said ANZSOG had not finished evolving, and was looking forward to continuing to design its future with its owners, partners and alumni.

He said the changes would ensure ANZSOG continued to deliver public value.

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