26 September 2023

PS courses offer public policy upskills

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The University of Canberra (UC) is inviting professionals and graduates to learn the skills they need to engage with and develop public policy, with the launch of several new online courses.

Associate Professor with the Faculty of Business, Government and Law, and Program Director of online public policy courses at UC, Mary Walsh said people could now register for the new Graduate Certificate in Public Policy, Graduate Certificate in Policy Evaluation, Graduate Diploma in Public Policy or Master of Public Policy.

“The courses will delve into topics including data analytics, policy analysis, economic modelling and communicating evidence-based policy effectively, giving students working in public and non-public sectors valuable skills and the opportunity to progress their careers,” Associate Professor Walsh said.

“The degrees are all about influencing change through public policy,” she said.

“What we really want to do (with these degrees) is get you thinking about how you can be an agent of change and influence the important public policy of Australia.”

Professor Walsh said UC had widely researched the market for this degree and had seen a gap.

“We have consulted with our course advisory groups and industry panels, and they’ve told us what they want from employees in the public and non-public sectors,” she said.

“There has been a lot of consultation and they have provided us with an understanding of what the needs of the market are.”

Professor Walsh said the online delivery of the courses would support students to undertake their study flexibly and accelerate their qualifications, with the courses ranging from eight months to two years in duration.

She said potential students could expect to start as early as May, with various intakes available.

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