KU launches public policy at master’s level

Kathmandu, July 3

Kathmandu University today introduced master’s degree programme in public policy for the first time in Nepal.

This course will be incorporated in humanities, management and law, it was shared at a programme organised by KU and Institute for Integrated Development Studies in Dhulikhel today. Students can pursue the programme from 2019.

Speaking at the programme, US Ambassador to Nepal  Alaina B Tepliz said that the initiative would improve public policy dialogue in the country. She stated that improving governance was more than just a science, it was an art that could help determine the country’s future.

“Good public policy helps leaders to take better decisions,” she said.

Dr Mohan Man Sainju, former vice-chairman of Nepal Planning Commission said it was necessary to engage youths in policy making and local resources should be used accordingly.

Former health minister Gagan Thapa stated that he had for long felt the need for interdisciplinary approach in social sciences and hoped that this programme would fill that void and help produce better policy makers.  “The local governments are in dire need of manpower with knowledge of public policy making. Local bodies should encourage their employees to study public policy,” he added.