2008年7月から2年間、カリフォルニア大学バークレー校 公共政策大学院に留学しています。まとまりのないひとりごとです。


by knj79

GSPP学長がプログラムの国際化を表明

3週間弱の夏休みも終わり、早いもので明日から秋学期が始まる。今学期は授業に加えて何より大きな事業が待っているので、気を引き締めて、最初から飛ばしていきたい。

ところで、

学長がBrady先生に交代し、GSPPのプログラムの国際化を進めていくことを表明した。

GSPPのMPPは完成度の高さを評価されてきたが、ややドメスティックなプログラムであったことは事実。我々のクラスは留学生の学生が3割と多かったことから、この新学長交代のタイミングはプログラムの国際化を図るチャンスとばかり、必修科目にアメリカだけではなく他の国の政策課題(特に途上国)を題材とすることなどを含むクラス全員の要望書を新学長に提出した。おそらくこれを受けての新学長の意思表明だ。

州立大学の性格上、これまで留学生の比率は2割程度に抑えられ、日本人を含む留学生にとって非常に狭き門だったGSPPだが、今後はこの枠が大きくなると思われる。日本人出願者の皆さんにとっては大きなチャンスの年ではないだろうか。

Q. You officially started as dean of the Goldman School on July 1. What have your first weeks on the job been like?

A. It is tremendously exciting to be Dean – the School has a wonderful faculty, extraordinary students, dedicated staff, and a great “campus-like” area between two fine buildings. Of course, this is a difficult time for Cal as we deal with budget cuts and changes – but it is also a chance to think anew about what we are doing. And with our capabilities, I know that the School has a very bright and exciting future.

Q. What aspects of being dean of the Goldman School are most exciting to you?

A. I enjoy the chance to get to know students and to work with them. And I like the idea of setting a 21st century agenda for the school and figuring out how we can meet that agenda so that we remain the best public policy school in the nation.

Q. What are a couple of your priorities (big-vision items) for the School?

A. A very large proportion of the School’s students have had extensive experience in other countries, and these students have a great interest in places outside the United States. One of my priorities is to make sure that we fulfill their desire for more internationally oriented education. Another priority is to make sure that the school engages with the science and engineering departments at Berkeley so that we can help to inform public policies involving new technologies (e.g., global warming, energy, transportation, information technology, etc.)

Q. Everyone knows about the dismal budget situation. How are the UC budget cuts affecting GSPP?

A. The Goldman School has been very prudent and it has already implemented a number of cuts to make sure that we can deal with the budget situation. These cuts are not painless, but we are trying to do them in such a way that our educational and research missions are still strongly supported. I think that students will barely notice the changes. At the same time, everyone should know that faculty and staff members are making substantial sacrifices to maintain the quality and character of the Goldman School.

Q. What is a typical ‘dean day’ like?

A. Deans meet with lots of people; they think a lot about how to make sure that everyone’s needs are considered; and they try to spend some time thinking about the larger issues. In my first month, I have focused a lot on fund-raising, on insuring the School’s fiscal soundness, and on getting to know people around the school.

Q. Has anything especially surprised you so far?

A. Since I was first at the School in 1978 and since I was married in the School’s living room in 1980 (really, truly, honestly), I know it pretty well. But one thing that has surprised me is how wonderful the Dean’s office is. It is warm, pleasant, and nice to be in. I think part of the reason for that is that I have great affection for the School and for its mission.

Q. In addition to your new duties as dean, what’s on your plate this summer?

A. I’m still running the Survey Research Center until mid-August which is a real task given the budget cuts. I’m also trying to make progress on two separate book projects.

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by knj79 | 2009-08-26 11:37 | 公共政策大学院(GSPP)