Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme

Academic Mobility for African Sustainable Development/AMAS

Governance  and Social Sciences : Public Administration

and Policy

Name of the HEI offering the course: Moi University (MU)

Type of academic programme: Masters

Thematic field of study: Governance  and Social Sciences

Title of the academic programme: Public Administration and Policy

Duration (in semesters): Four Semesters (A Semester is covered in 14 weeks/3.5 months)

Study credits/hours (per semester): Minimum of 15 – Maximum 21 hours

Objectives (max. 150 words):

(Objectives of the master/doctoral programme in relation to the identified needs and the link to the thematic field(s) proposed; etc.)

The Masters in Public Administration and Public Policy programme provides graduates with theoretical, analytical and research skills to enable them contribute meaningfully practice in public administration and public policy development and implementation. The course also offers opportunity for graduates to be trainers, educators and scholars specializing in public administration and public policy. The objectives of the programme are to; Discuss public administration forms and processes and critically examine strategies of public policy development and analysis. Train all round learners capable of handling administrative work in both public and private sector; Expose students to undertakings of various political and administrative systems in the world. This programme has over time attracted people working in Government structures as administrators and has aided them gain administrative knowledge, skills and competencies and we strongly believe the same will apply for candidates on the Academic Mobility project.

Structure and content (max. 400 words):

(Structure and content of the programme, subjects covered; assessment methods; etc.)

The Masters of Arts in Public Administration and Public Policy is delivered in two academic years through coursework, thesis and examination, spread over four semesters, as a requirement at Moi University. Instruction strategies for the programme are lectures, tutorials, seminars, group discussion, class presentations, supervision, use of e-learning platform, fieldwork and field visits. The programme is monitored and evaluated through various strategies including students’ class attendance lists, use of nominal roll to track registrations and participation, supervision reports, student evaluation of course and instructors at the end of the course, students’ progress reports, external examiners reports and external and internal audit reports at the end of every semester of an academic year. Quality is assured by students class attendance lists, supervision reports, student evaluation of course and instructor, students’ progress reports, external examiners reports, external and internal auditors reports at the end of every semester of an academic year, feedback reports of the course from Alumni, review of the programme curriculum 3 – 4 years as per Moi University regulations. Nineteen (19) courses are mounted and taught on this programme as both core and elective courses; SAS 801:General Research Methods; PPA 810: Administrative Theories; PPA 812: Public Policy Analysis; PPA 813:Comparative Public Administration; PPA 814: Rural Development and Community Change; PPA 815: Seminar in Political Sociology of Kenya; PPA 816: Administrative Law; PPA 817: Development Administration; PPA 800: Research Methodology in Public Administration and Public Policy; PPA820: Conflict Management in African; PPA 821: Comparative Local Government; PPA 822: Human Resource Management in the Public Sector; PPA 823: Political Thought; PPA 824: Public Sector Management and Service Delivery; PPA 825: Management of Public Finance; PPA 826: Local Government Development and Management; PPA 827: The Budgetary and Financial Administration in Kenya; PPA 828: Ethical Values in Public Services; PPA 830: Seminar in Political Sociology of Kenya; PPA 818: Counties, Identities and Citizen Participation, that contains the following content; Relationship between ethnicity and politics in devolved governance in Kenya; Ethnicity and territorial jurisdiction; Minorities and public participation; National values verses devolved County practices; Contradictions between devolution, national integration and nation building; Population movement through settlement schemes, urbanization, education, employment and County responsibilities; Addressing historical injustices and the quest for peaceful coexistence through inclusive participation in Kenya.

Learning outcomes (max 200 words):

(The expected learning outcomes in view of the students’ future academic opportunities and employability, the personal competences, and the impact at institutional, national, regional levels)

Upon completion of the MA in Public Administration and Public Policy programme, the learner is able to; Manage public and private sector organizations, institutions and structures; Handle matters relating to public administration and public policy in private and public sector organizations; Operate public administration and public policy in private and public sector work environments; Formulate, analyses and implement public policy; Conduct research and disseminate findings that aid effective public administration. Beneficiaries of this programme can operate as public administrators, managers of public and private institutions as well as international organizations and corporations, researchers and analysts in public policy and public administration. Potential of this programme lies in its relevance to both students, staff and administrators on the Academic Mobility project, because the programme provides knowledge, administrative skills and competencies useful to both students and administrative leaders targeted by the project. It is nuanced that universities around the Africa have contributed knowledge and manpower to formulate public policy, but they have shied away from aiding in implementation of such policies to translate scientific knowledge into development practice. This programme thus, offers the opportunity to budding scientists and academics to translate administrative and policy theory into practice for Africa’s sustainable socioeconomic development.

Recognition and accreditation obtained:

(The master/doctoral program offered must have been recognised and accredited at the time of this application. The official proof of accreditation can be asked by the Agency for all programmes indicated in this section during project implementation.)

The name of the relevant authority that accredited the program:
Moi University Senate Approval and Commission of University Education, Kenya Accreditation
Period of validity of accreditation: Five Years (2014 – 2019)


 Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme


Academic Mobility for African Sustainable Development/AMAS

The overall objective of the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility programme is to promote sustainable development and ultimately contribute to poverty reduction by increasing the availability of trained and qualified high-level professional manpower in Africa.


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