Director’s Message

Director Moura Quayle

Welcome to the University of British Columbia’s Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPPGA) program in our newly established School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. With the energy of a new Policy School at UBC-Vancouver, it’s an invigorating time to be on campus. The Policy School seeks to catalyze a network of accomplished scholars from across UBC who will engage with students, community, government, business leaders, and civil society through research, teaching, and practice to develop practical policy and governance solutions.

As the new home for the MPPGA program, UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs aspires to be an essential centre for innovation in global affairs and public policy.

We’ve had quite the year! Over the past two academic terms, select MPPGA students were active participants in a Vision 20 summit in Washington, DC, a NASPAA-Batten Simulation Competition on Food Security in Seattle, and a high-powered research team investigating the success of the global Climate Agreement in Paris. They also contributed to an ASEAN economic report on Canada’s trade advantage, participated in intercultural communication and documentary filmmaking workshops, launched a new blog and podcast, and applied their strategic design skills to support the City of Vancouver’s Resilient City plan as part of a policy studio.

At the end of term, we were especially thrilled to hear our students’ insights and recommendations during their Global Policy Project presentations. Student teams worked with real-world clients on a policy problem and presented on the following projects: Inclusive Financial Services with BASIX, India; Sustainable Development Goals in Canadian, Mexican, and Peruvian Indigenous Communities: a focus on clean drinking water with Global Affairs Canada; and Leveraging Private Finance for Public Good in Indonesia with the Secretariat of the Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility in Indonesia.

The MPPGA program’s second year was an undeniable success, with 40 ambitious, globally-minded students enjoying hands-on learning, generating policy ideas, producing impact, and growing their professional policy networks.

As our MPPGA program enters into its third year in September, our faculty and staff are excited to follow the paths of our first graduating class as they set forth in their policy careers in organizations big and small around the globe. MPPGA Grads, new opportunities in the world of policy await you. We know you will make your mark!

We look forward to following the progress of our 2016 cohort after wrapping up their first year and moving into summer jobs. Many are taking advantage of policy-related co-op positions through UBC’s Faculty of Arts. We are also thrilled to welcome our third MPPGA cohort of 40 students this fall!

UBC is a place where bold ideas are welcome. There has never been a better time than now for us to strive towards a new approach to policy, one that integrates perspectives from science, social sciences and humanities and fosters collaborative and creative skills along with intercultural understanding to advance innovative modes of study and policy solutions.

If you are considering our professional graduate program, please subscribe to our newsletter, join us on social media, and contact the MPPGA Program Office for more details. We look forward to hearing from you!

Yours truly,

Moura Quayle
Director pro tem, UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Director, Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs Program
Professor, Strategic Design