Economic Policy Management Programme (near UG Post Office or UGCS), UG - Legon
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Background

Instituted at the Department of Economics, University of Ghana, the Economic Policy Management (EPM) is a Masters Degree Programme which is sponsored by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and the Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Programme (JJ/WBGSP). The Department of Economics collaborates with University of Ghana Business School in the deliverance of the 12-month custom-tailored MA degree in Economic Policy Management which entails the study of Economics and Management. The EPM Programme (EPMP) differs from a standard masters programme in economics in that it is designed exclusively for practitioners who have three or more years of policy relevant experience in government, state corporations or non-governmental organisations. The training is primarily expected to improve and enhance the efficiency of public sector policy analysts and economic managers in Ghana and Anglophone countries of West Africa. To a limited degree, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are eligible. The Programme also draws on practitioners from the public and private sectors domestically, regionally and internationally and on faculty resources from the region and elsewhere to serve as guest speakers and resource persons for selected modules in the programme. At the end of their training, these economic managers must be able to draw on a wider pool of policy experience and best practices both within and outside their own regions to develop sustainable policy options, policy framework and implementation of plans for economic management.

 

ORIGIN

  • EPMs were launched at the University of Columbia by the World Bank Institute through the Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program. Intended for mid-level policy advisors from African countries and emerging market economies, the success of this pilot experience motivated the transfer of the training to four (4) African universities, with the support of The University of McGill in Canada and The Centre Etude sur le Developpement Internationnal (CERDI) in France.

 

TARGET AUDIENCE

Government ministries

  • central banks

  • parastatal bodies

  • non-governmental organizations

  • Private sector applications are also welcome

  • Develop and make ready for implementation at least one new post-graduate programme in Computer Science and Engineering by the beginning of the 2012/2013 academic year.

  • Support at least ten high performing students from our focal disciplines to complete MPhil degrees by the end of 2011/2012 academic year and pursuing an academic/research career.

  • Improve thesis research quality and graduates’ market value of all MPhil and PhD graduates from the University of Ghana with opportunities to participate in special skills training programmes by the end of 2015.

 

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES

EPM-Ghana The primary objective of the programme is to offer dgraduate-level training in Economic Policy Management (EPM) for middle-level policy advisors from African countries and emerging market economies. Given the developement and reform challenges facing developing countries, economic policy practitioners require more than a sound grounding in economic theory and analytical techniques. They need management skills and team-based experience with case-oriented policy applications to enhance their effectiveness. Morever, they must be able to draw on a wider pool or policy experience and best practices both within and outside their regions to develope sustainable policy frameworks, and implementation of plans for economic management. The EPMP aims to train mid-career policy practitioners to be well-rounded economic policy advisors, who will contribute to the economic management capacity of their home organisations, including government ministries, central banks, parastatal bodies, and non-governmental organisations. Specifically, the programme Objectives are as follows: To provide high level training, focusing on both the theoretical and practical aspects of economic policy management; and to train policy advisors in macroeconomic management for developing countries. The EPM Programme(EPMP) differs from a standard masters programme in economics in that it is designed exclusively for practitioners who have three or more years of policy relevant experience in government, state corporations or non-governmental organisations. The EPM Programme consists of a 12 month course work offered by the Department of Economics in collaboration with the University of Ghana Business School and draws on practitioners from the public and private sectors domestically, regionally and internatinally and on faculty resources from the region and elsewhere to serve as guest speakers and resources persons for selected modules in the programme.

Similar modules of this project are being run in Cameroon, Uganda, Zambia, Mozambique, Ghana, DRC and Ivory Coast. In Ghana, the project is located at the University of Ghana under the name, “Economic Policy Management (EPM) Programme’s Capacity building and Training.”