Flexible learning makes good policy*

Article image - Flexible learning makes good policy* Dr Rodrigo Praino

Flinders University offers flexible programs in public administration, delivered online by our nationally recognised, award-winning academics.1

The range of tasks and services delivered by the public sector is growing in complexity, and demands on public sector managers continue to be transformed. Social media, new technologies, and changing public expectations are creating the need for the development of new skills.

Flinders University’s suite of public administration programs have expended the amount of delivery available fully online to develop the knowledge and skills required by the next generation of public service leaders.  

Dr Rodrigo Praino, Director, Graduate Program in Public Administration online explains, “Our online students enjoy access to a range of exclusive online learning resources and activities designed and developed by our award-winning academic team, and are assigned to a dedicated teaching associate for each topic they enrol in.”

Public sector rising stars
The Flinders Bachelor of Public Administration performs in the top five per cent nationwide on student experience, teaching quality and graduate employment outcomes.2 Ideal for upskilling public sector ‘rising stars’, this course is perfect for the next generation of public sector professionals wanting to excel in their career and drive economic, social and political change. The flexible delivery modes allow you to continue to work while you study.

No other institution offers a dedicated degree program that matches policy skills with management acumen. The course has a range of entry pathway options, including the ability for students with a relevant TAFE / VET Diploma to complete the degree online in 18 months.

Emerging Leaders
The Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management, the Graduate Certificate in Public Policy, the Graduate Diploma in Public Administration and the Master of Public Policy and Management are available online and can be completed online in an accelerated format. The Master of Public Policy and Management can be complete in as little as eight months with credit from previous study.

Accelerate your career
The sector-leading Masters program has been devised to equip emerging leaders in the public sector and is available online and in a ‘fast-tracked’ mode. Praino notes that, “we encourage and facilitate interaction between our online students utilising our dedicated online platform that is completely asynchronous and therefore, allows students to interact and network with one another without necessarily being online at the same time.”

This masters level course is designed to meet the needs of current and future public sector employees. It can be completed entirely online, entirely on-campus or mixing online and on-campus studying. Online students can complete the course in a shorter time frame. Whether you are looking for a fast way to improve your skills and advance your career, or you would like to pursue an advanced degree while managing a busy work schedule, we have study options that fit your lifestyle.

Have you completed the Public Sector Management Program?
Take your career to the next level.  You are eligible for credit for your previous study and a 15 per cent scholarship towards the Master of Public Policy and Management when you start your study in 2018.3 This course can be studied completely online so you can fit it around your current work and home life.

If you are part of the next generation of public sector leaders wanting to drive economic, social and political change, Flinders’ flexible and nationally unique public administration courses can help prepare you for the challenges of an evolving sector.

Go beyond in public administration. Find out more: flinders.edu.au/pa

1Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning from the Office for Learning and Teaching, 2009 and 2014.
2As rated by Quality Indicators in Learning and Teaching (QILT). Source: University Experience. Survey accessed 14/9/2016.
3Course cannot be deferred, cannot take leave of absence once scholarship is offered.

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