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Master of Public Policy (MPP)

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Client-based Policy Analysis Project
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Client-based Policy Analysis Exercise (PAE)

The Policy Analysis Project/Exercise (PAE) is the capstone module of our two-year MPP program. It aims to provide students with a valuable, engaging, educational and professional experience.

It is an eight-month long project which the second-year students work in teams of three to five people, each team under the supervision of a faculty member, on challenges, issues and problems facing real-world organizations. It is indeed a client-based project. Students will have opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills that they have learnt from the MPP program to analyse policy issues, develop solutions and produce professional reports for the client organizations.
 

Theme For PAE 2021/22

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Advancing Innovation and Sustainability amidst the Pandemic
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To help students frame and conceptualize their PAE projects, this year’s PAE will have an overarching theme of “Advancing Innovation and Sustainability amidst the Pandemic”.

Students are encouraged to study industries, institutions and policies that would be transformed or disrupted by the pandemic and/or frame their PAE projects in terms of why it is important and /what is likely to change as a result of the pandemic.

Students are free to pursue topics not closely related to the pandemic, but they should keep the pandemic as a lens by which to analyse problems, develop options, and identify and assess possible solutions.

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About PAE Client

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Prospective Clients
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The ideal PAE client is one whose actions and decisions have a real impact on public policy, who understands the purpose of the PAE, and who is willing to provide mentorship, advice, other forms of assistance (e.g. time, access to people, information) for the project. It is also important that the client has a reasonably clear understanding of what he or she wants. On the other hand, what the PAE teams bring to the clients is independence. The estimated time involvement PAE team would ask of the client is 6 – 8 hours over 8 months of the PAE.

For details of PAE, please right click here.
 

If you would like to be our PAE client, please email us via ppolmpp@ust.hk your proposed topic(s) and/or provide a contact point in your organisation.

Past Clients
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There was a good mix of clients from the public and also private sectors, including Arthur D. LittleAsian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), Centennial Asia AdvisorsEnvironmental Protection Department (HKSAR), Ernst & Young (EY), HitachiMana Impact InvestmentPhilip Morris International (PMI), Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office (HKSAR), Provenance.ioPricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC).