The Task Force on Standards of Excellence for Public Education and Training was initiated by the Division of Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM), Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) of the United Nations (UN) in partnership with the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) in July of 2005. Its members were jointly appointed by Guido Bertucci, the Director of the DPADM/UN and Turgay Ergun, the then President of IASIA. Its first meeting occurred in Como, Italy and subsequent meetings have occurred in Warsaw and Brussels. In addition, various members of the Task Force have participated in or conducted open hearings at many conferences in many parts of the world.On behalf of the Task Force, the UN has undertaken a major survey of public administration education and training institutions which was carried out by Jide Balogun. It has also supported the preparation of the volume, Excellence and Leadership in the Public Sector: The Role of Education and Training edited by Allan Rosenbaum and John-Mary Kauzya. Also, both the UN and the Task Force have commissioned various papers ? they include: 

  • National Organizational Arrangements for Delivering Public Administration Education and Training? by Natalya Kolisnichenko.
  • Quality Standards in Public Administration Education and Training? by Theo van der Krogt.
  • Public Affairs Education: Adding Value in the Public Interest? by Kathryn E. Newcomer.
  •  Standards of Public Administration Education and Training in Selected Countries in Asia? by R.K. Mishra
  • Quality Assurance in the Rising International Market for Public Affairs Education? by Laurel McFarland.

The document that follows represents the final proposed set of Standards of Excellence for Public Administration Education and Training produced by the Task Force. It also includes proposed criteria by which one might assess an institution’s progress towards achieving the Standards of Excellence as well as a checklist that individual institutions can utilize in working with the Standards. The members of the Task Force are of course aware that the Standards of Excellence may not be uniformly applicable or equally relevant in all situations. However, it is our belief that most of them are relevant in most situations. Of course, we also realize that some of the Standards, as well as the criteria by which to assess them, may be more or less applicable depending upon the comprehensiveness of the program of education and/or training involved.