Eugene Lang wrote for:
The Globe and Mail
Bruce Hicks wrote for:
Director Alex Himelfarb Named to Top 25 Influential People List
Deadline for Fall 2015 applications: February 11, 2015
Upcoming course guests for Fall term 2014
Bob RAE, former Premier of Ontario
John McCALLUM, former Minister of National Defence
and former Chief Economist, Royal Bank
Kevin PAGE, former Parliamentary Budget Officer
Recent 2013-14 guests have included:
Mr. David Mulroney, Mr. Dominique Wolton, Hon. Pierre Pettigrew, Dr. Clayton Ruby, Amb. Marie-Anne Coninsx, Mr. Paul Heinbecker, Ms. Marie-Lucie Morin, Senator David Smith, Mr. Robert Calderisi, Ms. Marianne McLean, Mr. Tony Giles, Mr. Craig Scott, Mr. Irvin Studin, Mr. Eric Morse.
Alex Himelfarb, GSPIA andOfficial Blog:
" My colleagues and I would like to welcome you warmly to the School of Public and International Affairs. You will find here a friendly and intellectually stimulating environment, as well as exciting career opportunities both at home and abroad.
The School's young and dynamic Faculty members are active researchers in their fields with expertise in a wide variety of areas including immigration and refugee policy, the environment, international development, health systems, citizen participation, and issues of governance at all levels.
Our students come from diverse academic backgrounds. All are bilingual, some speak three or more languages. Many have spent time abroad either on exchange or in some professional capacity. Some have already acquired valuable work experience in government, the media, or community service. We are especially proud of this rich diversity and wish to build on it by making available to them an array of internships as well as exchanges with sister programmes in Quebec and abroad.
Thanks among others to the Director of the School and the Civil-Servant-in-Residence, students have direct contact with leading public figures in Canadian and international life. The School therefore offers a unique opportunity for expanding one's horizons. We are confident that you will find your time at the School an unforgettable experience. "
Graduate Programme Director
Housed within Canada’s first bilingual School of Public Affairs, our program offers a unique, high-quality bilingual education that will prepare you for leadership roles in public life. Through this two-year degree, you will become well versed not only in public policy and administration, but in public affairs — a broader examination of Canadian public institutions and
the domestic and international settings in which they function.
Our program is unique in Canada, building on four fundamental dimensions which respond to critical needs of public life:
1. Public Affairs. You will develop an understanding of how the processes of policy-making and public management are shaped by structures and forces beyond the public sector. You will examine how public decision-making is led and constrained by economic processes and actors. You will also look at the relationship between state structures and civil society, exploring the emergence of new forms of governance that transcend state and civil society.
2. Bilingualism. Key to our program is developing fully bilingual leaders. We expect a strong presence of both Anglophones and Francophones among the student body. You will pursue your studies in English and French. All professors and personnel are bilingual. Guest lectures, colloquia, and seminars are conducted in both official languages. Student exchanges to partner universities further strengthen your bilingualism. This focus responds to a demand from federal and provincial governments for fully bilingual leaders and public service employees.
3. Interdisciplinarity. Our program draws upon several disciplines and areas including Canadian Studies, Economics, History, International Studies, Law, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, and Women’s Studies. Only an interdisciplinary approach can capture the wealth of interrelationships at play within our understanding of public affairs.
4. International context. Our curriculum places Canadian public institutions in their international context. For instance, you will explore how public decision-making is structured by international economic and social forces. You will analyze how the Canadian state functions within an international system of state structures and international organizations, through which public goods and issues increasingly are conceived on a global basis. It is critical that future public leaders comprehend these international processes of change, and can develop the appropriate strategies.