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04 August 2015

MBRSG Hosts First 'MPA Poster Presentation'

Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG), a research and teaching institution focusing on public policy in the Arab world, today hosted its first exhibition on scientific research for the current batch of students enrolled into its Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. 
Titled ‘MPA Poster Presentation’, the event saw a total of 41 MPA students presenting their research projects and providing information on the progress they have achieved to date. 
Participants received initial evaluation through profound discussions of their research projects with the judging panel, which included Professor Wil Williams, Commissioner – Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), Professor Raed Awamleh, Dean of Mohammad Bin Rashid School of Government, and Professor Rhys Rowland, Director of Academic Affairs - MBRSG. 
Commenting on the initiative, His Excellency, Dr Ali Seba Al Marri, Executive President, MBRSG, said: “Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government places special focus on scientific research for their crucial role in enhancing the academic landscape as well as the public policy domain. This event articulates the school’s tradition of providing students with the necessary skills to conduct effective researches in compliance with the highest academic standards.”
He added: “We provide our students with direction and support to help them achieve their capacity regardless of their professional background. After graduation, our students are well equipped to implement best practices in public sector organizations. The courses that we offer at MBSRG are in line with the objectives outlined in the UAE Vision 2021, which aims to build the capacity of UAE nationals through honing their innovative skills, while enhancing their engagement and integration into various sectors of the economy.”
Professor Raed Awamleh, Dean of Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG), said: “The MPA Poster Presentation witnessed the participation of 41 MPA students in the school. The platform allowed them the opportunity to showcase their research projects and discuss them with members of the jury specialized in public administration.”
Commenting on the importance of the experience, Awamleh said: “With this event, the MPA students have reached halfway in their research work in cooperation with their supervisors.” 
On his part, Professor Rhys Rowland, Director of the Academic Affairs Department at MBRSG, said: “This is a totally new approach different from the traditional evaluation methods in the school. Each student summarises his or her research project with main points, major topic of the research, and references. It is also a novel approach that enables students to discuss their projects academically and prepare a comprehensive outline of their academic experience. In addition, it saves the time and efforts of students and their supervisors.” 
He added: “The school’s faculty and management is always keen to put together new curricula and methodologies that contribute to developing governmental performance. We achieve this through improving the leadership skills of students and participants, while raising awareness on the management and public policy aspects of governance.” 
MPA students from various governmental departments in the UAE commended the vital role of the school and its faculty for their support in providing them with promising potential for a bright career. 
Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government is committed to promoting good governance through enhancing the region’s capacity for effective public policy. The school uses a four-pronged approach, which includes applied research in public policy and management, academic programs in public policy and administration, executive education programs and knowledge forums for scholars and policy makers.
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