New master's program set for fall

Jan 09, 2003, vol. 26, no. 1

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SFU will enroll its first class of 20 students in an innovative new graduate program - the master's in public policy - in the fall of 2003.

The program, the first of its kind in western Canada, takes advantage of SFU's interdisciplinary strengths in policy research. Professors in economics, business administration, political science, education, communication and other disciplines will all be involved in teaching and public policy research associated with the program.

Acting program director Nancy Olewiler, a professor of economics, says the market for such a program is quite large, with both students and potential employers expressing interest.

A feature of the program is a summer internship with public or private sector organizations. One internship, sponsored by the Donner Foundation of Toronto, will support a student for each of the next five years to travel to Bangladesh to work on policy problems under faculty at the University of Business, Agriculture and Technology.

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