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THEME: Africa’s Renewal in the Era of Sustainable Development: Shared Responsibility for Strengthening Institutions

UNDP awarded Iceland with the gold certification for its transformative gender equality efforts under the UNDP Gender Equality Seal ProgrammeThe Seal initiative works with public institutions and organizations across the world to achieve excellency in standards to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment. Iceland is the first donor country to be awarded with such a certification by UNDP.

The award was presented by Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator, to Thórdís Kolbrún Gylfadóttir Reykfjörd, Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, during a ceremony in New York (see below a photo of the ceremony!). UNDP has partnered with the Directorate for International Development Cooperation of Iceland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2019 on this initiative, including with its missions in Uganda and Malawi.

For further information, please contact us at Genderseal

Department of Public Administration

Are you interested in studying abroad in Korea? 2022 Fall Yonsei Graduate School online application for International Students is now open. The Department of Public Administration is looking for promising international students who lead future governments and contribute to solving global social issues.

The Department of Public Administration at Yonsei University pioneered the Public Administration program in South Korea and has since become a center for academic research and education in the field. The Department offers both undergraduate (BA) and graduate (MA and Ph.D.) programs in Public Administration and ranks as one of the top programs in the nation with 18 standing faculty members whose cutting-edge research is internationally recognized. Our graduates play leading roles in government, finance, public and private corporations, academia, media, and NGOs. The Department takes pride in its tradition of more than sixty years for its contribution to Korean society and now aims for global excellence in research and education.

As a part of our MA program, we offer KOICA-YONSEI Global Master of e-Government and Public Management program, which aims to strengthen the administrative and policy capacities of e-Governments in ASEAN countries. We offer a variety of lectures conducted entirely in English or in Korean to ensure that our students are given a strong competitive edge.

In addition to these academic programs, we provide a rewarding education and research environment to international students and operate a buddy program and mentoring program to help international students adapt to life in Korea. 

If you are ready, find out when and how to apply for graduate admission.

We are looking forward to receiving your application!

2022 Graduate School Admissions for International Students


Application Procedure

2022 Fall Admission


Application Period

2022. 4. 22.(Fri) ~ 4. 29.(Fri) 17:00



2022. 5. 27.(Fri)


Final Announcement

2022. 6. 17.(Fri)


Top-ranked Graduate Programs

Master’s Program

The master’s course covers basic theories of policy making in public administration. Its curriculum is divided into three paths in order to provide a broad range of theories and practical knowledge in different fields of public administration and policy. Each year approximately 20 students are admitted to the MA program and currently 60 master’s students are enrolled.
After master’s degrees are granted, students pursue their professional careers in research institutes, public agencies, and the private sector or continue toward doctoral degrees at Yonsei or abroad.
Courses offered in this program include (but are not limited to): Public Administration Theory, Public Policy, and Applied Study.

Doctoral Program

Courses in the doctoral program are divided into six major areas, allowing intensive study in the fields in which students are more interested. The program puts a strong emphasis on methodological rigor, providing solid training in research methods and statistics. Each year approximately 10 students are accepted to the doctoral program. After doctoral degrees are awarded, 50 graduates of the Ph.D. program teach at four-year universities nationwide as leading scholars in the discipline.
Courses offered in this program include (but are not limited to): Public Administration Theory, Public Management and Human Resources, Public Budgeting & Finance, Public Policy Theory, Urban and Local Administration, and Applied Policy Studies.


Regular scholarships are awarded by the university headquarters according to school policy to those students who, through an impartial screening process, have been determined to show outstanding academic performance (Global Leader Fellowship, Outstanding International Student Scholarship I, Outstanding International Student Scholarships II, Outstanding International Student Scholarship III). Aside from this, the Department of Public Administration offers its own scholarships including YUPA Global Excellence Fellowship, Rhee Yang Soo Fellowship, and BK Fellowship. The Department of Public Administration has been selected as one of the implementing institutions of the BK21 FOUR government scholarship project from September 2020 to August 2027, providing various scholarships and research support programs to excellent graduate students.

2022_FALL_Department of Public Administration_Application PDF   2022_FALL_Yonsei University_Application Guidelines for International Students PDF

Click here to apply

African Leaders of Tomorrow Webinar Report Organized by the African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) dated 29th November 2021 under the Webinar Theme: Strengthening Institutions for the Attainment of Agenda 2063 and SDGs: A Collaborative Response.


APRM and AAPAM sign an MOU during the launch of APRM baseline study on implementation of the un-cepa principles of effective governance for sustainable development in Africa on Tuesday 28th September 2021. The MOU concretizes both organization’s objectives and mandate of promoting development in Africa as envisioned by Agenda 2063 and the SDGs.


This presentation is drawn from the book Fourth industrial revolution and rural development a catalyst connect between rural and urban development in Culture and Rural-Urban Revitalization chapter 12 in South Africa: Indigenous knowledge, Policies and planning edited by Mziwoxolo Sirayi, Modimowabarwa Kanyane and Giulio Verdini, Routledge published in 2021.


Re-imagining governance in Africa through a people-driven developmental approach – with specific reference to Indigenous Knowledge Systems (Prof Isioma ILE) School of Government University of the Western Cape Cape Town, South Africa SPECIAL WEBINAR OF THE APRM NATIONAL SECRETARIATS COORDINATING COMMITTEE (NSCC) 16th APRIL 2021


Beyond an undoubtedly disruptive impact, Industry 4.0 or the Fourth Industrial Revolution can, according to Ndung’u & Signe (2020) also rebalance value creation in Africa: it could usher in solutions to challenges like low-quality education, climate change, vulnerability and and poor service delivery, and groundbreaking technologysuch as artificial intelligence (AI) could, alongside with enabling empowerment
policies, improve business, health care and livelihoods of all and bring about the inclusivity envisaged by the 2030 SDGs.


Theme: “Reimagining talent management practices to foster workforce skills in response to the advancement in technologies and market needs”


Supporting Public Servants to Deliver Generation Equality Commitments

Apolitical is a peer-to-peer learning network for governments, connecting 100k+ public servants in over 170 countries to the latest and best ideas, skills and partners they need to solve today’s complex challenges. One of our key focus areas is gender equality. Based on our experience of working closely with public servants, we have found that even with the best political will, governments can fall short in making and/ or implementing programs and policies that will bring about transformational change toward gender equality. This can be due to a lack of access to: gender-specific policies that have worked in other contexts to adapt; research to guide decision-making; peers to learn and collaborate with; and skills for effective implementation.


Auditing practices is one of the key sub-components of public financial management primarily concerned with examining and ascertaining whether public resources were used for the purposes they were budgeted for in line with the set regulations. The objective of this research was to determine the impact of auditing as practiced in Ghana’s district assemblies (DAs) on service delivery. The study used a mixed methods research design to collect qualitative and quantitative data through questionnaires, interviews, focus group discussions, and document analysis. Thirty-four districts out of 170 that existed in 2008 were sampled. The study gathered information from 612 DA officials, 1020 citizens, 28 key informants and 20 participants in focus group discussions. Quantitative data was measured by using scaled-items, and analysed using descriptive statistics and multiple regression. For qualitative data, the researcher used thematic summary analysis. According to the findings, citizens rated service delivery poorly, whereas district assembly officials rated service delivery as satisfactory. The research also found that auditing practices had a positive but insignificant effect on service delivery. The study recommends that district assemblies and authorities work hard to integrate and improve innovative communication tools such as websites, Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp to supplement the interaction activities of auditors, those who implement audit findings, and other stakeholders. DAs should increase the current capacity of audit staff.  DAs should also work towards strengthening the role of sector audit implementation committees, ensure strict enforcement of audit reports, and enforce sanctions of officers culpable of malpractices.

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