School of Public Management and Administration hosts first Annual Undergraduate and Postgraduate Youth Conference
By Mareli Kruger
Posted on 08 December 2011
The School of Public Management and Administration held its first Annual Undergraduate and Postgraduate Youth Conference at the University of Pretoria.
The Conference, which aimed to provide a platform on which students, specifically those in their third year and postgraduate year of Public Administration studies, could explore some of the critical challenges that confront the developmental state.
The theme of the Conference was Capacity building in the developmental state. The broad range of subthemes included Effective policy management for efficient service delivery, Accountability and transparency in the public sector, Leadership and governance and Human resource management practices.
The level of dedication and participation of the delegates was outstanding. It encouraged an environment in which future academics and practitioners of public administration could share knowledge and ideas about how effective state building can be achieved. Approximately 80 delegates attended the Conference and was fortunate enough to listen to the keynote address delivered by the University of Pretoria’s Vice-Principal of Research and Postgraduate Education, Professor Stephanie Burton, as well as a welcoming message from the Director of the School of Public Management and Administration, Professor Jerry Kuye.
The Conference was overwhelmingly successful. Similar youth conferences are being planned for the future.