In these uncertain and challenging times, the Australia and New Zealand School of Government’s (ANZSOG’s) mission - to support outstanding public sector leadership - is critical. Now more than ever communities are turning to government for advice and leadership, and ongoing investment in public sector leadership is vital.
The global impact of COVID-19 has been felt across all sectors and ANZSOG has not been spared. The rapidly evolving situation has made implementing our education, thought leadership, research and advisory programs a complex ever-changing challenge.
In March, we made the difficult decision to defer several programs based on: advice from our government owners; the availability of faculty; and our responsibility to protect our people.
Since then, we have adapted to focus on online or virtual engagement, building on ANZSOG’s strengths and bringing public servants across Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand together. We have launched several new initiatives and successfully tailored several of our existing programs to suit the current environment.
Our foundation accredited program - the Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA), led by director Chris Walker, has moved completely to online delivery for the rest of 2020, ensuring participants can progress their studies despite uncertainty around international and domestic travel and the cessation of larger gatherings.
The EMPA is in many ways the ‘intellectual spine’ of ANZSOG’s education offerings. It is a contemporary public administration post-graduate degree designed specifically for public sector leaders to help strengthen their understanding of the core principles of public sector management, including the importance of public value and systems thinking.
Multiple EMPA subjects will be delivered online in 2020 and 2021 with public sector leaders across Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand learning and thriving in an engaging online environment. As soon as it is safe to do so, we are clearly keen to return to face-to-face offerings, but envision an opportunity for blended learning to underpin delivery of many of our subject offerings.
Applications for the 2021 EMPA are now open. Find out more here.
This year, we are delivering a new program: Towards Strategic Leadership: In a time of prolonged crisis led by Paul ‘t Hart and Robbie Macpherson. This online program, which starts on October 21, is designed specifically to help public sector leaders develop the qualities needed to thrive in these volatile and uncertain times: a strategic outlook, political astuteness, personal resilience and the capacity to reflect, collaborate, lead and learn continuously. Find out more here.
ANZSOG’s bespoke education workshops and masterclasses, developed in conjunction with our government owners, and ANZSOG’s executive education workshops are designed to build specific capabilities in public sector leaders. Courses and workshops have been tailored for the online environment with several successful deliveries completed since March. You can find out more about our bespoke offerings here and view current executive education workshops on the ANZSOG events page.
Since March, ANZSOG has launched several new initiatives designed to provide public sector leaders with accurate and timely research, evidence and support to help inform decision making at a time of immense pressure.
ANZSOG will continue to place the health, safety and wellbeing of our participants, faculty and staff at the heart of all our decision-making.
We continue to educate, inspire, enrich and connect public sector leaders across agencies, sectors, jurisdictions and nations. This is aimed at ensuring governments can deliver better outcomes for the citizens of Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand.
And we believe in uncertain times like this, our mission is more important than ever.
- Professor Ken Smith, ANZSOG Dean and CEO (Chief Executive Officer)