- KDI School now has two and only accredited policy programs in Korea -
■ KDI School of Public Policy and Management (KDI School) announced Thursday that it received accreditation for its Master of Development Policy (MDP) program by Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), making it the second program with NASPAA accreditation in Korea after its Master of Public Policy (MPP) attained accreditation in 2014.
○ NASPAA's Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA) is a globally recognized accreditor in the field, and has been ensuring excellence in public service education since 1970.
○ 2016-2017 roster of accredited programs shows 191 programs at 177 schools, including prestigious institutes such as Syracuse University, Columbia University, and University of Washington.
○ During a site visit for accreditation, KDI School earned high regard of COPRA for its student diversity, unique curriculum and global environment as well as comprehensive support system for students.
○ Accreditation cycle is 7 years, but accredited programs are required to submit an annual report between the cycles to continue conversation with COPRA about program maintenance and improvement.
■ Now with two accredited programs, KDI School has further established itself as a front-runner of policy education in Korea.
○ With MDP accreditation, KDI School expects to see an increase in educational demand in development policy and a wider array of opportunities for international cooperations.
■ “I find the accreditation news more meaningful as we are celebrating the 20th anniversary this year," Hong-Tack Chun, Dean of KDI School, said. "I have strong confidence that KDI School will emerge on the world stage in the next 20 years as a leader and a knowledge hub of policy and development education."
Inquiries: Hye-Jung Yang (Head, External Relations and Development Division)