Russian Academy of Public Administration visits its Carleton partners

On March 28, Carleton University President Samy Mahmoud welcomed a delegation from the Russian Academy of Public Administration (RAPA), led by Dr. Vladmir Egorov, the rector of RAPA and former Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation. Founded in 1994, RAPA is the training and professional development arm of the Presidential Administration.

Initiated in 2004, the partnership between Carleton and RAPA is part of the Governance Advisory and Exchange Program (GAEP), which is a five-year $9.5 million program funded by the Canadian International Development Agency. Carleton’s participation is led by the School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA) with the Institute of European and Russian Studies (EURUS) also playing a significant role. Professor Leslie Pal is the project director.

The overall objective of this initiative is to assist RAPA in the development of a more professional public administration cadre to ensure a more stable, prosperous and democratic Russia that includes a market economy and responsive political institutions. Over the past three years, many activities have been undertaken, such as Russian study tours to Canada, and provision of teaching and advisory services by Carleton faculty including Susan Phillips, the director of the SPPA and Katherine Graham, the dean of the Faculty of Public Affairs. Other outputs included a Joint Certificate in Municipal Management.

Both sides believe that the collaboration is mutually beneficial. “RAPA is a very sophisticated and professional organization with strong leadership,” says Phillips. “It has been a great experience for our faculty to work with the municipal and regional managers from across Russia who have taken the joint certificate.”

During the meeting, Dr. Egorov announced that RAPA will award an honorary doctorate to Professor Piotr Dutkiewicz of EURUS in recognition of his long-standing involvement with RAPA and with other capacity-building projects in Russia. The degree will be conferred in October 2007 during the RAPA Convocation ceremonies in Moscow.

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