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The MSc in Computer Science by Negotiated Learning (MSc.NL) Cloud Computing Stream which is delivered jointly by the UCD School of Computer Science and Informatics and the IPA has been announced as the outright winner of Postgraduate Course of the Year - IT at the recent Postgrad Ireland Postgraduate Course of the Year Awards 2012. The Awards were voted for by students and judged by an independent panel of industry experts.
For details of the MSc.NL click here.

New Report: Strategic Collaboration in Local Government
The latest local government research series report produced by the Institute of Public Administration is titled Strategic Collaboration in Local Government: A review of International Examples of Strategic Collaboration in Local Government. Given the current economic climate of limited resources, increasing demands on services and complex community expectations, it is important that councils look at strategic collaborations and partnerships, as they are doing, as ways to respond to these challenges.  This report aims to provide guidance on different forms of strategic collaboration. To view report click here.

Training and Development Public Course Schedule confirmed for February to June 2012.
Download Schedule Here.


Minister, Ruairi Quinn, TD was guest of honour at a reception to mark the occasion of the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) becoming a Recognised College of University College Dublin (UCD) in Newman House, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 on Monday 30 January at 4.00pm.

Since its foundation in 1957, the Institute of Public Administration has promoted excellence in public service. The Institute of Public Administration (IPA) is a unique and prestigious specialist academic institution. It is the Irish national centre for development of best practice in public administration and public management, and it provides education and training tailored to the needs of (but not exclusively provided to) public servants. The IPA also has an important research function which offers an evidence base, an intellectual resource and a forum for discussion and debate on public policy and administration. It has a long-standing and distinguished record of responding positively and creatively to the professional and educational needs of public servants. The Institute is continuing this tradition by becoming a Recognised College of UCD.

The rationale and vision for a closer relationship between the IPA and UCD is that Ireland needs to ensure that its public service is leading global practice. This is central to national welfare and competitiveness.  A critical element to the continuous upgrading of public service performance is access to and engagement with world-class skills and knowledge development.  Our vision is that that, building on the experience, capacity and reputation of the IPA and UCD, Ireland can create a European-wide recognised centre of expertise where top leaders from the Irish and indeed European public sector and further afield come to develop their skills and competencies sets.

UCD and IPA are ideal partners to pursue this common vision.  UCD’s strengths complement the mission of the IPA.  UCD has academic expertise and critical mass in key areas such as Business, Law, Social Sciences, Computer Science, Public Health, Architecture, Planning and Civil Engineering which provide the ideal academic underpinning for partnership with IPA to provide research, consultancy, education and training across the public service, health and local government.
On a very practical level, all students in future enrolling on IPA programmes will receive their awards from UCD.  For new IPA students the access to pathways of learning available through a major university such as UCD will be a major bonus.
The IPA will remain a separate body with its own Board and governance arrangement but the partnership will open up many new opportunities for clients in Ireland and internationally in the areas of joint academic programmes, joint research activities, joint delivery on international programmes and sharing of technology, library and other facilities.

Public Sector IT Conference
Minister Eamon Ryan TD to open the 6th Annual Public Sector IT Conference 14th October 2010

New Report from the IPA
In the first report in a new series entitled ‘State of the Public Service’ by the IPA, Muiris MacCarthaigh surveys progress in the agency rationalizations announced in Budget 2009 and the An Bord Snip Nua report of last year. He finds that while the overall number of national non-commercial state agencies has decreased slightly to 249 organisations, progress has been slow and a number of issues are delaying progress. The report also identifies a wide variety of appointment mechanisms to the over 2,300 positions on Boards and governing authorities of non-commercial state agencies in Ireland. With more agency rationalizations expected later this year, more realistic timeframes will be necessary to realise necessary budgetary savings. To download a copy of the report Click here.

Address by Ombudsman and Information Commissioner, Emily O'Reilly at Governance Conference
The Ombudsman and Information Commissioner, Emily O´Reilly, gave an address at the Institute of Public Administration/Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accounting Conference on "Good governance: Values and Culture or Rules and Regulations" on the 9th March. Press Release

Modernisation and Change: Public Services in 2010
Winter Seminar Series

Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland
The Healthcare Management Section
Presents a free half-day seminar on:
‘The Leadership Quest in Healthcare Delivery Systems’ Friday 16 October 2009, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan TD to address IPA Seminar
Department-Agency Relations and the Performance Dialogue on 28 May 2009

European eGovernment Awards

Seminar announced
Moving Mediation into the Workplace, 30 April 2009

Public Policy Seminar announced
PMDS - Implementing the Task Force Recommendations, 21 April 2009

Public Policy Seminar announced
Housing Bill 2008 – Implications for Local Authorities, 3 April 2009

John and Miriam Carver to address IPA’s Governance Forum, 25 March 2009

Applications now being invited for The Leadership Challenge
An intensive Leadership Development Programme for Senior Public Servants

New Books from the IPA

Local Authority Times (Vol. 12, No. 3)

Local Authority Times (Vol 12 No. 1&2)

Local Authority Times (Vol 11 No. 4)

Pensions Tender Document

50th Anniversary Celebrations

Editor - Publications Department

Local Authority Times Autumn 2007

Comhspeisialtóir Seirbhísí Gaeilge Nua ag IPA

Local Authority Times Summer 2007

Successful Apartment Living - Combating Urban Sprawl Conference

Fitzgerald Report on Moyross and other areas of Limerick City

Leadership In the Irish Context – A Woman’s Perspective

Understanding Irish Public Administration Lecture Series

Local Authority Times Spring 2007

ICS/IPA Public Sector Conference - 2 March 2007

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