Greetings from the Executive Director
Since its establishment in 1999, the International Institute of Public Policy and Management (INPUMA) has contributed to the examination and discussion of issues of public policy and public administration. We are proud to say that we have been quite successful in our efforts throughout the nineteen years of our existence.
As part of the University of Malaya, INPUMA acts as a bridge between the University of Malaya and relevant government agencies involved with public policy and administration. Its location within a university context has been instrumental in shaping INPUMA’s work and activities.
At INPUMA, we seek to secure and combine the best of both worlds—the world of academia and the world of government. Being a knowledge-based but action-oriented Institute, INPUMA has always sought to combine theory with practice and knowledge with action.
INPUMA’s activities are centred around six main areas, namely: (i) an academic programme at the Master’s level called the ‘Master of Public Policy’ (MPP) programme ii) providing training and short courses for public officials from Malaysia and abroad, primarily through the Malaysian Technical Co-operation Programmes (MTCP) (iii) conducting seminars and conferences on topical issues at the national and international levels (iv) conducting public lectures and intellectual discourses on public policy (v) undertaking consultancy work and commissioned research funded by government agencies and GLCs, and more recently, and (vi) community engagement.
Our strategic partners, namely public agencies such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Prime Minister’s Department, the Economic Planning Unit, government-linked companies (GLCs) such as the Johor Corporation (JCorp), and Sime Darby, and foreign non-profit organisations including the Japan Foundation, Nippon Foundation, and the Asia Foundation, have successfully collaborated with INPUMA in conducting its various programmes throughout the years.
INPUMA also continuously keeps abreast with current issues, especially insofar as it impacts on public policy, administration and society, and attempt to analyse them with intellectual rigour through academic research, intellectual discourses, or at the more popular level, through public forums.
With the change in government, INPUMA looks forward to playing its role as an independent academic Institute within the university and contributing to the never-ending process of nation-building.
Professor Shakila Yacob (PhD)
The International Institute of Public Policy and Management (INPUMA)
University of Malaya