Founded in December 2010, the Department of Public Administration mainly undertakes the organizing and managerial work of the Center for MPA Education of NPU. Currently the department has 9 faculty and staff members, including 1 professor, 4 associate professors, 2 lecturers and 2 secretaries, and 5 faculty members hold a Ph.D. Degree.
Of MPA education, the size of the student body is now over 600 and the characteristics of ‘humanistic care with technological environment, interdisciplinary efforts through multi-department cooperation, and promoting quality by focusing research field’ have formed. Besides, the MPA education had successfully passed the State MPA Teaching Conformity Assessment in July 2013.
Of scientific research, the department is attentively devoted to academic and applicable research to meet social demands and has formed 2 featured research fields, i.e., Government Public Relations and Public Project Management. In order to meet the emerging state demands for ‘modernization of governance’ and ‘new type of urbanization’, the department is actively fostering 2 research directions, namely ‘Urban Social Governance in 21 Century’ and ‘Urban Public Project Management’.
In recent years, the faculty members have published 6 books and more than 60 articles; meanwhile, they have hosted more than 10 projects, some of which are funded by the national social/natural science foundation. Together with the government of Beilin District of Xi’an City, the department is now to build the Research Base of Xi’an Social Governance Innovation.