Deans' Welcome Message

In early 2012, we were each searching for a partner university on the Pacific rim to help us develop a dynamic, solutions-oriented public policy program for a global constituency.  Our search led very quickly to a partnership that resulted in the innovative joint Global Master of Public Policy (Global MPP).

The Global MPP is unique in many ways. It may be the first master of public policy degree tailored for both public and private sector leaders who possess significant executive experience.  Not only is the degree a partnership between two leading universities, it is taught in world-class cities around the Pacific Rim including Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Shanghai and Beijing. The degree is global with respect to the networks of students, faculty, and ideas it brings together.  In brief, we believe the Global MPP will set the standard for future degrees of its kind.

The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and the HKU Faculty of Social Sciences are distinctive and highly regarded in the U.S. and Asia. The universities in which they are embedded are world class. Our faculty and students alike share a common concern for the public good and a vision for a better tomorrow. Our schools strive to inspire thought and advocate solutions that begin locally and resonate globally.

We appreciate your interest in the Global MPP. We believe your pursuit of the degree is the beginning of your mastery of problems whose solution is vital to people around the world.

Jack KnottJack H. Knott


C.Erwin and Ione L. Piper Chair and Professor

University of Southern California, USC






John P Burns

John P. Burns


Chair Professor of Politics and Public Administration

Faculty of Social Sciences, HKU




The University of Hong Kong

As one of the most international cities in Asia, Hong Kong is a vibrant city exhibiting the essence of the East meeting the West. Established in 1911, HKU is Hong Kong’s oldest university. With a student population of over 20,000 and some 1,000 internationally recruited academic staff, HKU is a prestigious English-language university and one of the best research universities in the Asia-Pacific region, nurturing well-rounded graduates with a global perspective and life-long learning capabilities.

Department of Politics and Public Administration, Faculty of Social Sciences

The Department of Politics and Public Administration, the University of Hong Kong, is a founding department of the Faculty of Social Sciences. The teaching of politics and public administration at the University of Hong Kong can be traced back to the beginning of the last century, with the first political science course being offered in 1915. The University planned to set up an academic unit modeled after the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1937. This led to the creation of the Department of Economics and Political Science from which the Department of Political Science emerged in 1970. In September 1993, the department was renamed the Department of Politics and Public Administration to better reflect its long-standing commitment to teaching and research in both political science and public administration.

Located in Hong Kong, the gateway to China and Asia, the Department is uniquely positioned to offer researchers and students insights for the study of politics in the region. The Department regularly hosts international workshops and conferences, and receives visiting scholars from all over the world. Faculty members are well-connected locally, regionally and internationally. They have served as consultants or advisors for the Hong Kong Government, UNESCO, The Asian Development Bank, The World Bank, UNISRD and OECD, and have been invited to major universities as keynote speakers and expert panelists.


University of Southern California

USC is a leading private research university located in Los Angeles — a global center for arts, technology and international business. It is home to the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and 21 exceptional academic schools and units. USC’s Health Sciences campus houses renowned specialized care and research in cancer, stem cell and regenerative medicine, orthopedics and sports medicine. The university is the largest private sector employer in the city of Los Angeles, responsible for $5 billion annually in economic activity in the region.

The Sol Price School of Public Policy 

In today’s world of dynamic change and globalization, social challenges have become increasingly complex. Solving society’s most pressing issues – including sustainability and the environment, healthcare reform, immigration, infrastructure, urban development, social planning and policy, affordable housing and governance – now requires innovation and collaboration. These issues call for leaders who are able to move beyond their areas of expertise and work across the public, private and nonprofit sectors to find vital solutions.

Through its interdisciplinary approach, the Price School educates students to serve as innovators – and leaders – in their field. The school’s degree programs draw on the expertise of faculty and practicing professionals to create a learning environment whose breadth and depth sets the Price School apart from all schools of its kind. In 2012, the school ranked sixth nationwide among “America’s Best Graduate Schools” for public affairs, according to U.S. News & World Report.