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University Council approves proposed MDMG program revisions

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by Ephraim C. Quiñones

The UPLB University Council has approved the proposal for the revision of the Master in Development Management and Governance (MDMG) on February 11, 2020. The proposed revisions consist of the institution of the Public Finance Management and Governance (PFMG) as an additional area of specialization; the institution of DMG 252: Applied Public Finance; and the cross listing of ECON 251: Advanced Public Economics as DMG 251. The proponents for the program revisions are Dr. Rhea L. Gumasing and Dr. Aileen V. Lapitan, with substantial inputs from all DMG program faculty. 

The institution of the PFMG specialization is envisioned to equip graduates with knowledge and skills about the management and governance of revenue generation, allocation, and utilization at the national agency and local government levels. Further, the proposed specialization aims at integrating public integrity and social responsibility values in the graduates’ learning, thereby embodying UP’s signature tradition of honor and excellence in the DMG student’s academic journey.

Meanwhile, the goal of the institution of DMG 252 is for the students to be able to develop skills for analyzing complex problems in public finance management and governance, as well as for designing innovative solutions and strategies for development. Cross listing of ECON 251 as DMG 251 would benefit from an advanced understanding of the application of microeconomic theory and the public choice approach to public finance. The course is deemed to provide students of development management and governance essential grounding in the principles underlying the role of the government in the attainment of development goals as well as the inner workings of public sector choices.

The next stage for the proposal is the deliberation and approval of the Board of Regents (BOR). Once approved, the program would be offered to both residential and off-campus students.

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