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  • The Young Scholar Paper Seminar of the 2022 Asian Association for Public Administration (AAPA) Annual Conference Successfully Held

    On September 10, 2022, the Young Scholar Paper Seminar of the 2022 Asian Association for Public Administration(AAPA) annual conference was successfully held online. Theseminaris co-hosted by the Asian Association for Public Administration, the China Institute for Urban GovernanceatShanghai Jiao Tong University and the Institute for Sustainable Development GoalsatTsinghua University. Itis a pre-conference event of the 2022 Asian Association for Public Administration (AAPA) Annual Conference, designed specifically for young scholars all over Asia as well as the world. The theme of the seminar is “New Governance Challenges towards Sustainable Development Goals in Asia and the World”and its purpose is to build an academic community for early-careerscholars and advise them on academic and professional development.Professor Jiannan Wu, on behalf of AAPA andChina Institute for Urban GovernanceatShanghai Jiao Tong University, hosted the opening ceremony and welcomed all of the participants. Professor Xufeng Zhu then gave an opening address stating the mission of the Young Scholar Paper Seminar and the challenges towards Sustainable Development Goalsrepresenting Tsinghua University.The seminar also invited Professor Eduardo Araral from Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at National University of Singapore to deliver a keynote speech on research design and journal publication. Professor Araral shared his 30-year experiences of publications. He then used his personal experience with top journals (e.g., Public Administration Review, Nature Human Behavior)to provide 6 tips on how to write high-quality research articles and prepare for peer-reviews: 1.good research question: OH? AHA? SO WHAT?; 2. good theory/conceptual operational model; 3. good data/story; 4.Robust analysis; 5. Good storytelling/writing/ABC;and 6. interesting, innovative results.Afterthe keynote speech, young scholarsfrom China, Japan, Philippines, South Korea, andZimbabwehave presented their ongoing researchprojects. Professor Haozhi Pan from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Professor Huanming Wang from Dalian University of Technology, Professor Fanrong Meng from Xi’an Jiao Tong University,and Professor Alfred Wu from National University of Singapore served as the moderators and discussants,givingconstructive comments and suggestions to help young scholars improve their research designs.This seminar has successfully builtan academic communication platform for Asianyoung scholars and provided adviceonproducing high-quality academic articlesfor the coming AAPA annual conference as well as future publications.

  • [International Webinar] Good and Best Practices in Inter-Local Cooperation: An International Perspective

    Join us on September 10, 2020 (Thursday), 2:00-5:00 PM (Philippine Standard Time), for the part two of the international webinar on “Good and Best Practices on Inter-Local Cooperation: An International Perspective.” This time, we have invited speakers from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia and the Philippines.This webinar is in partnership with Asian Association of Public Administration (AAPA), Indonesian Association of Public Administration (IAPA) and Asian Group for Public Administration (AGPA).Register now!Link: you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at pspawebinar@gmail.comThank you very much and see you online!

  • [UN DESA] Capacity Development Webinar Series

    Capacity Development Webinar Serieson“Leveraging Digital Government Spearheading Innovative Digital Solutions to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic in Caribbean SIDS”When: 23 September 2020 1:00 – 3:30 pm (EDT)Where: Cisco WebEx and Live FacebookThe United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), through its Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG), is organizing a Webinar Series on “Leveraging Public Governance Spearheading Innovative Solutions to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic”. The Webinar Series addresses the needs of developing countries, including countries in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Asia and the Pacific.This Webinar, which focuses on SIDS in the Caribbean subregion, is organized by UN DESA in collaboration with the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN ECLAC) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat with the support of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU). The webinar has also been designed to contribute to the ongoing discussions in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) around, inter alia, digital government emanating from the 9th Special Emergency Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government held on 15 April 2020 to agree on a way forward to the Community's battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.The objective of the Webinar is to discuss challenges and share lessons learned in the Caribbean on how governments are addressing COVID-19 and what governance capacities are needed to confront the crisis. In particular, the Webinar will address the critical role of digital government in the Caribbean in the post COVID-19 era and how technology partnerships can be mobilized in the subregion in the fight against the pandemic.Register online here:

  • [International Webinar] Good and Best Practices in Inter-Local Cooperation: An International Perspective

    We are pleased to inform you to the we will be having a two-part international webinar titled, “Good and Best Practices in Inter-Local Cooperation: An International Perspective” to be held on August 27, 2020 and September 10, 2020, respectively via Zoom Video Communications Inc. This webinar will be a platform to discuss a burning concern of public administration and local governance, that of inter-local cooperation.We are happy to let you know that our keynote speaker for August 27 will be Professor Akira Nakamura, one of the founding leaders and board member of AAPA.We will also have speakers from Indonesia and the Philippines. Speaking for Japan will be Professor Jun Matsunami, also a member of the Board of AAPA.Schedule Time: August 27, 2020 02:00 - 05:00 PM (Philippines Standard Time: PST)Please register via Zoom:

  • The AAPA participated in the 19th session of the CEPA, United Nations.

    The Asian Association for Public Administration participated and upload our input and voice to the 19th session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration, United Nations.You can download ourinput and voice from this link. 19th session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration will take place from 13 to 28 May 2020 in a virtual format. The Committee will discuss how to promote effective governance and institutional reform to accelerate delivery of the SDGs, among other matters, with particular reference to the COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery, including:- Institutional aspects of the 2020 theme of the Economic and Social Council and the high-level political forum on sustainable development.- Effective governance for sustainable development: putting principles into practice and reviewing outcomes.- Government and public sector workforce of the future.- Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies and providing access to justice for all.- Emerging issues in public financial management and budgeting for the Sustainable Development Goals.- Training and awareness-raising for the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Performance Management & HRM Reform Seminar in Ho Chi Minh City on May 8 and Hanoi on May 12, 2017

    AAPA President Pan Suk Kim delivered a special speech on performance management and HRM Reform in Ho Chi Minh City on May 8 and Hanoi on May 12, 2017. This event was sponsored by the [Vietnamese] Ministry of Home Affairs and the Asian Development Bank-Vietnam Resident Mission. He talked about the application of the meritocracy principle in government as well as performance management (focusing on performance appraisal and performance-related pay) and human resource management (HRM) reform in government based on the Korean experience.

  • Policy Platform on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Chengdu, China on September 23, 2016

    The Policy Platform 1 on Sustainable Development Goals: what will it take was held during the 2016 IIAS-IASIA Joint International Congress in Chengdu, China on September 23, 2016.Panelists include: Prof. Pan Suk Kim (Chair; Yonsei University, South Korea), Prof. Demetrios Argyriades (Facilitator; John Jay College, NY), Prof. Jeanne-Marie Col (Presenter; John Jay College, NY; Board Member, Institute for Conscious Global Change), Dr. Katinka Weinberger (Presenter; Chief of the Environment and Development Policy Section, UNESCAP, Bangkok), Dr. Jose-Antonio Puppim de Oliveira (Presenter; Editor of PAD and Professor of Public Management at Fundação Getulio Vargas, Brazil), Prof. Zhiyong Gerald Lan (Presenter; Tsinghua University, China), and Prof. Lei Liu (Presenter; Sichuan University, China).A substantial number of conference participants attended in this panel including: Dr. Jiang Wu (Former President of the Chinese Academy of Personnel Sciences and President of AGPA), Dr. Masahiro Horie (Chair of the IIAS’ Program and Research Advisory Committee), Madam Helen Argyriades (former official of the UNICEF), Prof. P.S. Reddy (Member of the IASIA’s Board of Management and Professor at University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa), and many others.Dr. Jiang Wu announced to have a follow-up working group meeting on “Public Administration and Sustainable Development Goals” at Xiamen University, Fujian (located between Hong Kong and Shanghai), China on September 21-23, 2017. Conceptual, thematic discourse and geographical implementation cases are welcomed.* More related information can be found at the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform's website,

  • Speaking of the Hubogent in the New Era of Artificial Intelligence

    Google DeepMind Challenge Match between AlphaGo (a computer Go program developed by Google DeepMind) and Lee Sedol (an 18-time world champion of Go/Baduk) played in Seoul, South Korea in March of 2016. AlphaGo won all but the fourth game. After the match, the Korea Baduk Association awarded AlphaGo the highest Go grandmaster rank – an honorary 9 dan.This event really triggered in-depth discussion of artificial intelligence (AI) and the emergence of the 4th generational industrial revolution. In 2006, Ray Kurzweil published his book entitled “The Singularity Is Near” and it has been the #1 bestseller on Amazon in both science and philosophy. This book is about artificial intelligence and the future of humanity and he predicts the technological advances will transform people as they augment their minds and bodies with genetic alterations, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence (AI).In line with such development, the Asian Association for Public Administration (AAPA) sponsored the ICT Platform Society’s 2016 Summer Conference ( held at Chung-Ang University in Seoul on July 1, 2016. Professors Kilpyo Hong and Pan Suk Kim presented a paper entitled “Speaking of the Hubogent in the New Era of Artificial Intelligence” at the invited special session of the ICT Platform Society’s Summer Conference. Professor Choong-sik Chung also presented a paper entitled “Searching for a New Direction of Government Operation in the Era of the Hubogent.” The term hubogent refers to a humanized robotic agent and this term was first coined by Hong, Kim, and Chung during their presentations on July 1, 2016.News Reports on July 4, 2016ET News: Daily: Net: publication in the Public Money and Management:Kim, Pan Suk and Hong, Kilpyo. 2017. Debate: Humanized Robotic Agents in Government: the emergence of 'Hubogent,' Public Money and Management, volume 37, number 2, pp. 131-132. Available at:

  • The 66th UN DPI/NGO Conference in Gyeongju, South Korea from May 30 to June 1, 2016

    The 66th United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI)/Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Conference will be held in the City of Gyeongju, Republic of Korea from 30 May to 1 June 2016. AAPA delegates (AAPA President and Executive Secretary) will participate in this conference.The Conference title is “Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Together.” This conference is an important opportunity to mobilize global civil society around the Sustainable Development Goals. Conference participants will strive to define culturally appropriate international and regional messaging, learning and advocacy strategies, partnerships and governmental accountability frameworks including financing for development. By focusing on education for global citizenship, the 66th UN DPI/NGO Conference aims to build on the centrality of education and global citizenship as the bedrock of sustainable development and climate action.The purpose of this conference, rooted in Sustainable Development Goal number 4, is to harness strategies, expertise and resources across the widest spectrum of civil society to unleash a range of education initiatives that ensure inclusive, safe and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. Three pillars of i) formal education, ii) informal education and training, and iii) advocacy and public information will be examined as means to correct gender, ability, social, economic and other inequalities that create or perpetuate marginalization and disenfranchisement, and thus, hinder achievement of Goal 4, and each of the additional sixteen Sustainable Development Goals.On behalf of the Asian Association for Public Administration (as an organization which has Special Consultative Status of the UN ECOSOC), AAPA President Pan Suk Kim and AAPA Executive Secretary Ry Taein Park participated in this conference in Gyeongju, South Korea on May 30, 2016.

  • Burapha University in Bangsaen, Chonburi Province, Thailand

    Burapha University ( originated from Bangsaen Educational College which was the first regional tertiary educational institute, established in 1955. Subsequently, it became a campus of Srinakharinwirot University and was renamed Srinakharinwirot University, Bangsaen Campus in 1974. In 1990, it was again renamed Burapha University and later became autonomous in 2008. Bangsaen (in Chonburi Province) is located 85 km south of Bangkok, just an hour's drive from the Suvarnabhumi Airport (also known as the Bangkok International Airport).Faculty of Political Science and Law (Dean: Ekkawit Maneethorn),Burapha University, Bangsaen, Chonburi Province, Thailand. Asian Association for Public Administration (AAPA) will have its 2016 annual conference in the Faculty of Political Science and Law at Burapha University in Bangsaen (located between Bangkok and Pattaya), Chonburi Province in Thailand on February 19-20, 2016. For details of the 2016 AAPA Annual Conference, please visit the following site:/contents/bbspage/xbd/board.php?bo_table=m2_db1wr_id=15Public Administration Association of Thailand (PAAT):PAAT President: Professor Supachai Yavaprabhas (Chulalongkorn University)PAAT Websie:

  • Public Administration Seminar in Yangon, Myanmar

    Professor Pan Suk Kim delivered a keynote speech at the 2013 Public Administration Seminar held by the Yangon Institute of Economics (YIE) in Yangon, Myanmar on February 2, 2013. This seminar was organized by the MPA Network of the Yangon Institute of Economics.

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