Public Administration Lecturer Makes New Connections with University of Sao Paulo

Public Administration Lecturer Makes New Connections with University of Sao Paulo

Date: 1 September

Dr. Diana Stirbu from the MA Public Administration programme received an invitation to deliver a short course in strategic management in the public sector at the University of Sao Paulo (USP), Brazil, in July 2014. This followed a visit to London Metropolitan University by Prof. Cecilia Olivieri from University of Sao Paulo in 2012, during which the Brazilian academic attended lectures taught by Dr Stirbu.

For 18 intensive days at USP, Dr Stirbu taught a group of 20 postgraduate students from a wide range of disciplines (public administration, law, sustainability, bio-medicine etc.), all with a genuine interest in the public sector and strategic management. During her visit, Dr Stirbu also met academics from the University of Sao Paulo and from the Fundação Getúlio Vargas, one of Brazil’s biggest private higher education institutions and one of the world’s top five most influential think tanks. These organisations either share research interests with Dr Stirbu (political participation, public engagement, gender representation), or are interested in the strategic management from a public sector perspective.

Dr Stribu also met Judge José Renato Nalini, President of the Sao Paulo Court of Justice and discussed the importance of strategic planning in the effective and efficient management of courts, opening up new research possibilities. As a testimonial of the visit, Prof. Dr. Cecilia Olivieri stated that: "As coordinator of the graduate studies in public policy management at School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities at USP (University of São Paulo), I am very glad to report that we received Dr. Diana Stirbu to teach this course. It was a very rich exchange experience and we look forward that the conversations about future research partnerships will flourish. We thank London Metropolitan University for letting Dr. Stirbu come to Brazil, and we hope that this is the first step of productive partnership between USP and London Met".