Changes  in  the  global  and  regional  level  affect  governance  and  development  at the  national  level  of a country. Therefore, the civil servants of a country; must  not only keep abreast of these changes but also be equipped with the ability to  understand and analyze these changes and adapt  them to the national interest of the country.

The MA in Governance and Development programme (MAGD) is designed to enhance knowledge and skills of individuals, so that they can elevate themselves, above on to a broader environment and acquire,  necessary skills to confront the complexities of development in the context of their societies, against the backdrop of increased globalization.

The programme is particularly useful for mid-career civil servants. It is designed to enable them  to perform their duties in a more effective and productive method. The programme will   prepare graduates for higher studies  teaching and  research.

MAGD Students with H.E Mr. Hari Kumar Shrestha, Ambassador of Nepal to Bangladesh on 28 March 2015 at Savar MAGD Campus

Bangladesh is constantly improving its governance system and growing towards a vibrant democratic state . Keeping in mind these precepts the course is designed  to prepare graduates  for  consultancy and management in government in  civil society and  in the private sector.MAGD programme undertakes to  nurture  and groom career professionals. It will help  career professionals engaged in the process of formulating and managing public policy to be better equipped for future leadership roles in administration and management.

MAGD is a fully residential one year programme that offers opportunities to selected participants to learn not only from academic experts and practitioners, but also from group members. This programme has been extremely useful for career civil servants to prepare themselves in an innovative and productive way. The programme gives the participants the opportunity for continuous learning from each other and from local and international faculty in and outside of the classroom.

Students from different MAGD Batches seen at Overseas Trips

The first Batch of MAGD students pursued the programme from September 2005 to September 2006 and the second Batch from July 2007 to July 2008. The third Batch of students started the programme in September 2008 and finished in September 2009. In three batches 75 participants have finished the programme.

The MAGD programme was developed in consultation with: the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, at the National University of Singapore; Monash University, in Australia, and University of Malay, in Malaysia.

The programme was evaluated in 2006 by the Centre for Government Studies, University of Leiden in the Netherlands and again by the Beech Grove Associates from London.