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The Management Institute for National Development (MIND) has introduced, as its newest academic offering, the Associate Degree in Public Sector Management, which will be taught at the institution’s campus located in Mandeville.
Manager of the Division of Finance and Organizational Administration at MIND, John Tracey told JIS News that the new course was targeted at Public Sector workers, even though private sector employees could also do the programme as long as they satisfied the matriculation criteria.
“As in the case of all our associate degree programmes, there’s a matriculation requirement that is common . not only at MIND but across the Caribbean. there are standard requirements for associate degrees,” he pointed out.
The matriculation requirements for persons interested in pursuing the programme are at least four passes at the General Certificate Examination (GCE) or Caribbean Secondary Education Council (CSEC) levels, which should include English and a quantitative subject.
A number of persons who register for the programme, he said, had already obtained the certificate course in Public Administration and as such, saw this associate degree as a stepping-stone in acquiring the Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration.
Mr. Tracey noted that the key components in this programme were Elements of Public Administration, Introduction to Public Sector Management, Public Sector Reform, Introduction to Financial Management and Human Resource Management, among others.
Like other associate degree programmes, he explained that students who register for the Associate Degree in Public Sector Management were required to complete some basic programmes prior to going on to the key elements of the programme.
While new courses were being introduced, Mr. Tracey said the institution continued to offer its other associate degree programmes in Human Resource Management, Accounting and Management Studies, which was the sole programme taught online or via the internet.
All associate degree programmes are taught in two and half years or across seven semesters.