APIA: FRIDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2014: The National University of Samoa Master’s in Development Studies program received quite the boost Monday night with the launching of its first ever Public Policy course.
The course will be lectured by visiting Fulbright-Clinton Fellow, Dr. Tim Fadgen, with U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, Peter Ganser, making a guest lecture appearance during the semester.
Dr. Fadgen, is working here in Samoa at the Attorney General’s Office and the Law and Justice Secretariat as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship, which places special assistants in various government ministries to provide public policy and capacity building support.
And on his own initiative, Dr. Fadgen has designed this Public Policy course to enhance local capacity in this area of critical importance to good governance. The course will examine public policy in theory and practice, identifying the role and influence of key actors, ideas and institutions in the policy process.
Vice Chancellor Professor Fui Le’apai Asofou Soo, Attorney General Aumua Ming Leung Wai, and U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Peter Ganser were all on hand Monday night to give remarks at the opening class of the semester.
“I commend Dr. Fadgen on going above and beyond his duties as a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow, and furthering the mission of Public Policy development in Samoa,” said Chargé Ganser.
Dr. Fadgen received a BA in history and social thought and political economy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1998). After graduating Dr. Fadgen studied international relations at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University focusing in intercultural communication and negotiation and worked on a project on post-conflict mediation and conciliation in Northern Ireland. He received his MA in 2000. After working for Massachusetts state government, Dr. Fadgen attended the University of Maine School of Law graduating with a JD in 2004. Dr. Fadgen worked in labor and public interest law until taking up a position as Assistant Attorney General in American Samoa where he assisted executive officials with public policy advice, primarily on health policy. This experience led to Dr. Fadgen’s doctoral work at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. His thesis concerns the historical and contemporary dynamics of international organizations and indigenous professionals in the process of policy transfer to developing countries. He examined mental health policy development in Samoa and Tonga.