The University College
The Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs at Carleton University is the academic home for students in the BPAPM program. The College setting is the home base for our students that offers specialized academic advising, an electronic resource centre and a range of speakers and workshops. It also provides a collegial setting in which you will be joined by approximately 100 Canadian and international students who are equally interested in bettering their society by improving public policy. Established in 1999, the College was named in honour of Arthur Kroeger (1932-2008), the seventh Chancellor of the university and a public servant of singular distinction. Known as “the Dean of Deputy Ministers,” he held that post for six federal ministries from 1975 until 1992, and as such was one of the architects of Canada as we have inherited it. A wise and generous man, he was involved in all aspects of College life, sharing his expertise, advising students and setting the tone of professionalism, congeniality and high standards that characterize the College today. The example he set in his work and his life continues to inspire students and faculty in the College that bears his name.
The Arthur Kroeger College Educational Student Society (AKCESS) is at the heart of the social and academic life of the College. Every year, AKCESS hosts several events that give students an opportunity to explore public policy: the MP Night featuring Members of Parliament from the major parties in a panel discussion, and the Policy Forum examining international or national policy issues. In addition to academic activities, AKCESS organizes social activities for Kroeger College students.
The Carleton Advantage
Carleton is well known for its teaching and research strengths in the area of public affairs. Instructors and supervisors in the BPAPM program come from across the Faculty of Public Affairs at Carleton, bringing depth and breadth of knowledge and experience to the classroom. Many combine their academic expertise in public affairs with hands-on understanding, having worked as arbitrators, journalists, senior advisors or commentators on numerous national and international policy issues.
The Capital Advantage
Living in the national capital enables you to combine the study and practice of public affairs. Proximity to Parliament Hill allows students to work as House of Commons or Senate Pages or on the staff of federal politicians. The presence of many federal departments and agencies, along with the government-relations offices of private corporations, and the head offices of nongovernmental and non-profit organizations, provide a wide range of opportunities for co-op and contract work. These institutions, together with a host of foreign embassies and high commissions, enrich the academic environment, offering immediate access to information, expertise and a range of on-campus speakers.