The Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs in Carleton University is the academic home for students in the BPAPM program. The College setting is the home base for our students and 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. 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. A wise and generous man, Kroeger 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 Public Affairs and Policy Management Student Society (PAPMSS) is at the heart of BPAPM’s social and academic life. Every year, PAPMSS hosts several events that give students an opportunity to explore public policy. For instance, the MP Night features Members of Parliament from the major parties in a panel discussion, and the Policy Forum examines international or national policy issues. In addition to academic activities, PAPMSS organizes a variety of social activities.
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. Many combine their academic expertise in public affairs with hands-on experience, having worked as arbitrators, journalists, senior advisors or commentators on national and international policy issues.
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.