Reflections on teaching public administration education with a case of Bangladesh

Muhammad Azizuddin, Akram Hossain

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The paper aims to review public administration education in the higher education institutions in Bangladesh, and their role in ensuring modern public services. Most universities in the country offer public administration degrees; however, minimal contributions to nationbuilding have been observed. The study asks: what are the pitfalls behind this? How to address the limitations? This is a qualitative study with gleaned data, using inductive content analysis to investigate the phenomenon with three case universities indicating the link between curriculum and learning delivery at the universities in Bangladesh. The research finds that poor development-oriented public administration education has little correlation to national development. The education system is traditional, where typical cultural features are nonchalance and indifference towards domestic demands. The discipline cannot create a distinctive identity and position in academia, which has consequences for the advancement of the administrative system in a developing country like Bangladesh. A research-informed curriculum with innovative pedagogical approach might be an alternative. The paper enlightens both academics and practitioners, as literature on public administration education in Bangladesh has been scarce. It calls for higher education institutions to reassess public administration education, teaching methods and research for national development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-66
Number of pages21
JournalTeaching Public Administration
Issue number1
Early online date30 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2021
Externally publishedYes

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  • Bangladesh
  • Public administration
  • curriculum
  • education and learning
  • higher education
  • pedagogy
  • private university
  • public university

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Public Administration


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