Professor receives awards for his work in MongoliaUniversity of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Nov 28, 2011
UH Mānoa Public Administration Program Director Dick Pratt recently received two awards for his work in Mongolia.
On September 20, Pratt became an Honorary Professor at the National Academy of Governance in Ulaanbaatar for enhancing the quality of its teaching and research. The Academy is the institution responsible for educating current and future public leaders and civil servants in Mongolia.
He also received a certificate and medallion conferred by Academy Rector Chuluubaatar on behalf of the nation’s President for contributions to the country’s transition to democracy. Pratt was in Mongolia for a conference on the challenges and opportunities of democracy, for which he was a co-convener and keynote speaker.
Pratt, who received his doctorate from UH Mānoa, is a Professor of Public Administration. His international work has focused on strengthening public institutions in transitional settings, and in the reform of public higher education. He has been working in Thailand since 1996 and in Mongolia since 2002.
“I have been extremely fortunate to develop relationships with wonderful colleagues in Mongolia, and to work closely with them on projects aimed at strengthening their public organizations and their graduate education on behalf of their evolving democracy,” said Pratt. “It is a great honor to receive these awards.”
The Public Administration Program (PUBA) focuses on building leadership for public service and strengthening public organizations, government and nonprofit groups in Hawai‘i and in the Asia-Pacific region. It was founded in 1984 and today offers a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) and two graduate certificates. PUBA has an alumni network of over 500 graduates. The Program is highly interdisciplinary and emphasizes the ability to apply what is learned to address the complex issues that face people in public service roles.