Prof Hendri Kroukamp, dean of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of the Free State’s Bloemfontein campus, has been appointed to the accreditation committee of the International Commission on the Accreditation of Public Administration Education and Training (Icapa).
This international accreditation body provides services to public administration education and training programmes throughout the world.
The body was established in 2012 by the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration.
Kroukamp has joined the committee to serve with, among others, John-Mary Kauzya, chief of the Public Service Innovation Branch of the United Nations; Lichia Saner-Yiu, president of the Academy for Quality in Training and Education in Geneva, Switzerland; and Allan Rosenbaum, public service adviser to Joe Biden, president of the United States of America, and president of the American Society for Public Administration.
Kroukamp’s role will include adopting the accreditation criteria, constituting site-visit teams, deciding on accreditation, submitting the annual plan and report and serving in this main pool of site reviewers.
He supports the belief that an effective government and public administration are essential in promoting economic development and ensuring the kind of accountability and transparency that are central to sustaining a democratic society.
“It is of critical importance to preparing the next generation of public administrators and government officials,” Kroukamp said.
“The current generation of public administrators and government officials also needs constant development in terms of competencies, skills and capabilities.”
Icapa, which provides quality assurance services for education and training programmes in public administration, will address these objectives.
Based on self-evaluation reports and site visits, programmes are confronted with the standards of excellence for Public Administration Education and Training.
These are jointly developed by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration.