The phenomenon of public administration in developing countries became the subject of the international conference at the Inna Grand Bali Beach, Thursday (Feb 21). The conference was held by Ngurah Rai University (UNR) supported by the Denpasar Municipality through the International Public Organization Association (IPOA) attended by delegates from 31 universities, at home and abroad.
The delegates were from Korea University (KU), Mindanao State University (MSU-IIT), Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), Thammasat University (TU), Pratum Bangkok University, and 28 other world universities. Meanwhile, the domestic participants were from the University of Indonesia, Muhammadiyah University of Yogyakarta, Gadjah Mada University, Hassanudin University, Brawijaya University, Institute of Public Administration (IPDN) and others.
The conference presented research papers in all fields, especially those related to public administration and public organizations. For example, the topic discussed about the Human Resource Management of Government, New Public Management, Public Policy, Good Governance, Democracy, Autonomy, Decentralization-Centralization, Regional Tax and Levies, Local Government Finance, Integrity Pact, Public Finance, Governance and NGO Participation.
All the participants were given the opportunity to present their research findings or proposals and received constructive feedback from the experts in their respective field. “This conference is intended to become a public forum for the academicians, government officials, graduate students and interested parties from various groups to explore and share experiences,” said Director of the Graduate Program of the Ngurah Rai University (UNR), Prof. Dr. Azhari Samudra.
Meanwhile, Achmad Nurmandi from Muhammadiyah University of Yogyakarta said the conference was one of the events to disseminate the results of recent research in Asia Pacific on public policy, public administration and cases of good governance and corruption.
He added the event also served as a form of introducing Bali to the world community through the education because they stayed in Bali for about 3-5 days just for attending the seminar, and the remaining time was spent by having promenade and enjoying the beauty of the island. “Besides, it is also a part of the UNR program, namely learning while traveling,” he said. (BTN/015)