Third SYLP cohort completes second dissertation seminar


The seminar was presented by Nathy Walsh and James Connington – two visiting lecturers from the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) in Ireland.

The dissertation seminar, following on from the seminar held at the end of January 2013, is a further stage in the MA degree dissertation process, which is the main focus of the second year of the MA degree programme in Leadership and Strategy within the SYLP.

Directed by Lucy Athanasius, pro-vice-chancellor of the University of Seychelles (UniSey), and in collaboration with Dr Michael Mulreany, director of the Institute of Public Administration (IPA, Ireland), and Dr John Nolan, special advisor on education to the President, the main focus of year two of the MA degree programme is the completion of a post-graduate thesis.

Guided by IPA supervisors, the SYLP students select a dissertation topic of particular significance to their area of work, or an issue of special importance or relevance to Seychelles, within a global context, and apply the research skills acquired in year one to undertake and complete their dissertation.

The key stages of the dissertation process are: formulation of dissertation topic and submission for IPA approval – introduction, literature review, methodology, a viva voce examination, findings and discussion, conclusion, re-drafting dissertation and formal submission to the IPA.

During the month of June 2013, the SYLP students will complete a one-month selected work experience overseas arranged by UniSey.

Building on the academic and practical knowledge, skills and insights they experienced during the two-year SYLP course, this assignment will provide the students with a unique opportunity to further develop their professional competence and leadership capacity.

Meanwhile, the UniSey, in collaboration with the Alliance Française, will be arranging a series of half-day mandatory French lessons during August, September and October 2013 for the SYLP students, aimed at enhancing their competence in spoken and written French.

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