The College of Public Administration (CPA) of the University of the Philippines was created in 1952 and was known as the first institution of higher learning in public administration in Asia. For almost fifty years, the College has been regarded as the leader of the discipline in the country and the region. It was the first to offer an undergraduate degree in public administration (1952), a Master of Public Administration degree (1952) and a Doctor of Public Administration degree (1968).

The programs of the College have been designated to improve the field of public administration, both in study and practice. It focuses on the analysis and betterment of alternative delivery mechanisms. It has furthered its relevance by improving governance as it contemplates the role of the state and civil society in the enhancement of public service.

Being the pioneer institution in the Philippines, it offered quality program to its sister-units by providing its own faculty (the so-called “flying professors”) to teach extension programs of the College in these units; then, providing scholarships for some of their most promising young faculty to work for MPA and DPA degrees at the CPA.

Having recognized the need for leadership in the field, the faculty and staff of the College have been generous in sharing their expertise and time with national government officials and agencies, local government units as well as organizations of civil society in significant policies and issues central to our national life. Among its alumni, many are members of Congress, career executives and officials and local government officials.

The faculty and staff of the College operate within its threefold mission of instruction, research and public service and its role as a model of the practice of public administration. With the challenges of the new millennium, it was formally recognized as the National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) on 1999, in order to strengthen its capacity to respond to the demands of the nation.

The National College of Public Administration and Governance has made several innovations and changes in the institution’s structure and functions. The Center for Policy and Executive Development serves as the nation and UP’s repository of information and expertise on the Philippine bureaucracy, the center for public policy analysis and research and executive and management development. The Center for Local and Regional Governance continues to be the premier research and extension organization on local governance in the country and extend that to regional governments such as the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao, regional development councils and their constituent agencies, and metropolitan area. A Center for Citizenship and the Voluntary Sector will be created as an upgrading of the Leadership, Citizenship and Democracy Program. It will provide assistance to NGOs and other organizations of civil society in support of reflection, advocacy and capability building activities and undertake programs of citizenship training and negotiations with the state.

The National College of Public Administration and Governance serves as the prime resource of all schools and colleges offering courses in public administration, governance and related fields, befitting its status as a national college. It shall also continue to serve the national and local government, as well as the civil society through its functions of instruction, research and public service.

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