Syracuse University Visits University of Electronic Science and Technology of China

Syracuse University leaders and educators traveled to University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in late November for an international conference on public administration.  The trip to Chengdu, China was an opportunity to emphasize the university’s commitment to partnerships with Chinese businesses and educational institutions, says Dr. David Van Slyke, dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Van Slyke delivered a keynote address at the conference.  “China is a major world power. Part of Syracuse University and the Maxwell School’s strategic plan focuses on internationalization. China holds much opportunity for student exchange, faculty research collaboration and broader institutional partnering.”

Joining Van Slyke in Chengdu was Dr. Zhanjiang “John” LIU, vice president for research, Dr. Xueyi CHEN, international program manager for China programs at Maxwell, Dr. John McPeak, professor of public administration and international affairs, and Dr. Dimitar Gueorguiev, assistant professor of political science.  At the conference, the group met with deans of schools of public affairs in China. Van Slyke said a goal of the meetings exploring additional ways for Chinese students to study at Maxwell, which is one of the top-ranked graduate schools of public affairs in the U.S., and, in specialty areas, ranked #1 for public management and leadership.


According to Van Slyke, there is a range of study and degree program options for Chinese students at Maxwell. Students could come to Maxwell for an academic year or more of their undergraduate education, pursuing a range of disciplines. There are also professional graduate programs and a Maxwell PhD program in the social sciences, which is the only one in the U.S. that is purely interdisciplinary.

“I think one of the things international students like – and are often surprised by – is how international Syracuse University and the Maxwell School truly are,” Van Slyke says. “Of Maxwell’s 160 faculty, two thirds of the faculty have either all or a good portion of their research portfolio outside of the United States.”

Van Slyke himself is a leading international expert on public-private partnerships. For the past 10 years, he has taught an executive education program in Bangkok, Thailand through a partnership between the Maxwell School and the Thai Ministry of Finance. In addition to teaching on this most recent trip to Asia, Van Slyke attended a dinner for Maxwell alumni, generously hosted by Vara-Poj Snidvongs G’76, Thailand’s former ambassador to Italy.

Maxwell School to Thailand

Maxwell alumni dinner in Thailand

Maxwell benefits from the talents of international students, by diversifying its student body, learning from their experiences, engaging the students in a range of academic and social experiences, and demonstrating a commitment to global governance that has scholarly as well as policy applications.

“Students coming here feel they get a rigorous education and are also supported in terms of being in a new culture and context.”

Maxwell Welcomed to Asia

The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs visited Asia in July, when Dean David M. Van Slyke traveled to Thailand to teach a class for public administrators from the Ministry of Finance (which he has done for nearly a decade). Dean Van Slyke extended greetings from the Maxwell School and Syracuse University to alumni and friends across the region.

During Dean Van Slyke’s travel, he attended a University alumni event in Tokyo, hosted by the Syracuse University Alumni Club of Japan. Additional alumni gatherings were hosted in Bangkok and Hong Kong. In each city, Dean Van Slyke connected with alumni and shared updates and news from the Maxwell School and from the Syracuse University campus.

Dean Van Slyke, Maxwell School Associate Dean Scott Barrett, and Syracuse University Director of Development Esther Feng were delighted to meet with so many enthusiastic alumni and friends while visiting the region. Appreciation goes to the SU Alumni Club of Japan, the Maxwell Japanese Community (MAXJAC), and Maxwell and SU volunteers in Thailand and Hong Kong for helping to organize the events.

Visit our Flickr album to view photos from the events in Tokyo, Bangkok, and Hong Kong.

Maxwell Welcomes Our Newest Students!

July and August are among the most exciting times of year at the Maxwell School. Having said farewell to the newest alumni of the School in May and June, Maxwell faculty and staff prepare during the summer to welcome the newest classes of students in the MPA, MA IR, and Executive MPA and MA IR programs.

Chris Omolino, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid in Maxwell’s Department of Public Administration and International Affairs, welcomed this year’s MPA and MA IR classes on the PAIA Admissions blog. Read more about this year’s accomplished cohorts at the links below.

Putting the ROCK back in BuROCKracy as Maxwell Welcomes our new MPA students!

Our New MA IR Students Arrive in Time to Celebrate the Solar Eclipse

We hope you enjoy reliving your time at Maxwell through these great posts. Join us in welcoming our newest students to Maxwell!

Jessica Murray, Director of Alumni Relations
Kelli Young, Director of Career Development
Laura McArdle, Assistant Director of Career Development
Lauren Meyer, Career Development Office and Recruiting Coordinator

Dean David Van Slyke attends NASPAA Conference, meets alumni

Maxwell School Dean David Van Slyke attended the NASPAA Conference in Columbus, Ohio from October 19-21. The conference focused on grassroots globalization: teaching good governance and values in a connected world. There were over 500 attendees at the conference. NASPAA, the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration, was the sponsoring organization.

















Pictured above is Ora-Orn Poocharoen ’05 PhD (PA), Dean Van Slyke, Nidhi Vij ’16 PhD (PA), and Anna Ya Ni ’07 PhD (PA).

Pictured below is Dean Van Slyke, Anna Ya Ni ’07 PhD (PA), Maja Holmes ’00 MPA ’05/PhD (PA), and Ora-Orn Poocharoen ’05 PhD (PA).




Maxwell Students Attend 2016 International City/County Management Association Conference


The Maxwell alumni connection with current students continued to grow this weekend as fifteen public administration hopefuls attended the 2016 International City/County Management Association (ICMA) annual conference in Kansas City, MO.  Students had the opportunity to learn from and network with local and state government officials from around the United States and across the world.

While at the conference, Maxwell students had the opportunity to hear from award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien and renowned New York Times columnist and author David Brooks.  While both speakers shared experiences through the lens of media, a common theme was found urging public leaders to look deeply into constituents lives and understand different points of views.  Keynote speaker David Brooks challenged each leader to not fear the term `love’ in conversations about public policy.

Maxwell students also had the great pleasure of gaining insight about the possibilities of local government careers from alumni of the Maxwell School who are currently shaping the futures of municipal governments.  Through the generosity of Maxwell’s alumni, a reception was held on Sunday, September 25 and a lunch Monday, September 26, where the students had the opportunity to learn from, network with and receive career guidance from over fourteen wonderful alumni.

Jace Beehler, Lindsey Callahan, Rainea Cumberbatch, Chloe Elberty, Cristian Ernesto, Zhenhao Gong, Briana Graham, Olga Grishina, Kevin Hundelt, Krishna Kesari, Vahid Khatami, Umar Kiyimba, Ronald Mak, Ariana Morrocco, Linnea Powell, and James Tatum would like to thank all of the distinguished alumni who made this such an enriching trip.  They would like to give a special acknowledgment to Wally Bobkiewicz ’89 MPA, City Manager of Evanston, IL.  Wally, along with dozens of alumni, have funded students’ travel to the ICMA conference for over a decade.  Without Wally’s leadership, passion and generosity this trip would not have been possible.

To view more photos from the trip, click here.


Humphrey Fellows Visit The Maxwell School

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The Maxwell School welcomed 32 Humphrey Fellows from 27 countries and 14 U.S. host campuses for a workshop, Leadership and Governance During Times of Crisis, this past week. The Humphrey Enhancement Workshop was led by Bruce Dayton, Associate Director of the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, who specializes in crisis management and peacebuilding.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program was initiated in 1978 to honor the late Senator and Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and his life-long commitment to international cooperation and public service. The program brings accomplished young and mid-career professionals from designated developing nations and emerging democracies to the United States for a year of professional development and related academic study and cultural exchange. The Fellowship is sponsored and funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education.

The workshop explored numerous types of crisis situations, including humanitarian emergencies, political instability, natural disasters, health pandemics, and financial crises. The culmination of the workshop is a half-day simulation, during which the participants collaborated and applied the skills they had learned.

In between workshops, the Humphrey Fellows took a moment to participate in The Maxwell School’s #ToMeCitizenship campaign. The campaign is your chance to make a small contribution to the dialogue. How would you complete the sentence, “To me, citizenship . . .”?

It’s easy to participate! Download a thought bubble, fill in the bubble, and photograph yourself with your bubble. Or just post as text. Upload it to your Facebook timeline, to Twitter, or your favorite social media. Make sure to include the hashtag#ToMeCitizenship so that your bubble or text is seen by others in the conversation. (Or email your contribution to us at 

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Maxwell Students Visit German Alumni

Alumni  in Germany hosted  Atlantis program participants at a traditional German Christmas market (Weihnachtsmarkt) on Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin on 11 December 2013.

From left to right:  Students Meghan Mullen and Olivia Knodt with alumni Manuel Pauser ’08 MAIR, Diana Hollman ’09 MAIR, and  Vanessa Remoquillo ’07 MPA, and more students Enyinnaya David Aja, Andrew Keller, and Amy Cartwright.

Maxwell Alums Return to Syracuse for the 2013 Public Diplomacy Symposium

On November 1st, Maxwell grads returned to campus to participate in the 2013 Public Diplomacy Symposium.Read more about the Symposium here.PD1a

From left to right: Ryan Suto ’13 PD/JD, Mike Mclean ’13 PD, ‘10 BA IRPD2a

From left to right: Kristin Treier ’09 PD, Ryan Suto ’13 PD/JD, Joshua Kennedy ’07 MAIR, and Dean Steinberg.

Nichole Allem ’10 PD also presented at the conference.

Rob Magliaro ’08 B.S. (Econ, IR, & PSt) Improves Urban Technical Education at The Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management



Robert Magliaro is an Assistant Principal at The Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management in New York, NY. Rob completed his B.S. in Economics, International Relations, and Policy Studies at Maxwell, graduating in 2008.

To read the rest of Rob’s profile, please visit the Maxwell Alumni Relations website.

Join us 10/16 for a lively debate about the New York State Casino Referendum

The Campbell Debates:

Disagreement in the Public Interest

The Proposition:  This Assembly Supports the State Casino Referendum

The Campbell Public Affairs Institute at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University announces the next installment of The Campbell Debates, a debate series on timely issues of public importance.

When:  Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Where: Maxwell Auditorium
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM with reception immediately following
Parking: Available in the Irving Garage, mention the debate to get a reduced rate
Live Streaming on UStream, and archived on YouTube

Employing a style adapted from the Oxford Union debates, each Campbell Debate will allow a gathered audience to consider a question of national, regional or local significance.  Two panels comprised of thought leaders will argue for each side, followed by counterpoints and audience questions and comments.  At the conclusion of the debate, the audience will vote on the proposition by walking out one of two doors.  The format aims to showcase a lively, informative exchange of ideas on controversial issues in a way not common to contemporary American political debates.

For the Proposition:

Marc A. Baez , Citizens for NYS Gaming, Inc.

Ken Pokalsky, Vice President of Government Affairs, The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

Against the Proposition:

David Blankenhorn, President, Institute for American Values

Dr. Stephen Q. Shafer, Chair, Coalition Against Gambling in New York

The Alan K. Campbell Public Affairs Institute at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs provide insights into controversial issues through their Campbell Debates Series.  Employing a style adapted from the Oxford Union debates, each Campbell Debate allows a gathered audience to consider a question of national, regional or local significance. Two panels composed of thought leaders argue for each side, followed by counterpoints and audience questions and comments. At the conclusion of the debate, the audience votes on the proposition. The results are revealed at a reception following the debate.