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Senior Executive Diploma in
Political Leadership

It is Path of Democracy (“PoD”)’s fervent belief that in order to improve the quality of governance, we must first improve the quality of our politicians. Holding this firm belief, PoD decided to set up the Hong Kong Academy of Politics and Public Policy (“Academy”) and “Senior Executive Diploma in Political Leadership” Course (“Course”). The Course is a specialized Course offered by the Academy in conjunction with HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education (“HKU SPACE”), dedicated and designed to meet the needs and unique political situation in Hong Kong, and to train and develop young political leaders for such purposes.

Course Modules

Module 1

Governance and Politics of Hong Kong (15 sessions)

To provide a solid foundation towards Course participants, this module aims to introduce the basic concepts and theories of political science that are applicable to Hong Kong governance and politics.

Module 2

Network Seminars (28 sessions)

This module aims to develop networking abilities and practical concepts of participants. Students will be able to participate in real dialogues with various Hong Kong political stakeholders and if possible, outside Hong Kong as well.

Module 3

Policy Projects (7 sessions)

This module aims to provide opportunities for course participants to apply what they have learnt from the other three modules into practice - review and examines various critical/complex issues and challenges in politics, policy making and governance of the Hong Kong SAR.

Module 4

Public Affairs Engagement & Campaign Skills (4 sessions)

A series of intensive and interactive workshops aimed at equipping participants with a set of vital techniques and necessary skills that are directly applicable towards their public affairs engagement.

Field Trip

A field trip will be conducted annually at the end of each course. The purpose of this trip is to allow students to meet officials from local governments, political parties, corporates, media and different think tanks, in order to widen their horizons and understand local political situation and affairs.

Course Information

Duration of Course

Eight months, meeting once or twice per week (Tuesday, and/or alternative Saturday) with a total of 110 contact hours.

Medium of Instruction

Generically English, with Chinese supplemented when necessary. Applicants are expected to be proficient and expressive in English.

Course Venue

HKU SPACE, Fortress Tower Learning Centre, 250 King’s Road, North Point.

An unprecedented adventure with PoD, HKU SPACE and a panel of experts across the political spectrum

The course will be jointly held, designed, and organized with the School of Professional and Continued Education, University of Hong Kong (“HKU SPACE”). It aims to deliver a quality senior executive programme and addresses the unique political climate in Hong Kong. The lecturers, consultants, and political heavyweights come from members from the left, right, and center of Hong Kong’s wide political spectrum, to allow a greater exposure of leaders across the board for enrolled participants.

Theory, practice and network building

The curriculum provides students with the knowledge in foundational political philosophy and theories, as well as politics in practice, such as media relations and electoral campaigning. Students will have the opportunity to implement a policy advocacy project through field practice and build up their own network. This combination of theory and practice ensures that students are equipped with the knowledge, soft skills and network required for a career in political management.

Diversity in content

A number of veteran political leaders, field experts, and senior executives will be offering lectures on both the conditions of Hong Kong and China, and a wide array of policy areas, including: the former Convenor of the Executive Council, Mr. Woon-Kwong Lam; former Vice Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong, Prof. Lap-Chee Tsui; former Chairman of the Legislative Council, Mr. Jasper Tsang; former Chairman of the Bar Association, Mr. Paul Shieh etc. HKAPP has also invited Prof. Ming-Kau Chan of Stanford University to lead two sessions on ‘One Country, Two Systems’ and ‘Sino-American relations’, respectively.


Admission into the Course should conform to HKU SPACE’s general entry requirements. HKU SPACE will undertake admission and administrative enrolment of Course participants.

Participants are required, ideally, to possess a bachelor’s degree awarded by a recognized university or equivalent. Exceptional cases will be considered for applicants who are well experienced in relevant field of work.

Interested participants will need to apply through HKU SPACE. Students may be required to attend interviews. Results will be released by the end of September.

Admission information Course fee shall be HK$28,000.

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