The GPPN was founded in 2005 as a partnership between the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University and the School of Public Affairs at Sciences Po. It has since grown to include the Hertie School, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo and the Fundção Getulio Vargas (FGV) at the Escola de Administração de Empresas de Sao Paulo.
Since its founding, members of the GPPN have organised an annual international conference for the students and deans from member schools to meet and discuss pressing issues of global public policy. GPPN members have also established exchange and dual degrees programs, allowing students to benefit from this international network of the most prestigious public affairs schools in the world.
GPPN is global in two ways: the global spread of its members and its subject focus on emerging global trends in public policy.
To address the most pressing public policy challenges of the 21st century and, as a result, to have policy impact, to be influential in public policy education and training, and to be innovative in teaching and research.
To develop a network of schools with:
a commitment to and a proven track record of excellence in public policy research, education, and public dialogue with a global orientation;
a strong orientation towards public service that extends to the nongovernmental and private sectors as well as the public sector;
a firm foundation in the social sciences, which provide the basic analytical tools with which global public policy scholars and professionals seek to understand the world, address social problems, and design and evaluate policy interventions;*
a strong emphasis on substantive policy knowledge and the link between evidence and policy making that goes beyond general and technocratic training;
a strong global orientation that recognizes the ways in which policymaking crosses national boundaries and is shaped by an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world.