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Program Overview

Sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), ACAD was established in 1971 and has graduated over 2,500 students from 73 different classes. This advanced curriculum boasts a long history and is the most prestigious executive leadership training program in the nation. Participants of ACAD consist of members of the National Assembly, high-ranking government officials, generals and admirals, public enterprise officials, executives from large and medium corporations, and leaders of civic organizations.

Though several similar programs exist in other universities around the nation, GSPA’s ACAD is unmatched in its ability to deliver a comprehensive view of national policy. This special program seeks to expand students’ vision and knowledge of national policy, deepen their understanding of the various public policy issues in our society, and help them build a strong set of policy skills. In order to allow students to take advantage of an enhanced educational experience, GSPA continuously strives to improve the quality of its curriculum and meet higher academic standards.

Curriculum Overview

Regular Lectures

Regular lectures are held at GSPA’s Special Programs Lecture Room (Building No. 57-1, Room No. 109) every Wednesday from 6:30 PM to 9:40 PM. A total of 32 regular lectures are offered over the course of six months. These lectures are conducted by eminent figures from various fields of expertise, including the GSPA faculty, professors from various other universities, high-ranking policy makers from the public sector, executives of national policy centers and private research institutes, and ambassadors to Korea. To complete this course, students must attend more than 2/3 of total lectures offered and write and present a policy report.


During orientation, participants will introduce themselves and their roles in their respective organizations. The purpose of this event is to encourage participants to share and understand each other’s personal and organizational objectives as public leaders.

Seminar on National Policy

Important policy issues related to economic, social, and administrative development in Korea are selected and discussed during the seminar. Expert professionals from Korea and abroad are invited to these events.

Policy Debate (Syndicate)

The policy debate is an overnight policy training program. Participants decide on a current policy issue and divide into two opposing teams to debate over the issue. Through this training program, students acquire necessary skills for conflict resolution and learn how to carry out a productive and effective group debate.

Policy Report Proposal Presentation

Students select a research topic related to their academic and professional background and write a policy report, which outlines their research findings, under the supervision of their advisory professors. Students will present their policy proposals and be evaluated by fellow students and professors.

Field Trips and Seminars

Both national and international training program opportunities are made available to help students gain skills necessary to succeed within a global society.


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