The seminars aim at ensuring that students gain adequate knowledge of recent developments in public management theory and practice. Emphasis will be placed on public decision making process, public consultation process and crisis management (e.g., SARS, bird flu, Asian Financial Crisis). Among the topics selected include new theoretical approaches to public management, and recent initiatives for civil service reform. In relation to the latter, special attention will be paid to the interest and prospective employment of our students. In consequence, recent innovations or reforms of public management in Macau, Hong Kong and the mainland will be discussed in some details.