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Why should I choose this program?

The indi­vid­ual short cours­es and cer­tifi­cate pro­gramme have been designed to fit the needs of  peo­ple with an aca­d­e­m­ic or pro­fes­sion­al back­ground in one of the social pro­tec­tion fields. This includes cur­rent and future experts and man­agers from pol­i­cy- and tech­ni­cal- depart­ments of social secu­ri­ty insti­tu­tions, pri­vate com­pa­nies and the pub­lic admin­is­tra­tion, in par­tic­u­lar, of social, labour and health min­istries as well as sub­or­di­nat­ed author­i­ties, project plan­ners and coor­di­na­tors, inde­pen­dent of geo­graph­i­cal ori­gin.

The tar­get group com­pris­es qual­i­fied and future-com­ing experts and man­agers from pol­i­cy- and tech­ni­cal depart­ments of social secu­ri­ty insti­tu­tions, pri­vate com­pa­nies and the pub­lic admin­is­tra­tion, in par­tic­u­lar of social, labour and health min­istries and sub­or­di­nat­ed author­i­ties, project plan­ners and coor­di­na­tors, inde­pen­dent of the geo­graph­i­cal ori­gin.

Hei­del­berg Uni­ver­si­ty, Ger­many and Nation­al Eco­nom­ics Uni­ver­si­ty Hanoi, Viet­nam are the prin­ci­pal part­ner insti­tu­tions which are respon­si­ble for the deliv­ery of each short course. In addi­tion, Maas­tricht Grad­u­ate School of Gov­er­nance is a lead­ing aca­d­e­m­ic insti­tu­tion with renowned exper­tise in pol­i­cy design, and is a key asso­ci­at­ed part­ner to the pro­gram, hav­ing aid­ed in course mate­ri­als.

The Nation­al Eco­nom­ics Uni­ver­si­ty, Insti­tute of Pub­lic Pol­i­cy and Man­age­ment, Viet­nam, has been work­ing close­ly with pro­fes­sion­al and gov­ern­ment orga­ni­za­tions in social pro­tec­tion in the areas of teach­ing, imple­men­ta­tion research and con­sul­tan­cy for many years.

Promi­nent experts from the Ger­man social pro­tec­tion sys­tem and lec­tur­ers from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Greif­swald have also helped devel­op the cours­es. 

Our lec­tur­ers are care­ful­ly select­ed based not only on their aca­d­e­m­ic achieve­ments, but also on their inter­na­tion­al expe­ri­ence, with all hav­ing worked or lived abroad. This is an immense asset of the pro­gramme – mak­ing it both com­pre­hen­sive and trans­la­tion­al across coun­tries and sys­tems.  

The mix of didac­tic edu­ca­tion and pro­fes­sion­al skills com­bined with  reg­u­lar mon­i­tor­ing and eval­u­a­tion of knowl­edge trans­fer will assure high qual­i­ty of the pro­gramme and fos­ter pos­si­bil­i­ties for future col­lab­o­ra­tions and job prospects for stu­dents. 

Social pro­tec­tion schemes  have been expand­ed remark­ably dur­ing the last decade, along with the share of pop­u­la­tion cov­ered by such schemes.   How­ev­er, due to the vari­a­tion across coun­tries in terms of cul­tur­al and his­tor­i­cal back­grounds, lev­els of indus­tri­al­iza­tion, and polit­i­cal con­fig­u­ra­tions, some coun­tries have yet to estab­lish social pro­tec­tion schemes at all and in coun­tries where schemes are estab­lished, there is a high degree of het­ero­gene­ity.   As social pro­tec­tion schemes are con­tin­u­ous­ly evolv­ing, the short course pro­gram in social pro­tec­tion updates its cur­ricu­lum on an annu­al basis to main­tain its rel­e­van­cy and to reflect  recent trends and expe­ri­ences across coun­tries. Cur­ricu­lum updates are based on con­tex­tu­al changes to the social pro­tec­tion land­scape glob­al­ly as well as the exper­tise of the insti­tu­tions which pro­duce the pro­gram. 

Improv­ing local human resource capac­i­ty in mon­i­tor­ing and eval­u­a­tion of social pro­tec­tion sys­tems can help gov­ern­ments’ to trans­late  pub­lic (health)sector reforms into greater pover­ty reduc­tion mech­a­nisms. Plan­ning, bud­get­ing, and incen­tiviz­ing can be strength­ened by a focus on pover­ty reduc­tion strate­gies, out­comes and impacts rather than on just record­ing inputs, activ­i­ties, or imme­di­ate out­puts.

The short cours­es in social pro­tec­tion pro­gram aims at improv­ing pro­fes­sion­al knowl­edge in social pro­tec­tion on a sys­tems lev­el, uti­liz­ing crit­i­cal analy­sis of avail­able data and the devel­op­ment of coun­try spe­cif­ic imple­men­ta­tion tools for trans­la­tion of  pol­i­cy into prac­tice.

Pre-reg­is­ter for cours­es before they are launched

Indi­vid­ual Cours­esCer­tifi­cate in Social Pro­tec­tion