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.