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Why Study Social Protection?

Across the world there is an increased demand for qual­i­fied experts who can advise and assist in the cre­ation and imple­men­ta­tion of social pro­tec­tion sys­tems. Exper­tise in areas such as social assis­tance and social insur­ance, includ­ing pen­sions, health care and labour enhance­ment mea­sures, is sought after.

Social pro­tec­tion is based on fun­da­men­tal prin­ci­ples of social jus­tice. It makes a deci­sive con­tri­bu­tion to over­com­ing exist­ing inequal­i­ties between and with­in dif­fer­ent pop­u­la­tion groups. Equi­table and sus­tain­able access to ade­quate health care and oth­er nec­es­sary social pro­tec­tion ben­e­fits are all goals of social pro­tec­tion strate­gies.

The key strate­gies of the Inter­na­tion­al Labour Organ­i­sa­tion to “Social Pro­tec­tion Floors” and the World Health Organ­i­sa­tion to “Uni­ver­sal Health Cov­er­age” also aim at the elim­i­na­tion of pover­ty and the mit­i­ga­tion of social and eco­nom­ic inequal­i­ties. Well-func­tion­ing social pro­tec­tion sys­tems play a fun­da­men­tal role for achiev­ing the Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals (SDG) by 2030.

Advance­ment in social pro­tec­tion makes a fun­da­men­tal con­tri­bu­tion towards pover­ty-reduc­tion and thus to improve­ment of qual­i­ty of life on a region­al, nation­al and inter­na­tion­al scale. More­over, it has become evi­dent that social pro­tec­tion is an impor­tant fac­tor in advanc­ing eco­nom­ic growth, as healthy cit­i­zens ampli­fy the pro­duc­tiv­i­ty of coun­tries. Social pro­tec­tion sys­tems pro­vide the plat­form upon which a sta­ble work­force can grow and flour­ish, by pro­vid­ing a safe­ty net for indi­vid­ual cit­i­zens against undue hard­ship relat­ed to unem­ploy­ment, old age or poor health. Despite eco­nom­ic growth, many coun­tries have failed to devel­op and imple­ment a com­pre­hen­sive social pro­tec­tion sys­tem. This cre­ates a demand for qual­i­fied experts glob­al­ly that can help to cre­ate and run such a sys­tem.

Work­ing in social pro­tec­tion is an oppor­tu­ni­ty to advance the social and eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment of pop­u­la­tions and con­tribute to a high­er stan­dard of liv­ing for those who have yet to expe­ri­ence it. Work­ing in social pro­tec­tion is also a par­tic­u­lar­ly robust career choice, giv­en increas­ing demand for peo­ple with advanced knowl­edge and skills in the field. 

Our Social Protection Programme is well suited to teach you the knowledge and skills that allow you to become a social protection expert.


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 transna­tion­al 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. 

The courses reflect the needs of Social Security Organizations internationally

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. 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. 

Flexibility towards individual needs

With our Cer­tifi­cate in Social Pro­tec­tion, we offer a com­pre­hen­sive learn­ing expe­ri­ence that encom­pass­es every­thing from health insur­ance and pen­sion sys­tems to pol­i­cy imple­men­ta­tion and mon­i­tor­ing. How­ev­er, our cours­es can also be tak­en indi­vid­u­al­ly. This enables par­tic­i­pants to train spe­cif­ic skills rel­e­vant to their work.

Indi­vid­ual Cours­esCer­tifi­cate in Social Pro­tec­tion