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VI. Working Group on Capacity Building of Civil Servants...
Author(s)  Sergey Melkishev 
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St. Petersburg  Russian Federation
Shaskolskaya Yelena, Dr. Elena Shaskolskaya, Associate Professor of Department of History and world politics  
 
Paper Name  The Russian-Finnish Administrative School. Professional training of civil servants.
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 Preliminary Abstract
Professional training of civil servants is an integral part of personnel selection policy. It has many aspects important for the improvement of public administration at all levels of governance: “summit” as well as regional and local. Civil servants professional training and retraining is counted for the needs of regular updating of the personnel competencies and skills and its appropriate adaptation to the changing social realities. The administrative reform is the ongoing process in practically all countries and the professional training gives a solid platform for creating new ideas, concepts, technologies and their introduction in practice. It is also a good venue for ensuring effective professional interaction.
The development of professional training and retraining system is of great importance in Russia during its democratic transition period. The new opportunities are given with the integration of Russia into the European educational framework and the increasing cooperation in science and education. Special importance is the introduction of new educational disciplines and methodic based on international experience.
The new educational “modular mechanism” is a good example of short-term training of civil servants, giving them an opportunity to improve and update their professional skills and competence necessary for the achievement of the administration reform goals.
Cross-border cooperation of public institutions is of special importance. The Russian-Finnish public authorities’ interaction has long-term history and serves mutual understanding; good neighbor relations and foster the development of contacts in the political and economic fields. According to the principles of good-neighborhood and necessity of professional training modernization Russian-Finnish Administrative School is being organized as the joint initiative of North-West Academy of Public Administration (NWAPA) and University of Helsinki (Alexander Institute). It is conceived as the new educational centre for Russian and Finnish civil servants as well as businessmen involved in cross-border cooperation.
The idea of the project was repeatedly discussed at meetings of representatives NWAPA and Regional Council of Southern Savo (Finland), the mayoralty of Mikkeli, Tampere, Lappeenranta and with representatives of the Finnish Universities (University of Helsinki, University of economy of Helsinki, professional University of Mikkeli, University consortium of Mikkeli).
The Russian-Finnish Administrative School is supposed to facilitate information exchange and cooperation between regional public authority institutions. The School programme is aimed at giving basic ideas on administrative institutions functioning and decision-making procedures both in Russia and Finland. It is of special importance for both countries during ongoing local self-government reform. The necessity to develop and maintain partner relations with North-West Academy of Public Administration as largest educational centre in North-West of Russia was also emphasized by Finnish representatives.
The educational programme will include a number of disciplines: history of Russian-Finnish relations as well as of the formation and developing of political systems in both countries, legal and economic basis of its functioning; theory and practice of administrative reform; regional economy and customs regulation; small business support and foreign trade problems.
The educational project is supported by the University consortium of Mikkeli, NWAPA branch in Vyborg, University of Helsinki and Alexander Institute as its subdivision. They are basic partners in the given project.
The Russian-Finnish Administrative School is aimed at Finnish and Russian civil servants of local, regional and federal authority levels, involved in cross-border cooperation. The pilot seminars are supposed to take place in September 2007.