Topic: "Public Administration education and training: Innovations in the teaching techniques and process of education”.
From the 25th to the 29th June NISPAcee in cooperation with School of Public Administration of Lomonosov Moscow State University organized the Summer School 2007 in Moscow, Russia. The event brought together 21 participant from 11 countries including CIS countries, Baltic States, Hungary and Slovakia who spent the best part of one week enjoying the pleasures Moscow, the facilities of the Moscow State University and a series of stimulating presented lectures by eminent lecturers. School of Public Administration provided funds to support lecturers, teaching process, entertainment program and meal for participants. Participants themselves covered the travel costs and accommodation expenditures.
The summer school wastargeted at experienced specialists in the field of Public Administration and related disciplines with interests in deepening their teaching and administrative expertise.Applicants were selected from the list of 61 applicants based on their CV and completed application form. People interested in attending the Summer School were asked to complete an on-line registration form and to send a CV stating previous and current experience and research interests electronically.
The topic of the school was "Public Administration education and training: Innovations in the teaching techniques and process of education”. The summer school program was 5 days long, the teaching modes were interactive lecture sessions, presentations, simulations and computer exercises.
This program was designed as rigorous, challenging summer "train the trainers” education program that enables faculty and trainers from different educative centers to acquire additional knowledge and skills in the best-of-arts of teaching methodology and teaching techniques as well as gain additional interests in the education and training.
Broadly, the meetings at the school were revolved around the following themes:
- Methods of teaching and training in public administration. Case studies and their effective use in CEE conditions;
- New approaches in distance learning: target group, programs, syllabi, methodology and technical issues;
- Marketing of PA education & training: competition, quality and content of educational process;
- Active teaching techniques: business games, brain storming, imitations and group training.
The summer school organizers and participants would like to say special thanks to all 5 lecturers, who gave their excellence and tutorials in Moscow and offered new insights on the topics:
Juraj Nemec, Professor, Slovakia
Molchanova Olga P., Professor, Russia
Kupriachin Gennady L., Associate Professor, Russia
Mysliaeva Irina N. Professor, Russia
Minaeva Ludmila N. Professor, Russia
At the end of the school participants were given the evaluation form to express their opinion about the event. All of them reported that the school surpassed their expectations, it was a great opportunity both to growth professionally and to wider their horizons in the field of Public Administration as well as to exceed the personal net of valuable professional contacts. Participants noticed that they had the chance to value from the capabilities of experts and to talk with people of great experience. Moreover some of the techniques explained during the sessions were completely new to participants and differed from those they were used to.
The organizational aspects also impressed major parts of the participants: "Organizational team worked perfectly, they paid attention to our needs, making our stay in Moscow very pleasant. The social events they organized (welcome reception, sightseeing excursion, boat trip on Moscow river) and their friendly behavior allowed us to meet new friends in the school, new future colleague, and gave us the opportunity of starting collaboration with some of the people we met”.
During the saturated interesting classes participants had chance to discuss their success stories; during the entertainment events (and not only during them) they met colleagues, established new friendships etc. Being in Moscow was not only an opportunity to attend lectures with very interesting topics, but also the chance to share experience that enriched both lecturers and participants a lot.
All the participants noticed that they were very grateful for the opportunity to participate in the Summer School. This event considerably contributed to their professional development. It was only pity that there was not enough room to give the chance to participate to more than 25 participants.