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 Paper/Speech Details of Conference Program  

for the  30th NISPAcee Annual Conference
  Program Overview
WG7: Public Administration Education
Author(s)  Zsuzsanna Kondor 
  University of Public Service
Budapest  Hungary
Dr. Györgyi Nyikos  
 Title  New Education Programmes for EU Cohesion Policy Implementation at the University of Public Services
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Presenter(s)  Zsuzsanna Kondor
The University of Public Services is in charge of education and training of the public sector in Hungary. In the area of capacity development for EU Cohesion Policy implementation, the need to establish a new supporting educational structure became inevitable by the mid-2010s. Satisfying the complexity of EU regulatory provisions in a fluid operational environment required specific know-how, which was mainly gained through years' long work experience. Meanwhile, frequent reorganisations and high turnover led to the loss of significant institutional knowledge. Both the training needs of a massive influx of new entries and the upgrading of the competence of the existing practitioners had to be addressed. In parallel to the recalibration of the civil service compensation system, the Government linked career development to mandatory learning and charged the University to devise new programmes.
To meet new management requirements curriculum development focused on essential policy skills and practical Cohesion Policy knowledge; teaching resources also included case-studies and best practices. Based on the same core content areas, the University organised three distinct education strands. 1.) Coordinated by its continuing and professional education centre a one-year certificate programme was introduced in 2017. This has attracted a large audience of public policy practitioners, civil society or private sector project promoters. 2.) In order to reach out to a larger number of public administrators, a module-based e-learning regime was set in place. This form of education allows greater flexibility in selecting education themes and organising study time. 3.) Since September 2020 the option to earn a graduate degree has been available, too. The intensive, one-year master's programme also offers elective courses in a broad range of policy areas and advances students' research foundations. Quality assurance mechanisms and student satisfaction surveys were used to improve learning content and methodology. Meanwhile occasional alumni feedback has also confirmed improved strategic management capacity and high employability effects.
The pandemic created new challenges, e.g. loss of face-to-face interaction, weakened student engagement, increased stress which spurred the University to revisit teaching methodologies. To improve motivation and enrich learning experience teaching materials have been upgraded to include a broader range of resources and visual aids, expand more on real life experience and present comparative overviews. Case methods were employed for e-learning education.
Research methodology: The paper concentrates on the direct results of the new educational structure. How has curriculum planning responded to actual needs? How have the the three education strands influenced capacity improvement? How has recent adaptation to the changed environment affected teaching outcomes? A desk-based research looks at the critical factors of the curriculum development process and educational experience in the three different strands of the Cohesion Policy education at the University. Documentary review is supplemented by interviews with alumni and present students. Consultations with civil servants in superior positions concentrate on assessing the actual change to alumni performance.
Coherence with WG theme: The paper offers empirical experience on how the University has developed solutions to overcome capacity gaps in the public administration. Another important aspect constitutes coping with adaptation requirements in the pandemic context.