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It should be mentioned, that among all of academic institutions who were asked to submit curricula and other data, just 18 reacted by delivering their syllabi without merit content. Such data do not show the real content of PA education and its degree of Europeanization.

The Polish legal system protects copyrights of academic lecturers, there still exists some fear and barrier about popularizing curricula (even for research purposes), which may deter lectures from submitting all of their data.

Summary of public administration education in Poland and the level of its Europeanization, gave the follow picture: universities conducting the PA studies mostly by two year supplementary programs, their aim is to enlarge students theoretical knowledge about philosophy and its legal perspective, sociology, civil and labor law. However, private schools prepare students for their future profession during three year Bachelor’s programs.

Polish academic institutions have quite a wide autonomy in building their curricula. Given the license for opening a certain program by the Ministry of Education, is through checking the curricula minims as well as, the number of working Habilited Doctors and Professors. But educational programs at faculties of public administration are as traditional as they are modern. Tradition in public administration education is strictly connected with education in law – it is especially visible universities. Such structure of programs is most consistent in legal courses, that for a long time this has been popular in Poland. The reason is that studies on public administration are offered within one faculty – law and administration.

Courses of European and comparative character are slowly, but systematically introduced into programs of public administration in Poland which is a new element of Polish curricula.

Small number of courses on European and comparative issues offered by Polish academic institutions are still considered as a disadvantage for educational programs. Especially such situations exist in public schools, where programs are rarely changed. Europeanization of PA programs continues to be open for the implementation of new issues. This is the largest area of for changes for the future.

Establishing schools like National School of Public Administration (KSAP) or European Studies (College of Europe, European Center) provides the necessity for a European education among graduates.

The lack of employment policies at academic institutions causes offering education programs to not be the most feasible strategy for its graduates. The majority of educational courses are theoretical which lack professional training needed for future employment. This lack of offering a cohesive programs at theoretical / practical experience further hinders potential employment (there are several official requirements that officials must meet first for employment, which are not emphasized in theoretical programs).

It seems that there exists a need in Poland for working out some curricula minims, independent from the government needs. There should be on emphasis on providing courses that are theoretical, practical and are hands on.

In response of this need SEAP (Association of Education of Public Administration) was established in July, 1999. Rectors of academic institutions, which educate in public administration, initiated it. Professors – members of this association, are those interested in rising of the quality of education in public administration.

The goal of the association is to monitor the educational level and provide modern curricula in public and private universities, as well as, teaching and research in the field of public administration and civic affairs.

The SEAP General Founding Meeting (which took place in June 27 – 28, 1999), was a national event. Members of association are representatives of nine Polish public universities who teach public administration, two Polish academies and thirteen private (non public) schools, The National School of Public Administration, The Polish Academy of Sciences and The Civil Service Office.

During the General Founding Meeting there was the establishment of an association authorities and a seat of association Bialystok, 26 Dojlidy Fabryczne Street.

The association provides effective promotion of teaching PA and researching PA methods and techniques. One of the issues is regeneration and development of all administrative sciences. The cooperation of this authority will better allow that the education of future administrators will be both effective and efficient, while maintaining good public management, transparency and accountability of all civil servants both present and future.

Globally, the development of public administration can be looked upon as a field of study that became more and more separate from law, which during a long period has been considered to be the mother discipline. However, there is still a long way to go before PA programs graduates will have sufficient, not only general, but also specific knowledge.

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