First graduation of SYMPA/EHU online course
Fist eleven graduates of our online course "Public administration and Public policy: modern practices and transformations" received certificates of successful completion of the course.
This online course is a joint product of SYMPA/BIPART and the Department of social and political sciences of European Humanitarian University. It complements our regular program of the School of young managers in public administration (SYMPA) and is open to those who cannot participate in the offline course for one reason or another. Since all course materials are in Russian and Belarusian, it engages a wider circle of applicants than SYMPA which requires a good command of English.
Over the 12 weeks the participants learned about theoretical concepts and practical cases in public administration, public policy, ethics, transparency, and gender-based and human rights-based approaches to public administration. The students participated in online discussions of each topic and completed tests under the guidance of the course's instructors - Dr Tatsiana Chulitskaya and Ina Ramasheuskaya.
As an added bonus, successful graduates received 3 credits in the ECTS system.
From the participants' feedback it is clear that for many of them the course became a chance to apply fresh perspective to public administration and public policy. We plan to improve and enhance the course incorporating the graduates' wishes. During 2016, there will be three more rounds of the course. We hope each round will engage as interested and motivated students as the first one.