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The four country modules to be held in Paris, Berlin, London, and Rome will offer practical relevance and state-of-the-art curriculum design including

  • Expertise: high quality seminars by academics employing various interactive learning formats;
  • Dialogue: meetings with leading experts from government, business, and civil society;
  • Insights: visits to relevant institutions to gain first-hand insights into their inner workings;
  • Public Events: invitation to take part in public discourses and engage with distinguished speakers;
  • Peer-learning: participants are co-producers of knowledge, co-designers of the process, and co-creators of the outcome.

Given the high degree of interaction among the group, each module will also provide room for
discussion, group work and reflection.

The programme consists of three pillars each of which be assigned one day of training in each capital.

Day 1: Machineries of government: policy formulation and delivery (GOV)

This module is dedicated to introducing key actors, processes and institutions of policy making and political management in the political systems at hand. Sensitivity towards the models and cultures of different national public administrations in Europe will help participants to better understand how to move forward within the European multi-level governance architecture and create effective cross-border ties at policy and operational levels. The module will introduce participants to:

  • the machineries of government in Germany, France, Italy, and the United Kingdom respectively regarding national administrations, institutions and actors, and the respective ‚corridors of power‘
  • the respective political systems’ policymaking and political management towards other EU member states (intergovernmental perspective) and the European Union itself (supranational/transnational perspective)
  • modes of interaction within the respective political system including policy preparation and methods of interdepartmental coordination within government, multi-level governance relating to regions and local levels as well as involvement of external actors

Day 2: Policy lab: exploring frontier policy challenges (POL)

Analysis and response to frontier policy issues structure this part of the programme. Participants engage in a deep and intensive dialogue with leading scholars, national experts and players to assess national experiences in dealing with emerging policy issues. The topics chosen for each module will reflect recent political developments. Sample topics that could be addressed include:

  • Responding to the emergence of the Gig Economy: regulatory, social and tax dimensions
  • Social protection in the age of mobility: portability of rights and individualised accounts
  • From centralised to distributed energy systems: implication for infrastructures and regulation
  • Can European financial integration survive Brexit?
  • Adaptive government: how the German bureaucracy responded to the refugees crisis

Day 3: Leadership and management experience (LME)

Executives will be responsible for the performance and health of their organizations in a world characterized by complexity and uncertainty. This requires them becoming inspiring and effective managers and leaders. The programme offers best practices and experience-based learning from national and international administrations as well as public and private sector networks. This includes:

  • Advanced Leadership and Management: Facilitated by experienced session leaders and case studies from both the private and public sector, you will explore and discuss the characteristics of effective top executives and high-performance organizations
  • Strategy: You will learn to set the decision-making agenda and processes in your organisation, and how to turn strategy into action. This module provides the key strategic concepts used by corporate and governmental leaders.