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In order to respond to market expectations, MSAP UEK stimulates the process of continuous education through specialised training courses commissioned by various institutions and companies. Training programmes are based on needs analyses adjusted with respect to the needs of the labour market. In order to train modern staff ready to act in an ever-changing environment and amongst growing competition, MSAP UEK implements its own post-graduate courses that combine elements of general and specialised syllabi. Below, follows an overview of post-graduate courses offered by MSAP UEK.

MASTER OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION - MPA

The course is offered in conjuction with Grand Valley State University (USA). Its syllabus focuses on modern methods of managing public sector and non-governmental units. The most important subjects in the first year are: economics, political science, organisation and management, and public relations. Throughout the second year, the skills acquired by students are practised during classes. The cuorse syllabus includes two subjects whose aim is to familiarise students with EU structural funds and help them prepare and implement projects co-financed with these.

MANAGEMENT IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

The course is recommended both for public administration officials and those who only wish to start their career in broadly conceived administration. A key feature of its syllabus is a unique combination of issues in the area of economics, management science, sociology, law and psychology. Such an approach permits the students to acquire knowledge and skills that are crucial in effective and efficient development and implementation of initiatives as well as programmes executed by public-sector units. Graduates of these courses are public officials and specialists in the area of analysing the public sector.

MANAGING PROJECTS FINANCED WITH EU FUNDS

The main aim of the course is to develop students’ skills in the area of acquisition and use of structural funds. The subsidiary aim is to help students apply the skills in the development and implementation of social and economic programmes targeted at local and regional communities.

HERITAGE ACADEMY

This is a post-graduate course offered in conjunction with the International Cultural Centre. Its syllabus includes issues in contemporary theory of heritage, history of culture, law, economics, marketing and management, regional policy, cultural policy and development planning. The course is recommended for: historic monuments conservation agencies, central and local administration officials, staff of museums and cultural institutions, academic staff, teachers and investors.

SOCIAL ECONOMY

The course constitutes part of the project titled: Searching for a Polish model of the social economy, financed with ESF as part of the EU Initiative EQUAL for Poland in 2004-2006. Its aim is to improve the skills and professional qualifi cations of people whose main area of interest is to support social ventures. Students learn about these aspects of economics, management, finance and law that are indispensable to manage public initiatives and foster the development of social economy units. A Post-graduate course in Social Economy is offered to students who are involved or wish to become involved in the establishment of agents of the broadly conceived social economy sector, including social entrepreneurs, staff and leaders of non-government organisations and cooperatives, public administration units that support the development of the social economy sector, entrepreneurs who wish to develop their acitvities in a socially responsible manner, as well as originators of social undertakings at the local level (including politicians).