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Malopolska School of Public Administration Krakow University of Economics (MSAP UEK)





The Malopolska School of Public Administration

PROJECTS (selected)

We support the implementation of decentralization reforms in Ukraine by training clerical staff and conducting post-graduate studies for local government officials and senior officials and employees of ministries.

DOBRE is intended to strengthen local governance, deepen democracy, build prosperity, and promote stability. DOBRE builds stronger communities through community-driven development, in which citizens work together with their local government to improve their lives. Partnerships across civil society, the private sector, and government will provide tangible results through new economic opportunities and better managed local services as well as a foundation for future cooperation and development. The achievements of this model of governance will provide an example to other communities in Ukraine, and broaden the appeal and impact of decentralization.

The USAID-funded DOBRE program intends to help those new local governments effectively manage these new responsibilities, and support the development of stronger community cohesion through citizen engagement in these new communities.


Developing Innovative Sustainable Cooperation Opportunities (DISCO) project aims to strengthen the innovation capacity of European higher education institutions (HEIs) through shared learning, cooperation and flow of knowledge among the three participating HEIs, one non-profit enterprise and one small and medium-sized enterprise (SME), representing the broader innovation ecosystem.

DISCO will boost the development of innovation and entrepreneurship skills in the entire knowledge triangle. This will be achieved through student training, advisory and coaching support for start-ups and scale-ups, as well as structured capacity-building among scientific and non-scientific staff of participating HEIs. The project will achieve its aims by designing and creating new forms of cooperation and experimentation through innovation labs, an observatory and the development of a common massive open online course, all with a view to supporting the development of a sense of initiative and entrepreneurial mindsets across the EU.

The project will: train over 1 000 students and mentor 100; train 75 academic staff members and mentor 30; train 75 non-academic staff representatives and mentor 30, respectively. They will also assist 30 start-ups and scale-ups throughout the project’s duration.

DISCO partnerships will implement a coherent and comprehensive set of six actions. They will focus on institutional engagement for the Innovation Vision Action Plan, new collaborations, exchanging good practices, start-up and scale-up support, innovation-driven research, training and mentoring for students and staff.

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Social sciences play an important role in recognising and understanding the mechanisms and effects of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Its impact on business, the labour market, and coordination mechanisms is central to both theoretical and applied challenges.

The project's main goal is to develop the Krakow University of Economics' potential in the field of advanced research on the Fourth Industrial Revolution as well as the ability to effectively manage that potential. This goal is being pursued through a broad research programme that targets the following nine focal issues:

  • The complexity of managing organisations during the Fourth Industrial Revolution
  • Digitalization of production and management processes
  • Transformations in financial markets and key market institutions
  • Product management
  • New industrial relations
  • Mobilising resources for the new economy
  • Regulatory policy
  • Mechanisms for coordinating collective action
  • Models of production and distribution of public goods and services

Members of research teams assigned to each focal issue conduct theoretical and empirical research, the findings of which are discussed at scientific seminars, published in scientific journals and monographs, and presented at national and international conferences. The project implementation concept allows representatives from all scientific disciplines pursued at CUE to participate while also providing a platform for scientific knowledge exchange and integration across a broad spectrum of social science disciplines.

The Rapid Response Instrument (RRI) operates at the level of national economy. It was designed to anticipate risk areas and macroeconomic disturbances affecting individual sectors of the economy, which may put individual enterprises in financial distress and thus lead to insolvency, to the extent justifying the government or its agencies taking preventive or remedial action. The RRI is a short and medium-term forecasting instrument (up to 8 quarters). MSAP has completed three editions of this project to date, initially in collaboration with the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development and subsequently, with the ministries responsible for development).

The primary goals of research and analysis in the macroeconomic component are as follows:

  1. To develop statistical inference methods for business cycle features (length, amplitude) and to apply of these methods to the Polish economy
  2. To develop cyclic (usually quarterly) forecasts of key macroeconomic indicators based on original novel econometric models of the observed phenomena as they unfold
  3. To use scenario analyses to assess the impact of a range of factors that may affect the Polish economy with a special focus on the business sector

Carpathian Gates: Between Ropa and Zborov protection and development of common cultural heritage in the PolishSlovak border area (no PLSK.01.01.00-12-0170/17) co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme INTERREG V-A Poland-Slovakia 2014‒2020.

The project's goal is to protect and develop the cultural and natural heritage of the Polish-Slovak borderland with a view to increasing the attractiveness of the municipalities of Ropa and Zborov and promoting their socio-economic revival.

MSAP’s substantive task in the project was to design and run a postgraduate course and training workshops. The research team sought to identify the integrating plane of Polish-Slovak heritage, including the cultural, legal, and international relations in their historical, political, and governance contexts.

A two-semester postgraduate course on Management of Cultural and Natural Heritage of the Polish‒Slovak borderland was completed in the academic year 2020/2021. Training for guides began in the first semester of 2021/2022. Both programmes aimed to train staff for cross-border collaboration in the field of culture and cultural heritage. The teaching staff included academics and practitioners from Poland and Slovakia.