Summer School 2010
Prof. Dr. Oesten Baller
4 to 16 July, 2010
DAAD, Programme for the Support of Democracy in Ukraine
The 2nd Summer School on Law and Public Administration was held from 4 to 16 July, 2010 at the Campus Lichtenberg of the Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR Berlin).
The 22 Summer School participants included students of the Master's or Public Administration programmes of the National Academy of Public Administration - the President of Ukraine (NAPA) in Kiev, the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Institute of Public Administration, the
Ivan Franko Lviv National University in Lviv, the Kharkiv Regional Institute of Public Administration, the Taras Shevchenko National University in Kiev and the WyÅœsza Skoła Administracji Publicnej w Szczecinie, Poland.
In close reference to this programme and in accordance with the DAAD Support Guidelines, the Summer School was centred around legal and administrative topics. The programme focussed on the core issues and fundamental principles of democratic rule of law. This was complemented by inputs on the state structure as well as the political and social system of
the Federal Republic of Germany. Providing ample space for discussion, the lectures given in English by HWR professors were not only to impart specific knowledge, but also to demonstrate the efficiency of state-of -the-art teaching methods in terms of developing both the students' ability to accept critique and their discursive behaviour, which was facilitated by the Ukrainian students' good command of English. In addition, the programme incorporated a one-and-a-half-day workshop on integration with the European Union, which was held at the Szceczin University of Public Administration and a 1-day-workshop at the Berlin Higher Administrative
Court, which included the attendance of a trial at the Berlin Administrative Court.
Apart from the lectures, the students were given the opportunity to see how theory works in practice. Discussions were arranged in the German Bundesrat, in various boroughs, and in one of the sections of the Berlin Police.
The Summer School Programme was rounded off by cultural and social events, including a city sightseeing tour, a boat trip, visits to museums, a trip to Potsdam, and a number of more informal meetings between students and teachers from Berlin and the students from Ukraine.
In the concluding detailed evaluation talk the Summer School participants appeared to be predominantly satisfied with the programme contents, the practice visits and the way the Summer School was managed. The best ratings were given for the two workshops. Participants were very pleased with their accommodation amidst Berlin’s trendy district of Friedrichshain
which gave them the opportunity to have a glimpse into the city's multicultural life. It was suggested in future to lay more emphasis on analysing problems jointly with German students. All participants received a Summer School Certificate and a Compact Disc (CD) with the records of the presentations and lectures held during the Summer School.