Reforming public administration to support decentralisation in the Ukraine

Project Management:

Prof. Dr. Oesten Baller

Project Duration

4/2007 – 8/2008


Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH

Project Partners

Kiev National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), the President of Ukraine.

Project Description

Pursuant to a University Agreement dated 18 April 2007, FHVR was assigned within the framework of German assistance to Ukraine to advise and assist the Kiev National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), the President of Ukraine, with the development of a Master study course in Public Administration (MPA) which will meet the requirements of a democratic rule of law.

The  three expert workshops held in Kiev in December, 2006, February and March, 2007, concluded with the joint decision that the study course must cover the three subject areas of "Democratic Administration", "European Co-operation", and "Regional Development". On this basis, an expert group mainly staffed by FHVR faculty prepared the course modules and the curriculum as well as the concomitant methodical and content materials. In that context, various seminars based on the "Train-the-Trainer"-method were held in Kiev and Berlin. NAPA faculty were trained in state-of-the-art quality assurance method. The implementation of the study course was supported by a series of events headlined "The Berlin Weeks - German Faculty Teach MPA-Courses in Kiev".

During a study trip to Berlin on "Administrative Reform in Europe", 11 Ukrainian lecturers were made familiar with the current trends and principles of administrative Reform on different government levels. Another study trip served to prepare the third semester of the first cycle of the MPA study course and to discuss and plan preliminary activities concerning the intended accreditation of the study course.