Forum of German and Polish universities of public administration

Project Management

Prof. Dr. Oesten Baller
Mechthild Bonnen

Forum Members

  • Olsztyn, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn
  • Szcecin; Higher School of Local Government in Szcecin University of Public Administration          
  • Kielce; Higher School of Local Government in Kielce University of Public Administration        
  • Białystok; Higher School of Local Government in Białystok University of Public Administration
  • Berlin; FHVR Berlin University of Applied Sciences 
  • Kehl; University of Public Administration
  • Güstrow; FHÖVPR Güstrow University of Applied Sciences
  • Meißen; FHSV Meißen University of Public Administration

Forum History

In 1992, the FHVR Berlin University of Applied Sciences and the Kehl University of Applied Sciences joined with the three Polish Schools of Local Government in Szczecin, Kielce and Łodzin an agreement to establish a university network for education and further training in public administration.

In the following years, the network was expanded to include the Bialystok School of Administration and the Olsztyn University of Warmia and Mazury and since 2000 has been called "Forum of German and Polish Universities of Administration / Forum Niemieckich i Polskich Szkół Administracji". In 2002, the Forum welcomed the Meißen University of Public Administration and the Güstrow University of Applied Sciences as new members. The details of co-operation between German an Polish universities are stipulated in related bilateral agreements.

Study Programme

The study programmes of the member universities focus on providing their graduates with Europe-related administrative competences which will enable them to implement such administrative reforms as are necessary with respect to the growing impact of European administrative requirements on local government structures. The relevant qualification skills are imparted on a practical basis, hence the practical training component constitutes an essential element in our joint programme (e.g. work placements in administrative bodies, German-Polish seminars). As an outstanding example may be cited the 16 year continuous co-operation between the nine Universities which is embodied both in regular annual conferences and consistent execution and advancement of study programmes. This co-operation provided a sustainable platform to establish stable relations, abandon mutual prejudice, discuss special scientific topics, compare Polish and German administrative traditions, actively participate in the administrative day-to-day business in another country, and, as a result, to learn how to communicate in a foreign language.


The programme is sponsored by various organisations, first of all the Foundation for German-Polish Co-operation.

Work-placements in German and Polish administrative bodies

Starting from 1992, four-week work-placements were completed by 230 Polish students in German administrative bodies, one half of them each in Berlin and in the Kommunalverband or, respectively the City Government of Kehl. Work-placement areas may include, for example, citizen service bureaus, economy departments, environmental departments, district governments (Landratsämter). The German universities arrange for placements, carry out introductory and evaluation events, organise accommodation and social programmes and provide general support to the students. The students write a report in German. To date, six German students have completed work-placements in Polish administrative bodies.

German - Polish Seminars

Annual joint seminars are held by turns in Germany and Poland. The topics are selected from current problems in current administrative and social policy contexts. The seminars held from 2000 up to now include:

  • 08 - 13 May 2000 at the Białystok WSAP:"Ethical Standards of Public Administration in Poland, Germany and the Ukraine"
  • 07 - 12 May 2001 at the Berlin FHVR: "Public Responsiveness between Centralisation and Decentralisation"
  • 07 - 12 May 2002 at Szczecin WSAP: Citizen Participation in Public Services"
  • 12 - 17 May 2003 at the Kehl FH: "The Organisational Structure of the EU" and "Security Issues in EU Eastern Enlargement".
  • 25 - 30 April 2005 at the Berlin FHVR: "Administration - Minorities - Foreigners; Intercultural Challenges in Administrative Practice"
  • 08 - 12 May 2006 at the Kielce WSAP: "Public Private Partnership"
  • 23 - 28 April 2007 at the Kehl FH: "Consensus and Compromise as a Method to resolve European Problems"
  • 13 - 20 April 2008 at the Łodz WSAP: "Information Society / E-Society"
  • 19 - 24 April 2009 at FHoVPR Güstrow: "EU Services Directive"
  • 22 - 28 May 2011 at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn: "Public Security Policy in the EU"
  • 21.-26. May 2012 at FHSV Meissen: "Migration"

German-Polish Planning Conference

At the end of each year, representatives of the Partner Universities convene in Berlin to report on programme activities and to define the programme for the following year. This includes deciding on the venue and the topics of next years's seminar, discussing standards and issues of participation in the EU Erasmus and Leonardo Programmes as well as of bilateral activities and finance.