Conference theme: Temporalities, Public Administrations & Public Policies
Reviewing the body of skills, knowledge and competencies of the professional Bachelor programmes in Public Administration at the five Dutch Universities of applied sciences
The presentation of this paper at the EGPA-conference in Toulouse in September 2010 is part of the review of the body of skills, knowledge and competencies for the Dutch Bachelor programs in Public Administration.
At the conference we will seek the feedback of EGPA-study group IX. The feedback that we will be asking will centre on the following questions:
- Does the study group feel that the body of skills, knowledge and competencies laid out in this paper meets international standards (e.g. EGPA, EEAPAA, WOTPA).
- Does the study group feel that the body of skills, knowledge and competencies laid out in this paper enables us to graduate professionals in public administration who are ready for the challenges the public sector is faced with in the coming decade.
- Does the study group have suggestions to further improve this body of skills, knowledge and competencies?
Evaluation of training of managers in the context of the Portuguese public sector
It is largely recognized that Public Administration is an important structure in the process of governance. In addition to applying public policies set by governments, Public Administration also plays an important role in its definition, being the link between political power and the citizen (Dowding, 1995; Peters, 2001; Mozzicafreddo, 2001).
It is therefore important that public organisations become highly qualified, particularly within the designated “top public management”1 which is composed of people who perform their duties with great impact in the governance process (Mulgan, 2007; Ferraz, 2008). In this sense it is important that these professionals hold the necessary skills to carry out these functions. Taking this reality in context, Portugal established as a requirement for the development of managerial functions specific training for managers of public administration for the first time in 2004 (according to the Law No. 2 / 2004 of 15 January). The law decreed that all public managers should attend a long training cycle program in order to maintain their roles as managers in the administration.
Later, with the Law No. 51/2005 of 30 August, the courses for the training of public managers have been restructured, resulting in the courses that exist today. The law also previewed that some certified entities, selected by a competition, could perform those courses. In the National Institute of Administration, I.P. (INA, IP), the pioneering institution in the implementation of these courses, and the only one that belongs to the central administration, the training courses had been coordinated from the beginning (2003-2004) by the Managers Training Department (FDIR) whose mission is “to provide leadership training for top-level and middle level public managers”. In the recent past, a study pointed that public managers in Portuguese public administration attended less training when compared with the officials with a degree (Madureira, 2004).