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GERMANY: Federal Academy of Public Administration (BAKoV)

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GERMANY: Federal Academy of Public Administration (BAKoV)

BAKoV works closely with various public and private institutions, though it is less involved in entering strategic partnerships, preferring to apply the know-how of external institutions. Cooperation with external staff helps to draw on their knowledge and resources and to share experience and create a common language. It ensures that seminar contents and methods reflect the latest academic knowledge.

BAKoV works closely with:

  • Jean Monnet Chair in Political Science at the University of Cologne. A key element of this cooperation was the development of two e-training units on EU issues that enable learner-oriented advanced training and offer seminar participants the possibility to prepare for the seminar and expand their knowledge.

  • The European School of Governance. As academic institute, the EUSG helps us carry out our seminars in the field of EU-related advanced training. Didactic and multimedia methods are applied to the EU legislative process and EU law on assistance and make it possible to comprehend complex structures within a relatively short time.

  • EIPA. The president of BAKoV is a member of the EIPA Board of Governors. EIPA seminars enrich and complement BAKoV seminars offerings. BAKoV held a workshop on The European Employment Strategy: Adjusting to a Global Economy.

Public budget deficits and often limited staff resources for project efforts in international advanced training result in the need to seek partners at different levels. The tendency towards cooperation which is inherent in advanced international training helps potential partners work together.
  • Various universities. University faculty members serve as instructors for seminars and add academic models to the administrative perspective. The learning and information system International Relations developed by the University of Cologne is used in the international seminars. BAKoV promotes federal employees’ participation in the European Online Academy which combines e-learning with phases of classroom instruction.

  • Another building block in advanced European and International training consists of the courses offered by BAKoV at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge (USA); the executive MBA programme offered by the Otto Beishem Graduate School of Management in Koblenz in conjunction with Northwestern university’s Kellog School of management in Evanston (USA); and the master’s programme at New-York University, offered for the first time in 2005/2006. In addition, BAKoV offers the international short course of study at France’s ENA. BAKoV is involved in the selection of participants for each course.

  • At the German-French Council of Ministers in 2004, the responsible ministers signed an agreement on a joint qualification programme in public administration. The Master of European Governance and Administration deliver an accredited degree in accordance with the criteria of the Bologna Declaration.

  • To promote the sharing of ideas at state and local level, BAKoV and the German Institute of Urban Affairs organize twice-yearly seminars on various topics. It is significant that the seminar contents are designed by the Difu, which as an agency funded by the German Association of Towns and Cities contributes its experience and research on urban affairs.

  • BAKoV is also engaged in collaboration in the field of e-learning. For example, it works with the consumer organization Stiftung Warentest on quality assurance for e-learning products.

  • BAKoV collaborates bilaterally with the European partner schools, for example by organizing a seminar series in conjunction with ENA on intercultural competence which is held alternately in Germany and France.


The Institute was founded in 2002. It is in itself a strategic alliance because it is a joint venture between the University of Iceland, the City of Reykjavík and The National University Hospital. Based on this founding principle most of its assignments, both long term and short term are carried out in cooperation with different stakeholders in Icelandic society.
The Institue´s main mission is to strenghten teaching and research in public administration, governance and politics, both at a national and local level. It is also intended to be a venue for public debate and discussions on politics, public policy and administration.
The Institute for Public Administration and Politics has formed strategic alliances on most of it´s assignments. This has been for three main reasons:

  1. The University of Iceland is the country’s main public university. Due to a strong increase in student numbers and state financing not following completely, it is very much dependent on external financing when it comes to projects outside its core role.

  2. Secondly it was from the outset regarded as important for substansive reasons to work on the Institute’s mission as described above with partners outside the university.
  3. Thirdly, partners outside the university such as ministries, public institutions with very different functions, local governments, associations for examples of directors generals, professionals, unions of public servants, consultancy firms etc., all saw the new institute with its roots in academic teaching and reasearch as an important partner for furthering good governance in Iceland.

The Institutes main assignments in the first three years have beent he following:

  1. Redesign, partly finance and market a new Mid-carreer, part time MPA-Master in Public Administration study programme. The MPA presently has around 200 students. This was carried out in cooperation with a great number of individuals and professionals within Iceland’s public service, both at a national and local level.

  2. Yearly hosting 20 – 25 conferences and open lectures on public policy, public administration and politics, in almost every case in cooperation with the above mentioned partners; ministries, public institutions with very different functions, local governments, associations for example of directores generals, professionals, unions of public servants, consultancy firms etc.

  3. Yearly organizing 5 -7 continuing education short and long courses for public servants also with different partners in the field.

International partners-projects

From the outset the institutes has empazised partnership with individuals, schools and associations abroad.

  1. It has formed a partnership with European universities within EPAN, offering students internee-placements in the respective countries and seeking EU-grants for their costs.

  2. It has formed a partnership with Nordic-Baltic universities forming a network for doctoral students in public administration; offering the research seminars etc. And seeking grants for them to cover all costs.

  3. It is a partner in a European “Centre of Excellence” project on Democary and e-Government.
  4. Each year it invites about 10 scholars from other countries both Europe, US and Australia to give lectures and courses og relevant topics in the field.


On December the 1st this year the Institute will open a web-based journal on public

administration and politics. It will contain both peer-reviewed reasearch articles and article

on current affairs, along with book reveiws etc. Through this channel it expected that more

Icelandic research in the field will be published.

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