Lithuania: Lithuanian Institute of Public Administration (LIPA)
LIPA is engaged in many training activities. First of all, it is very important to highlight significant EU support in strengthening our institute. Thanks to the Twinning Project, LIPA has established its position as a leader of the civil service training system.
Project partners: Danish School of Public Administration, Danish Ministry of Education and Finnish Institute of Public Administration. Project financed by EU PHARE programme.
The main achievement of the Twinning Project is that it was successful in creation of the new institutional culture of LIPA, oriented towards change and development together - or even ahead - of the development of the public administration in Lithuania. The Institute has become an active partner in the development of public service and is taking part in the creation of necessary changes of the public administration under preparation for EU accession.
The Twinning Project has contributed to including relations with other bodies outside and inside the Lithuania, by introducing LIPA to the networks of international training organizations and by providing possibilities for active participation and by creation of the national networks with the most important clients of LIPA.
The Project has contributed to development of the strategy of the Institute. These action plans became an active part of the day-to-day management of the Institute.
A special training programme for high-level officials was designed. The Institute takes part in the activities of the Public Administration Training Association of Lithuania as well as it is a member of the Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe. Since year 2000 good partnership was established with the Finnish Institute of Public Administration. This year Lithuanian Institute of Public Administration is implementing this project “Support to the Kosovo Institute for Public Administration (KIPA)” in a consortium with the Finnish Institute for Public Management and Hulla & Co Human Dynamics KG (Austria).
Activities: Strengthening of the Kosovo Institute for Public Administration; Training of the staff of the Kosovo Institute for Public Administration; Support to create in-service training curriculum for civil servants; Establishment of a pool of trainers for the Kosovo Institute for Public Administration
LIVADIS started cooperation with International Irish Management Institute developing 7 modules continuing training course “Strategic Management of Structural Funds” and experts from IMI run several seminars on “Negotiations in the Brussels maze” for the Lithuanian civil servants involved in the EU integration processes.
With the Finnish Institute of Public Administration and experts from Ecole Nationale d’Administration in 2003 was developed new course “Preparation to the Open Competitions of the European Institutions.
Project NordPlus, 2004-2006. The project is implemented with the Latvian School of Public Administration, the Centre for Public Service Training and Development, Estonia, the Finnish Institute of Public Management and the Danish School of Public Administration.
The objective is to strengthen the relations between Nordic and Baltic countries and to cooperate in the issues of adult training on various ES issues.
International projects in post-soviet countries:
“Canada - Ukraine - Baltic Economic Management Training Program”, 2001 - 2004. The goal was to support the process of economic reforms in Ukraine through improved public policy in Ukraine. It was a project for middle-senior level public servants in Ukraine.
Project partners: Dalhousie university, Canada, Ukraine National Academy of Public Administration, Centre for Public Service Training and Development, Estonia, Latvian School of Public Administration. The goal is to share Lithuania’s experience in the EU pre-accession process and the transformation of public policy from the post soviet policy into the policy grounded on market economy, democracy and the EU principles.
LIPA implemented also other support and development aid projects in Armenia, 2004, Azerbaijan, 2005, Georgia, 2004, Moldavia, 2005. The goal of the development aid projects was to provide civil servants with the information on the process of EU accession that Lithuania has already undergone.
Implementing these projects LIPA gained big experience to work on his own: prepared new training courses and adapted new ones according to the partners of the post-soviet countries needs, involved new trainers - Lithuanian civil servants, politicians, drafters of legal acts, lecturers from universities, and experts in specific areas, acquired international acknowledgment.
We have strategic partnership for the time beeing with EIPA (NL) , The Danish school of public management, Haus (Finland) and the Bodø school of management.
POLAND: THE NATIONAL SCHOOL OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
The programme of training at the National School of Public Administration is interdisciplinary in nature. The starting point in the development of any programme is the search for balance between lessons that present, expand on and update knowledge, and training sessions, whose aim is to develop skills, to shape attitudes and to instil motivation. We are a school of applied training in the sense that we prepare staff to work for the state. The students and middle - or high-ranking civil servants trained by us, have all graduated from institutions of higher education.
Effective, intensive cooperation between the National School of Public Administration and many partners at home and around the globe has borne fruit in intramural training and lifelong-learning opportunities of the highest world standards. Contacts with foreign institutions also allowed for adaptation of their best programmes with a view to Polish conditions being approximated.
The National School maintains contacts with various domestic institutions, among others being the Institute of Applied Social Sciences at Warsaw University and Warsaw School of Economics.
In a period of transformation and of the introduction of free-market principles, it is particularly important that a school curriculum includes a bloc of economic subjects and a rapid dissemination of knowledge on marketing economy. From the outset our programmes for both our internal students and those involved in continuing training at the National School have been the responsibility of a team from the Chair of Economics at Warsaw School of Economics. The benefits are and have been mutual. On the one hand, our relationship with Warsaw School of Economics included co-financing of translations of the latest manuals and books on economics. At the same time, their cooperation with us allowed them to become familiar with the methods by which practical rather than academic activities are run. As a School we financed the preparation of case studies by lecturers from Warsaw School of Economics that were later also used by students at the parent institution.
Since the funding of the National School in 1990, the first governmental institution of this kind, international cooperation has been significant for us. We were very lucky with our foreign partners who shared their experience with us and transferred valuable know-how which let us quickly bring into operation our pioneering Polish institution.
Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA)
ENA was our first partner and it was its organisational model that we drew upon. Additionally, under bilateral governmental agreements between France and Poland we have since 1998 been organising and developing a European Union Study Course. This is a series of classes and lectures for around a hundred participants designated by the different offices on account of the fact that they deal with EU matters on a daily basis. The lectures run from October to June and are given by academic lecturers, high-ranking French and Polish civil servants, and the Ambassadors of EU member states in Poland. Those taking part are also offered lessons in the French language at three levels. All graduates of the Study Course obtain the joint diploma of the two institutions, while the best are assured of an internship placement in the French administration.
BAKÖV (Bundesakademie für Öffentliche Verwaltung)
The National School has also established fruitful cooperation with Bundesakademie für Öffentliche Verwaltung going back to 1995. In the first phase, the Academy organised internships for our students in the German administration: at that point we were in truth beneficiaries of this cooperation, first and foremost. However, the second phase has seen us respond to a request from the German side by organising week-long seminars for representatives of the German administration that are interested in Poland, which was after all a neighbour and future European Union member and most recently, of course, a partner within the EU.
Other major partners of the NSPA are:
the Irish Institute of Public Administration (IPA)
the Portuguese Instituto Nacional d'Administração (INA)
European Institute of Public Administration in Maastricht (EIPA)
Italy's Scuola Superiore della Pubblica Amministrazione (SSPA)
A further process of exchange as regards new thrusts to development and methods of training is made possible by KSAP's presence in the system of international organisations concerned with administration. These include IASIA (the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration) and NISPAcee (the Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe).
The National School also maintains and develops its contacts with Central and Eastern European countries, seeking where it can pass on the benefits of its own experience and output as regards training. KSAP is also directly engaged in the training of the future civil servants of these countries' administrations.