United Nations University, Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) Policy issues are becoming more complex, and policymaking has become a structured interaction between networked actors, with national governments and international organisations playing central roles in human development. More than ever, there is a clear need for specialists in policy analysis who can work in international and multi-level policy processes, taking on duties in the analysis of policy problems and the implementation and evaluation of solutions. In order to perform well in this domain, actors require a combination of theoretical background knowledge, technical skills and the opportunity to practise them, as well as a solid understanding of key policy fields.
The Master of Science in Public Policy and Human Development programme is a double-degree programme of Maastricht University’s Graduate School of Governance and University Nations University’s institute UNU-MERIT. In 2018, the programme was re-accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) and received the official EAPAA accreditation by the European Association for Public Administration Accreditation.
The starting point of the MPP programme is to stimulate students to gain an understanding of the basic idea of good governance. The emphasis of the programme lies with the question of how can public policy be dealt with in the most effective and efficient way.
National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (DRIIE-SNSPA) This Master programme is addressed to prospective students who would like to work in diplomacy or negotiations in an international/ multicultural environment or to those who already do it and would like to enhance their skills. The main goal of this Master Programme is to provide advanced training and qualification in the field of external relations, as a very dynamic and diverse section of the job market. Due to the quality of the curricula, the professional experience and academic credentials of the professors involved in the programme, the master “Diplomacy and Negotiations” has the capacity to help the students develop the necessary competences for a career which requires both solid knowledge in the field of International Relations and specific practical skills (a capacity for synthesis and analysis, verbal and written communication, including in foreign languages, negotiation, creativity, etc.). These skills can also be applied by involving in the simulation activities developed within the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication, which is an integrated part of the National University.
The curricular approach is interdisciplinary, but based on political science, so prospective students will need at least basic knowledge in such fields as: International Relations, European Integration, Sociology, International Public Law, EU Law, Public Administration, European Public Administration, Communication and Public Relations, Psychology, Philosophy or Political Science.
This program is addressed to university graduates under Bologna system (3 years) or to those who graduated from long term university study programs (4 years). Form of study: full time, 2 years, 120 ECTS
National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (DRIIE-SNSPA) The MA programme International Relations and European Integration (DIREI) is part of the classic educational offer of the Department of International Relations and European Integration, being at the same time the oldest MA programme dedicated to the study of international relations and European studies in the institution. The continuity of the programme is based on the students’ appreciation for the varied academic content, its interdisciplinarity and the quality of teaching constantly adapted to the evolutions at the European and international level, respectively to the needs and requests of the students. The MA programme proposes a dual approach to current regional and international affairs: on one hand, international relations that offer a global perspective and on the other, European studies that focus more on the regional level. This interdisciplinary approach is necessary in order to offer its students the necessary tools that deal with the current challenges and provides a comprehensive approach to national, regional and international levels.
The programme is generally addressed to students graduating from university studies under the Bologna regime (3 years) or to graduates from long term university studies (4 years or more) and, in particular, to those who wish to build a strong career in international organizations such as the EU, NATO, UN, etc., but also national public institutions such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of European Funds, Romanian embassies abroad, etc. Also, the programme supports students with an inclination for research in the domains accommodated by the MA and encourages participation in the activities of the Centre for European Studies, conferences, workshops and seminaries.