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The Netherlands School of Public Administration (in Dutch: Nederlandse School voor Openbaar Bestuur – NSOB) seeks to make sense of what is happening in government by reflecting on politics and society. The educational programs, research projects and events of the Netherlands School of Public Administration combine state-of-the-art academic insights with the practical experiences of those working in the public domain. NSOB’s emphasis of linking academia and the public sector produces new insights about governance and helps its practitioners hone their skills, both with a view of making government deliver better public value.

 

Executive education for Dutch civil servants

The NSOB provides cutting edge, challenging and innovative educational programmes. They often take the form of hands-on workshops and master classes, which bridge theory and practice. Participants not only learn from top-level lecturers (academics and practitioners) but also from each other. This often leads to surprising and innovative perspectives, with a high added value for their day-to-day work. Our participants are constantly challenged to study tangible problems and processes from different angles than they are used to. Our core courses for Dutch civil servants include:

  • the Master of Public Administration, an internationally accredited 2-year programme aimed at high potentials in the upper middle management of the Dutch civil service. 
  • the Interdepartmental Management Programme, a program of 1,5 year for senior executives within central government.
NSOB Think tank

The Think tank of the NSOB develops scientific knowledge with practical relevance for public administration and the public sector. The Think tank addresses themes that arise from autonomous scientific and professional reflection, as well as strategic questions and dilemmas originating from policy actors. This leads to a variety of research products, including essays, research reports, scientific articles, books and dissertations.

Our research predominantly falls under four main themes:

  • Politics and administration
  • Strategy and future
  • Steering in the network society
  • Governance and inspectorates
Tailor-made programs for international delegations

The Netherlands School of Public Administration offers tailored training modules to foreign civil servants, serving participants from countries like Poland, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, but also regions outside of the EU in, for example, Asia or Australia.

The programmes of the NSOB are customised to specifically meet the interests of the requesting organization. We provide cutting-edge, challenging and innovative educational programmes, which often take the form of hands-on workshops and master classes, bridging theory and practice. Participants not only learn from top-level lecturers (academics and practitioners) but also from site-visits and discussions with guest experts. This often leads to surprising and innovative perspectives, with a high added value for the participants day-to-day work. 

Our teaching formats differ per programme, ranging from one day masterclasses to 10-day modules and are customised for every organization to specifically meet the interests of the target group. In short, our areas of expertise are:

  • Collaborative governance
  • Strategic Management
  • Urban agenda: strategies on innovation-driven development & public-private partnerships
  • Small countries, big performers (rankings)
  • Open governance & big society
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Advisory systems
  • Regulatory oversight
  • Integrity

More information

Interested, or do you have questions about our tailor-made programmes? Contact Esmé Cartens