The adjusting session for the new intake (IV) of the School of Young Managers in Public Administration (SYMPA)
The adjusting session for the new intake of the School of Young Managers in Public Administration took place in Minsk, on 12–14 October. The session aimed at introduction to public administration, its economic and policy aspects.
The training agenda started with a lecture by Andrei Stsiapanau, acting lecturer at the European Humanities University (EHU), "Politics: Basic Concepts" and continued by another EHU lecturer Tatsiana Chulitskaya with a presentation "Public Policy: from the idea to implementation; stages and actors".
Aliaksandr Lahvinets and Dzianis Melyantsou, well-known Belarusian political analysts, conducted public policy debates on the European integration.
A number of the lectures were dedicated to economic issues. This bloc included lectures delivered by well-known economists Aliaksandr Chubrik ("Contemporary Belarusian Economy: Main Challenges and Responses"), Sergey Chaly ("Global Economic Trends and Their Impact on Belarusian Economy"), Gleb Shymanovich ("Introduction to state budgeting") and Leonid Zlotnikov ("Basic principles of effective economy"). The fact that the lecturers belonged to different generations and had different views upon the situation contributed to that the lectures were followed by thorough discussions.
The last training day's topic was the very public administration and it was covered by experts' presentations: Ina Ramasheuskaya ("Public Administration: Traditions and Reforms. The Role of Civil Servants"), Iryna Vidanava ("The Role of Non-State Actors in Politics"), Irena Lapina and Aleksandr Tsarev ("Public Administration System in Belarus"). The two latest are Associate Professors at Academy of Public Administration under the Aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus.
In the end, the students were to write essays on the proposed topics linked to contemporary issues in the field of public administration in Belarus.
The students' learning activities during the session and essay evaluation form their learning progress records. The best thirty will be invited to the next session in Vilnius, in December, which will be devoted to the Lithuanian transition experience.
The reader and additional materials of the session are available on our website in "Library" (see "Study materials of the Minsk session 2012").