Summer Academy for Young Professionals

Summer Academy for Young Professionals


The Summer Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP) is a training programme developed to build awareness, capacity and resilience in the practice of governance in the Baltic Sea region and the countries in the EU Eastern Partnership. The aim of SAYP is also to strengthen young professionals and their individual capabilities to meet the requirements of a modern governance structure. The overall thematic framework is sustainable modern governance. During SAYP, the participants will be able to expand their own contact networks and share ideas, experiences and challenges. Lund University is organising a thematic module within SAYP focusing on decentralisation within public administration and how human rights can be implemented on a regional and local level. The module is open for applications for persons from Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Sweden and Ukraine. In 2018, the module will take place between 13-24 August 2018.


Perspectives on Multi-level Governance, Decentralisation & Human Rights


The module at Lund University will have a clear focus on decentralisation of public administration and implementation of human rights on regional and local levels. After finishing the module, the participants will have an enhanced knowledge of these issues and will have gained tools that can be used in working within this area. The participants will also have gained knowledge about Swedish public administration, and about methods for working with development and human rights in a decentralised public administration.

The objectives of the module are to:

  • Provide the participants with knowledge and tools to enable them to develop public administration within their position
  • Expand the participants’ national and international networks and provide them with increased insights and understanding of experiences from other countries and sectors
  • Give the participants concrete knowledge on how to work in a decentralised public administration
  • Provide the participants with the opportunity to work actively with modern approaches on management and organisation of public administration
  • Give the participants the opportunity to experience which possibilities and restrictions are created by a decentralised public administration
  • Provide the participants with knowledge about, and possibilities to try their abilities of, making decisions within the framework of a decentralised public administration
  • Provide the participants with experiences and lessons learned concerning the last few years development within New Public Management (NPM), including ”Pre-” and ”Post-NPM”, from a Scandinavian perspective
  • Provide knowledge about the system for international human rights
  • With the starting point in how human rights are implemented on a municipal level, provide the participants with knowledge of human rights principles, and skill sets concerning how these can be implemented in their work. The principles are based on the UN Common Understanding on a Human Rights Based Approach and include principles such as: Human rights as indivisible, interdependent and universal; Equality and equal treatment, and non-discrimination; and Transparency and accountability
  • Give the participants knowledge about issues of equality and equal treatment based on international law, and insight into different ways of working with gender mainstreaming 


The module is held during two weeks at Lund University in Lund, Sweden. An average day has 5-7 hours of scheduled activities, with a mixture of lectures, workshops, seminars and study visits. Participants will have access to an e-learning platform and Lund University's e-library services. Prior to the start of the module, there will be a pre-module with assignments for the participants on the e-learning platform.


The target group for the module is mainly young professionals within public administration, but also key persons within civil society who are working in organisations that have relevant points of contact with public administration. The participants should have competence within the subject matter of the module and/or work experience within the area. This could e.g. be persons who work strategically with organisation and management of public administration on a state/intergovernmental, regional or local level - among these, persons who work with decentralisation, coordination of public authorities and/or integrating human rights, equality and equal treatment. For more information on the target group and the application criterium, click here.


the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (RWI) is a leading hub for inter-disciplinary and policy-oriented human rights research and education. RWI have 30 years of experience advancing human rights in partnership with governments, national human rights institutions and universities. The mission of RWI is to promote universal respect for human rights and humanitarian law, by means of research, academic education and institutional development.

Lund University School of Economics and Management is one of eight faculties at Lund University. Within the module, researchers from the research group Public Management Research (PUMAR) will hold lectures/seminars. Local government is PUMAR's main empirical focus, but with a growing interest in the governance and management of central government.

Time for the module in Lund

13-24 August 2018


Lund, Sweden.

Organisers of the module

SAYP is a collaboration between Lund University and the Swedish Institute

Language of Instruction



Accommodation is included. Participants will be sharing accommodation at an apartment hotel or in student apartments in Lund. 


Applications are made through the Swedish Institute. Click on the "Apply here"- button on the top of this page, or click here

Application period (preliminary)

January - February 2018


For practical questions and questions about the module's content, please contact:
Malin Pahlmblad, Lund University Commissioned Education. 
+46 46 222 39 14

Schedule from SAYP 2017



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