Summer Academy for Young Professionals

Summer Academy for Young Professionals


The Swedish Institute 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, the countries in the EU Eastern Partnership, and the Western Balkans. 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. In 2019, Lund University is organising two thematic modules within SAYP. One module focuses on human rights and decentralisation within public administration (Baltic Sea Region/EU Eastern Partnership) and the other on innovation ecosystems and entrepreneurship (Western Balkans).


Module 1: Innovation Ecosystems & Entrepreneurship 

Time: 25 May - 5 June, 2020

Target countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Sweden

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Module 2: Perspectives on Multi-level Governance, Decentralisation & Human Rights

Time: 1-12 June, 2020

​Target countries: Armenia, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Sweden, Ukraine

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The modules are 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 (under 35 years old, born 1985 or after) 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.


Lund University School of Economics and Management (LUSEM) is one of eight faculties at Lund University and involved in both modules. Module 1 involves researchers/teachers from Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship (SKJCE). SKJCE focuses on knowledge development and dissemination aiming to strengthen entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs. Within module 2, researchers/teachers from the research group Public Management Research (PUMAR) are involved. Local government is PUMAR's main empirical focus, but with a growing interest in the governance and management of central government.

the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (RWI) is active in Module 2 and 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.

Time for the modules in Lund

May/June 2020


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. 


For more information about the modules and the application procedure, please click here

Application period (preliminary)

11 February - 11 March 2020


For practical questions and questions about the module's content, please contact:
Lund University Commissioned Education. 

Lund University Commissioned Education provides commissioned courses and programmes tailored to customer needs and conducted by lecturers and researchers from Lund University – a guarantee for broad and profound scientific content and modern pedagogics. For more information on our current courses and programmes see Lund University Commissioned Education, PO Box 117, SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden. Ph. +46-46-222 0707. Fax +46-46-222 0750. E-mail: