The Department of Public Administration and Management was established in 1998 with international assistance from some universities in Europe and United States. Over time DPAM solidified these ties with foreign universities, in many cases forging strategic partnerships. DPAM has a board consisting of representatives of international partner universities, having an important role in institutional development and academic advancement regarding the curriculum, assessment and measurement of quality, and the development of joint research and academic programs, among other areas. Many teachers in these universities have taught courses in the department as visiting professors. Some of them were supported through academic exchange programs such as Fulbright. Also, many foreign teachers have continued to work with the department after their initial visit.
Foreign partner universities:
- Graduate School of Public Affairs, Nelson Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, State University of New York at Albany;
- Institute for Public Management, Florida International University, Miami;
- Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, Michigan State University, East Lancing, Michigan;
- Universite Paris XII, Val de Marne
- California State University, Northridge
- Universita di Genova
- School of Public Policy and Administration, University of Delaware
- Corvinus Univeristy of Budapest
- Graduate School of Business, Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University, Australia
- School of Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law, Victoria University, Australia
- Salzburg Seminar
- University of Innsbruck
- Institut de Management Public et Gouvernance Territoriale, Paul Cezanne University
- Catholic University of Leuven
The Department of Public Administration and Management is affiliated with a number of international schools and institutes of public administration, as well as several research centers. These institutional affiliations contribute to the transfer of best practices and knowledge internationally, as well as the identification of opportunities for institutional development for the Department of Public Administration.
Networks affiliated with DPAM:
– EAPAA (European Association for Public Administration Accreditation)
– EGPA (European Group of Public Administration)
– IIASIA (The International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration)
– NAASPA (National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration)
– NISPAcee (The Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe)
European Accreditation and double degrees
Our MPA is the first program accredited by EAPAA (European Association for Public Administration Accreditation). This accreditation confirms the academic quality of the program and a guarantee of maintaining that status in the future.
DPAM offers a dual certificate along with Michigan State University, IPPSR (Institute for Public Policy and Social Research). Through this arrangement, graduates in the English programs will receive this dual degree as recognition of taking courses taught by professors from Michigan State University.
Joint research programs with partner universities for students
The Department of Public Administration develops research programs along with its partners, involving mixed teams of students representing various institutions. The most important of such programs is conducted in conjunction with the University of Delaware. In 2008, 2010 and 2013, joint teams of graduate students in the U.S. and Romania have worked together for two weeks in Cluj in the pursuit of research projects in the field of local government. The best projects were –recognized when both Romanian and American student who worked on the projects attended the NISPAcee annual conference where they presented their research.
Joint research programs with foreign universities for teachers
Many teachers in the DPA conduct research involving the study of the groups of foreign universities. Some mixed research teams have a tradition for many years, conducting joint studies already published and disseminated at the international level.
ERASMUS program and other scholarship opportunities
The Department of Public Administration aims to facilitate student access to undergraduate or master’s programs and various scholarship programs. In this respect there are two ERASMUS agreements with European universities – University Corvinus, from Budapest and University of Genoa from Italy.