The general idea behind this master programme is that the public sector needs interdisciplinary expertise in order to be able to fully benefit from the potential of ICT and technological innovations. Within a context wherein ICT becomes increasingly important for the modernisation and innovation of the public sector, the sector itself needs experts (1) who are able to translate technological expertise into efficiency, effectiveness, performance and user needs, and (2) who are able to take into account the organisational, cultural, social and structural peculiarities of the public sector when implementing new technologies. As a result, interdisciplinary education has become a necessity. This is what PIONEER is about.
PIONEER aims at providing students with specialised competencies about public sector innovation and the role of ICT and technological evolutions in the innovation process. It is a interdisciplinary and international programme that combines academic expertise with insight into professional cases and national experience. The programme is built on three major principles: on-site expertise where students have the ability to learn and benefit from the local context, as students will learn at 3 to 4 different locations; a balance within the curriculum between academic knowledge and professional expertise; interdisciplinarity as students have the opportunity to integrate different theoretical frameworks, competencies and skills into a set of competencies that are necessary for the public sector of the future.
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- The student has the right to propose the choice of the topic, and the choice of the supervisor.
- The supervisor must be from one of the partner universities: either from KU Leuven, from the University of Münster or from Tallinn University of Technology.
- Upon receiving the student’s application, the topic and the supervisor of the Master’s Thesis are assigned to the student on behalf of the Academic Steering Committee of the programme.
- The subject of the Master’s Thesis should be related to the domain of public administration and public management, information systems and e-Governance.
- The master’s thesis defense is organized in a rotating manner. Students are recommended to stay in the country/city where the university of the supervisor is located, unless the students perform a voluntary internship.
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- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , International
- Apply before , EEA/EU
DisciplinesPublic Policy Political Science View 5 other Masters in Public Policy in Belgium
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Diploma(s) and transcript(s) of academic records: all applicants must upload PDF scans of his/her original diploma(s) and original transcript(s) of academic records.
- Translation of diploma(s) and transcript(s) of records: if the documents are not in English, French, Dutch or German, these documents are to be translated by a registered translator. These documents must also be certified by the educational institution that issued them or by a national authority.
- English Proficiency Certificate (or test registration; see ‘Language Requirements’)
- Letter of motivation: a one-page letter motivating your interest in the programme
- Proof of nationality: a scan of the identity page of your passport (for EEA citizens: a PDF scan of your national ID card will suffice)
- Copy of proof of payment of the application fee (made either via bank transfer or via credit card)
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International3900 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 3900 EUR per year during 24 months.
EU/EEA3900 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 3900 EUR per year during 24 months.
Living costs for Leuven
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.