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Why Social Protection?

Strong imple­men­ta­tion of social pro­tec­tion strate­gies has the pow­er to pos­i­tive­ly impact mil­lions of lives, and in the con­text of a glob­al­ized and demo­graph­i­cal­ly chang­ing world, effec­tive and sus­tained social pro­tec­tion sys­tems are becom­ing increas­ing­ly sig­nif­i­cant. Advance­ment in this area makes a fun­da­men­tal con­tri­bu­tion to achiev­ing the over­all objec­tive of reduc­ing pover­ty and thus improv­ing qual­i­ty of life on a region­al, nation­al or even inter­na­tion­al scale. More­over, it has become evi­dent that social pro­tec­tion is an impor­tant source for eco­nom­ic growth, since healthy cit­i­zens ampli­fy the pro­duc­tiv­i­ty of a coun­try. Despite eco­nom­ic progress, in many coun­tries the demand for the devel­op­ment of social pro­tec­tion sys­tems has expe­ri­enced a back­log, cre­at­ing an excit­ing glob­al mar­ket for qual­i­fied experts in the field.
 
In almost all coun­tries, the world expe­ri­ences an increas­ing need for devel­op­ing and strength­en­ing insti­tu­tion­al and human capac­i­ties for all forms of social pro­tec­tion, encom­pass­ing social assis­tance, social insur­ance con­cern­ing pen­sions, health, and labor enhance­ment mea­sures as well as their respec­tive financ­ing mech­a­nisms. This makes it a par­tic­u­lar­ly robust career choice. Social pro­tec­tion is based on the fun­da­men­tal prin­ci­ples of social jus­tice and makes a deci­sive con­tri­bu­tion to over­com­ing exist­ing inequal­i­ties between and with­in dif­fer­ent pop­u­la­tion groups, which is a key focus of both the Inter­na­tion­al Labour Orga­ni­za­tion and the World Health Orga­ni­za­tion. Well-func­tion­ing social pro­tec­tion sys­tems are equal­ly play­ing a crit­i­cal role for achiev­ing the Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals (SDG) by 2030.
Our alum­ni cre­ate impact. Par­tic­i­pants of this advanced degree pro­gram should expect to grad­u­ate with an in-depth and inter-dis­ci­pli­nary knowl­edge in social pro­tec­tion and addi­tion­al areas of rel­e­vance that they can apply to make a sub­stan­tial con­tri­bu­tion to the devel­op­ment of viable social pro­tec­tion sys­tems which are effec­tive, equi­table and sus­tain­ably fund­ed in order to meet future socio-eco­nom­ic chal­lenges.
 
In line with the mis­sions of the three Part­ner Uni­ver­si­ties as well as the Asso­ci­at­ed Part­ners, the Mas­ter of Social Pro­tec­tion pro­motes pro­fes­sion­al, mul­ti-dis­ci­pli­nary and career-relat­ed learn­ing and aims at pro­vid­ing a com­pre­hen­sive aca­d­e­m­ic edu­ca­tion for stu­dents’ future careers. 


The result­ing com­pe­ten­cy pro­file includes:
 
  • Pro­mo­tion of indi­vid­ual and pro­fes­sion­al com­pe­ten­cies with strong research skills in social pro­tec­tion
  • Prac­ti­cal prob­lem-solv­ing skills in the area of social pro­tec­tion
  • Abil­i­ty to exam­ine wider issues and solu­tions across dis­ci­plines
  • Net­work­ing both among pro­gram alum­ni and with spe­cial­ized nation­al and inter­na­tion­al insti­tu­tions
  • Lead­er­ship and inno­v­a­tive com­pe­ten­cies in social pro­tec­tion with­in alumni’s own insti­tu­tions and sys­tems
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