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