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Why should I choose this program?

The Uni­ver­si­ties of Hei­del­berg and Hanoi are the prin­ci­ple uni­ver­si­ties of the course. In addi­tion, Maas­tricht Grad­u­ate School of Gov­er­nance is a lead­ing aca­d­e­m­ic insti­tu­tion with renowned exper­tise in pol­i­cy design, and as a key asso­ci­at­ed part­ner to the pro­gram, pro­vides one month of teach­ing for the mas­ter stu­dents using inno­v­a­tive train­ing meth­ods.
Both uni­ver­si­ties in Viet­nam and Indone­sia have been work­ing close­ly with pro­fes­sion­al and gov­ern­ment orga­ni­za­tions in social pro­tec­tion in the areas of teach­ing, imple­men­ta­tion research and con­sul­tan­cy for many years.
Promi­nent experts of the Ger­man social pro­tec­tion sys­tem and lec­tur­ers from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Greif­swald are also involved in the advanced stud­ies mod­ule on Gov­er­nance in Social Pro­tec­tion.
Addi­tion­al­ly the Intern­ship part­ners pro­vide a wide range of tech­ni­cal experts and train­ers with long­stand­ing prac­ti­cal expe­ri­ence in the area of Social Pro­tec­tion.

Our lec­tur­ers are care­ful­ly select­ed based not only on their aca­d­e­m­ic achieve­ments, but also on their inter­na­tion­al expe­ri­ence, with all hav­ing worked or lived abroad. This is immense­ly impor­tant in pro­vid­ing a com­pre­hen­sive pro­gram that is high­ly applic­a­ble regard­less of the par­tic­i­pants’ home coun­try.
The mix of didac­tic and pro­fes­sion­al skills and reg­u­lar mon­i­tor­ing and eval­u­a­tion of the pro­gram will assure the high qual­i­ty of the train­ing and close link­age to the job pros­per­i­ties for the stu­dents.

In many Asian coun­tries, social secu­ri­ty pro­grams have been expand­ed remark­ably dur­ing the last decade. The num­ber, as well as the share, of those who are cov­ered by var­i­ous social secu­ri­ty schemes has dras­ti­cal­ly increased in many, if not all, Asian coun­tries.
Because of the wide dif­fer­ences in their cul­tur­al and his­tor­i­cal back­grounds, lev­el of indus­tri­al­iza­tion, and polit­i­cal con­fig­u­ra­tions, it is not sur­pris­ing at all for social secu­ri­ty in Asian coun­tries to have con­sid­er­able dis­sim­i­lar­i­ties with each oth­er. The Mas­ter of Social Pro­tec­tion course get’s updat­ed on an annu­al basis to match the dif­fer­ent needs in the region and to bring in recent trends and expe­ri­ences.
The update of the cur­ricu­lum will be based on the con­tem­po­rary needs and con­sul­tan­cies of the con­tent with the send­ing insti­tu­tions.

Improv­ing local resources in mon­i­tor­ing and eval­u­a­tion of social pro­tec­tion sys­tems can help the Gov­ern­ments to trans­late it’s pub­lic (health)sector reforms into greater pover­ty reduc­tion. Plan­ning, bud­get­ing, and incen­tives would be strength­ened by a focus on pover­ty out­comes, impacts, and goals rather than on just record­ing inputs, activ­i­ties, or imme­di­ate out­puts.
This Mas­ter pro­gram aims at increas­ing the pro­fes­sion­al knowl­edge in social pro­tec­tion on sys­tems lev­el, uti­liza­tion and crit­i­cal analy­sis of avail­able data and devel­op­ment of coun­try spe­cif­ic imple­men­ta­tion tools for trans­la­tion of the pol­i­cy into prac­tice.

Fol­low­ing its vision and mis­sion, the Hei­del­berg Uni­ver­si­ty, Ger­many and the Nation­al Eco­nom­ics Uni­ver­si­ty, Viet­nam offer a com­pre­hen­sive aca­d­e­m­ic edu­ca­tion in social pro­tec­tion, with pro­fes­sion­al, mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary and career-relat­ed goals.

This advanced Master’s degree pro­gramme aims at con­vey­ing in-depth and inter­dis­ci­pli­nary knowl­edge in the area of social pro­tec­tion and oth­er inter­con­nect­ed the­mat­ic areas, includ­ing health. The grad­u­ates will be able to make a sub­stan­tial con­tri­bu­tion to the elab­o­ra­tion, imple­men­ta­tion and nec­es­sary reforms to achieve and main­tain viable, sus­tain­ably fund­ed, effi­cient, effec­tive and equi­table social pro­tec­tion sys­tems that meet cur­rent and future socio-eco­nom­ic and gen­der-spe­cif­ic chal­lenges as well as impor­tant Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals, e.g. Uni­ver­sal Health Cov­er­age.

With the accom­plish­ment of the Master’s course, the grad­u­ates will be able to: 

  • Demon­strate knowl­edge and skills in man­ag­ing essen­tial social pro­tec­tion instru­ments;
  • Man­age com­plex busi­ness process­es con­cern­ing social pro­tec­tion pro­grammes;
  • Exam­ine the risks faced by indi­vid­u­als and com­mu­ni­ties and poten­tial respons­es by social pro­tec­tion pro­grammes;
  • Iden­ti­fy strengths and chal­lenges of social pro­tec­tion pro­grammes and their imple­men­ta­tion;
  • Assess poten­tial gaps between exist­ing and emerg­ing demands for and sup­ply of social pro­tec­tion;
  • Design new social pro­tec­tion inter­ven­tions and fore­cast their poten­tial impacts;
  • Pro­pose mul­ti-lay­ered solu­tions for improv­ing the land­scape of a social pro­tec­tion sys­tem;
  • Eval­u­ate the impli­ca­tion of social pro­tec­tion sys­tems on broad­er pol­i­cy objec­tives and draw rec­om­men­da­tions for dif­fer­ent stake­hold­ers.
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