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.