The programme’s mission and vision lay the foundation for the articulation of the Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs). The BSc MS&T programme educates students to acquire four sets of ILOs, that are oriented towards achieving the academic and professional outcomes on different levels. The academic orientation provides the students with the theoretical and social science research knowledge base specific for the field of Public Administration (ILOs 1 and 2), as well as the design and problem-solving competences in an integrated way (ILO3), specific to the TOM model. Specific attention is dedicated to the development of academic and professional skills (ILO4) which a Public Administration student needs in order to align to the 21st century professional skills.
The ILOs are formulated on a level specific for achieving a Bachelor level competence. The bachelor level competences are sufficiently achieved through providing the students with a) the bachelor-level public administration knowledge-base in the field; and b) the development of research competences under supervision, elementary problem-solving skills and design skills. The ILOs specify that the thesis work consists of a research project carried out under supervision.
Following the recommendation of the previous accreditation, the ILOs have been reformulated to more closely express the Public Administration specific of the MS&T programme. Content-wise, the PA curriculum is explicitly articulated around the inter-disciplinary cores of public policy, public management and public governance, and expressly aligns to the integrated and design approach. Aligning the curriculum with the programme mission provides a solid basis to define the identity of the MS&T-programme across the other PA-programmes in the field.
In the review process, input has been provided from the work field in multiple ways; this includes an alumni research project conducted around 2017-2018[1.2.1], via guest lectures, and through feedback received from the internship supervisors. A working group reported about the SWOT in March 2023. It reported thirty-one under-exploited opportunities. It stated that the core strength of the BSc and MSc programmes are the quality, uniqueness and future-proofness of the programmes marked by enthusiasm and pride amongst alumni. As a core weakness of the profile, the group indicates the under-exploitation of their unique selling points in its own marketing and communication strategies. The Programme Committee also advised on the formulation of the ILOs. The ILOs have been operationalised through the development of the Learning Lines. The Learning Lines serve as a bridge in the constructive alignment between the ILOs and the Learning Objectives at the module level and are further discussed in section 2.3.
[1.2.1] The report is available upon request.