The programme is well-aligned with the current standards in terms of content, social science research, and academic skills within the PA-field in the Netherlands and internationally.
In the Netherlands, there are thirteen master-level programmes offered at research universities. The MSc programme in Public Administration offered at University of Twente (UT) has a particular place within this PA constellation. The MSc programme is:
- Recognized as the longest-established PA programme in the Netherlands (since 1976).
- Positioned as a social science PA-programme within the University of Twente as a university of technology. The breadth of choice options in relevant domains of UT-research is unique.
- Ranked highest in the Netherlands. In 2022 it was the only MSc programme in Public Administration awarded a medal (gold!) in the national ‘Elsevier’ rankings.
Internationally, the PA programme at UT has a clear reputation as a multi- and interdisciplinary programme with its learning outcomes strongly embedded in the international standards. We have inspiring conversations with international programmes about innovative education on the future of government in transforming societies. For example, our faculty held invited lectures at international universities (e.g., Yonsei University Seoul, Universidad Externado Bogota, ENAP Brasilia, Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg) and gave invited presentations at international conferences within panels on education in PA (IRSPM).