This English-taught BSc programme will equip you to couple leadership, public management and policy with the forces of technology, becoming a (re-)designer of tomorrow’s tech-based society.
The Bachelor’s programme European Public Administration at the University of Twente invites you to engage with the future of our increasingly technologized world in order to help societies and communities face the challenges of our time. As technology fuses digital, social, physical and even biological systems, our world is seeing shapes and structures, opportunities and threats it has never seen before. In this programme, we will equip you to explore the frontiers of this shifting societal landscape and to get right to the heart of it. You will learn to couple leadership, public management and policy with the forces of technology, with a view to (re-)designing tomorrow’s tech-based societies – and to making the world a safer, cleaner, fairer and happier place to be.
Looking to obtain a Master's degree in Public Administration? Please refer to the website of the master's programme (MSc.) in Public Administration or the master's programma (MSc.) in European Studies at the University of Twente.
Have you heard about the 4th Industrial Revolution? If you are interested in public leadership and management – and passionate about making the world a better place – it’s time to step up. Our Bachelor’s programme has been designed to prepare you for a world that is radically different from the one most of us grew up in. A world being remodelled by technology. While previous industrial revolutions impacted what people did and how they did it – think steam engines, electricity and computers – the revolution sweeping our planet today is changing what we are. As man and machine, society and high-tech systems become increasingly enmeshed and interdependent, we at the UT believe that managing public responsibilities and organizing society will call for completely different skills sets – a different kind of people, in fact – than were needed in the old world.
So if you can see yourself going in to operate some of society’s controls in order to get real results in areas that matter, this programme could well be your ticket.
Our programme differs radically from other Public Administration programmes. There are two reasons underlying this. The first is that over time we have developed a view of public leadership and management that we believe is uniquely future-oriented and futureproof. The second is that, being a university of technology, we are deeply aware of how technology is altering the very fabric of human life – and we’re in a perfect position to help you help society navigate this new reality.
1. BECOME A DESIGNER OF TOMORROW’S TECH-BASED SOCIETY
Public administration studies traditionally take the abstraction of public administration itself as their starting point. Beginning with four fundamental disciplines – economics, sociology, politics and law – students gradually broaden their scope, and in doing so eventually run into actual societal issues. We are convinced that this “inside-out” approach no longer works (and if our guess is right, it probably does not appeal to you very much either). You know as well as we do that society is changing at a pace and in ways unknown to those who lived before us. With global mobility comes mass migration. Modern communication technologies also fuel cybercrime and the privacy debate. Energy transition, climate change, financial instability– not to mention extremism, terrorism or epidemics – are all increasingly interwoven, presenting us tremendous opportunities and highly complex challenges. These are times that call for an “outside-in” approach, a kind of public leadership and management that focuses on understanding the issues of our time and designing working solutions. And in the new game, recognizing technology is vital. What we want, in short, is to help you become a designer, or re-designer, of tomorrow’s society.
2. BECOME AN IDEALS-DRIVEN TECHNOLOGY BELIEVER
When your parents got their first mobile phone, it was an interesting add-on to their lives. Today, technology is far more than that: the 4th Industrial Revolution is integrating and embedding all kinds of technologies deeply and pervasively in our lives and societies.
Our Bachelor’s programme is similar. We do not view technology as a fun ‘extra’ – just because we happen to be part of a university peopled by some of the world’s leading technologists. Rather, you will find technology integrated in everything you do and think here. Your understanding of it will help you be among the first to recognize entirely new problems and opportunities related to technology and its role in the world. You will also be equipped to design and work with entirely new solutions, developing and operating a new set of public controls.
- With regard to governance, for example, you will learn how to use Big Data for understanding or influencing large groups of citizens, or how to come up with integrative approaches to dealing with many different and fragmented communities or states.
- With regard to policy, you will be as comfortable with the deployment of things like ‘wearing technology’ for collecting information or rolling out interventions, as you will be with the technology-driven democratization of knowledge and expertise among citizens.
- With regard to public management, you will be equipped to deal with questions such as how to (re)organize a society made up of independent flexible workers relying largely on self-driven technologies.
TECHNOLOGY, GLOBALIZATION, SOCIETAL COMPLEXITY – AND YOU
We live in a world in which change is the only constant. Technology, globalization and the shifting of boundaries – geopolitical, ethnic, economic, moral – are powerful forces reshaping communities, countries and even continents. We are benefiting from amazing new opportunities, but we also face challenges mankind has not seen before: environmental pressure and climate change, demographic shifts and migration, food security issues, international (cyber)crime, capricious financial systems and social, economic and digital divides. If this kind of complexity fascinates rather than frightens or bores you, and you’d like to invest your talents in helping to resolve issues like these, we have the academic programme to prepare you for it.
Do you have to be a techie to take this programme? No. But we do firmly believe that every form of public leadership and management in tomorrow’s world will call for in-depth understanding of the forces of technology and their influence on people and society – and an eagerness to creatively engage with those forces for the good of humanity.
With a Bachelor’s degree in European Public Administration, you will join the ranks of the world’s leading experts in understanding the impact of technology on our society – and in helping to design ways in which communities and societies can face the challenges of our time with courage and creativity. More information about the job market after European Public Administration.
Many of our graduates choose to do a Master’s programme before entering the job market in order to hone their skills and develop a specialization. In the Bachelor’s programme European Public Administration at the University of Twente you get to choose between two specialization tracks. They are design to prepare you for either of the following two Master’s programmes: 1) Global and European Studies and 2) Public Administration.
As a part of the European Public Administration programme, we offer the option of a joint degree in ‘Public Governance Across Borders’ with the Westfalische Wilhelms Universität (WWU) in Munster, Germany. If you opt for the joint degree programme, you will follow your first year in Münster, and your second and third years here in Enschede. With a mere 70 km distance between the two universities, this is a unique chance for you to learn more about international and intercultural differences, while getting a Joint Bachelor of Science degree. Read more about the joint degree.
Are you keen to know more about the European Public Administration programme at the University of Twente? Take a look at our study programme, admission requirements and your career prospects as an EPA graduate. Feel free to contact us with any specific questions you may have.