Fundación Botín partners with FGV to strengthen public administration in Latin America

Institutional
24 May 2013

On Wednesday, May 15, Fundación Botín ? the main private institution for educational, socioeconomic and cultural actions in Spain - signed an agreement with FGV?s School of Business Administration in São Paulo (EAESP) to include Brazil in its training program for university students from various fields of knowledge, interested in working in public administration. Considered a pioneering initiative, the Strengthening Public Management in Latin America Program aims to contribute to the strengthening of institutions in the region by detecting public service-oriented talents among the best universities in Brazil and other Latin American countries. This is the first time Brazil will host the program, which is in its fourth edition and previously only relied on modules in the United States and Spain. With the partnership, Fundación Botín bets on Brazil and on EAESP's excellence to repeat what has been done in the two original countries, in partnership with Brown University. The agreement with EAESP will expand the Public Management Strengthening Program, allowing students to finish their training in Brazil, where they will head to after nearly two months of study in the United States and Spain, says Iñigo Sáenz de Miera, general director of Fundación Botín. The goal is to deepen the knowledge of the public service from the experiences and case studies in Latin America. With this, we hope to strengthen our commitment to the region, he adds. Doing Business in Brazil hosts Brazilian module The Brazilian module will take place in the cities of São Paulo and Brasília, from November 16 to 26, and will be carried out by Doing Business in Brazil (DBB) - EAESP's program that offers customized courses in order to provide an overview of the country's political, economic and social aspects to professionals, executives and academics linked to foreign schools who are interested in the Brazilian market. The academic coordination will be taken care of by professors Marco Antônio Carvalho Teixeira and Fernando Burgos Pimentel dos Santos. For DBB's coordinator, Isabela Curado, the inclusion of São Paulo and Brasília in Fundação Botín's itinerary reflects the importance of understanding the challenges and addressing solutions in a country with the size and numbers of Brazil. When you are able to solve problems of public administration in a territory of continental dimensions, as in our case, thinking on a smaller scale becomes much easier, says the professor. Isabela also believes that Fundación Botín chose EAESP for its excellence. The School has been invited due to its tradition in the Public Administration teaching, in addition to its research on the formulation and implementation of public policies, she says. The thought is shared by Marco Antônio Carvalho Teixeira. The fact of welcoming more than 40 students from different parts of the world, who are interested in learning about good public policy practices and ponder over the challenges of Public Administration under the program developed by Fundação Botín, shows that the level of excellence of knowledge produced in EAESP's public area has international recognition, he reiterates. The general director of Fundación Botín explains that one of the reasons that led to the agreement with EAESP was the need to complement the content with real public policy cases in Latin America. Course teaches the reality of Latin American and Brazilian public administration Besides lectures on the reality of Latin American, EAESP will host lectures with municipal and state authorities and ministry representatives. Students will also learn successful initiatives at different government levels.We will, through classes, lectures and visits, show successful public management experiences, Isabela said. The selected initiatives were Poupatempo de Itaquera, HumanizaSUS, Paraisópolis' urbanization and the Transparency Portal. The module will also carry out lectures with secretaries and former education secretaries of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, and include a visit to the Brazilian capital, where they will have the opportunity to learn about the dynamics of a city that daily experiences the reality of public administration. The selected candidates for the Public Management Strengthening Program in Latin America will also receive a certificate issued by Brown University - a university in partnership with the initiative, one of seven oldest American institutions of higher learning, member of the Ivy League and one of the main Latin American learning centers in the United States. Click here for more information on EAESP's Doing Business in Brazil (DBB).Click here and learn more about Fundación Botín.