Master’s students participate in international module on innovation and public management in Portugal

As part of a rich academic and cultural immersion, the program’s participants had the opportunity to take part in exclusive discussions with the leaders of key institutions within the New Public Administration model.
Administration
04 November 2019
Master’s students participate in international module on innovation and public management in Portugal

Between October 7 and 11, employees of the National Treasury’s Prosecution Office who are doing an intensive professional master’s program in public administration participated in an international training module regarding “Innovation and Public Management,” conducted by the Lisbon University Institute in partnership with the FGV´s Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration (FGV EBAPE) in Lisbon, Portugal. The students were accompanied by the assistant coordinator of the master’s program and head of FGV EBAPE’s Academic Education and Research Center, Professor Roberto da Costa Pimenta, as well as the coordinator of FGV EBAPE’s Alumni Network, Darliny Amorim.

The purpose of the module was to offer students an in-depth vision of New Public Administration. This methodology was implemented in Portugal in accordance with a Council of Ministers Resolution, with the aim of introducing management focused on citizens, communities and companies, performed by qualified and engaged employees. To improve engagement, a new, stimulating and innovative public career system was developed.

In this context, Portugal’s public administration now features organizations, both old and new, which work in an integrated and complementary way to avoid overlaps and improve the efficiency with which resources are used. To achieve this goal, information is shared transparently by these organizations and society.

As part of a rich academic and cultural immersion, the program’s participants had the opportunity to take part in exclusive discussions with the leaders of key institutions within the New Public Administration model, including the Public Administration Shared Services Organization, Administrative Modernization Agency and Public Administration and Employment Department.

“The experience was wonderful. I was struck by the motivated civil servants, who are rethinking how public administration works, and the existence of an agency focused on innovation, with a cross-cutting perspective of the country’s entire public sector. I was inspired by what I saw and I’ve been reflecting on how to do something similar in Brazil’s public administration,” said Carlos Roichman, a prosecutor at Brazil’s National Treasury.

As well as classes and technical visits, the module featured some cultural activities, including a guided tour of the Jerônimos Monastery, a cultural visit to the town of Sintra and a final dinner at Hotel Baia in Cascais, where a ceremony to hand over the participation certifications took place.

“It was amazing to experience this module with a group of Brazilian public sector professionals who were motivated to develop themselves, expand their international vision and innovate at the institution where they work. I’m grateful to the National Treasury’s Prosecution Office for funding this opportunity, to FGV for its organizational excellence and to the Lisbon University Institute for the professionalism and warmth of its staff. We discovered Portugal from a new angle – excellence in public management,” said Iêda Cagni, a prosecutor at Brazil’s National Treasury.

The Lisbon University Institute is recognized for its teaching and research excellence. It has an international and multicultural atmosphere, solid links with business, a strong track record for graduate employment, and leadership in entrepreneurship and innovation. The institution is one of the partners of FGV EBAPE, which now has relationships with more than 50 business schools accredited by AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA.

For more information about FGV EBAPE’s Master’s in Public Administration, click here.