London South Bank University hosts Rotterdam Masters students
28 April 2014
trip was designed to help students tackle various public service issues. In
addition to attending field trips, the students had an opportunity to attend
lectures at LSBU's Southwark campus and participate in group activities.
was a very interesting experience that gave great cross-cultural understanding
to both LSBU and Rotterdam students," commented Executive MPA student Hana
Mosavie. "I had the opportunity to meet many interesting individuals and
understand a different approach to many ideologies, including communism,
governance and community values.
this experience, I know have the ability to understand the true meaning of the
Dutch 'Big Society'. It has also helped me create my dissertation title on
Global Governance. I thoroughly enjoyed the time with the University of
Executive MPA is a leading postgraduate programme, ranked number one by the
Government Skills Framework. The programme is for mid-career public managers
who want to develop their careers within an ever-changing sector. Covering
public policy, governance and management, it is a natural fit with the students
from Rotterdam who have similar professional profiles and academic interests.
has established a close relationship with the University of Rotterdam which now
involves an annual trip to London. This provides both groups of students with a
cross-cultural learning experience.
was a great opportunity for students from the two universities to meet and
discuss the increasingly complex challenges facing society," says Dr Stephen
Barber, MPA Associate Course Director and Reader in the Faculty of Business.
at issues through the lens of a different country can help to both better
understand the questions and critique approaches. Valuable connections were
made between the groups and we plan to continue our collaboration in the
view was echoed by Executive MPA student and Civil Servant Dan Sweeney: "This
gave me the opportunity to experience first-hand the differences and
similarities in approach to public sector management.
will prove invaluable for both the International Summer School later in June
and consideration of potential comparison studies for assignments and
dissertations. Afterwards students took the opportunity to continue the
invigorating debates on the more political points over some drinks and a
well-earned local meal!"