The Vrije Universiteit Brussel offers executive formation course for public policy officials in government agencies, international organizations and other interested agencies in Brussels. Short-term programs are designed for experienced professionals who want to improve their capacities and apply the international practices and experiences acquired during the course at their home department.
In 2018 Vrije Universiteit Brussel has started its second edition training course for thirty high qualified officials from the National Treasury of South Africa. The training approach for the course is based on a theoretical approach towards the most relevant topics in public finance to an applied perspective to real problems faced by the South African economy nowadays.
The common denominator of many issues is related with a worldwide economic tendency: fiscal decentralization. This paradigm is well known in countries as Belgium or Switzerland but it is relatively new for countries coming out of great political or economic changes . Trends in fiscal decentralization shift the focus of public finance from the national government to lower political levels. This shift normally implies more effectiveness in the delivery of public services but at a loss in efficiency in its funding. The aim of the course is to establish a baseline scenario and strengthen it with capacity building and best practices learned from similar experiences worldwide.
The lecturers and experts involved in this two-week intensive program come from national and international universities and different European economic organizations. The course also includes visits to the headquarters of the OECD in Paris and the European Parliament in Brussels to see in first person how works an institution devoted to foster prosperity through economic growth and financial stability.
The Vrije Universiteit Brussel is a well-known university regarding research and education. The course on Public Finance and Management joins these two aims together and highlights its internationalization and networking philosophy.