Wanted: qualified professionals for the public sector

 As the world becomes more interconnected, the demand for highly qualified professionals, who need advanced skills to compete in a global market without borders, also increases. In the public sector, they are also expected to offer sophisticated solutions to create and implement policies that actually improve people's lives.

“This context reflects an increase in the supply of MPAs and MPPs in the US and worldwide,” points out Stuart Heiser, director of communication and public affairs at NASPAA (Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration) - which regulates courses related to global public services. The organization now has 285 member schools from 14 different countries.

According to Stuart, these courses have received an increasing number of foreign candidates interested in specializing in these areas. In addition, with the increase in student mobility around the world, new MPAs and MPPs are spreading to several countries, such as England, Hungary, Russia, China, Mexico, Colombia, among others.

Cristin Siebert, director of student affairs at the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and representative of APSIA (Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs), points out that the more people who are trained to work in governments and NGOs, the better public policies can work.

“We need trained professionals to act as analysts or leaders, who understand the problems from a multidisciplinary perspective, who are able to address the issues in local and global terms, who know who the main actors involved in the situation are and what the importance of each is. one in a certain context, and that, finally, they are able to predict how public policies will impact these various groups ”, he says.

APSIA affiliated programs are dedicated to improving professional education in international affairs and thereby contributing to international understanding, prosperity, peace and security. All member schools offer multidisciplinary and intercultural courses with a focus on career development. “We are preparing professionals for the global market,” says Cristin.

In Brazil

For Sandra Inês Granja, a specialist in Public Policies at the Fundação do Desenvolvimento Administrativo (Fundap) - a government agency in the state of São Paulo - society increasingly demands transparency and quality services from the state, which can only be provided by prepared and trained servers. And master's courses are essential for the training of professionals who can influence public administration and public policies. “For the government, it is very important that there are more and more citizens interested in working with the public sector and contributing to the necessary changes so that our society is more just and less unequal”, he says.

In this context, Fundap emerged, which aims to train and improve public managers at the three levels of government in the state of São Paulo, through partnerships with São Paulo universities. “It is also part of our methodology to expand the dialogue between university production and application.” The government, for its part, encourages the qualification of its professionals through the payment of courses for civil servants and the guarantee of progression in the professional career for those who qualify. There are also certification processes in which employees offer internal competitions to be accredited to take on management positions.

“We are in a phase of academic effervescence and a climate of change in the public sector. Public tenders no longer select the professional we need, modern and innovative. The sector is realizing this inconsistency and demanding more intelligence and qualification from its employees ”, says economist Valdemir Pires, coordinator of the Public Administration course at Unesp. "Our luck is that the Brazilian youth seems to have an increasingly public spirit - they want to work in the government and with the mission of making a difference for the country."

Sandra also highlights the importance of innovative professionals in the public sector. “The relationship between society and the state is changing rapidly. If there are no professionals attentive to capture and modify these new relationship formats, the State will continue to provide low responses to society. Social networks are indicative of this asynchrony ”, he adds. “Well-prepared servers are able to find more economical and higher quality alternative ways of delivering services to the population.”

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