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European CAPITALS programme-An Executive Training Course in European Public Policy & Management

Key information

Subject area:

Public Policy, Politics & Security

Course type:

Executive Education

Credit level:

Not for credit


3 to 4 days per capital city

Available course dates:

To be confirmed

Course overview

The International School for Government, King's College London, Hertie School in Berlin and the LUISS School of Government in Rome, are offering an intensive executive training programme in European Public Policy and Management for public policy and management executives in three European capital cities. Initiated and supported by leading personalities of administration and academia, this programme offers a deep understanding of policy and management processes in each capital. Comprising of three 3- to 4-day face to face modules in Rome, Berlin and London,the programme will contribute to building a network among participants heading for future leadership positions. It is designed to help them learn from other countries’ policy and management experience and to address the main challenges they are facing.

The programme contributes to building a pan-European network of future leaders by:

  • Sharing the best public management practices and providing evidence-based policy reforms from the participating countries
  • Focusing on current policy issues and the emerging challenges all public and private organisations face
  • Building on participants' skills to turn the programme into a cross-country management and policy lab

Please note, the application deadline for the full CAPITALS programme is 7th of August 2022. The application deadline for the 2022 individual London module is 7th August 2022

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What does this course cover?

London Module

Policy Challenges for the UK Public Service 

Module outline:

The International School for Government (ISfG), is offering an intensive 3-day face to face learning experience for public policy executives in London. Initiated and supported by leading personalities of government and academia, this programme offers participants the ability to develop a good understanding of what drives reform within the UK Public Sector, discuss the merits and limitations of national approaches with the global context, explore the concept of the state in the UK context and contrast with other perspectives and understand how to place public service reform into the context of 'wicked issues',  such as climate change.

At the end of the course, participants will have:

  • A good understanding of what drives reform within the UK Public Sector, including central government, the devolved and sub-national government.
  • Explored the challenges and impediments to reform
  • Discuss the merits and limitations of national approaches within the UK’s European and global context
  • To explore the concept of the state in the UK context and contrast with other perspectives
  • To place public service reform into the context of ‘wicked issues’ such as climate change.

Berlin Module

German Governance and Policy-Making

Module outline:

The CAPITALS programme at the Hertie School in Berlin offers the opportunity to experience first-hand German governance and policy-making and interact with experts, policy-makers and practitioners working in and around the German government.With regards to government structure and public administration, Germany, due to its history, has distinctive characteristics which strongly shape policy-making and public management. Most notably, Germany’s highly decentralised system of ‘interlocking federalism’ requires cooperation between the different levels of government.

The Berlin programme offers various sessions and different formats to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the German government and policy-making system, and how it has responded to key policy challenges (e.g. digitalisation, Covid-19, welfare and labour market, migration, Germany’s foreign policy and its role in the world). The programme allows participants to reflect on how lessons from Germany can be transferred to other government systems.

At the end the course participants will have:

  • in-depth understanding of German political parties and parliament, as well as processes of coalition building
  • explored the challenges and opportunities of digitalization in Germany, including a case study from a federal ministry
  • learned about German public administration reform
  • explored migration policy in Germany, also in comparison to other European countries
  • sound understanding of European cooperation and Germany’s role in the world

To find out more about the Berlin module, please click here 

Rome Module

Italian Public Administration and Policy-Making

Module outline:

The CAPITALS programme at the LUISS School of Government in Rome gives the participants insights into the structures and processes of governance and policy-making in Italy. In close collaboration with experts from academia and practice, the 3-day programme covers various topics concerning Italian politics and policy.

Participants start by learning about institutional structures, political processes, and issues that drive Italy’s political system. This knowledge is essential in understanding the current trends in Italian politics, but also civil society. Dialogues with experts also detail the challenges facing Italian policy-makers. At the same time, these sessions shed light on the progress Italy has made in recent years. Focusing on digital services, the seminar covers transformation in management, political participation and security policy.

At the end of the course, participants will have:

  • sound understanding of Italian public administration and policy-making processes
  • reflected on where the Italian political system is today, and the historical context that has led to this
  • discussed Italian economic policy, in particular the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR)
  • explored Italian public administration transformation, including digitalising government services, migration management, and other policy areas 

What will I achieve?

The European CAPITALS programme will provide:

  • an insider’s view on the operations of government in Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom and other European countries,
  • analyses of current policy issues relevant to governments across Europe,
  • first‐hand insights as well as training and peer‐learning opportunities with regard to best practices in leadership and management in European administrations.

Who will I learn with?

Andrew Massey

Andrew Massey

Academic Director, International School for Government

Olga Siemers

Olga Siemers

Senior Lecturer in Public Policy

Daniela Serban

Daniela Serban

Lecturer in Public Policy

Christel  Koop

Christel Koop

Professor of Political Economy

Jonathan Portes

Jonathan Portes

Professor of Economics and Public Policy

Tim  Stevens

Tim Stevens

Reader in International Security

Matia Vannoni

Matia Vannoni

Senior Lecturer in Public Policy

Who will I learn with?

Mark Lyall Grant

Mark Lyall Grant

Visiting Professor

Alex Thomas

Programme Director, Institute for Government

Who is this for?

The programme is designed for:

  • National civil servants and other government officials who aspire to DG level positions,
  • Civil servants from European institutions and international organisations,
  • Senior diplomats and civil servants from EU member states as well as from other countries, preferably from Eastern partnership countries,
  • Executives from private organisations, business associations, and NGOs. 

What is the teaching schedule?


The fourth edition of the European CAPITALS programme will take place in Rome, Berlin and London throughout 2022/23.

London 7 - 9 September 2022 (Wednesday - Friday)

Rome May 2023 

Berlin June 2023 

These face to face modules will offer practical insights and a state-of-the-art curriculum , including:

  • Expertise: high quality seminars by academics employing various interactive learning formats,
  • Dialogue: meetings with leading experts from government, business, and civil society,
  • Insights: visits to relevant institutions to gain first-hand insights into their inner workings,
  • Public Events: invitation to take part in public discourses and engage with distinguished speakers,
  • Peer-learning: participants are co-producers of knowledge, co-designers of the process, and co-creators of the outcome.

Given the high degree of interaction among the group, each module will also provide room for discussion, group work and reflections. All modules will include seminars by academic experts, dialogue sessions with leading practitioners, visits to relevant institutions, networking and group building activities.

Fees and discounts

Applicants have the option to apply to the full European CAPITALS programme or the individual London module through the the King's College London e-portal.

  • Full European Capitals Programme: £6,390
  • 10% Discount for KCL staff, alumni & students: £5,750
  • Individual London module fee: £2,000
  • Discount for KCL staff, alumni & students: £1,900

The application deadline for the full CAPITALS programme individual London module is the 7th of August 2022. 


Further information


Read more about the 2021 European CAPITALS programme here

Please note that the course fee does not include accommodation, subsistence or travel costs.

Course status:


Full fee £6390

CAPITALS Programme: KCL Staff, Alumni & Students £5750

Individual London Module £2000

Individual London Module: KCL Staff, Alumni & Students £1900

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