While the new enrolement is open for students, who want to start Master in Public Administration course in September 2016, we’ve organised already 11th module for the first enrolled group of MPA students. This time we focused on communication and regional policy. We met with Hennadiy Zubko, Yaroslav Zhelezniak, Yaryna Kliuchkovska, Vasyl Myroshnychenko, Pavlo Kuhta, Yuriy Tretyak, Eric Hontz and Olena Shkarpova.
On the first day we discussed regional development, regional policy and decentralisation with Yuriy Tretyak, deputy head of the EU project “Support for the regional development of Ukraine”
Then participant of the program visited the Ukrainian Crisis Media Centre to meet with Mr Vasyl Myroshnychenko, one of the founders of the UCMC. Our students discussed such burning issues as the hybrid warfare, fighting disinformation policy, and principles of cooperation with media.
“The best way to fight propaganda is the truth. We have to understand, that if we start to embellishing the truth, people will stop believing us. We also have to create a state with no corruption” stressed Mr. Myroshnychenko.
At the end of the day, we discussed international entrepreneurship with Eric Hontz, Program Officer for Eurasia, of the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE): “Ukraine needs privatisation of the state owned enterprises, however quick actions may result in repeating mistakes of the past”. Furthermore, in the second part of August, with support of CIPE, the School of Public Management will host Francis Fukuyama to lead the course for professors of public administration.
Focusing on the regional policy and decentralisation we had an opportunity to meet with Hennadiy Zubko, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Minister of Regional Development, Building and Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine. “We are passing money and prerogatives to the amalgamated communities. Such elements of decentralisation will allow local stakeholders to decide on the future projects implemented in the region”.
“We have to focus less on how we communicate our actions, than this how our actions are communicated”. The next two days of the MPA module we were working on our communication skills together with Yaryna Kliuchkovska.
The other side of communication was presented by Olena Shkarpova, director of VoxCheck, when she discussed information manipulation strategies. “Transparency – is a new objectivity. Fact check – is not about lies, because 200 years ago politicians were lying as well, but about information availability”.
We discussed communication strategies at the state level with Yaroslav Zhelezniak, who is responsible in the Ministry of Economic Development for maintaining relations with Verkhovna Rada.
At the end, Pavlo Kuhta, deputy head of the Strategic Group of Advisors, told us about nuances in communication between the state and the non-governmental sector.
We have 1,5 months ahead to the next module. Great time to work on master’s projects #mpaucu!