A field of study Public Policy and Public Administration
in Central Europe, study programme International Territorial Studies is
implemented as a follow-up master´s joint degree programme.
The Silesian University in Opava and Pavol Jozef Šafárik University
in Košice agreed on a common implementation of the field of study, both
parts were awarded an accreditation of the appropriate ministry of
education and successful graduates will receive so called joint diploma
(in the Czech Republic according to Art. 47a of Higher Education Act No.
111/1998 Coll., as amended).
The teaching during the first and the final semester will take place
at the fundamental faculty which has admitted the students to studies
and where the studies will be completed by diploma thesis defence and
final state examination. The joint teaching at the FPA (Faculty of
Public Administration) in Košice in the second semester will be focused
on the theoretical fundamentals of public administration, creation and
implementation of public policies, the joint teaching at the FPP
(Faculty of Public Policies) in Opava in the third semester will be then
focused on particular public policies.
The conception of the field of study is based on the concept of The
Visegrad group as a transnational region where the common and diverse
traditions as well as the contemporary interests of the individual
countries meet and collide. In this context, it follows the matter of
public administration, public policies and services. In particular, the
closeness of both countries, developed border cooperation and frequent
migration of young people in general may help the graduates to increase
the probability of finding employment in the field of state
administration in both countries. By its character, the entire study is
interdisciplinary, simultaneously, a solid methodological preparation
through compulsory as well as compulsory optional subjects enable the
engagement of students in scientific and research activities of the
faculties by means of research projects, student´s grants and diploma
The aim of the study is to intensify the knowledge of relations and
connections within the Central European region as well as within the
European Union, and development of practical skills and abilities for
employment in the field of public administration, in creation and
implementation of public policies. The unifying principle in the
individual subjects as well as in the overall structure of the studies
is the analysis of specific problems in public administration, public
policies and services and their solving within the whole Central
European region as well as within individual countries taking into
consideration the influence of the neighbouring regions.