our study programmes
We have substantial experience of designing and managing study programmes in the United Kingdom and in other countries. Find more about our range of UK-based study programmes or view the schedule of programmes for 2013 in PDF format.
We provide tailor-made study programmes, seminars and workshops at the request of governments, funding agencies and other public and private sector bodies. Find more about our tailor-made study programmes and seminars.
We are accredited by the British Accreditation Council for Independent Further and Higher Education (BAC) as a Short Course Provider. Please see our Certificate of Accreditation.
Participants have included government ministers, senior policy makers, front line service delivery staff, parliamentarians, the media and representatives from non-government/civil society organisations and have come from the following countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, China, Colombia, Congo, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, France, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Lithuania, Macao, Macedonia, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Helena, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Southern Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zanzibar and Zimbabwe.
Programmes have been commissioned and participants funded by the Asian Development Bank, the British Council, the Canadian Parliamentary Project, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the European Commission, the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Open Society Institute, the Public Service Pension Fund of the United Republic of Tanzania, Transparency International, the United Nations Childrens’ Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, the World Bank and a range of overseas governments.
We can arrange flexible programmes designed to meet the needs of groups and individuals from a range of countries and organisations. Briefing and/or training sessions are combined with practical work, case studies and visits to central government departments, local authorities, parliament, the media, non-government/civil society organisations and other public and private sector organisations.
Briefing sessions give participants an opportunity to update themselves on current issues in public administration and management techniques. Selected visits allow for valuable discussions and exchange of experience with key practitioners in specialised areas. Participants in our multi-national programmes are encouraged to discuss their particular interests and priorities with UK contributors and with each other and assess the scope for adapting best practice from the UK and internationally.
We can arrange a complete package, which includes designing, arranging and managing programmes, post-programme reporting, arrival and departure arrangements, accommodation and leisure activities. If the complete package is not required, we can offer a combination of the services listed below. Programmes can be arranged for individuals or groups. We provide detailed costings according to the content and length of the programme and the size of the group.
our main services include:
Design of programmes
We liaise with all parties involved to design programmes to match our clients’ objectives. We can draw on our Advisory Group and wide network of Associate Consultants to assist us in the design of specialised programmes where appropriate. Draft programmes are sent to clients in advance for approval and any adjustments incorporated into the final version.
Programmes and arrival arrangements are sent to all visitors prior to their departure. We can offer advice about accommodation and make bookings on request. We are able to meet participants on arrival at one of the London airports, arrange transport to their accommodation, provide full briefing and disburse subsistence allowances if previously arranged with the funding agency.
Briefing sessions and visits are arranged and speakers and visit hosts fully informed about participants’ backgrounds, objectives and particular areas of interest. Individuals and groups are accompanied by an experienced tutor or Director of Studies who sets the context for each session, provides continuity and ensures that participants gain as much as possible from their study programme. Case studies, practical exercises, syndicate work and action planning sessions are included, as appropriate. Documentation, materials and training equipment are provided. Transport on official visits is arranged and programmes include some hospitality and cultural/leisure activities. Advice is provided on health, welfare, travel, etc.
Informal feedback is encouraged during programmes to ensure that participants gain maximum benefit from their visit. We invite participants to assess the value of their study programme and provide us with comments before they return home. Suggestions for changes and improvements are taken into consideration at the planning stage of future programmes.
We are familiar with working through interpreters and can provide interpretation and/or translation services. Alternatively, groups may prefer to nominate their own interpreter to accompany them on the study programme.
Certificates of attendance are issued to participants who successfully complete their programme.
Transport to the airport on departure can be arranged.
For UK-based programmes participants may require a UK entry visa. Please contact the British High Commission/Embassy in your own country to check this. Under UK Border Agency guidelines you must apply for a Student Visitor Visa which allows those attending professional training programmes, such as PAI's, to live, travel and study in the UK for up to six months. Please be aware that British High Commissions/Embassies require up to 4 weeks to deal with visa applications. If requested, we can send a letter of support to you so that you can submit this together with your visa application directly to the British High Commission/Embassy in your country, provided we have already reserved a provisional place for you on the programme. Please note, however, that this does not guarantee that you will be granted a visa and it is your responsibility to satisfy the Entry Clearance Officer that you are genuinely seeking entry to the UK for the purpose and duration that you have stated. For further information regarding visa application please consult the UK Border Agency website.
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