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The ETGN Summer School on Agile Governance: promoting adaptive policymaking

After a week of delving into current governance challenges, 18 policy professionals were awarded the ETGN training certificate.

07 July 2023 | Event - Partnership


Following a successful inaugural edition in 2022, the EUI School of Transnational Governance organised the second ETGN Summer School on Agile Governance this year, taking place from June 19 to 22 at Palazzo Buontalenti in Florence. 

Established in 2018, the European & Transnational Governance Network (ETGN) comprises seven prestigious European institutes that offer high-level executive education for policy professionals: Central European University (CEU), College of Europe (Bruges and Natolin), EUI School of Transnational Governance (STG), Hertie School, Institut National du Service Public (INSP), SDA Bocconi School of Management.

The summer school gathered a diverse cohort of attendees, including government officials from EU ministries, private sector representatives, international organisation professionals, and EU institution experts. Throughout the programme, participants engaged in in-depth discussions and sessions centred around the concept of agile governance. Essential in today's fast-paced world, agile governance empowers governments, businesses, and international organisations to proactively anticipate future events, adapt to disruptions, and effectively respond to dynamic environments.

Participants were guided throughout their learning journey by renowned experts, including EUI Dean of Executive Education Giorgios Papakonstantinou and STG Professor Andrea Renda. They were joined by other distinguished professionals from the ETGN, Kyoto University, the Mohammad Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation, the European Commission, the Regional School of Public Administration (ReSPA), and the European Space Agency (ESA). Throughout the programme, they provided insights into cutting-edge tools and tech such as strategic foresight and horizon scanning, systems engineering, regulatory sandboxes, GovTech solutions, artificial intelligence, big data, policy co-creation, and citizen engagement that are instrumental to agile governance.

"The Summer School on Agile Governance brings together world class practitioners, scholars, and participants to create an inspiring environment to breakdown mental models of governance and explore what 21st century governance can be at all scales: local, national, international, and even planetary," highlighted Cameran Ashraf, Professor at Central European University and Head of Human Rights at the Wikimedia Foundation and instructor in one of the sessions.

Participants expressed their satisfaction with the programme of the training and the opportunity to exchange with the speakers. “I feel the programme fully delivered on its learning objectives. The guest speakers who attended the sessions were amazing and generous in engaging with the students. Andrea Renda is exceptionally knowledgeable and has a great command of not only the topic at hand from a public sector perspective but also from the private sector. Additionally, he is a master at connecting the topic to the challenges raised by the audience”, confirmed Hana Bhuiyan, Digital Transformation & AI Governance expert from Canada, working in the field of home and community health care services. “I can truly say that I will be a better practitioner in the field having gone through this programme”.

Looking ahead, the executive education team at the EUI School of Transnational Governance is already taking preparations for the next edition of the summer school, planned for 2024.

If you want to stay informed about next year’s ETGN Summer School, register your interest to be the first to know when applications open.


Find out more about the European and Transnational Governance Network and the ETGN Certificate.


Last update: 07 July 2023

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