We already know that you’re the sort of person who likes to get things done and make a difference. That’s why you’re here. You want to be a game-changer in society. In year one we’ll get you up and running in economics, international law, sociology and public management. In year two, you’ll apply your new tools to ‘hot of the press’ political and international projects. Finally, you’ll explore the big issues facing government and multinational institutions with a research module in year three and an internship and thesis in year four.
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The first year is the introductory (propaedeutic) year. You’ll get to try your hand at a range of subjects and discover where your passions lie. We’ll help you understand how interconnected wicked problems develop and give you the tools and skills to tackle them. You’ll roll up your sleeves and start to get stuck into law, economics, public policy-making, human rights, conflict resolution and more.
|Professional Skills (mentoring)|
|Public Policy Making 1: Analysing Policy Processes|
|Public Policy Making 2: Designing Policy|
|Civil War and Conflict Studies|
|Financial Management 1|
|Human Rights Law and Conflict Resolution|
|Organisation and Management 1|
|Human Rights and Conflict Resolution|
In year 2 you’ll get to try your hand at a range of subjects and discover where your passions lie. You’ll work hands-on in small teams and start to experience our rich international community - both in our diverse classroom and The Hague.
|Advanced Professional English|
|Dealing with Data|
|Economics and Policy 1|
|Peace and Economy Building|
|Global Sociology 2|
|Economics and Policy 2|
|Conflict Negotiation, Mediation and Resolution|
|Conference Project Proposal|
|Advanced Professional English|
|Conference Project Plan and Pitch|
|Ethical and Moral Standards|
|Organisation and Management 2|
|Comparative Public Administration|
|Project Event and Evaluation|
|Human Resource Management|
|International Economic Relations|
In year 3 you’ll get the opportunity to tackle problems during specialisations, minors and internships. You’ll become a real game changer.
|Policy Advice Skills|
|Financial Management 2|
|Financial Management 3|
|European Public Management 1: EU History, Treaties and Institutions|
|European Public Management 2: EU Institutions, Law and Policy Processes|
|European Public Management 3: EU Research|
|European Public Management 4: EU Internal Policies|
In year 4, you’ll also have to complete five professional, hands-on projects, rather than a long, wordy thesis.
|Study Group Thesis 1|
|Study Group Thesis 2|
|Thesis, Policy Advice and Assessment|
|Performance Management Research in the Public Sector|
|Advanced Policy Advice Skills|
|Study Group Thesis 1|
|Study Group Thesis 2|
|Thesis, Policy Advice and Assessment|
I am privileged to lead the dynamic and diverse International Public Management lecturer team. My aim is to equip our students to become effective local and global leaders, to make a significant difference in society and the world. On the programme, I have been year two co-ordinator, internationalisation coordinator, a member of the Programme Advisory Committee and have played a role in the new curriculum design core team. I have two master’s degrees in Theology (MA, Cum Laude) from the University of Pretoria, where I was awarded honorary university colours) and an MPhil in Futures Studies from the University of Stellenbosch Business School. I bring a diverse private and public sector experience to the team, both as customer relationship manager for a bank and consultancy, working closely with the South African police and prison services and providing input to the South African Government National Planning Commission. My significant experience with NGOs includes supporting their development with national leadership, training, public speaking, life coaching and youth development.
I am passionate about (higher) education. Good education is necessary to tackle the problems and challenges we face in the Netherlands, Europe and worldwide. I try to contribute to this by setting up the best possible programme for our students, nationally and internationally, together with the lecturers. Before I started at The Hague University of Applied Sciences in January 2020, I worked at Erasmus University and the University of Amsterdam. What appeals to me about THUAS is that education is very close to society and we work with real cases and contribute to a better world with the IPM programme.
I am a trained social worker and spent 18 years as a professional in the non-profit sector in civic engagement, community development, health, youth development, behavioural health, policy, programme development and social services administration fields in the USA. However, I consider myself to be a social entrepreneur and innovator having worked with numerous communities. On the IPM programme, I enjoy training and mentoring the new generation of innovative and entrepreneurial public servants. I am both the year one and the internalisation coordinator. I also teach policymaking, management, sociology, global health, human resources and intercultural communications. I have a doctorate and master’s in Social Work and a master’s in Public Administration from the University of Southern California (USC) and a BA in Comparative Politics from U.C. San Diego. I was born in Mexico but grew up in California’s Central Valley.
Dr. Roeland Audenaerde
I have been working on the International Public Management programme for nine years and I love the job as I enjoy seeing young people grow and I enjoy contributing to this by sharing my knowledge and creating personal bonds. I have lived in the Netherlands for most of my life, but spent nine years in France, a year in Belgium and many summers in Iran. I also like biking in countries like Sweden or France. I am a pretty curious person so I did master’s in Political Science and Public Admin and then a PhD in Law. I read a lot, attempting to cover all countries, since my students are from all over the world. My professional background is in management consulting, policy making, research and lecturing. You’ll undoubtedly see me teaching many different IPM subjects from different perspectives.
Curiosity is a trait that has characterised me since childhood. I have always had an insatiable urge to discover how the world works. To discover why there is great inequality between countries and within nations, how our financial-monetary system works and why we have organised our global society the way we have. With this passion in mind, I started the MSc programme in Development and International Relations at Aalborg University in Denmark. After graduating I had to make an important judgement call about which career path to pursue. I decided that education was the road to take. The main reason for this choice was the steep learning curve it involved, the opportunity to work with subjects I am passionate about and transferring knowledge to the younger generation. The challenge for me always lies in the search for depth and breadth in the content of the lecture. As a teacher I am involved in economic-related subjects like monetary or international economics and the overlapping themes of economics, politics and international relations.
At heart I’m a lifelong student with a passion for youth empowerment and social transformation. I get a lot of energy engaging with students and learning from their diversity of ideas and experiences. On the IPM programme, my subject areas include Global Sociology, Ethics and Intercultural Communication. I am also the departmental marketing and communications coordinator. After growing up in Scotland (my mother is Scottish and my father is from Iran), I kicked off my career in journalism and radio presenting in South Africa. I lived there for 14 years and got into teaching after going back to university for a master’s in Peace Studies. I worked in China in 2012/2013 and have been in the Netherlands since 2018. I have a side hustle in stand-up comedy that complements teaching as there is nothing I enjoy more than making students laugh. Onstage and offstage I like to participate in meaningful conversations and contribute to collective actions related to value-based education, community building, gender justice, diversity and youth culture.
I studied political science at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris and obtained my PhD at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. As a consultant and researcher I have worked mainly in Latin America, but also in Europe, Africa and the Middle East in both academic and policy positions for various universities, international NGOs and multilateral organizations. The common thread through my career is the application of fundamental research to solve reallife challenges. I have done this in areas such as advocacy, election observation, empowerment of vulnerable groups and conflict resolution. I have a passion for teaching and knowledge transfer. Thanks to my background as a Dutchman who was born in Mexico and has lived in different countries, I have learned to adapt to different cultural environments and to function as a bridge between cultures.
The historical, socio-political and religious questions that shape society have always intrigued me. I strongly believe that acquiring and sharing qualitative knowledge, taking lessons from history and approaching questions from multiple perspectives can be the solution for many dilemmas humankind is currently facing. I studied Middle Eastern Studies (Research MA, Cum Laude) at Leiden University with an aspiration to become a historian, researcher and lecturer. During and after my study, I worked as an assistant at Leiden University, organising scientific conferences and delivering guest lectures. As a freelance translator, I carried out journalistic and political analyses. My main focuses are Middle Eastern politics and history, but I also have an interdisciplinary, comparative and multilingual attitude and expertise in Latin America.
Lieneke van IJzendoorn
After obtaining my master’s in Modern History from KU Leuven in 2001, I worked in variety of public management jobs. In 2007, I gained a master’s in Public Administration from Erasmus University, Rotterdam as a part-time student, so I can relate to students who have to juggle work and their studies. My professional expertise is in research methods, policy making, policy advice, project management and political science. In my rare time off I enjoy yoga, cooking (and eating) and good conversation preferably in the company of friends.
I was born and raised in a small village in the Dutch province Overijssel, the Netherlands. Even though I had a lot of wonderful experiences - with as a highlight beating my father with pigeon racing and saving a sheep’s life. I felt a strong urge to discover the great wide world after turning 18. I went on an exchange to Bolivia and upon return I studied political science at the University of Amsterdam and the Humboldt University in Berlin. I specialized in Western-European political systems, and currently am writing my PhD on the record of populist parties in office as part of a joint project of the THUAS-lectorate Changing Role of Europe and the Political Science Department of the University of Amsterdam. Next to Dutch and English, I am fluent in German and Spanish and I have a keen interest in political developments in Germany, Spain and Latin America. I have worked as a lecturer at Amsterdam University and at the Royal Thimphy College in Bhutan; within The Hague University, I have also worked as a lecturer for European Studies. I am the year 3 and 4 coordinator, the coordinator of the thesis track, and love to teach courses related to international relations and political science. In my free time I go swimming, hiking, and I am trying to start to go to the gym. I love to travel, and enjoy cooking; however, my favorite cuisine is Dutch – which means that only a few people appreciate the result of my cooking efforts. As an educator, I feel it is very important that students get the freedom to discover and pursue their interests. However, freedom can only be enjoyed with a good dose of self-discipline and lecturers that are caring and willing to help students when they are confronted with challenges. My educational vision is therefore described best as “ open door policy” – you are always welcome to come in for a lecture, chat or to get advice, but is even more important that you feel free to go out to discover what works best for you as a student.
I have an interdisciplinary academic background in public administration, law and security in four different countries, in addition to eight years of professional experience in law enforcement supervision. I took part in the development and the implementation of security policy, particularly in the areas of crime prevention and counterterrorism. I have an MSc from the Naval Postgraduate School in California in Defence Analysis/National Security Affairs. I am currently enrolled in a PhD programme in European Law and my research interests include human rights protection in the EU with a specific focus on refugee law. I am teaching courses related to Public International Law and Peacebuilding on the IPM programme. I always try to bring my practical experiences to the classroom and stimulate my students to look at the course topics from an international perspective as opposed to a purely westernised one.
I studied Political Science in Rotterdam during the Cold War. When I started as a fresher the world was neatly organised into two rivalling nuclear superpowers - the USSR and the USA. At the time of my graduation, the Soviet Union surprisingly dissolved and a completely new political, economic and social web emerged. This rendered half of my knowledge rather outdated but not utterly worthless. I’ve worked as a lobbyist for 20 years and a consultant and project manager in the public transport field until the early 2010’s. I enjoy teaching public management across the board and have a keen interest in unintended consequences and policy failures, the dynamics of history, ethics and the messy twists and turns in human decision-making. I love to ride my bicycle and listen to gloomy classical music. I’m the proud father of two daughters.
I am an e-governance lecturer and researcher. After my studies in Theology and Communication Sciences, I worked as a trainee in public information management at several departments in the Dutch national government. I founded the Dutch government-wide Social Media Network in 2012. I also worked as an entrepreneur in communication, media and IT. Since 2015, I have been a part-time PhD student at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. I have worked as a lecturer and researcher at THUAS since 2018 in public administration and International Public Management. In my free time, I love to play the piano and read spy novels.
I studied Public Administration at the University of Twente. After graduation, I did contract research for the Ministry of Public Works and Waterways working on contracting out road maintenance. Meanwhile, I studied business economics at the Open University and obtained a controller certificate. I taught at the Financial Economic Faculty of the University of Aruba for several years. After returning to the Netherlands, I was a consultant at the Netherlands Economic Institute before joining THUAS. I am one of the ‘founding fathers’ of the International Public Management programme and teach courses like finance, economics, European Union and statistics. In my leisure time, I work out in the boxing gym and enjoy biodanza.
I have an MA in International Communication and Business Studies from the University of Antwerp, an MA in Heritage Studies from the University of Amsterdam and an BA Honours (cum laude) in Liberal Arts and Sciences from University College Utrecht. With a broad background in everything and nothing and no talent for choosing one single road, I’ve managed to combine a wide variety of disciplines and jobs - teaching English, Dutch, writing skills and intercultural communication for International Public Management and Public Administration students while also running two companies on the side (translations and text editing and mural painting). My experience with international communication as well as various periods of living abroad means I enjoy focusing on internationalisation, exchanges and intercultural communication.
Jumi van der Velde
I am passionate about teaching young professionals how to make public administration more inclusive and resilient. I use my migration background and life experience to discuss group dynamics and political sensitivities in class. I actively promote a safe learning environment and like to take the different learning styles and special needs of my students into consideration. I am a storyteller, improvising and challenging students to think critically and get out of their comfort zone. I have a master's degree in International Relations and in European and Public International Law. In addition, I have a bachelor's degree in Islam and Arabic. I specialise in gender studies, human rights, the agency of (ethnic) minorities and policy and regulation of sex work. Previously, I worked as a legal consultant for various public bodies in social security, law enforcement and immigration and naturalisation. I regularly participate and contribute to conferences on human rights. In addition, I am a PhD researcher at the Cross Cultural Human Rights Centre.
Shana Atangana Bekono
I have always had an interest in geopolitics and quickly realized that in order to understand the world around us we must understand certain dynamics that are in place. Therefore, I obtained an MA in International Relations from Leiden University. During my master’s I specialized in EU studies and being a lecturer at IPM allows me to share my knowledge and expertise on matters such as European Public Management and International Relations with students. As a lecturer at a University of Applied Sciences I believe it is important to offer students a practice-based educational programme in which students are able to enhance their critical thinking abilities and can engage in an open dialogue and discussions with lecturers as well as other students.
Mario Villalba Ferreira
I am a versatile professional with a variety of experiences, skills and interests. I am an urban strategist, political scientist, urban innovation consultant, PhD researcher in waste governance, motivational speaker, futsal player and International Public Management Lecturer. I am originally from Paraguay and completed my studies in Norway, the USA, Taiwan, Australia and The Netherlands. Before joining THUAS, I was vice-minister of The National Council of Science and Technology, Green Climate Fund Focal Point and the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) Official Delegate of Paraguay. I have also led many consulting and research projects for the Paraguayan Ministry of Planning, UNDP, UN Global Compact Network, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, WFP, CAF, Avina Foundation and energy, food and health industries. I have been a guest speaker at Harvard University, The Hertie School of Governance (Germany), INCAE Business School (Costa Rica) and TEDx Conferences. I share all these experiences with my students.
Born and raised Dutchie, I currently live in Cape Town South Africa. Before I moved here two years ago, I both studied and worked at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam in the Sociology and Media and Communication departments. I continued my career whilst quite literally spreading my horizon to the African continent. I have done research on violence in Northern Mozambique and taught refugee students in their international Bachelor's degree. The pandemic has allowed me to maintain ties with the Dutch homefront and continuing supervising and teaching students at HHS.
What I hope to incorporate in my classes: my passion for teaching in the intercultural classroom and experiences with (global) governance beyond the Dutch land. When I am not teaching, I hit the trails or the boxing bag. I am a fanatic traveler who hopes to explore more of the world and its cultures whenever possible again. Let's try and make class as interactive as possible and beat long-distance Corona difficulties together!
On many directions
Bauke van der Molen
On different activities
On practical and theoretical knowledge
On many directions
“Agora, our study association, and the program put in a lot of effort to provide students with a lot of extras, for example, interviews with people who work at embassies or NGO. Which I enjoyed because it gave me a better view on those jobs. IPM is a broad study, and give you many directions for your future. I have not figured out which side of public management I want to pursue yet, but I did get a better view thanks to IPM”
On different activities
Bauke van der Molen
“I have experienced the last school year at IPM quite positively. Despite all the COVID restrictions, I have enjoyed much of the program. Especially the interviews and guest lectures were very motivating and inspiring to me. Besides the interviews, I also really enjoyed the role-plays and the debates. The role-plays gave me new insights and ideas about conflicts and wicked problems because of a change in perspective. During the debates, I learned a lot, it is interesting to hear people's opinions on specific topics and how they defend their opinion. The diversity of the students makes these debates so lively. So far, I have enjoyed being a part of IPM and look forward to the rest of the study years!”
On practical and theoretical knowledge
"IPM has been precisely what I needed. It allowed me to gain practical skills through internships while immersing myself in theoretical knowledge. I feel like IPM has prepared me adequately for the professional future that awaits."
Take a minor and give your degree that extra cutting edge. You can take your pick from a long list of minors offered by other THUAS departments, partner institutions in the Netherlands or abroad if you meet the entry requirements. Minors relevant to IPM include:
Making Peace Not War: Sustainable Peace and Conflict Resolution
In this minor we look at causes of conflict, responses to conflict, crucial institutions in peacebuilding and the lesser-known players, indigenous groups, women, civil society and youth.
Globalisation, Governance and Development
Whenever scientists and political leaders talk about humanity’s situation and outlook, the chances are they’ll explicitly or implicitly refer to globalisation, governance and development. This minor helps understand their meanings, theories and trends.
Influencing Public Policy
How do you give citizens and organisations a voice, or make sure that siloed public officials listen to policies? This minor looks at using collective bargaining and campaigning to fix public policies.
Peacebuilding, Justice and Human Rights
In this minor you’ll compare and contrast the more traditional state-oriented, top-down approaches to peacebuilding with regional, local and indigenous practices, then put them into practice.
Challenges to European Governance
This minor explores EU policy from a multi-level governance perspective. We’ll look at the impact of EU policy at municipal, national and international levels.
We’ll teach you how to unravel the big issues with practical know-how, both in the classroom and on group assignments. Our student organisation, Agora, organises trips and guest lectures, connecting with 150 UNESCO partner universities around the globe. We also organise yearly visits to important European institutions.
Do you have questions about International Public Management or would you like to receive more information? We are happy to help you.
“Hey my name is Bas and I’m a second year student on the IPM programme. I’m from the Netherlands and have lived abroad for most of my life. The IPM programme has students from myriad cultures and has given me the opportunity to learn from people from different corners of the world. If you have any questions about the IPM programme, please don’t hesitate to contact me.”Contact Bas
In years one and two, you’ll be paired up with a mentor (a lecturer from the IPM department) to support you through the academic year. As well as being your ‘go to’ person, they’ll help you develop your time management skills, provide general study advice and guide your career choices. In year one, mentoring is part of the Professional Skills module, so it’s mandatory to meet your mentor regularly.
To continue your IPM programme after the first year, you must earn 50 of the 60 available credits (EC or credits). In some cases, we may also require you to pass a specific subject as the European part of the credit requirements. We call this a ‘qualitative requirement’. If you meet the credit requirements and qualitative requirement, you’ll receive a positive binding study advice (BSA) from the Examination Board at the end of year one and you’ll be able to continue your studies.
If you earn less than 50 credits or don’t meet the qualitative requirements, you’ll receive a negative binding study advice (NBSA) and will have to leave the degree programme.
Your academic progress may be affected by personal circumstances, such as illness or practicing a professional sport. It is important that you inform the Examination Board of any changes in personal circumstances immediately. The board can take these into account when issuing its study advice.
Read all the binding study advice rules in Chapter 7 of the accountancy-oer-2018-2019.
To continue your degree programme after the first year, you need to earn 50 of the 60 credits (EC or Credits). In some cases, the degree programme may also require that you pass a specific subject as pEuropean art of the credit requirements. We call this a qualitative requirement. If you meet the credit requirements as well as the qualitative requirement where applicable, you will receive a positive binding study advice (BSA) from the Examination Board at the end of your first year and you will be able to continue your degree programme.
If you earn less than 50 credits or don’t meet the qualitative requirements where applicable, you will receive a negative binding study advice and will have to leave the degree programme. This is why this advice is called a Negative Binding Study Advice (NBSA).
Your academic progress may be affected by personal circumstances such as illness or the professional practice of a sport. It is important that you inform the Examination Board immediately of any personal circumstances that might apply to you. The Board can take these into account when issuing its study advice.Read all the rules for the binding study advice in Chapter 7 of the Education and Examination Rules and Regulations (OER) for your degree programme.