Our Master’s programme in Public Procurement Management for Sustainable Development explores the legislative, regulatory, organisational and managerial foundations of a modern public procurement system.
The programme is a unique, blended learning opportunity: it combines the study of policy tools and theory prescriptions with applied assignments and research work. It provides you with direct access to expertise from academia, international organisations and think tanks, as well as the latest literature and cutting-edge research. This will prepare you for a range of highly developed functions connected with public procurement management and supervision.
Over the past decades, sound public procurement management has become a milestone towards good governance and national progress. Public Procurement makes up 15 to 30 per cent of national GDP in all countries. Historically, it has been used by governments to encourage a more equitable economic growth.
Through public procurement, governments can “raise the bar” for the respecting of labour and environmental standards by all market operators, thereby improving the “quality of jobs” while facilitating sustainable development. Hence the term “sustainable procurement”. More recently, with the advent of globalisation and the increased role of private sector in governance, public procurement features as an important market-based incentive for promoting Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
Public procurement is therefore no longer a simple routine clerical function conducted within an isolated department of a ministry. Today’s procurement professionals have to deal with increasingly dynamic markets and rapidly evolving technologies, purchasing tools and techniques. In addition to traditional regulatory obligations, procurement practitioners also have to demonstrate their governments’ adherence to international agreements in human rights, labour and the environment, and mitigation of corruption.
Reconciling the tension between sustainability objectives and the framework of international trade agreements, while respecting the broader obligations of best value for money, transparency and accountability, requires an array of new competences in procurement.
This programme carefully interweaves all these knowledge areas and corresponding application skills throughout the procurement process for goods, works and services.