The Swedish Institute (SI) Summer Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP) is a two-week intense training programme held in Sweden at Malmö University, developed to build awareness, capacity and resilience in the practice of governance in the countries in the Baltic Sea region and the EU Eastern Partnership. The programme Sustainable Public Management will be held at Malmö University June 15–26, 2020. Participation in the Summer Academy is free of charge and include meals, accommodation and travel.

The focus of SAYP is to strengthen young professionals and their individual capabilities to meet the requirement of a modern governance structure. The participants will also be able to expand their own contact networks and share ideas, experiences and challenges.

The programme includes possibilities to participate in follow-ups and thematic workshops afterwards, as fellows of the Swedish Institute alumni network – a vast professional and global contact network meant to keep building good practices and mutual learning processes for a sustainable future. 


SAYP participants 2015. Photo: Aline Lessner


SAYP represents a great opportunity to study and explore common problems faced by our local and national government with colleagues from neighbouring countries. Through lectures, group work, study visits and constant discussions you will get a deeper understanding of the issues we all struggle with and potential solutions based on the Swedish model. After the course I took advantage of the opportunity provided to put into practice new knowledge and skills by developing and implementing a project idea. This helped the NGO I work for accelerate our work in the area of citizens’ access to information.

Cristina Voroneanu, Good Governance Advisor, Primaria Mea, Chisinau, Moldova


Who can apply?

We welcome applications from young professionals from Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia and Georgia:

  • Public servants (non-political civil servants at local, regional or central level)
  • Policymakers (politicians, government officials, employees of political parties)
  • Civil society workers (CSO/NGO volunteers/employees)

You can apply if you are 35 years or younger (born 1985- ).

A general requirement for any applicant is a good command of the English language (the degree of proficiency should be specified in the application) and a relevant education, consisting of at least three years of previous studies. 

The programme Sustainable Public Management will be held at Malmö University June 15 - 26, 2020, and will consist of two parallel tracks. The first track is structured thematically and will cover topics such as: public management, governance, transparency, leadership, gender equality and public ethics. Each topic is introduced by a short lecture, followed-up by a group seminar, and completed with a practically oriented seminar with representatives from a Swedish governmental agency or civil society organisation. The second track is oriented towards project management and group-work. Specific focus will be directed towards cross-sector collaboration and social- and public innovation.

Through the course each student will participate in a multinational  group exercise working with specific tasks in order to facilitate mutual learning processes. At the end of the course groups will deliver a presentation. The group work will be facilitated by a series of lectures on project management.

After finishing the course, the participants shall be able to:

  • Discuss and understand the values of sustainable public management, especially concerning the role of management in governance structures and in promoting change
  • Make relevant value judgements within the public sphere, such as equality, transparency and public ethos
  • Formulate a project aimed at cross-sectoral collaboration and social- and public innovation within set timeframes and, as a part of a team, prepare and present this project
  • Actively use one´s specific skills and knowledge to contribute to a process of mutual learning
  • Discuss effects of bad governance and present practices of how bad governance can be countered

How to apply

Apply to the Swedish Institute's SAYP Baltic Sea and Eastern Europe 2020 programme. 

Application period: February 11 – March 11 2020.

Apply here

Read more on the Swedish Institute's website

Schedule and Literature list


Baltic Sea Eastern Europe literature list

  • Dahlström, Carl, Viktor Lapuente & Jan Teorell (2011) The Merit of Meritocratization: Politics, Bureaucracy and the Institutional Deterrents of Corruption, i Political Research Quarterly, Vol. 20, N. 5: Sida 1-13.

  • Fukuyama, Francis (2013) Democracy and the Quality of State, i Journal of Democracy, Vol. 24, N. 4: Sida 5-16.

  • Länsstyrelserna (2008) We work for sustainable development

  • Meier, Petra & Karen Celis (2011) Sowing the Seeds of Its Own Failure: Implementing the Concept of Gender Mainstreaming, i Social Politics, Vol. 18, N. 4: Sida 469-489.

  • Meijer, Albert J. (2012) Introduction to the special issue on government transparency, i International Review of Administrative Sciences, Vol. 78, N. 1: Sida 3-9.

  • Sorin, Dan & Christopher Pollitt (2014) NPM Can Work: An optimistic review of the impact of New Public Management reforms in central and eastern Europe, in Public Management Review, Vol. 16.

  • Statskontoret (2013) Swedish Public Administration from an International Perspective, Stockholm: Statskontoret.