The institution was established in 1991 and its mission is to train and prepare public service officials who are professional, politically neutral, competent, effective and accountable for the tasks conferred upon them. Furthermore, the aim of KSAP is to train civil servants who will take responsibility for their country’s affairs, be sensitive to what matters to citizens, act in a professional manner and be up to the task of working in an international environment. The graduates of the institution will automatically become civil servants; it is not required from them to take the regular public service exams.
The members of the delegation arrived at NUPS with the aim to learn from the experiences, which justified the creation of NUPS, but they were also interested in the results of the period since the establishment. The Hungarian delegation, under the direction of Prof. Dr. Norbert Kis, Vice-Rector for Continuing Education and International Affairs, introduced the university and then the guests presented their institution as well. During the discussions, the Hungarian and Polish training models were outlined as well as the differences between NUPS and KSAP. Due to the decentralized nature of the Polish public service (the public administration institutions, with their own budget, decide under their jurisdiction about the training of civil servants), KSAP offers public service trainings in competition with the market. This also means that regarding its structure, capacity and volume, the Polish institution does not follow NUPS’ role in public administration.
In the midst of a discussion with the representatives of NUPS’ faculties, the delegation members were introduced to the educational programs, scientific activities and recent results of each faculty. The Polish guests were actively inquiring about the joint modules, and the joint public services exercise. They were also interested in how the formerly independent institutions experienced the fact that they are now faculties of a bigger institution.
At the end of the one-day meeting, the parties noted that there are numerous opportunities for cooperation between the two institutions. Prof. Dr. Norbert Kis, Vice-Rector of NUPS proposed to organize a Hungarian-Polish workshop on public sector ethics and cybersecurity. Under the umbrella of the Leadership Development Program, NUPS expects Polish colleagues as well. NUPS intends to publish a book about the central and eastern European comparative researches in public administration, and the University is willing to invite a Polish colleague in the editorial board. It also incurred to launch a join MPA program. The Polish party welcomed the proposals and sees a good opportunity to start the implementation in the near future.