IBC-M is delighted to announce an upgrade to their previously named Bachelor degree in Public Service Management which will offer students greater opportunities to specialise while maintaining the broader focus of public administration within the programme. The study programme will be renamed accordingly to a Bachelor degree in Public Administration and Welfare with specialisations available in Public Service Management and Social Work with full accreditation recently received from IBC-M’s German partner, the Evalag accreditation agency for the implementation of the newly devised degree. 

Within the scope of the study programme students will undertake core courses during the initial two semesters of the bachelor degree, following which they choose to specialize in either Public Service Management or Social Work where they will complete a further 3-taught semesters followed by a one-semester internship and bachelor thesis. The specialisations offered within the programme allow for a wider range of employment to graduates of IBC-M, with potential opportunities emerging within public institutions at a local and central level in various departments, community and civil society-based organisations, at centres for social work as a counselor or social worker, while the appeal of social entrepreneurship is a growing driver among this graduate group.

Graduates who specialise within the field of Public Service Management will form the backbone of the future public administrations within the region throughout the wider hierarchal spectrum of public institutions and agencies. This specialisation ensures a broad range of job opportunities, while the programme itself will deliver a high quality workforce with an excellent understanding of the democratic process and the requirements of a modern governance structure. More specifically, the labor market opportunities of the graduates are:

  • Employee in public administration sector (local, central government), in different professional positions;
  • Project manager/coordinator/advisor/officer in NGOs / international organizations (community based organizations, think tanks, etc);
  • Office administrators in private businesses/companies / SMEs;
  • Entrepreneurs of social innovation enterprises (for-profit or non-for-profit organization);
  • Advisors of thematic fields (based on specialization interests) – freelancer;

Those undertaking the Social Work study direction will become the practitioners of the future, implementing, acting and enabling their local communities to a more prosperous future through job opportunities that will allow a focus on dealing with socially disadvantaged and marginalised groups. Furthermore, graduates from the Social Work specialisation will receive a working licence from the General Council for Social and Family Services. Thir employment opportunities are quite broad, as follows:

  • Social worker in Centers for Social Work (clinical social worker / mental health social worker, etc);
  • Employee in public administration sector (local, central government), in different professional positions related to social and labor policies;
  • Project manager/coordinator/advisor/officer in social work centers, NGOs / international organizations (community based organizations, think tanks, etc);
  • Counselor working in community-based organizations (psycho-social support, human rights advice, case management, etc) which provide social care services to marginalized groups (people with special needs, child protection, rehabilitation of gender based violence victims, elderly care, etc).
  • Entrepreneurs of social innovation enterprises (for-profit or non-for-profit organization) providing social care and community building services;
  • Advisors of thematic fields (based on specialization interests) – freelancer;

 

The study programme, led by Mr. Bujar Gallopeni
MSc. PhD cand., and his colleagues at the International Business College Mitrovica, ensures considerable relevance to the professional environment and utilised a best-practice approach from IBC-M’s international network of leading universities and colleges throughout Europe in its development. 

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