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Launched for the first time in Vietnam in 1998, the Part time Master in Public Management program is dedicated to managers and policy-makers who are ambitious to make changes in and improve the effectiveness of the public sector. It offers a unique curriculum of courses delivered by a faculty of top European professors, experts and professionals. It is an action-oriented program: practical and field focused.

From Intake 7 (2012), we updated MPM programs to better train managers in the public sector and policy-makers for this dynamic, fast changing yet integrated world. Our program now incorporates four practical parts:

  • The first part will  lead students to understand the overall context surrounding the management of public administrations and non-governmental organizations now and in the coming years
  • The second part will be  dedicated to specific issues related to emerging countries,  especially among them the need for performing and ethical public governance
  • Management tools and techniques applied in and adapted for the public and non-profit sector will be the key elements of the third part
  • Finally in the fourth part, students will have the oppor

The program is targeted at accomplished officials whose leadership role is acknowledged within their own organizations and who possess the potential to advance to more senior positions and to meet the challenges of effective leadership and good governance,

Candidates must have a university degree and show a clear interest for boosting their career in public sector and public-oriented organizations. They should be determined to look for opportunities to develop and strengthen their research and analytical skills, enabling them to perform problem-solving activities across a broad spectrum of professional disciplines.

This program will enable participants to acquire top level knowledge from renowned and experienced professors and experts. Students (max 40 carefully selected) will become better in their jobs and increase the overall level of professionalism and performance in their organisation.

The Master in Public Management program curriculum consists in 13 courses of 30 hours (4ECTS) and 2 seminars given by Belgian professors in collaboration with local senior professors and young assistants in order to create deep knowledge of the Vietnamese context:

Part 1: Introduction & Global Issues

-       Introduction to public and not-for-profit management

-       Poverty reduction and equity

-       Global economics and geopolitical issues

-       Public Governance and ethics

Part 2: Contextual Issues

-       Regulation

-    Urban development

-       Impact evaluation

-       Social innovation

Part 3: Instruments & Managerial Issues

-       Budget, audit and control

-       Public marketing

-       Human resources management

-       Public private partnership

-       Cost-benefit and other techniques for evaluation of public projects

Part 4: Organizational & Personal Development

-       People leadership and personal development

-       The final own organization case


Four modules (respectively 96, 96, 114, 60 hours) are offered and declined in courses (each includes 18 hours of contact course with a senior professor and for some 12 more hours of exercises and cases preparation). The program is dispatched over a 2 years period.

  1. Introduction & Global Module (96 hours)

Vietnam is nowadays facing the necessity to adopt a changing pattern for better regulation complying with modern governance while coping with serious issues regarding sustainable development (economical, social and environmental).

Introduction to public and non for profit management

The course is aiming at providing a pertinent conceptual framework allowing students to understand performance key components of public and non-profit organizations.

Global economic & geopolitical issues

The course will focus on the major geopolitical forces shaping the world in this century and its consequences on the world economic situation. Relationships between Asia and the Western world will be examined and students will be confronted with scenario planning techniques.

Poverty reduction & equity

Vietnam growth is characterized by a dual pattern of development: a more affluent middle class namely located in urban areas, « urban poor’s » and remaining rural population lacking access to modernization. This course aims at reflecting on and at formulating adequate public policies reducing inequalities.

Public governance & ethics

Globalization forces emerging countries to adapt their public governance systems since it is now proved that country development is enhanced by strong governance principles such as accountability, transparency, and ethics. The course will focus on this ongoing process aiming at adaptation of legal rules accordingly.

  1. Contextual issues Module (96 hours)

This module is dedicated to specific contextual issues related to emerging countries.


In a market-orientated economy, market is not completely successful without regulation. Different types of market failures have to be corrected by a proper and adequate regulation. The course will focus on the efficiency driven solutions but also on equity issues to avoid unfair situations for low-revenues categories and backward territories.

Urban development

The course will address more specifically economic growth, social development and environmental protection at the city level. This will cover spatial planning, local economic development planning, social services offering and « green » issues.

Impact Evaluation

Public organizations, NGO’s but also international multilateral organizations are judged on the tangible benefits they bring to the intended beneficiaries. The course introduces students to the design of such interventions in order to adequately measure their intended impact.

Social Innovation

This course will address social innovation tackling urgent social need and improving people's lives. The main objectives are to introduce core social innovation concepts, to present key challenges with a focus on Vietnam and to discuss the relevance of SI concerns in the management of (for-profit and non-profit) companies.

III. Instruments & managerial issues (114 hours)

The objective of this module is to confront students with management tools and techniques adapted for the public and non-profit sector.

Budget audit & control

The main objective of this course is to analyze the characteristics of management control in public institutions and NGO’s. A particular emphasis is put on performance management and measurement as a framework for decision-making processes.

Public Marketing

The course aims at making students aware of the contemporary approach of marketing in non-profit and public organizations. Students will work on cases in order to get key concepts and basic tools in social marketing and social advocacy.

Human resources management

The HRM course aims at setting out the range of activities of the HR function, demonstrating how effective HRM can make a difference by adding value to an organisation and explaining the feasibility and nature of the link between the organization strategy and HR strategy.

Public private partnerships

Given constraints due to public debt and leverage effects when relying on the private sector (financial, managerial,...), P-P partnerships are implemented in hard industries (transport, infrastructure, telecom ,...) as well as soft sectors (education, health, media...). The course will examine different cases.

Cost – Benefit and other techniques for evaluation of public projects

For a project or policy to be qualified on cost-benefit grounds, its social benefits must exceed its social costs on the perimeter of the whole society. The course aims at presenting CBA concepts, methodologies and possible pitfalls and at introducing other technics such as multi criteria analysis.

  1. Organization and personal development Module (60 hours)

People's ability to handle the soft skills side of “business” is now recognised as key to making activities more efficient and effective and better places to work. Similarly the capacity to solve real organization’s life problems is considered as a key competence.

People leadership & team empowerment

This seminar focuses on group behaviours and personal (self) understanding. From there, students will be confronted with leadership, power and influence issues looking more deeply at interpersonal relationships, group dynamics, conflict resolutions, charisma, etc.

The final own organization case

This final test intends to convince a jury that the title of Master of Public Management can be rightly awarded. The objective is to see if students are able to solve an organization problem under stress and time constraint using concepts and tools taught in the program.




   -          Recognized university bachelor degree;

-          At least 2 years of professional experience;

-          Proficiency in English (TOEIC 650, TOEFL 530, IELTS 6.0, B2 CEFR or equivalent);

-          Pass the admission process.

Admission procedure

1/ Get applications

  • Download the application and guide from or
  • Or visit the office and get the hard copies at International School of Management and Economics, National Economics University.

2/ Submit application

  • Send documents via email to Or submit hard copy to the office.
  • Deadline:  

-          Early Bird: 20 October, 2017 (tentatively)

-          Final Deadline: 23 March, 2018 (tentatively)

3/ Application screening

  • The co-directors of the program reserve the rights to discard some candidates if their application doesn’t meet program standards

4/ On-campus assessment

  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to join the interviews with mixed jury of professors from National Economics University and Solvay Brussels School
  • Time: about 1 – 2 weeks after deadlines. Notification will be given upon application submission

5/ Admission results

6/ Program commencement

  • April, 2018, in the main campus of NEU.


  168.75 million VND (or 7,500 USD) for the whole program, paid into three installments.

  •         Application fee: 800,000VND

Financial supports from Standard Chartered Bank with "Edu loan" for full tuition fee and pay back monthly. Please contact hotline or send email for details.

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Abbey Brown


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Price : 7500 $

Max Availability : 30

Difficulty : Expert

Location : Hanoi

Typology : Premium