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IMES – Day Programme

Course Description

The IMES – Day Programme is designed for those who wish to gain, in a short period of time, specialized competences and skills in order to become EU Policy Advisor or EU Project Manager. This is a full time, intensive programme; classes and project works are held every day, from 9:30 to 17:00. The Master is held in English.

The IMES – Day Programme is addressed to newly graduates seeking a specialisation or professionals who are looking for a change in their career.

This Master is designed to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the European Union institutional structure, functioning and policies, and with a sound understanding of the EU funding methods and Project Cycle Management tools and techniques. To this end, a thorough academic section is combined with hands-on practical work on European projects and tenders and with testimonials from policy advisors, project managers and EU officials. At the end of the Master, participants will be able to draft, coordinate and manage European projects and tenders according to the guidelines set by the European Commission and they will have had the opportunity to be introduced to several professionals from this sector.

Section 1 – The European construction and policies

The aim of this section is to provide a broad and comprehensive understanding of the theoretical knowledge needed for Lobbying and Project Management. Here, the topic of the European construction is analysed from the historical, juridical and economic points of view. The main European policies and strategies are examined, in light of the new monetary agreements and also of the Community’s recent enlargement.

Section 2 – Successful EU projects: design and management

The second section focuses on learning the mechanisms, tools and criteria for designing and managing successful EU-funded projects and tenders. How to become an EU consultant, which ones are the main EU funding schemes, how to apply for an EU grant, how to answer to an EU procurement. These are the queries that the core section of the Master course addresses to. The student learns through a learning-by-doing approach, with the support of case studies and interactive workshops. The lessons and the practical activities are held by professional EU Advisors, who have years of experience in planning, advising and providing technical assistance to SMEs, NGOs, think-tanks, public entities, and international organizations.

Section 3 – European Institutions, advisors and lobbyists

Several seminars at the European institutions are organized in order to meet EU officers and to have a direct contact with professionals who are working every day on EU policies and funding programmes. This third section aims also to provide students with a wide vision of the different realities operating on the Brussels area in the European field. Meetings with experts, advisors and lobbyists are therefore organised.

Entry Requirements

Only 30 candidates will be admitted to the Master. An Admission Committee from the Belgian-Italian Chamber of Commerce and the Institute of European Studies of the Catholic University of Louvain will evaluate applications. Candidates who reach an evaluation of more than 75% will be directly admitted and notified by email within 15 days (from reception of application). Other admitted candidates will be notified by email after the application deadline.

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