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IMES – Evening & Weekend Programme

Course Description

The IMES – Evening & Weekend Programme is designed for professionals based in Belgium who wish to gain, in a short period of time, specialized competences and skills in order to become EU Project Consultant and Project Manager. This intensive programme is held on Tuesday and Thursday from 18.15 to 21.15, and on Saturday from 9.15 to 16.00. The programme includes project works, which will be implemented by students partially in class and partially extra-class. Classes are foreseen from September to December; while January is dedicated to the finalisation of project works by students. The Master is held in English in Brussels.

The IMES – Evening & Weekend Programme is addressed to professionals who are looking for a change in their career or who are seeking a specialisation as EU Project Manager and Consultant in EU Funding Programmes.

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 and, project managers and EU officials. At the end of the Master, participants will be able to effectively match project ideas with available EU funds, 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 institutional system

The aim of this section is to provide an overall comprehensive understanding of the theoretical knowledge needed for EU Project Management. Here, the topic of the European construction is analysed from the historical, juridical and economic points of view.

Section 2 – Successful EU projects and tenders: design and management tools and techniques

The second section focuses on learning the mechanisms, tools and criteria for designing and managing successful EU-funded projects and tenders. What is the quality frame of a project; what is the Project Cycle Management and Logical Framework Approach; how do I structure a work plan and what are the correct project drafting techniques; how do I develop a communication and dissemination plan, a quality monitoring plan, a sustainability and exploitation plan; how do I structure a project budget; what are the tools for efficient project implementation, partnership management, project monitoring and reporting; what are EU procurement procedures and how do I structure a tender offer for an EU institution. These are the queries that this section addresses.

The student learns through a learning-by-doing approach, with the support of case studies and interactive workshops.

Section 3 – Thematic focuses on EU policies and funding programmes

This section aims at providing the student with a comprehensive knowledge of EU funding opportunities, in order to be able to identify the right funding programme to support specific ideas and to provide consultancy in different sectors. Throughout this section students will analyse EU policies related to a specific area, the characteristics and rules of funding programmes linked to the policy, as well as who are the key stakeholders at EU level in that area. Best practices and project examples will also be studied. The main topics are: research and development, SMEs competitiveness, education and training, culture, youth and sport, cooperation and development, environment, transport, regional development, employment and social affairs, consumer protection and health, tourism.

The classes 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.

Entry Requirements

Candidates responding to the following criteria will be accepted:To have a university degree of at least 3 yearsTo have at least 1 year working experience in relevant fields – to this end, trainings and internships can be consideredTo be currently employed or professionally active OR to be unemployed but unable to attend a full-time Master programmeTo have good knowledge of English (listen, written, and oral)To be in the condition to attend at least 80% of classes in Brussels

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