|General facts about the program|
|Goals of study program|
|The basic goals of the program|
The three-year undergraduate program in Public Administration is designed to prepare the next generation of leaders in Slovenia and beyond. The Public administration study program is filling the gap in the offer of study programs of public and private faculties or their undergraduate programs (three-year university ones and academic ones). Namely there is no specialized undergraduate three-year university program that would teach the complete knowledge required for performing the so-called public administration professions. This concerns the specialized expert knowledge from the field of public administration that is required to competently and efficiently perform the professions in question. This concerns the professions that are typical of the administrative positions in the government administration institutions, municipal administration, persons of public authority and also the public service practitioners.
In the developed European countries, especially in the European Union member countries, the specialized academic organizations ensuring university education in the field of public administration have started do develop as early as the second part of the previous century. Because the organizational, administrative and normative aspects of the public administration field are too wide, the needs for specific public administration knowledge can not be entirely covered by general undergraduate education within the classic program of public administration. The classic program is inevitably consisted mostly of organizational, administrative and financial-economic courses that are essential for the efficient education process regarding the work in public administration, but always prevail over the administrative-legal courses in the undergraduate program structure.
Classic public administration of the previous century was marked by law and contemporary public administration is characterized by the inevitable interdisciplinary approach. Education must follow this trend in order to provide knowledge required for the efficient functioning of the public administration. But it can not be expected to be able to combine all this knowledge within one program. Contemporary means of problem solving in public administration require project approach, thus an approach where problem is not being solved by a single person or a group of people who share the same knowledge (e.g. in public administration or administration) but a group of people who share a deep knowledge of the individual scientific disciplines which can be interdisciplinary enhanced by graduate studies. Public administration is one of such disciplines which is being enhanced in the continuation of the studies but assumes an in-depth study of predominately public-administrative courses at the undergraduate level. The lack of this knowledge is the "chronic disease" of all those administrative and other positions in public and especially government administration which do not require the classical university degree in law but require the knowledge of basic law, the basics of national or constitutional regulation and in-depth knowledge of administrative material and procedural law.
The Public Administration undergraduate university program is designed for precisely such knowledge. The range of compulsory and optional courses in the curriculum and especially their content, follow the reform processes in the public administration and mostly the changed relationship between the administrative and other social sub-systems and last but not least, the relationship between the public servant and the individual. Despite the fact the central focus of the courses is aimed at educating in the field of performing the regulative function, their content is adjusted to the demands for a changed role of the state, where its dominant regulative function is giving way to partner role and the role of servicing individuals and partnership organizations. The service role is no longer characteristic or limited only to the field of public services but is also manifest in its normative functioning.