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International Programs for Foreign Government Officials
Sponsored by the Korean Government


Since the launch of its first program in 1984, NHI has operated 299 training courses for foreign government officials, providing education to 5,587 officials from 147 countries (as of the end of 2019).

Until the early 1990s, NHI’s education programs were mainly targeted at public officials from Southeast Asian countries. But since the mid- to late 1990s, as the Korean government has pushed ahead with policies to expand Official Development Assistance (ODA) and increase international exchanges, NHI has provided education to officials from more diverse regions, such as Africa, South America, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East.

Until 2000, the participants learned about the economic development strategies that enabled Korea to achieve remarkable growth beginning in the 1960s, and examined the roles of public officials in national development. NHI also shared experiences, both successful and unsuccessful, that Korea went through in the course of economic development.

Since 2000, the education has focused more on areas in which Korea has gained a competitive advantage. At the request of the participating countries, or depending on the nature of the specific program, NHI shares with participants key strategies of the Korean government, such as administrative innovation, e-government, human resources management and development, and good governance.

More recently, a competency-based approach, which is more tailored to the participating countries and the participants’ positions, has been introduced in NHI’s ODA programs. A lack of public administrative capabilities is a challenge in the process of national development and transformation in developing countries. Competencies should be built to meet the core demands of national development in order to keep the goal of purposeful development on the right track.

Main Features of NHI’s ODA Programs

NHI’s programs are performance-oriented and customized to fit the needs of the target group across all phases — including needs analysis, planning, running, and evaluation — to comply with national development paradigms reflecting changes in the global environment.

Moreover, NHI provides practice-focused education to build critical competencies of government officials in the context of the situations of participating countries and participants: specifically, public management skills required in the current stage of national development, and public service values to enhance work motivation and effectiveness.

Through a five-step systemic learning process, education effectiveness is maximized and the transfer of learning to the workplace is improved: Country (Case) report presentations (Situational analysis of the topics or problems) → Lectures and case studies → Study visit (Participatory learning) → Wrap-up session (Comparative analysis of the topics) → Action plan (Problem/solution) presentations

NHI offers programs in areas including Public Administration Innovation, Personnel Management Innovation, Organization Management Innovation, Policy Management Innovation, and e-government Innovation.

These programs consist of five modules in order to achieve the five specific objectives. An example education module follows:

Plan for 2020

This year these international programs supported by the Korean government are scheduled:

• Capacity Building for Civil Servants of the Royal School of Administration

• Public Sector HRD Program for Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration (EROPA) Member States

• Talent Management in the Indonesian Civil Service in the Framework of a Grand Design for Civil Services Development

• Capacity Building of High-level Officials of the Communist Party for the Socialist Republic of Vietnam