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Senior Executive Program (SEP)


Eligible participants: Director-General level officials from the central and provincial government agencies and executive-level officers from public institutions

Duration: 43 weeks, one session per year

Number of participants: 69

• Conducted by the Management Development Division


• The Senior Executive Program (SEP) aims to equip leaders in state affairs with insight and expertise.

• The SEP also seeks to enable participants to do the following:
    - understand the current administration’s national agenda and governing philosophy, and review exemplary public service values
    - define various policy issues in the areas of the economy, society, and science & technology, and discuss policy alternatives
    - cultivate inter-agency collaboration capability and take the lead in communication, organizational change, and innovation
    - enhance comprehensive policy competencies through global competitiveness and knowledge of the humanities

Main Features

The 43-week program is divided into three terms: The first and third terms (total 33 weeks) are for intensive training while the second term (total 10 weeks) is for individual professional development and research activities.

The intensive training focuses on case-based interactive learning in topics including the current administration’s governing philosophy & exemplary public service values, policy competency & expertise, leadership, global competency, and multi-disciplinary education. The basic sequence for learning in each topic is in-depth lectures, discussion and presentation activities, a buzz session, and a field trip.

Advanced research programs include team projects to promote inter-agency collaboration and individual agency-assigned tasks to build the participants’ policy development capabilities.

Experiential programs – i.e., individual professional development activities – provide participants with opportunities to deliver lectures, serve as mentors and interviewers for state examinations, participate in seminars, and contribute articles to journals.

The SEP is also designed to promote trainees’ participation in volunteer activities for socially marginalized and vulnerable groups, and encourages the participants to engage in exchange, cooperation, or sharing activities with trainees in other programs.

Focus of the Program

The program consists of five modules. The first module, Governing Philosophy and Public Service Values, is designed to help the participants understand and find consensus on the current administration’s national agenda and governing philosophy, and to pro-actively disseminate those. This module is also designed to help the program participants pro-actively interpret, develop, and promote exemplary public service values as leaders in state affairs.

The second module, Policy Expertise, seeks to provide the participants with diverse knowledge in areas such as the economy, society, and culture in order to enhance the participants’ competencies as core policy leaders, thus giving them the ability to add value based on their multi-disciplinary knowledge.

The third module, Leadership, seeks to encourage the participants to come up with a vision for organizational change and motivation and to play a pivotal role in implementing the vision.

The fourth module, Global Competency, aims to help the participants strengthen their competitiveness to enable them to play a leading role in the international arena.

The fifth module, Multi-disciplinary Education, is aimed at encouraging participants to show their insight and comprehensive policy competencies through global competitiveness and knowledge of the humanities.


New Directors-General Program


Eligible participants: Public officials who have passed the competency assessment of the senior civil service, and who have served as directors-general for less than two years

Duration: 5 days (four sessions a year)

Number of participants: 80 (20 per session)

• Conducted by the Management Development Division


• This program is designed to enable the participants to cultivate desirable perspectives as senior civil servants, such as innovation, strategic thinking, and conciliation, in line with organizational core values.

• This program also aims to help participants build creative organizational cultures by fostering leadership skills based on a new perspective, responding to the needs of the time, and reflecting changes in the social environment.

Focus of the Program

This program assists participants in developing new leadership skills, including sensitivity, communication, and trust, required of a new director-general in the rapidly changing global environment.
    - sensitivity: cultivate sensitivity related to society, change, and the humanities
    - communication: improve skills for effective communication
    - trust: foster conflict management skills and trust building through an understanding of organizational values

This program also includes a self-diagnosis of leadership skills and a coaching workshop to help participants present their organization’s vision and direction in response to environmental change.


Senior Civil Service Candidates Program


Eligible participants: Grade 4 or higher, division director-level officials from central government agencies

Duration: 4 days (16 sessions a year)

Number of participants: 320 officials(20 per session)

• Conducted by the Professional Competency Development Division


• This program aims to help the participants increase their leadership skills and strengthen the job competencies required of future senior civil service officers.

• This program is also designed to foster Senior Civil Service candidates with core competencies by providing candidates with opportunities for self-reflection and self-directed competency development.

Focus of the Program

• This program focuses on an assessment of participants’ competency levels through pre- and post-competency diagnoses, and on the establishment of a self- initiated competency development plan.

• This program also aims at strengthening senior civil service-level core competences through simulation practice sessions followed by role-specific feedback by observers (fellows participants and facilitators).


Module Descriptions

Preparatory Course: The Basic Competency Development Program is a preparatory e-learning program that covers the concept of competency and includes a competency model. A 360-degree competency assessment provides participants with 1) basic material for reflection on individual competencies and 2) an assessment of their strengths and weaknesses by comparing the results of each participant‘s self-diagnosis to 360-degree feedback results.

In-house Training: This program includes lectures, simulation exercises, feedback from fellow participants and facilitators on the process and outcomes of exercises, and discussions.

Lectures offer an opportunity for the participants to understand the basic competency model and the overall competency assessment system. They enable the participants to learn what the competencies are, prior to the simulation exercises, thereby contributing to raising the effectiveness of the exercises.

The simulation-based competency training puts an emphasis on trainees’ experience and interaction by suggesting a simulated task assignment, and observing and offering feedback on the task execution process by fellow participants and lecturers.