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Customized Programs for Foreign Government Officials


• As a public HRD hub and cradle to foster key personnel in Korea, the NHI has designed and conducted customized programs for foreign officials since 1984. Officials from ASEAN countries, Malaysia, Japan, Russia, Vietnam, Brunei, and other nations have participated in these programs.

• Depending on the objectives of the program, the curriculum and program content vary, but training needs in content on the Fourth Industrial Revolution will likely increase as many countries around the world are paying keen attention to technology-led changes and challenges.

Process and Main Features

Duration: One to two weeks

Training expenses: Covered by the governments of the participating countries and by international organizations



1. The Executive Development Program (EDP) for Malaysian Government Officials, 2021

• Main Theme:The 4th Industrial Revolution (IR); Civil Service and Government’s Role and Strategies

• Participants:20 Malaysian Government Officials (by each level)

• Program Format:Online and Offline Blended Format

  • - Online: Seven weeks (conducted from March in 2021)
  • - Offline: Two weeks (conducted from Mid. of October in 2021)

• Program Structure

  • a. Module 1: Warm-up and Self Motivated (five days, online)
  • - To better understand Korea's national development progress, administrative reform and innovation strategy of digital transformation, introductory lectures will be given to participants for three days through online courses. Participants will be expected to join the program after they are fully prepared.
  • b. Module 2: Learn-up for Effectiveness (New Module for EDP, six weeks, online)
  • - Participants will join online workshops to find issues, discuss root causes in the three different sectors of 'administration, society, and economy' by the methods of problem-solving practice. At the end, participants will seek solutions through problem-solving learning and policy foresight based on data by the application of various activities in Korea.
  • c. Module 3: Wrap-up for Actions (10 days offline in Korea)
  • - Participants will develop an in-depth action plan while experiencing more through field visits, best practices benchmarking, workshops, and meeting with Korean public officials, and preparing to share their performance back in Malaysia (exclude arrival and departure).

• Program Contents in Modules

2. NHI-RANEPA Collaboration Programs

A. Online Program Utilizing Joint Research Outputs

• Program Theme:Building Trust in Government: Effective Public Communication

• Participants:16 RANEPA Staff Members (Experts and Researchers)

• Duration::Four days (March 9 - 12)

• Program Structure and Contents

  • a. Theoretical Part
    • - Understanding the Process of Building Trust: Theories, Models, Korean Experience, Russian Experience, Global Cases, and Discussion
  • b. Practice Part (Workshops)
    • - Reflecting on the Past and Present: ORID (Objective, Reflective, Interpretive, Decision) Workshop, Design Thinking or Focus Question Method Workshop
    • - Exploring and Preparing for the Future: Establishing a Strategic Direction, Building a Strategic Action Plan (Presentation included)

B. Senior Executive Programs for Russian Federal Civil Servants

• Participants:53 Russian Federation Top-tier Reserve Officials

• Duration::Three days (Mar. 15th – Mar. 17th)

• Program Contents

  • - Strategic Transition Management in Civil Service Transformation
  • - Public communication models during the global crisis (based on collaborative research)
  • - National Productivity Framework Project

C. Talent Management Reserve Program

• Theme:Ethics of Civil Servants

• Participants:Around 50 Russian Federation Top-tier Reserve Officials

• Duration:Five days (during September, but if COVID-19 is still a main challenge, the program will be held online)

• Program Contents

  • - Lectures on the Civil Service Ethics Code, Values, and Systems
  • - Meeting with Korean Senior Executives as a Group
  • - Study Visits as a Group (proactive public administration practice sites, central and regional governments)
  • - Workshops on the Strategic-Future Foresight, Design Thinking