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Preparing tomorrow’s public sector leaders


The OECD describes an effective, efficient public sector as essential to countries’ growth and welfare. Why is the public sector “skills gap” – in which mid- and top-level civil servants lack the knowledge, skills and network needed to optimally carry out their duties – widening in many developing countries?

Several factors contribute. Policy challenges are increasingly multidimensional, requiring interdisciplinary solutions. Societies and economies are increasingly interdependent, requiring international coordination. And new technologies are increasingly important in the public sector, requiring an understanding of their potential social and economic implications and administrative applications.


The Swiss School of Public Governance’s Certificate of Advanced Studies in Public Governance and Administration (CAS PGA) seeks to close the skills gap among potential public sector leaders in developing countries. Structured as a single, intensive learning experience over 16 days in Zurich, it providees training and inspiration to a select group of high-potential civil servants to help them prepare to make a lasting impact in their areas of responsibility.

Each programme cohort is deliberately kept small, but also diverse, bringing together public servants from various countries, sectors and backgrounds to enhance learning through exchange and teamwork. The programme’s competency-based learning experiences include simulations, peer-to-peer learning, excursions and best-practices analyses as well as expert lectures and group discussions. It is taught by world-class professors from ETH Zurich and other universities as well as experienced practitioners.


We are funding five full scholarships for the 2018 and 2019 interations of the programme, allowing a total of 10 civil servants from countries that qualify as low- or lower-middle- income (by World Bank criteria) to take part in CAS PGA.

ETH Zurich Foundation


The ETH Zurich Foundation unites companies, private individuals, foundations with ETH Zurich. As the leading technology and science foundation, it supports the university in achieving its most important strategic objectives in education and research. Funding partners benefit from access to bold, high-quality partnerships with one of the best universities anywhere in the world, and the opportunity to work together to push boundaries.


We address the big challenges facing the world today, from migration and urbanisation to rising longevity.

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We address the big challenges facing the world today, from migration and urbanisation to rising longevity.

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