Erasmus Mundus Joint Master in Public Sector Innovation and eGovernance (Leuven et al)


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Program Description

Responding to the growing need for professionals in eGovernance and digitalization in the public sector, this unique and interdisciplinary program empowers students to become specialists that combine knowledge on public administration and public management with expertise on information systems and eGovernance.

What is the program all about?

The public sector needs interdisciplinary expertise to be able to fully benefit from the potential of ICT and technological innovations. Within a context wherein ICT becomes increasingly important for the modernization and innovation of the public sector, the sector itself needs experts (1) who are able to translate technological expertise into efficiency, effectiveness, performance and user needs, and (2) who are able to take into account organizational, cultural, social and structural peculiarities of the public sector when implementing new technologies. 

PIONEER aims at providing students with specialized competencies in public sector innovation and the role of ICT and technological evolutions in the innovation process.



A unique Erasmus Mundus program, subsidized by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission (EACEA).

An interdisciplinary program combining the expertise of the fields of public administration, public management, information systems, and eGovernance.

An international initial Master’s program of 120 ECTS, jointly organized by three universities:

  1. KU Leuven (first semester): In Leuven, the student receives an introduction to public administration and public management, a general primer in the use of information systems in the public sector as well as an introduction into eGovernance practices.
  2. The University of Münster (second semester): In Münster, the student gains deeper insights into the use of information systems in relevant business processes, ICT projects, new approaches to service delivery as well as insights into the possibilities of ICT for governance.
  3. The Tallinn University of Technology (third semester): In Tallinn, the student gains in-depth knowledge of the potential benefits, risks, factors of failure/success of eGovernance, the role of eGovernance towards society and trends in public sector innovation. 

During the fourth semester, students write their Master’s Thesis on a topic of their own choosing by pursuing one of two learning tracks: either an internship in a professional organization or the possibility of conducting research at a research institute. 

Why study this program?

Learn from experts with an advanced understanding and professional, disciplinary knowledge of public management, public administration, information systems, and eGovernance.

  • Attend interactive courses in a small, international group setting The courses are taught with a variety of teaching methods: case studies, group work, class discussions, guest lectures, and study visits. 
  • Build in-demand competencies to define and implement new methods and digital techniques for the benefit of the public sector. 
  • Combine methodological and scientific research skills with a high level of comprehension of how ICT and information sciences can be used in order to proactively innovate the public sector in a changing society.

Is this the right program for me?

  • Are you looking to specialize and/ or advance your knowledge in public sector innovation?
  • Are you interested in the current and future challenges of the public sector?
  • Do you want to become an expert in eGovernance and the digitalization of the public sector?
  • Would you like to gain the necessary insight and competencies required to help tackle the challenges public administrations are facing today?
  • Do you want to experience studying at three different European Universities?

If your answers to the above questions are YES, then the Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Public Sector Innovation and eGovernance (PIONEER) is the right program for you!

Career opportunities

This intensive two-year program is an excellent opportunity to build the in-demand expertise required by a broad range of public organizations: at all levels of government (federal, local or regional) and in European and international institutions. Graduates can also find careers in non-governmental organizations, consultancy companies, and the private sector. The program can also be considered as a preparation for Ph.D. research in the field of public administration or information systems.

Start your career, during your studies

During your bachelor's and master's program you can already shape your own profile by choosing a certain specialization, studying abroad (Erasmus), doing a work placement, or starting your own business.

The Student Career Center is happy to put you on the right track towards your first work experience. The center also coaches you in the search for an interesting job and helps you with job interviews. For students wanting to start their own business KU Leuven also has Lcie, the KU Leuven community that encourages students with innovative and entrepreneurial ideas.

Don’t know where to start? The Student Career Center's databases contain offers for jobs, volunteer work, innovation projects, and student jobs. You can also visit one of the events organized by the Career Center.

Last updated Mar 2020

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