SeGRID 2020

The covid-19 virus is currently spreading, and affects the viability for conducting SeGRID on campus as planned during the selected dates. Both our on campus summer schools have thus been postponed for the planned dates, but we are evaluating different ways to carry out the program in virtual modes and delaying the on-campus part. Our main priority is the health and wellbeing of all participants and staff. We will keep you updated during the coming weeks.

SeGrid and digital tools for e-governance

Welcome to Linköping University and the course: Sustainable e-Government for Resilient and Innovative Democratic Public Administration (SeGRID). The course is organized twice during 2020, in June for young professionals from the Western Balkan, and in August for young professionals from the Baltic Region and the Eastern partnership.

Digitalization of society opens opportunities, but also challenges

Digitalization is characterizing our time in many different ways and challenging all parts of society with new practices. Public administration is indeed influenced by the digitalization. Both by new demands from citizens and other actors who use the technology and form new social practices, and internally by demands from professionals and policy makers who aim at improving public efficiency, transparency, accessibility and other public values by smart use of digital technologies. e-Government has to search for new ways to be sustainable, legitimate and effective and gain the confidence of citizens. There is also a challenge to design e-government to reach everyone and manage public organizations at local as well as global levels. This use of digital technologies in public administration and democratic processes is grasped by the concept e-government.   

The pedagogical approach and the work process

The entire module is characterized by a pedagogical approach of interactivity, knowledge building, sharing and application. The module is preceded by minor preparatory studies in the participating countries and two webinar discussions about the goals, expectations and the work methods in the module. The thematic module is based on several key interactive lectures, workshops and so-called gallery walks – led by researchers and practitioners from Sweden, on e-government, public organization and administration, with focus on challenges, lessons and best practices. The discussions from the lectures are used in work in smaller groups where reflections and questions that connect to the realities in the respective countries are in focus.

The participants will deepen their knowledge by working in groups with the pedagogical method gallery walks, where they will collaborate with each other to identify salient, common or hidden challenges and solutions. A number of study visits make up the module, where we meet regional and national key actors of e-government. Networking and informal discussions on the topic are central, as well as social events inspired by Swedish history, food and nature. A final and important element in the module are the opportunities for supervision and cooperation to further develop the analyses produced during the module in form of conference papers or workshops to be submitted to international fora that brings together policy makers, experts, practitioners and researchers in the fields of e-government, e-democracy and innovation in public administration.

All participants become members of the SI Alumni Network, a vast professional and global contact network meant to keep building good practices and mutual learning processes for a sustainable future.

Tour of Campus Valla

Studenter målar i Märkesbacken.
Campus Valla’s backbone is the Corso, a combined pedestrian/bike path that runs from Märkesbacken in the north, where student associations paint their colourful emblems on the asphalt, to the indoor sports centre Campushallen in the south. Alexander Häger
Hus Zenit
The Zenit Building has student services such as the student service desk, study guidance and student health care. Hanna Söderquist
C-huset.
Building C contains the largest auditoriums on campus, and many classrooms. Students from many programmes come together here. Musicum in Building C is where the university choirs and orchestras rehearse; Colosseum hosts big events like career fairs. Thor Balkhed
Fika i Baljan i Kårallen.
Kårallen is the students’ own building, home to student unions, chapters and associations. The Baljan café is run by students and has supplied several generations with ”fika” (coffee and cakes).  Anna Nilsen
Norrsken över B-huset.
Buildings A and B were the first to be completed in the early 1970s. Much of the teaching and research in technology and economics takes place here. The photo shows Building B spectacularly framed by the northern lights which appeared above campus in the spring of 2015. Alejandro Sobron

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Questions and Answers regarding the reorganization of SAYP/SeGRID, 2020

Q. I have applied for SeGRID but have still not received any confirmation regarding if I am accepted or not. When and how will I find out?
A. The Swedish Institute is currently (as of April 16), sending the letters of acceptance to the participants who have been selected. The selection process has been performed in line with the criteria outlined by the Swedish Institute. The applicants who have not been selected will receive an email. Unfortunately, we will not be able to give feedback on why specific applicants have not been selected. 

Q. At what time will the activities take place during the day of the online week, will I have to take time off from work?
A. The activities where you will be expected to attend online with the SeGRID team and fellow participants is 1 pm to 5 pm during Monday to Friday, Stockholm time.

Q. Is there any possibility that you will change the 1 week online and 1 week on campus in December, to two weeks as initially planned, when travel restrictions are lessened?
A. No

Q. Will you share study material with us before the webinar and before the summer school?
A. Yes

Q. How many days do you plan for on campus in December?
A. We plan on letting you travel on the Sunday, have activities during Monday to Friday, and travel back on Saturday. We decided to host the on-campus week in December since there are nice cultural activities to take part in then.

Q. I do not have a Facebook account, will I miss out on information from you, or should I open an account?
A. No, you will receive all necessary information by e-mail from us organizers. The Facebook group is for networking with the other alumni.

Q. Can we organize ourselves in a Whatsapp-group (in a specific country, and in the whole SAYP group)?
A. Of course, and as soon as we have got the complete list of participants from the Swedish Institute we will make sure you can start networking with people who will attend the SeGRID module with you.

Q. Can you confirm that you have received my acceptance to attend?
A. At LiU we cannot confirm that the Swedish Institute has received your acceptance of the invitation, but since we have selected you and want you to participate we will ask you in the unlikely case that SI has not received an answer from you. You will not miss out on attending due to technical problems.

Q. I will not be able to participate due to the new organization, can I hold my spot until next year?
A. No, we will not be able to hold your spot for next year. SI encourages you to apply again, though.

Q. How much time will the pre-SAYP webinar take?
A. The pre-SeGRID webinar will take 3 hours at a maximum, of you time.

Q. Will our assignments be graded?
A. Your assignments will not be graded per se, but we do expect active participation during the online week. As a matter of fact, active participation during the first week is a requirement to be able to attend the on campus, in Sweden week in December.

Q. Is the first part connected to the second part of the SeGRID module? 
A. Yes. And in order to be considered for the second part you will have to take active part in the first week online.

Thank you for all the relevant questions! We are very much looking forward to seeing you all and learn from and with you!


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