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What is SPGAPS?

SPGAPS is a specialized program in Governance and Administration in the Public Sector to be offered by Bethlehem University with the support of the Italian NGO VIS.  All lectures will be delivered through face-to-face meetings at Bethlehem University. SPGAPS is an intensive program that aims at providing a practice-oriented educational experience that should support the development of the public sector in Palestine.

This Program provides guidance and knowledge to interested current personnel at public agencies and creates new human capital that is needed to create the foundations of the emerging state of Palestine.

Admission Procedures

SPAGAPS is offered to a wide range of candidates interested in Public Administration issues. Participants are selected public administration employees, NGO officers, staff of international agencies, university graduates.

Basic minimum requirements include:

  • B.A. degree in any discipline.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English;
  • Standard computer literacy.
  • Fluency in any language other than Arabic is an asset.
  • Priority in the admission will be given to civil servants.

The selection process will be based on the examination of the CVs and the motivation letters.

MICAD Scientific Committee will coordinate the selection procedures and be the sole responsible for all admissions.

Other relevant information

  • SPGAPS will start the 11th of December 2015 with an opening lecture;
  • All modules will be scheduled on a weekly basis on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 AM till 5 PM.
  • The program is expected to end by mid July 2016;
  • Classes are delivered in English by experienced Palestinian and foreign lecturers;
  • Attendance is compulsory and is recorded for assessment purposes;
  • For this first cohort, 25 to 30 participants will be selected.
  • At the end of the program students will receive a certificate of attendance issued by Bethlehem University and VIS.
  • The registration fee to be paid after selection is 100.00 USD. All the other expenses will be covered by a scholarship for each student provide by VIS thanks to the financial support of the Italian Bishop Conference – CEI.



1. Project Management in the Public Sector

The course will give an overview about the nature of project management through relating organizational goals of public administration to the goals of specific projects and it focuses on: developing the project team, the roles of the project leaders and the team members, the cycle of project management, defining the project and analyzing the problem, studying the feasibility of the project, planning the project, sharing the project with stakeholders, principles of division of labor in the project and operational planning, scheduling the project through Gantt Chart, methods of planning, monitoring and evaluation, bids and contracts management, introduction to fund-raising, report writing.

2. Local Government Management

This module offers a set of tools useful for land use, municipal planning principles and regulation policies. The course will go through history municipal development, rural and urban planning; communities growth management and regional planning; neighborhood, local area and community planning, zoning; main street, and commercial planning, formal fundraising, permits and other regulatory mechanisms; public information and participation.

3. Administrative Ethics

This module aims at increasing students’ knowledge of central ethical theories and the ways that might be applied to articulate values and ethics issues for public administration and in particular for the local government. The module will help develop skills in applying these approaches and concepts in relevant field of work as well as discussing the main findings of empirical research on integrity management.

4. Accounting for Public Sector

This course provides a thorough basis for understanding the logic behind and nature of all the accounting practices associated with the local governments. It allows students to grasp fully the accounting and reporting framework necessary before focusing on deriving the new government-wide financial statements.

5. Strategic Management in the Public Sector

This course studies the strategic management process and how goals, plans and strategies can be set and implemented in public sector organizations. Strategic management topics include stakeholder analysis; developing vision and mission statement; internal and external environmental analysis; transforming strategic plans into policies and programs; management tactic for public organizations and assessing organizational performance.

6. Human Resource Management

This course will expose students to the vital role of human capital in organizations. It will shed light on the needed integration of the organization’s strategic objectives with its human capital. It will show the structure of HR departments and each of the human resource management functions, including planning, recruiting, decruting, orientation, training, performance management,

compensations and employee development. It will explore contemporary challenges of globalization

of work, the international dimensions of HRM, especially when dealing with foreign personnel, and information technology.

7. Leadership Development

This course discusses leadership capabilities and skills that are most practical and relevant in public sector. Topics discussed will include leadership skills such as teambuilding and management, negotiation skills and conflict management, change management, public speaking, influencing others, advocacy, strategic thinking, evidence informed decision-making, and policy development.

 The course will also identify the roles and functions of a leader, and how to develop leadership in public organizations.

8. Electronic Government

This course introduces the technology of e-government with an in-depth examination of current government development and management challenges in the delivery of services and information, electronically, to their constituents’ 24 hours a day seven days a week. Several topics are examined: (1) current E-government challenges and trends (2) Web presence development (3) statutes affecting development and management (4) constituent needs assessment (5) service delivery application and transaction package (6) how to develop effective E-government administrators (7) long/short range planning and budgeting.  

9. Urban Planning

This module uses the broader contexts of policy, management and finance to prepare students with the critical thinking they need to succeed in urban design, land use, economic and community development, housing, and environmental and infrastructure planning. This course will address the physical planning tools, regulations and current professional practices in use today for planning in urban communities.

10.  Management of Public Health Care Institutions.

This module focuses on management of health care institutions. Although the focus will be the health care institutions in Palestine, but benchmarking to global standards is an important part of the module. Starting with an introduction reviewing main concepts in strategic management with its application on health care institutions, the modules moves on discussing the planning and management in a health care institution as well as in a nursing unit. The first focus will be strategic followed by an in depth discussion of operational plans of a health care institution.

Shucri Ibrahim Dabdoub Faculty of Business Administration


Phone: +972-2-2741241
Fax: +972-2-2744440

Dr. Fadi Kattan
Dean of the Shucri Ibrahim Dabdoub Faculty of Business Administration
MICAD Director / ext. 2445

Victoria Abu Al-Zelof
Program Assistant  / ext. 2427 

Bethlehem University Foundation
Phone: +1-240-241-4381
Fax: +1-240-553-7691
Beltsville, MD USA
Bethlehem University in the Holy Land
Phone: +972-2-274-1241
Fax: +972-2-274-4440
Bethlehem, Palestine