Customised Programmes

Since a few years the Netherlands School of Public Administration offers tailored training modules to clients across all sectors, serving participants from countries like Poland, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, but also countries outside of the EU in, for example, Asia or Australia.

The programmes of the NSOB are customised to specifically meet the interests of the requesting organization. We provide cutting edge, challenging and innovative educational programmes, which often take the form of hands-on workshops and master classes, bridging theory and practice. Participants not only learn from top-level lecturers (academics and practitioners) but also from site visits and discussions with guest experts. This often leads to surprising and innovative perspectives, with a high added value for the participants day-to-day work.

Learning from best practices in the Netherlands:

In our customised executive programmes we focus on Dutch experiences and Dutch expertise with (inter)national developments that have a great impact on the public sector, (inter)national politics, public administration and (inter)national businesses.

A good illustration of the customised executive education of the NSOB is our programme on collaborative governance. In many policy fields, such as horticulture, education, crisis management, public order, the critical task to deal with future challenges involves coordinating multi-organizational, intergovernmental, and multi-jurisdictional operations. The Netherlands is known for its collaborative governance structure and can serve as a best practice case to learn how state and non-state actors merge with each other in creating public value. It is specifically the public-private partnerships that have been founded in the Netherlands the last years that not only create public value, but also lay the foundation for good governance in the 21st century.

During a 1-2 week training participants gain a well-developed understanding of the theoretical concepts of collaborative governance and practices of cross-boundary public projects. Moreover, participants get an understanding of how public servants can operate in the context of collaborative governance, and how they can become involved in their own ‘real time’ future practices of collaborative governance, due to multiple site-visits and interactions with guest lecturers.

Areas of expertise of the NSOB

Our teaching formats differ per programme, ranging from one day masterclasses to 10-day modules and are customised for every organization to specifically meet the interests of the target group. In short, our areas of expertise are:


  • Collaborative governance
  • Strategic Management
  • Urban agenda: strategies on innovation-driven development & public-private partnerships
  • Small countries, big performers (rankings)
  • Open governance & big society
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Advisory systems
  • Regulatory oversight