In the field of research RND has been active both in international research cooperation and in international academic networking to advance the field of PA:
- RND and its staff have been increasingly involved in a multitude of international research projects with the EU (European Commission Framework programs, INTERREG, COST), UN (UNDP most notably), OECD (SIGMA) and the EU's Lisbon Agenda Group.
- RND is the only academic institution in Europe that has had faculty members on the boards of the two main academic networks of public administration on the continent, NISPAcee and EGPA. Active involvement and cooperation with partners from these networks has enabled the Department to gather competencies for bridging the Western and Central/Eastern European administrative traditions and schools of thought.
In the field of teaching RND has created an extensive network of international contacts for academic cooperation and mobility:
- RND's MA program is part of the European Master of Public Administration (EMPA) consortium together with the Universities of Leuven, Speyer, Budapest, Liverpool, Bocconi, Geneva and others.
- The Technology Governance Master's program is part of the Prime Network of Excellence and its Master-level exchange program, involving collaboration and exchange of both students and lecturers with other European universities (University of Gothenburg, University of Oslo, University of Copenhagen, University of Helsinki etc.).
- The Technology Governance Master's program is offered in cooperation with the European Inter-University Association on Society, Science and Technology (ESST) by providing the possibility for students of full ESST members to carry out their second semester of study at RNS on an exchange basis.
- Through cooperation agreements such as ERASMUS, the students of RNS have copious opportunities to spend a semester or two at some 70 universities in Europe and elsewhere. RND students interested in studying a semester or two abroad and applying for the Erasmus internship are encouraged to go through a special presentation (updated in February 2013) describing the aforementioned opportunities. Application for Erasmus takes place twice a year - late February/early March (primary application round) and late September/early October (secondary application).
- Those students interested in studying at RND through the ERASMUS programme can see the list of courses offered in English at the Technology Governance and/or TUT International Relations Office web sites. For more information about the courses in English contact the RND International Relations co-ordinator Olga Mikheeva.
- Within the Erasmus+ funded Strategic Partnership „Small States in Europe: Opportunities and Challenges” (2014-2016) an online forum on small state studies was launched containing also online courses on specific small state issues.
The RND has had the honor to host the following professors and researchers from our partner universities and other partnering institutions:
- Professor L. Randall Wray (Levy Economics Institute of Bard College) taught the "Development Policies and Globalization" course (2016);
- Professor Baldur Thorhallsson (University of Iceland) taught the "Small States" course (2016);
- Professor James W. Douglas (University of North Carolina at Charlotte) taught the "Special Course in Public Policy: Applications of Quantitative Analysis in Public Administration" course (2016);
- Professor Datuk Norma Binti Mansor (University of Malaya) taught the "Development Policies and Globalization" course (2015);
- Professor Caspar van den Berg (Leiden University) taught the "Public Service" course (2014);
- Professor Conrado Ramos (University of Montevideo) taught the "Development Policies and Globalization" course (2014);
- Professor Guy Peters (University of Pittsburgh) taught the "State and Governance" course and received the TUT honorary doctorate (2013);
- Professor Andrew Massey (University of Exeter) taught the "Development Policies and Globalization" course (2012);
- Professor Jayati Ghosh (Jawaharlal Nehru University) taught the "Development Policies and Globalization" course (2011).
- EMPA Lecturer Johannes C. Mayer (DHV Speyer) will teach the "European Union and Multilevel Governance" course in 2015;
- Fulbright Professor James W. Douglas (University of North Carolina at Charlotte) taught the "Special Course in Public Policy: Applications of Quantitative Analysis in Public Administration" course (2014);
- EMPA Professor Gunnar Schwarting (DHV Speyer) taught the "Foundations of Municipal Economy" course (2012);
- EMPA Professor Marleen Brans (KU Leuven) taught the "Special Course on Public Administration: Policy Development" course (2011);
- Professor Baldur Thorhallsson (University of Iceland) taught the "Small States" course (2010).
Guest Lectures and Speeches
- Guest lecture by Professor Eugenie A. Samier (British University in Dubai): "Transitional Tensions in the United Arab Emirates Public Administration: From Islamic Roots and Arab Custom, through Colonisation, to Current Contradictions under Globalisation" (2012);
- Keynote speech by Professor Allan Rosenbaum (Florida International University) opening the annual Administrative Culture conference (2012);
- Public lecture by Professor György Jenei (Corvinus University Budapest): "The fall of the iron curtain in the Austrian-Hungarian border in 1989". After the lecture he received the TUT honorary doctorate (2011);
- EMPA lecture by Professor Laura McAllister (University of Liverpool): "International lessons from the reviews of pay and support for elected politicians in the UK: How do we support politicians and satisfy public expectations?" celebrating her becoming the president of the EMPA network (2010);
- Open lecture by Prof. Baldur Thorhallsson (University of Iceland) on the topic "David against Goliath: How can a small state strengthen its position: The case of Iceland" (2010);
- Keynote speech by Prof. Jürgen Backhaus (University of Erfurt) closing the annual Administrative Culture conference (2010);
- Public lectures by professors Bengt-Åke Lundvall (University of Aalborg), Claude Rochet (Aix-Marseille University) and others celebrating the publication of the book „Techno-Economic Paradigms: Essays in Honour of Carlota Perez“ (2009);
- TUT hosted the first ever EGPA and NISPAcee common conference. The same year Prof. Geert Bouckaert (KU Leuven), one of the organizers of this conference, received the TUT honorary doctorate (2008).
- Professor Lucas Introna (Lancaster University): "Understanding technology in organisational practices: implications for governance and policy" (2016);
- Professor L. Randall Wray (Levy Economics Institute of Bard College): "Euroland's Fatal Flaw, And Several Ways to Fix It” (2016);
- Professor Baldur Thorhallsson (University of Iceland): "Do Small States need ‘Alliance Shelter’? Scotland and the Nordic nations" (2016);
- Professor Charles Kroncke (Mount St. Joseph University): "A Critique of the “Hydraulic Metaphor” in the Management of Migrating Physicians" (2016);
- Professor Melanie Volkamer (Technische Universität Darmstadt): "Human Aspects of Security - Remote Electronic Voting as one Important Application Area";
- Professor Conrado Ramos (University of Montevideo): "Public Administration in Uruguay" (2014);
- Professor Charles Woolfson (Linköping University): "The Great Recession, the myth of ‘successful’ austerity and wider lessons from the Baltic states" (2014);
- Dr. Zhizhang Zhu (Hull University Business School): "Innovation Strategy and Process" (2014);
- Professor Caspar van den Berg (Leiden University): "Transforming for Europe: The reshaping of national bureaucracies in a system of multi-level governance" (2014);
- Professor Lars Mjøset (University of Oslo): "The Scandinavian Route to Development" (2014);
- Dr. Ting Xu (Queen's University, Belfast): "Useful knowledge and the developmental path in China" (2013);
- Dr. Leonardo Burlamaqui (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro): "Minsky and Schumpeter" (2013);
- Professor Thad Hall (University of Utah): "Policy-Making in the US Congress, Looking Back, Looking Forward" followed by an analysis and Q&A on the US presidential elections (2012);
- Professor Andrew Massey (University of Exeter): "Social Innovation and Public Governance" (2012);
- Professor James Douglas (University of North Carolina at Charlotte): "The crisis and fiscal policy in US" (2012);
- Professor Attila Ágh (Corvinus University Budapest): "Regional competitiveness of the EU in the global context: EU developments from regional policy to cohesion policy" (2011);
- Dr. Jan Drahokoupil (Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung):"East European pension politics 2.0: The emergence of diversity in Eastern European pension reforms after the crisis of 2008" (2011);
- Professor Eugenie A. Samier (British University in Dubai): "Managerial Secrecy and Tradecraft: The Covert Side of Administrative Life" (2009).