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Students take part in an executive training session at the European University Institute. Photo by the European University InstituteCredit

Executive Trainings

Our Executive Training Seminars are collaborative courses which combine scientific expertise with hands-on learning. The seminars are aimed at high-level professionals in policy, diplomacy, NGOs, international organisations, media and the private sector.

We invite the most prominent experts from around the world to deliver courses tailored to specific policy-fields. Each seminar lasts between two and five days and combines knowledge transfer with practical case-study sessions and skills sharing. The interactive experience cultivates debate and partnerships between participants of different but complementary backgrounds. 

Upcoming Executive Training Seminars

Trainings in 2021


Date: 30 April – 21 May 2021

Place: Online

Course instructors: Senior academics, policy-makers and practitioners

This online training is organised with Oliver Wyman, in scientific cooperation with the EUI’s Florence School of Banking and Finance. It addresses risk management for a recommended audience of EU officials, EBA, ESRB, SRB, national supervisors, financial stability and research departments of central banks, financial institution professionals, lawyers, PhD students and post-docs.




Date: 17-19 May 2021

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Course Coordinator: Leila Hadj-Abdou (EUI-STG) and Giulio Di Blasi (Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative, University of Ottawa-Refugee Hub)

Deadline: 17 April 2021 

Early bird: 28 March 2021 

This Executive Training is about developing and strengthening migration management skills. It provides a unique opportunity to deeper understand migration both in its theoretical subtleties and as a very practical subject. Participants will get insights into the complexities, challenges and trade-offs of migration management.


Date: Spring 2021

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Course Coordinator: Luigi Narbone (EUI)

Update your knowledge about the latest approaches to conflict prevention and resolution while strenghtening your understanding of the phenomenon by analysing the latest findings in academic and field-based research. 

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Date: 2-4 June 2021

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Course Coordinator: Ruth Rubio Marin (EUI-STG and University of Seville) 

Deadline: 1 April 2021

Early bird: 28 February 2021 

Ranging from the gender specific roles within terrorist groups to the gender implications of state response to the threat of terrorism, this executive training will explore the gender dimensions of terrorism and counter-terrorism.


Date: Summer 2021 

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Course Coordinators: George Papaconstantinou (EUI-STG) 

This executive training seminar will equip participants with the understanding of the methods and tools required to become 'Agents of Change' within both national and international administrations.


Date: 4-5 October 2021 

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Course CoordinatorsClaudio Radaelli (EUI - STG) and Gaia Taffoni (EUI-STG)

This Executive Training will focus on the many pathways to robust evidence-based policy-making. It will deliever the best available and most realistic knowledge on how individuals and organisations make decisions throughout the public policy process. Accompanied by addressing a wide-range of approaches and instruments, participants will actively work on a suite of case studies and practical testimonials from the field.


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Fieldwork and Security: Challenging Environments in the Digital Age

Date: Spring 2021

This executive training is organised in partnership with the EUI Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA) di Pisa. The programme will guide explorations into how cyber-security considerations affect ethnographic research, how questions around digital ethnography contribute to social science research design, as well as provide an examination of  the many contexts available to bureaucratic fieldwork.


The 2021 Annual Series on 'Leading Public Audit Institutions in Times of Change'

This series of executive training sessions, co-organised with the European Court of Auditors, are designed to be both forward looking and collaborative.  Four related multi-day sessions will be offered throughout the year covering each of the following scientific areas: 

Summer 2021: Public Policies and Finances in Europe: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities for Public Audits

September 2021: Strategic Planning for Public Audit Institutions

 October 2021: Harnessing the Potential of Digital Government: the Implications for Public Auditors

November 2021: Fostering Accountability in the Public Sector: Role and Responsibilities of Public Audit Institutions


Global Pandemics and Security: How to Address the Key EU's Hybrid Threats

Date: Spring/ Summer 2021

Health, security and cyber-security: this online training will examine these strategic policy domains in an effort to engage participants in a critical analysis of such hybrid threats, their origins, root causes and varying levels of risk to the EU.


Governing Regulation: Reforms, Tools and Management

Date: 7 - 10 September 2021

Taught by world-class experts with considerable research and policy experience, this Summer Course provides capacity to carry out regulatory reform, how to use and evaluate policy instruments, and how to measure the performance of regulatory oversight in courts and via specialist bodies. The training will provide in-depth cross-country and cross-sector knowledge and know-how of the whole-of-government regulatory reform in light of the Agenda 2030 objectives for Sustainable Development.


Private Actors in Transnational Governance

Date: 16 - 17 September 2021

This Executive Training Seminar aims at teaching the advantages and the challenges of the trust vested in private actors through forms of self- and co regulation. It answers the question of whether private actors live up to citizens' expectations and what could be done as to the safeguarding of citizens' interests. The training will explore how private regulation and enforcement are (or should be) embedded in the law.