25 April 2017 • by Len Middelbeek
In mid-April, a delegation of fourteen high-ranking civil servants from Indonesia visited our university of applied sciences. The Communication degree programme, in particular the international variant, ICM, was asked to provide a training course in leadership and integrity for the group. The initiative came from the London School of Public Relations (LSPR) in Jakarta, which ICM has been working with intensively over the last seven or so years (for example, through lecturer and student exchanges) The training course which was paid for by the World Bank, comprised one week in Paris and Strasbourg and three days in The Hague.
The high-ranking civil servants who were accompanied in Paris by two ministers from the cabinet of President Joko Widodo, were welcomed by the Dean of the Faculty of Management and Organisation, Raj Rawal. Afterwards, former ICM lecturer Len Middelbeek (who is also the host on behalf of THUAS and the organiser of the training course) gave an introductory lecture about Public Communication in the Netherlands and the role of transparency. This was followed in the afternoon by a workshop on different styles of leadership by ICM lecturer Amanda Coady. On Tuesday morning, the group visited the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations where experts in the field of integrity management shared their experiences with the Indonesian delegation. They were told that it is particularly important to openly discuss integrity dilemmas in the context of daily work. This was illustrated using several pertinent Dutch examples from recent violations of integrity.
In the afternoon, an introduction to public-private partnerships for dealing with corruption was given by Servaas Feiertag, a former employee of Transparency International from Berlin. The training session concluded with a dilemma training session on dealing with integrity, by Dr Victor van Kommer, professor of Tax Policy at the Utrecht University School of Economics who is an expert in the field of corruption at tax authorities and Len Middelbeek who together have provided similar training courses for various tax authorities in Asia, Africa and Europe. Finally, Raj Rawal and the Indonesian Ambassador in The Hague, Mr I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja, gave out the certificates of participation. At the end of the course, the Indonesian delegation expressed their great satisfaction about what they had heard in The Hague and returned home full of good intentions. Since then, there has already been a request for a follow-up training course…