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Swedish Institute Academy for Young Professionals

Lund University has carried out training programmes within the framework of the Swedish Institute Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP) since 2014. The programmes are aimed at young policymakers, public servants and civil society actors from selected countries in the Baltic Sea Region, the EU’s Eastern Partnership and the Western Balkans and serve as a platform for sharing experiences, building knowledge and networking on public governance issues.

Course participants standing outside talking. Photo.
Participants at the Swedish Institute Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP). Photo: Johan Persson.

Programmes given during 2022

The programmes given during 2022 are carried out by Lund University School of Economics and Management and The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, in cooperation with Lund University Department of Commissioned Education.

Please note that the application period for SAYP 2022 is closed.

Both programmes carried out during 2022 are on the theme “Perspectives on Multi-level governance, Decentralisation and Human Rights”.

Western Balkans

Target countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia 

Baltic Sea Region/EU Eastern Partnership

Target countries: Armenia, Belarus (more information below), Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Sweden and Ukraine

Due to the current situation in Belarus, SI took the decision that, as of 1 October 2020, financial support will not be provided to Belarusian state employees for on-site activities within SAYP. As a consequence of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and Belarus’ active cooperation in it, it is no longer possible for state employees from Belarus to participate in the online activities within SAYP either.

General information about SAYP programmes

Please note, there are different programmes at different universities within SAYP. You can apply to more than one. However, it is recommended that you apply to a maximum of two programmes/universities. You can only be admitted to one. Read more about this on the Swedish Institute’s webpages: 

Testimonials about the SAYP programmes

The Swedish Institute conducted interviews with participants of the programme "Perspectives on Multi-level Governance, Decentralisation and Human Rights"'. You will find the full interview below. 

Full interview about Perspectives on Multi-level Governance, Decentralisation and Human Rights (Baltic Sea Region/EU Eastern Partnership) on SI's website