College of Europe Student Case Studies

College of Europe Student Case Studies Final Report 2015 Launched in the Presence of President Herman Van Rompuy
In 2014-2015, four teams of College of Europe students (Falcone and Borsellino promotion) were asked to study the problems of a leading European public administration – and propose innovative solutions to the challenges those agencies face. This year, the case studies all focused on a winner of the European Commission’s European Capital of Innovation ‘iCapital’ Award, given to the most innovative cities in the European Union. The four cities were Barcelona, Spain; Espoo, Finland; Groningen, the Netherlands and Paris, France. The students were tasked to help these leading cities’ public administrations to better understand their public sector challenges and to make concrete recommendations on how best to improve their innovation strategies. 
Throughout the project, the students were coached by a team of transformation managers at Accenture, along with faculty and staff of the College of Europe and the Lisbon Council. Later, the case studies were competitively evaluated by a jury of high-level present and former civil servants, the Government Executive Innovation Circle. This year, the jury was led by Neelie Kroes, special envoy for startups and leader of the Startup Delta Initiative in the Netherlands and former vice-president of the European Commission. 
To conclude this year-long programme, Herman Van Rompuy, president emeritus of the European Council and former prime minister of Belgium, awarded The 2015 Public Sector Innovation Prize to the Barcelona team, which won with a case study looking at expanding mobility in the Catalonia capital. The final results are published in College of Europe Student Case Studies Final Report 2015.
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Student Case Studies 2017 Presented at European Centre for Government Transformation Award Ceremony


For eight months, three teams of four College of Europe students were asked to prepare case studies on the pressing challenges of public administration in a participating city council which won the European Capital of Innovation Award (iCapital Award), given by the European Commission. The students were asked to make concrete recommendations to that agency on how best to scale up their innovative ideas. Throughout the project, the students were coached by a team of top transformation managers at Accenture, a founding partner of The European Centre for Government Transformation, where the project took place, along with top faculty and staff of the College of Europe and the Lisbon Council, the two other co-founders of the European Centre for Government Transformation. The students were also coached by the Government Executive Innovation Circle, a European Centre for Government Transformation-based community of top European civil servants, chaired this year by Gertrud Ingestad, director-general for informatics at the European Commission.

In 2017, three cities took part: Amsterdam, Paris and Milan. 

Members of the Government Executive Innovation Circle met with the students in February 2017. The three teams later presented the case studies at The 2017 European Centre for Government Transformation Forum and Award Ceremony, which convened in Brussels. Hermano Sanches-Ruoivo, deputy mayor for Europe at the Paris City Council; Renato Galliano, director-general for urban economy and employment in Milan; and Aik van Eemeren, deputy chief technology officer of the Amsterdam City Council, delivered inspiring remarks, met with the students and awarded The 2017 Public Sector Innovation Award to the winning team – which helped the Paris City Council design its “makers strategy.”


Student Case Studies 2016 Presented at European Centre for Government Transformation Award Ceremony 


For eight months, three teams of four College of Europe students were asked to prepare case studies on the pressing challenges of public administration in a participating state agency which won the Prize for Innovation in Public Administration, awarded by the European Commission. The students were asked to make concrete recommendations to that agency on how best to scale up their innovative ideas. Throughout the project, the students were coached by a team of top transformation managers at Accenture, a founding partner of the European Centre for Government Transformation, where the project took place, along with top faculty and staff of the College of Europe and the Lisbon Council, the two other co-founders of the European Centre for Government Transformation. The students were also coached by the Government Executive Innovation Circle, a European Centre for Government Transformation-based community of top European civil servants, chaired this year by Robert Madelin, senior adviser for innovation at the European Commission.

In 2016, three agencies took part: the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance; the Northern Netherlands Provinces Alliance (SNN); as well as the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism and the Ministry of Finances and Public Administrations. 

Members of the Government Executive Innovation Circle met with the students in February 2016. The three teams later presented the case studies at The 2016 European Centre for Government Transformation Award Ceremony, which convened in Brussels. Maarten Camps, secretary-general of the Netherlands Ministry of Economy and chair of the High-Level Group on Competitiveness and Growth of the Competitiveness Council, delivered an inspiring keynote, met with the students and awarded The 2016 Public Sector Innovation Award to the winning team – the economic growth and SMEs project (Northern Netherlands Provinces Alliance). 




 College of Europe Student Case Studies Final Report 2015 Launched in the Presence of President Herman Van Rompuy

In 2014-2015, four teams of College of Europe students (Falcone and Borsellino promotion) were asked to study the problems of a leading European public administration – and propose innovative solutions to the challenges those agencies face. This year, the case studies all focused on a winner of the European Commission’s European Capital of Innovation ‘iCapital’ Award, given to the most innovative cities in the European Union. The four cities were Barcelona, Spain; Espoo, Finland; Groningen, the Netherlands and Paris, France. The students were tasked to help these leading cities’ public administrations to better understand their public sector challenges and to make concrete recommendations on how best to improve their innovation strategies. 


Throughout the project, the students were coached by a team of transformation managers at Accenture, along with faculty and staff of the College of Europe and the Lisbon Council. Later, the case studies were competitively evaluated by a jury of high-level present and former civil servants, the Government Executive Innovation Circle. This year, the jury was led by Neelie Kroes, special envoy for startups and leader of the Startup Delta Initiative in the Netherlands and former vice-president of the European Commission. 


To conclude this year-long programme, Herman Van Rompuy, president emeritus of the European Council and former prime minister of Belgium, awarded The 2015 Public Sector Innovation Prize to the Barcelona team, which won with a case study looking at expanding mobility in the Catalonia capital. The final results are published in College of Europe Student Case Studies Final Report 2015.

Download College of Europe Student Case Study Final Report 2015


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