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E-learning Course on Network Management

Formal Networks became a necessity to develop partnerships, to share information with peers all over the world. They act as an interface between knowledge and action. However, networks will only achieve good results if they are committed to professional management.

SKAT and sba designed an E-learning Network Management Course for formal networks to respond to such challenges. The course is based on conceptual and methodological understandings of network management. Innovative and efficient theoretical and practical e-learning tools will be used to achieve this goal.

As highlighted by a former course participant: “This course provides materials that are essential for and needed by those who would like to establish and manage a network. By joining this course, we can learn a lot about how to build a communication strategy and a relationship with others who have passion on a specific field of interest and those who are willing to share the vision, objective, values, and principles with you. We can also experience and learn how to work together as a group and communicate virtually through various communication tools”.

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Course Objective

To build on the conceptual and methodological understanding of network management by strengthening management and communication skills of network practitioners.

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Target Audiance

It is designed to address in particular, networking practitioners, as well as other professionals wishing to acquire a better understanding of formal networks and to strengthen their skills for managing networks. This includes, managers, staff from non-profit organisations, from development organisations, from multilateral organisations, from universities and research organisations. The course is designed for a group of approximately 25 participants.

Course duration and programme

The course duration will be of ten weeks, which represents a workload of 60 - 80 hours per participant.

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Methodology and certificate

Different e-learning tools will be used: theoretical inputs, free and guided chat sessions, on-line discussions, case studies and exercises. Participants are required to have a good Internet connection and e-mail access.

The course will be moderated by a technical tutor, who is an expert on the topic of “Network Management” and an administrative tutor, who will be in charge of the administrative follow-up of the participants in a systematic manner. Exchanges among participants and with tutors will be actively supported.

Follow-up mechanisms will be applied to monitor working time and a successful completion of assignments. The course material will be uploaded in electronic formats on the platform, a documented bibliography on each subject and a glossary will be provided. Once the course is over, participants who have attended and successfully completed the course programme will receive a course certificate.

Registration and costs

Candidates will be requested to fill out a registration form Registration Form and send it to sba including an updated CV and a motivation letter. The application deadline is still to be defined and communicated.

(If this link to the pdf registration form is not working, you have to download a newer Acrobat Reader* or fill out the enclosed Word version of the registration form)

A thorough selection process will take place upon registration. Participants will be selected on the basis of their motivation, professional background, date of application, and group-mix needs.

Course fee is 1'100 EUR. Partial scholarships covering 30% or 50% of the course fee will be offered but are very limited. The application for a scholarship requires a separate process. Interest candidates will be informed upon registration. A 10% discount will be awarded to participants who register early.


SKAT is SBA's course partner.

Skat is an internationally renowned consulting firm, with a focus on overseas development. Since 1978, Skat has provided technical expertise and management support in development projects and programs. See www.skat.ch

Knowledge Management is one of its areas of expertise and in recent years, Skat has gained sound experience on supporting organizations and networks to make better use of their knowledge. Networks have been the focus of many initiatives supported by Skat; thus, its experts have been dedicated to developing concepts, tools and methods for strengthening network management capacities of network practitioners in different countries. Some of the most important activities on this realm are: the production of the GTZ Manual “Work the Net” in four languages (English, French, Spanish and Portuguese); the implementation of Network Management Courses in Latin America and the Assessment and Audit of Knowledge Management Processes of different Networks.

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