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Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Organisation Management

Press Release No. 133/2011
6 May 2011
Information session on 21 May 2011 by Centre for Social Investment (CSI)

Heidelberg University’s Centre for Social Investment (CSI) is offering an information session on 21 May 2011 in order to outline the aims and assets of its Master’s programme in “Nonprofit Management & Governance”. The four-semester in-service course is designed for prospective executives of non-profit organisations and offers them a combination of attendance classes and E-learning enabling them to acquire important skills in the non-profit field. In the session on 21 May, prospective students will learn more about the content and requirements of the course, which resumes in autumn, and have the opportunity to get to know teachers and fellow students. At present, 30 students from Germany and abroad are enrolled on the programme.

The course was first introduced in 2008 and trains executives for the so-called Third Sector, i.e. organisations that are neither state-run nor market-driven and whose activities are geared to enhancing the good of society, e.g. foundations and associations. The course offered by the CSI is the first in Germany to regard the Third Sector not primarily from a business-management viewpoint but in terms of an unswervingly interdisciplinary approach to higher education. “Academically sound procedural knowledge is an important strategic resource,” says course director Prof. Dr. Kathia Serrano-Velarde. “It can be the clinching factor both for individual projects and for the lasting success of an organisation.” The CSI combines specialist knowledge with application-oriented course content. These practical components also involve the realisation of self-selected projects. Among the teaching staff are leading academics in the field of research on civil society and experienced practitioners from foundations, associations and societies.

The CSI Master’s programme is a fee-paying course. To qualify, candidates should have a university degree or equivalent and at least two years’ professional experience, preferably with a non-profit organisation. As much of the course takes the form of E-learning components and only 60 days attendance are required, the course is ideal for participants seeking additional qualifications on an in-service basis. Attending the information session on 21 May at 12.30 to 3 pm requires registration via e-mail by 15 May addressed to For more information on the programme, go to The course begins in late September 2011 and the application deadline is 1 July.

Prof. Dr. Kathia Serrano-Velarde
Centre for Social Investment
phone: +49 6221 5411976

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