A group of Taiwanese civil servants visited HAUS 21 August – 2 September. The Civil Service Protection and Training Commission of Taiwan sends groups of Taiwanese civil servants abroad to study the public administration and management as part of the civil service training. The point is to learn from the experiences and success stories of other countries and utilize the outcomes to develop civil service and state administration in Taiwan. This is the second year that a Leadership Development Training Program took place in HAUS.
The two-week program of the Leadership Development Training Program in Finland included in-class lectures by Finnish experts in HAUS, visits to ministries and agencies as well as a bit of cultural program. During the program, the group studied such themes as competitive strategy and innovative thinking, leadership for change and organizational innovation, partnership building and across boundary governance and cross-functional communication skills. The group visited Ministry of Finance, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Ministry of Education and Culture, Nuuksio National Park, University of Tampere and city government of Tampere, among other places.
HAUS interviewed some of the participants during the first week of the study visit and asked them to share their experiences so far. After a couple of days in Finland, the participants were already sure that their study visit would be a very interesting one. Deputy Minister Mr. Wei-Chyuan Yeh and Vice President of Taoyuan Aerotropolis Co. Ms. Huai-Hui Hsieh were visiting Finland already for the second time and this was the first time for Chief Executive Officer of Hospital and Social Welfare Organizations Administration Commission Mr. Ching-Feng Lin.
A two-week preparation period beforehand
Before the study visit, the participants had had a two-week preparation period to get to know the hosting country better. “It is very important to prepare well before the visit. The participants should read and study carefully about their destination before coming”, thinks Ms. Hsieh. Thus, the visit will be more fruitful to the participants and also to the hosting country. “My main expectations for the visit are to get to know better the process of how the Finnish government works and how the decision making process could be made more efficient”, said Ms. Hsieh. “Also the innovation system in Finland interests a lot”, she added.
Finland was chosen to be the destination of the study visit because it can offer interesting points of view to policymaking and leadership. In addition, the beautiful Finnish nature can be enjoyed alongside the studies. “The best thing this far has been the case studies. It is always interesting to hear about the experiences in work life, for example innovation processes; how they have succeeded, what has been done right or what could have been done better”, says Ms. Hsieh.
“When talking about HAUS I have a special interest in the Future’s leader program as we have our own similar program in Taiwan. Duration of the program is 200 hours and there’s 60 participants selected by the ministry. It has been a very popular program and this year we are doing it for the sixth time", tells Deputy Minister Mr. Wei-Chyuan Yeh.
“I would also like to focus on the Finnish welfare system and its change processes. It would be interesting to hear more about the education system as well and the innovations Finland has made. I would also like to get ideas on how to promote co-operation between public and private sector and universities, especially when talking about big innovations", says Mr. Yeh.
Leadership system interests
Chief Executive Officer Mr. Ching-Feng Lin sees Finland as a very innovative country. Also the administration system in Finland has a good reputation in Taiwan. “The public servants know their work ethics and the meaning of being a public servant. I think it is very important”, says Mr. Lin. He would like to learn more about the leadership and how it could be organized in different ways. Mostly the leadership system tends to be from top to bottom but in some cases it would be good to turn it upside down and see how it effects. “People need to be humble, but in a suitable way. Authority should not take too much from people’s enthusiasm. I’m here with my eyes and heart open”, says Mr. Lin.
Text: Matleena Nurmiainen and Suvi Kivistö
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