European Project Planning and Management 2021-2027. Next Generation Italia - V edition

II level
1 Year
Alternate Weekends (Saturday and Sunday)

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Spring 2022

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The Master in Project Planning and Management 2021-2027. Next Generation Italia provides the students with knowledge and skills required to adequately interpret the guidelines established by the European Union, translating them into the specific context of the national legal, administrative and economic landscape. The course will focus on the development of abilities related to inter-institutional communication, as well as on the ability to interact with higher levels, to negotiate in the promotion, planning and fullfillment of the development of our territory, and on the improvement of the public-private collaboration. Furthermore, upon completion of the course, the students will be able to:

  • orient themselves in financial programmes related to the issuing of competitions and tenders;
  • define the stategic approach to attain economic aid;
  • plan the objective of the development of their organization, in line with the economic growth policies established by the EU;
  • set up the structure of european projects and requests for funding:
  • draft development plans according to the principles of project management;
  • use techniques and methods for the drafting of project budgets and for reporting.

Target students and Career Opportunities

The course will enable the students to attain roles of responsibility in various levels of the Public Administration as well as in the world of public and private businesses. Furthermore, the candidates will acquire the knowledge required to contribute to the new economic and social policy enforced by the EU, based on "government, implementation and monitoring".

In particular, the Master trains the following professional profiles:

  • Executives and officers of enterprises in various sectors and for various industrial scales.
  • Executives and officers of local and regional Public Institutions.
  • Executives and officers of  Trade Associations, Trade Unions, Voluntary Associations, International and non-governmental Organizations, Universities and research institutes.
  • Freelancers, europlanners available for institutions and companies.
  • Project managers in public institutions and public/private companies.


Applicants to the Master in Anti-corruption must have attained a Specialist Degree, a Master's Degree, and/or a Degree of the Old System, obtained at a University of the Italian Republic; as well as another equivalent Higher Institute, or a degree attained at an International University, provided that said Degree Title is legally recognized in Italy.

All the aforementioned requirements must be demonstrated within the deadlines provided in the Academic Regulations, under penalty of non-admission to the Master's selection test.

Annual Tuition

The annual tuition fee, without financial benefits, for enrolling in the Master's program is € 10.000


Students who wish to enroll may request an appointment with the Orientation Office, at the following number +39 06 94802282.

Scientific Director

Prof. Elisabetta Trenta
Extraordinary professor in History of International Relations at Link Campus University  

Elisabetta Trenta

Luigino Giliberto

Paolo Macrì

Massimo Antonazzi

Andrea Pignatti

Mario Caputo

1.1 Theoretical Approach to the subject

  • From the Marshall approach to the contemporary declination of the productive districts;
  • Local systems: competitions, innovation and technological dimension
  • Economic culture and dynamics of territorial intervention
  • Porter's analysis and the advantages related to the new competitive systems
  • Storper and the Californian school
  • The influence of new technologies
  • The environmental and social sustainability of the investments
  • Urban planning and the development of local communities
  • Incentives and businesses
  • Financing systems for local investments
  • Development models, currents of thought and tendencies related to decentralization

1.2 Technical and practical elements related to the design of development plan;

  • Elements of territorial Macro-economic Analysis
  • Identification and involvement of local stakeholders (institutions, credit institutes, businesses, etc.).
  • Analysis and choice of funding policies for development actions.
  • Implementation of infrastructure works at the service of the territory and of businesses

1.3 Elements for setting and evaluating an entrepreneurial initiative

  • Integration: entrepreneurial initiative and the general framework of territorial development
  • Business plan as a presentation tool for a corporate initiative.

1.4 Analysis of a theory of territorial development

  • Analysis of territorial vocation
  • Setting of a system of provision of special obligations on a local basis
  • Activation of a system of local rating for businesses
  • Identification of territorial infrastuctural need
  • Methods and tools for the active involvement of citizens in the dynamics of territorial development.
  • Analysis and monitoring of a development plan
  • Direct and indirect funds, European Programmes, Structural Funds
  • The legislative framework
  • The multi-year financial framework
  • The programming framework of the cohesion policy 2021-2027, the main news
  • Conditionality in the old and new programme, from the "ex ante conditionalities" of the 2014-2020 to the "enabling conditionalities"
  • The simplification measures
  • The priorities of investment for Italy
  • The coordination between the european semester and the cohesion policy
  • Innovative financial tools: Public and Private Partnerships (PPP) post 2020, administrative reform and outsourcing tools for services based on the pay- for-success logics
  • Integrated territorial planning for the 2021-2027 cohesion policy
  • The re-inforcement of the coomunity-led local development
  • Co-planning: public and private co-planning, Experiences in comparison with the regulatory framework; Co-planning and the third sector; co-planning for the territory and network construction; co-planning procedures.
  • Direct funding: the main European programmes and announcements of the Directorate General
  • Direct Funding of the EU and local authorities
  • The Programmes of territorial, european and regional co-operation
  • InvestEU
  • Erasmus and Creative Europe
  • Life
  • The Horizon Europe programme

4.1 - Introduction of the cycle of the project, Planning with the Logical Framework Approach (LFA)

  • Origins of the “project cycle management”
  • Steps of the project cycle
  • identification
  • formulation
  • implementation
  • What is the LFA
  • The analysis: the problem tree and the objective tree
  • The construction of the intervention logic
  • Indicators, verification sources, conditions
  • Business plan and resources plano

4.2 - The drafting of a project proposal:

  • The detailed planning of activities and work packages: tasks, milestones and deliverables
  • diagram of Gantt;
  • The Budget: eligibility of costs, general principles;
  • Tender announcement: the financial allocation of the call, percentage of funding, pre-feasability and cash-flow; co-finanancing; the drafting of an activity budget and an expenditure budget; Study of budget proposals for various EU financial lines; budget balance; Exercises: Budget construction of a project, starting from a tender announcement to the project idea; Partnership agreements

4.3 - How to participate in tenders

  • Reference documents: programmes, work plans, forms;
  • Call for tenders versus call for proposals;
  • The administrative procedures for the submission of projects;
  • The development of an international and local partnership;
  • The dissemenation of results;
  • The administrative procedure for the project: negotiation and contract with the EU, constrains and rules;
  • Institutional assets and organizational models (internal management, ad hoc structures, steering committee);
  • Identification of useful information and documents: the reference Work Programme

5.1 From the proposal to the financing

  • Grant Agreement: administrative and financial obligations between the recipient and the European Commission, negotiation with the European Commission;
  • modality of implementation of the financed funds;
  • general normative framework related to the Community Subsidies;
  • structure in the Grant Agreement;
  • Administrative and Financial dispositions

5.2 Managing a project

  • Coordinators and partners, many responsibiities;
  • The team and the project, individual and collective responsibilities;
  • Co-ordinating a working team;
  • The management of projects as a model of organizational innovation for companies and Public Administrations: Case Studies
  • Co-ordinating the partnerships; Managing the stakeholders of the project;
  • Managing change in the project; content editing; time control;
  • Communicating the project; the rules of communication in project managing.
  • Planning Expenses and connecting them to the project's progress
  • Monitoring programmes and projects

6.1 - Monitoring of projects. tools:

  • physical and financial monitoring charts
  • risk monitoring charts
  • Reporting
  • Types of reports
  • Contents
  • Timing

6.2 - Project Assessment

  • Scopes and types of evaluation (feasibility studies, ongoing, final and ex post evaluation)
  • Evaluation criteria: relevance, efficiency, impact and sustainability)
  • How to organize to assess (Planning, identification of the stakeholders, assessment budget)
  • Assessment reports
  • Qualitative and quantitative assessment methods

6.3 - Reporting

  • Eligibility of expenditure;
  • Archiving systems;
  • Management of preventive budget deviations;
  • Management of administrative acts and beginning of the project;
  • Periodic reporting of expenses and preparation of progress reports;
  • Management of relationships with partner companies;
  • Final report: project closure and completion of audit trails;
  • Drafting and preparation of documents for the purpose of assessment;
  • methodologies for ex-ante, in progress and ex-post evaluation.
  • Administrative, banking and fiscal aspects;
  • Knowing how to negotiate and discuss in a conscious way on a national level
  • The participation to negotiations with the Commission: Defining a position; techniques and styles for negotiation
  • Techniques for negotiation and influencing
  • Lobbies on a European level
  • Practical activities

Each candidate of the Master is required to create a Project Work related to the themes developed in the course.

The aim of the final project is to propose one or more innovative solutions through the in-depth analysis of context variables, processes and application models.



For the Academic Year 2020/21 Link Campus University, has established the Link Switch Formula to meet the changing needs of students by offering high-level instruction and a safe learning environment. You can choose between the Smart Option, which will allow you to follow all the lessons live from your computer in live streaming modality, and the SafeClass Option, which is in presence-based modality, implemented in a mini-classes of up to 25 students. You may switch from one to the other mode at any time, according to your needs.

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