Sustainability and Innovation in Rural Development

  • Start


  • price

    450 eur

  • Credit

    6 ECTS

  • time

    2 weeks

  • Language


Field of study
Public Administration, Management, Rural Economics

Application deadline
1 June 2020

13 July 2020 – 26 July 2020

Course Leader
Prof. dr. Vilma Atkočiūnienė

Prof. dr. Vilma Atkočiūnienė, Assoc. prof. dr. Rasa Pakeltienė, Assoc. prof. Dr. Gintarė Vaznonienė, PhD candidate Aistė Ragauskaitė

Entry requirements
This intensive internship course is designed for the all levels students, young researchers, researchers, practitioners.

Short description
During the intensive innovation practice period the students will focus on theoretical lessons in classrooms, work group sessions and study visits outside university. Students will analyze these case studies – business, social, cultural and education, environment, local government institutions activities of different specific topics:

  1. in development of rural economy (diversification inside of farming (forestry, recreation, tourism, food processing), diversification outside of farming (new employment possibilities);
  2. in improvement of environment and landscape (positive externalities (contribution of agriculture), negative externalities (input of agriculture), physical infrastructure;
  3. in development of social capital and infrastructure (education, consultation, qualification, communication centres, knowledge, competence, integration to the labour market/network);
  4. in development of local organizations capacities and institutional surrounding (rules, policy, LAG, rural communities, local government);
  5. in development of cultural heritage and territorial identity, territorial image;
  6. in development of production, social and other technologies and their multifaceted impact on rural development.

Students will work in a group on chosen topic and will prepare a group-report which have to be presented in oral and printed copy for course lectures.

Course objective is to develop the abilities to self-organize and carry out scientific and applied research needed for innovative rural development policy and management decisions based on the conduct and dissemination; consolidate the acquired theoretical knowledge, improve practical managerial and administrative work, research, rural development of quantitative and qualitative evaluation (criteria and standards-based) skills, achieve a higher level of awareness about the test object, evaluate managerial, social and other innovations regions (institutional system) rural institutions and organizations; to determine the need for innovation and develop innovation plan. The main practice methods: consultations with the innovation practice (master’s thesis) supervisor, other lecturers, discussions and consultations with the heads of rural institutions (organizations), and the responsible persons of the innovations; field visits; presentations and group work; analysis of projects and documents; innovation assessment methodologies; reflection; diary.

Learning outcomes

  1. Know and apply innovative organizational, purposeful innovation-making methods and the implementation of the principles; social and management innovation-definition features, created the value of the components and methods of assessment; Understand process the knowledge transformation to innovation and will be able to rely on the adoption of rural areas of innovative management solutions.
  2. Will be able to identify, analyze and evaluate innovative processes, rural development organizations, internal and external environmental factors promoting and hindering innovation in collaboration with various stakeholders.
  3. Be able to identify rural development organizations / local problem, identify the causes, consequences and set priorities; formation of appropriate environmental conditions take complex process in which to find, acceptance and implementation of ideas; to develop and implement new economic, management, organizational and other structures and forms of the various rural development activities; to initiate, develop and strengthen the collective actions of rural development, rural development actors in both vertical and horizontal cooperation.
  4. Will be able to determine whether a rural area/ organization is able to adapt to constantly changing environmental conditions, the effective use of local resources; to assess innovation in rural development organizations is appropriate (based on the choice of instruments); to prepare innovation plan, analyze and assess innovative projects (set criteria and indicators of innovation, to propose measures to reduce the negative developments or limit); create new management tools and methods to improve rural areas/ organizations in competitive conditions, effectively coordinate rural development resources and new opportunities.
  5. Be able logical, analytical and critical thinking, to capture and identify phenomena, mastering new knowledge, to communicate, cooperate and work in a group.

Programme Structure

  • Work in classroom – lectures (30 %)
  • Work in classroom – group work sessions (40 %)
  • Study visits – outside university (20 %)
  • Preparation of innovation practice report (10 %)


  • Early bird (before May 1): 450 Eur
  • After May 1: 500 Eur