First Level Master's Diploma


The European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES) is a not for profit private foundation headquartered in Brussels with a global remit. ECES promotes sustainable democratic development through the provision of advisory services, operational support and management of electoral assistance projects in line with European values and EU policies. Since 2010 ECES have implemented 70 projects in support to democracy and electoral processes in 35 countries mainly funded by the EU and its Member States. ECES is a member of the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) and is part of its Board of Directors. EPD is the most important network of European civil and political society organisations working on democracy assistance.

In January 2018, ECES and Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (SSSA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a framework of collaboration aimed to:

  • Develop and conduct customised, accessible and innovative capacity building programmes for current and aspiring election administrators and practitioners;
  • Increase the accessibility of knowledge tools/capacity building programmes through the updating and upgrading of the ECES-SSSA existing training curriculum including translation and customisation.

The ECES-SSSA collaboration will mainly allow mid-upper electoral professionals, practitioners and other interested electoral stakeholders to enroll and attend the online Master in Electoral Policy and Administration (MEPA) or any of its 19 individual modules.  The collaboration between ECES and SSSA will result in the update and upgrade of MEPA' s contents, including the customisation of modules as per identified needs. This includes the on going translation of MEPA curriculum into Arabic, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

ECES-SSSA signed already an agreement with the Independent Election Commission of Jordan (IEC) for selected senior electoral administrators to enroll at the MEPA and take part in other activities. The trilateral agreement between ECES-SSSA and IEC will also support the translation of MEPA curriculum into Arabic via the EU funded Programme 'EU Support to Jordanian Democratic Institutions and Development (EU-JDID)'.