The College of Public Policy (CPP) is the newest college launched by HBKU and reflects the priority the university places on supporting and contributing to effective policy development towards implementation of the Qatar National Vision 2030.
The college is a unique and exciting environment, with cutting edge research on policy challenges that face the country, the region, and the world. It has recruited outstanding faculty and students, and is working with its partners to contribute to Qatar and the global community. It aims to be one of the leading public policy schools in the region and the world, acting as a bridge and a hub for innovative policy solutions across a range of issues.
Students enrolled in the MPP program develop a solid core of theoretical knowledge and have the opportunity to specialize in either social policy or in energy and environmental policy. The specializations are supported by advanced seminars and labs, and culminate in a team-based, client-driven capstone
project that addresses a real-world problem.
Graduates of the MPP program will be suited to senior roles in government, multinational corporations in Qatar and beyond, as well as the non-profit and policy research sectors.
CPP values diversity of backgrounds and experiences, and aims to build a rich culture and community with a student body drawn from countries in the region and from around the world.
CPP has highly qualified faculty with strong track records in policy research and public management.
The College also emphasizes effective and engaged teaching and a rich experience for its students. Faculty are conducting research on sustainable development, global governance, international migration, science policy, family policy and demographic change in Qatar and the MENA region, energy economics, trade, food security, and values and ethics as foundations for public policy.
The Master of Public Policy (MPP) is a full-time two-year degree offered by HBKU’s new college, CPP. The program features a distinctive combination of interdisciplinarity, strong ethical foundations, entrepreneurship in public management, and innovation in policy making and design.
The MPP provides training to graduate students from a range of disciplines in the skills needed to understand and enrich policy making in Qatar and the region. The program will offer world-class academic and professional training in public policy analysis, design, implementation, evaluation, and management; as well as specializations in social policy, and in energy and the environment.
The MPP program builds on the four pillars of public policy: politics, economics, public management ethics, and research methodology.
It is designed to integrate analysis, research, and the practical application of knowledge, from an interdisciplinary perspective. Other distinctive features include a strong focus on ethics in the program design and on real-world experiences.
The specializations will complement and deepen the core training, and encourage students to work with clients in addressing current policy challenges.
The program’s ambition is to create thinkers who can do, and doers who can think.
The Master of Social Policy and Program Evaluation (MSPPE) is a full-time two-year degree offered by the College of Public Policy (CPP) at HBKU. The program provides advanced analytic and substantive knowledge of social policy and program evaluation to educate professionals for careers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors on issues of local and global importance.
The program also supports Qatar’s national development by providing evidence-based and ethically informed social policies, supporting policy and program evaluation and building national capacity in social policy and evaluation.
Supported by the Program for Social Policy Evaluation and Research (PROSPER) at CPP, the MSPPE offers students a unique opportunity to develop the evaluation skills needed to inform programs and policies with reliable evidence, support communities and drive organizational change across a range of sectors and activities. The program aims to prepare graduates to shape the strategic direction of social policy and program evaluation in Qatar and beyond.
The MSPPE will offer a combination of theory, social policy analysis, and policy research and evaluation methods courses using a variety of analytical methods, as well as the opportunity to gain real-world, practical experience. Since the objective of social policy is ultimately human and societal well-being, students will be challenged to reflect on and assess the ethical foundations of social policy interventions. This interdisciplinary degree will draw from multiple fields of study, including economics, political science, sociology, psychology, education, law, applied ethics, and public health. Classroom learning for the MSPPE will be supplemented by applied social policy and evaluation research through public policy lab and internship opportunities.
Welcome to the College of Public Policy, the newest college to be launched by Hamad bin Khalifa University. As the Founding Dean, I am proud and excited to lead in the building of what will be a hub of innovative policy thinking and advanced education in Qatar. The Master of Public Policy (MPP) is our first program, with innovative features that will both test and excite our students. Core courses include policy analysis and design, ethics, public management, global political economy, research methods and economics, and comparative public policy. Students can then specialize in either social policy or in energy and environmental policy, supported by advanced seminars and electives.
Our growing faculty is committed to supporting the intellectual growth and development of each of our students. We will demand the most from them but will demand as much of ourselves. Theory will be combined with practice, and the College is building partnerships with the wider government, private sector, and research communities to ensure that our students have opportunities to test their knowledge against real world challenges.
The College is currently recruiting leading faculty, inviting distinguished speakers, and establishing research networks and projects within the region and globally – all with the ambition to be one of the leading schools in the region and in the world, a bridge between different approaches to common problems, and a thought leader on public issues.
I invite you to join us in these exciting first steps, and to work with us as we grow the College to achieve its unique potential.