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About the College of Public Policy

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.

Faculty and Research Areas

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.

CPP faculty

Master of 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. Qatar has a strategic geographical position at the global crossroads of culture, business, and geopolitics. The country is located at the center of a region that requires leaders who can manage multi-faceted relationships that span different public policy making dynamics and command a wide range of skills.

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.

Program Focus

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 problems.

The program’s ambition is to create thinkers who can do, and doers who can think.

Graduates of this program will be equipped to:

  • Engage with themes and ideas that cut across disciplines, with an emphasis on the design, implementation, and evaluation of public policy in context, particularly in areas in which there are pressing societal needs.
  • Undertake various methods of research; and produce and test case studies at the frontier of public policy and the social sciences.
  • Demonstrate expertise in multiple fields within public policy and the social sciences, including the theory, methodology, and understanding of public policy implementation processes.
  • Acquire knowledge of the approaches for advancing research towards having a social impact and producing original interdisciplinary research and case studies.

Program overview

Dean CPP - Dr. Leslie A. Pal


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.