​​​​December, 2013

Dear Colleagues,​

Over the past two years, the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies has worked, in collaboration with notable specialized experts as well as academic and administrative consultants, to establish an institute for graduate studies in the social sciences, humanities,   public administration—the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies. We have slowly and steadily built this academic edifice from the ground up, and I am happy to announce that we will inaugurate our first academic year in the autumn of 2015.

Alongside our administrative and academic preparatory efforts, work has been on-going to create a physical campus to host the teaching and research activities and provide residential accommodation for faculty  and students. We expect the DI to be a center of academic excellence, a pedagogical and research hub that constitutes a landmark in university graduate education and academic inquiry in our Arab region that can make a difference and contribute to its human development. There will also be a special place for outstanding foreign students with ability to study in Arabic alongside English and other languages and for distinguished foreign faculty members and researchers with track records of distinguished scholarship in the study of the affairs of our region.

The DI seeks to address the all-too-evident lack of interest in and support for social sciences, humanities, and public administration in Arab countries, and to enhance the formation of Arab research and an intellectual leadership in these fields. It will strive to achieve these goals by launching graduate studies in these areas while holding to the following guidelines:

  • Upholding academic independence and promoting international standards of excellence in scholarship and research.
  • Pursuing critical scholarly research into the pressing issues of Arab societies while maintaining universal integrity of scientific inquiry, and employing the theoretical and practical tools necessary for this endeavor, using quantitative, qualitative, historical and comparative methodologies.
  • Adopting the Arabic language as the language of instruction while recognizing the need for mastering and using English and other languages and for teaching some of the courses in English.
  • Incorporating an interdisciplinary approach to the study of complex social phenomena, aligning our approach with the most up-to-date standards in academia world-wide.

Initially, the DI will offer Master’s programs of study in 10 specializations through the School of Social Sciences and Humanities and the School of Public Administration and Policy. In a second stage, doctorate programs will be offered by the DI in selected subjects.

We look for the enrollment of outstanding graduate students from all Arab countries, who will be selected through a competitive admissions process based on academic achievement, research capabilities, and written and spoken proficiency in Arabic and English.

I encourage all colleagues and researchers interested in working with us on this endeavor as faculty members, visiting academics, or distant consultants to send your suggestions and CV to us at the project’s address. Since the institute is a research-based educational center, we attach the utmost importance to published works in determining appointments, promotion, and tenure. Working conditions will be designed to enable professors to pursue research in the best circumstances possible.

I also ask each of you to inform students in your institutions of this opportunity, especially those who are still in their undergraduate studies, and nominate those whom you deem to meet the high academic standards and motivation required for graduate studies. We are keen to establish contact early on with good student candidates, so that they may be prepared to join the university at a later date.

I am looking forward to your response and your cooperation.

Most Sincerely,

 Azmi Bishara

ACRPS General Director​