I am pleased to welcome you to the School of Public Administration and Development Economics at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, where various cultures, dialects, academic and professional backgrounds converge, representing all of you - a select group of ambitious and promising Arab minds from across neighboring Arab countries in pursuit of a single goal: continuing their research and graduate education with world-class scholars and researchers.
Welcome to a nascent and exceptional school that embodies the relationship between knowledge and experience, theory and practice to prepare a pioneering generation versed in the latest concepts, analytical tools and administrative skills that will ultimately improve and lead communities throughout the Arab world. Welcome to all those seeking higher education and to contribute to the development and improvement of their civil service positions. Welcome to all those looking to serve as enablers for the economic and social development of their Arab communities; the School's programs of study have been designed for you.
The School currently offers 3 programs: Master of Public Administration and Policy; Master of Development Economics; and Executive Master of Public Administration and Policy. The School also offers graduate certificates in the following concentration tracks: Public Policy; Non-Governmental Organizations; International Cooperation; and Executive Leadership. Moreover, in order to support these programs and achieve the School's mission, we are currently in the process of establishing an Executive Education Center that will provide training to senior public sector employees as well as non-profit, civil society workers. The School thus ensures continued education for all of its students, whether those pursuing graduate programs or certificates.
We are also committed to building cross-disciplinary curricula towards understanding and devising solutions for the Arab world's issues. The curricula developed by the School is enriched by theories and methodologies from different disciplines in order to offer students a comprehensive education.
I look forward to meeting you all at the DI campus with the launch of the first academic year in fall 2015.
Dr. Hassan Yousef Aly
Dean of the School of Public Administration and Development Economics