Greetings to you all!

On behalf of the faculty and administrators at the School of Public Administration and Development Economics, I would like to welcome you at the start of the academic year 2020–2021, during a time in which challenges have grown and affected the educational sector, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to the efforts of those in charge at the Doha Institute; that the educational process is proceeding flawlessly after the adoption of high-quality health measures to maintain a healthy and safe environment for all.

Annually, SPADE receives thousands of applications to its various programs. Thus, the selection of the best applicants takes place within fierce competition. Congratulations to all those who have earned this opportunity; and we encourage them to use it to hone their skills and competencies.

SPADE is a society that cherishes diversity, and values opinions. It is an environment that embraces the values of justice, equality, and human dignity. It is a place for dialogue and exchanging ideas; in line with the State of Qatar 2030 vision, which aims at transforming all aspects of society through an ambitious and effective plan of action to improve the public welfare. Our mission is facilitated by Qatar's position as an important economic and commercial center that forms a cross-cultural bridge and supports peace and reconciliation across the Arab region and beyond. There is an urgent need to keep pace with this development at both the academic and professional levels by producing policy cadres to lead. The School of Public Administration and Development Economics will be one of the bridges of this interaction between the local and regional needs of Arab societies.

Due to our distinguished academic programs designed to contribute to the development of professional skills, the SPADE has become renowned over the past years within the fields of public affairs, governmental bodies, and semi-governmental institutions in Qatar and the whole Arab world. SPADE produces distinguished graduates capable of leadership, management, and decision-making, and develops the research skills of graduates who will pursue their doctoral degrees abroad.

The school's three programs; Public Administration, Public Policy, and Development Economics, have made great strides towards obtaining international accreditation from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) and other international accreditation bodies.

With a scientific and cognitive focus, the SPADE seeks to develop students' skills to face various policy challenges. Beginning in 2017, more than 73 students a year; male and female, local and international, have graduated from these programs. Within, students experience a learning process designed to keep pace with the global growth in the fields of public administration, policy analysis, and development economics.

Because SPADE is concerned with the research aspect of public affairs, it organizes weekly events including workshops and research seminars; in accordance with the activities of the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS), a research entity that provides great benefits for all students and educators. In addition, the Center of Excellence and Consulting offers training and consultancy to the government and NGOs.

In terms of activities, SPADE sponsored the Association for Middle Eastern Public Policy and Administration (AMEPPA) conference in 2020, as well as other conferences to which senior researchers and specialists from the Middle East and around the world were invited. I recommend that you become a part of our research endeavors and activities, and embark on your research projects from the very beginning of the academic year. In this way, you will have sufficient time to access information sources, and to learn data collection methods and other research skills.

You will find us all supportive for your dreams and expectations. The relationship of SPADE with its students does not end with graduation; it is a lifelong journey that transcends professional and scientific development and continues into coaching and mentorships. We, at SPADE, work to support and strengthen alumni bonds, so that our graduates can be ambassadors for SPADE and the whole Institute.

Finally, we welcome our national and international students to the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, an institution supported by the State of Qatar, an honorable and hospitable country (Refuge of the Oppressed), and a source of civilization and humanity.

Sincere regards,

Dr. Hamid Eltgani Ali

Dean of SPADE