Published on 4/1/2018

The Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI) in cooperation with the European School for Management and Technology (ESMT) Berlin, inaugurated the Dual Executive Master’s Program in Business Administration and Public Administration (EMBA/EMPA) on March 27, 2018. The event was attended by His Excellency Dr Issa bin Saad al-Jafali al-Naimi, Minister for Administrative Development, Labor, and Social Affairs, His Excellency Dr Saleh bin Mohammed al-Nabit, Minister of Development Planning and Statistics, Her Excellency Hessa al-Jaber, member of the Consultative Assembly of Qatar, Dr Jörg Rocholl, President of ESMT, His Excellency Hans-Udo Muzel, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Qatar, and Dr Yasir Suleiman Malley, acting Provost of the DI, as well as a number of leaders from government and private institutions, DI faculty members and staff and interested researchers and students.


In his welcome address, Dr Yasir Suleiman Malley, acting Provost of the DI, stated: “We here at the Doha Institute have been anticipating this day following a year of preparations for an event whose importance lies in its combination of the expertise of two major global institutes, one of which, ESMT Berlin, is ranked eighth in the world, and the Doha Institute, recently established and which holds great promise.”


“Today we are witnessing the arrival of the first German academic institution in Doha to commence its work with the Doha Institute,” continued Dr Malley, emphasizing the strength of Qatari-German relations. The program of study, explained Malley, was based on the premise that the worlds of business and finance in the private sector and that of the state sector cannot remain separate from each other, but must work together. “We are delighted,” he said, “to represent a step on this path with the launching of the program today.”


Dr Farid El Sahn, Professor and Director of the Executive Master’s Program at the DI, highlighted how this dual program, enabling the pursuit of two Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Public Administration, was the first of its kind in Qatar and the region and stemmed from the wish to support the Qatar National Vision 2030 and to achieve more integration between the public and private sectors consistent with the national development strategy 2018-2022, in cooperation with one of Germany’s leading academic institutions.


In its mission to help achieve the Qatar National Vision 2030, he added, the program aims to provide leaders in the public sector with the intellectual skills and effective administrative practices found in the private sector, with the aim of increasing the efficiency of government performance, while on the other hand raising the awareness of leaders in the private sector of public affairs and social responsibility towards Qatari society, and in preparing leaders to deal with crossovers.


The program, continued El Sahn, was designed after a feasibility study was conducted to ascertain the need for such a program which at root targets those working in public institutions in Qatar as well as private-sector enterprises. Based on the results of the study of the market, the program was designed in cooperation with ESMT, taking into account the busy schedule of managers and the need to ensure this programme balances work and study time.


In his speech, His Excellency Dr Saleh al-Nabit, Minister of Development Planning and Statistics, cast light on Qatar’s second national development strategy that comes within a series of successive phased medium-term development strategies to achieve the Qatar 2030 Vision. Minister al-Nabit stated that the national development strategy recognizes that the development and modernization of the public sector requires intensive and ongoing efforts to improve capacity by means of comprehensive programs pushing for general performance improvement through improved planning, policy, and human, practical, and institutional resource development. He continued that the implementation of these programs requires special kinds of knowledge and skills and expressed the hope that the DI programs in general and the programs in administration in particular would support the formation of outstanding Qatari leaders able to undertake work on the state’s development issues.


Dr Jörg Rocholl, President of ESMT, expressed his delight in this first step of cooperation with the Doha Institute with the launch of a Dual Executive Master’s Program. He added that ESMT enjoys full support in Germany from both the private and governmental sectors because of the nature of the programs it offers. He explained that its doors were open to attract students from all over the world and clarified that they offer programs that aim to cover those working in private- and public-sector projects, and joint public-private projects, and affirmed that cooperation between these sectors is ongoing and must be levered by qualified staff in an organized fashion. ESMT Berlin is one of Germany’s top business schools, ranked 21st in Europe according to the Financial Times, and holds the “triple crown” of academic accreditations.


Dr. Hessa al-Jaber welcomed ESMT’s participation in this program and expressed her esteem for the renowned German education system, noting that the future, prosperity, and sustainability of the Qatari economy depended upon several factors, most importantly top-class education appropriate to global changes and fostering research and development and innovation. She added that the Executive Master’s Program institutes such approach and strengthens the development of academic education, scientific research, creativity, and innovation in Qatar and the Arab region. It also represents an outstanding academic program of its kind on the level of the Arab world, since those enrolled will gain the skills enabling them to succeed in the private sector, while having a sense of public affairs and social responsibility.


His Excellency Hans-Udo Muzel, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Qatar stated that Germany already plays a key role in Qatar in the fields of business, commerce, and technology, and now, with this program, it also plays a part in higher education, management, and business administration, which marks a new departure for Germany in Qatar. He also expressed his happiness that members of ESMT Berlin had cooperated with the Doha Institute and formed a joint team, which served as an entryway to broader horizons and fields not just in the economic sphere but also the whole spectrum of academic fields. He added that Qatar had a strong presence in Germany through its investments in Volkswagen, Deutsche Bank, shipping companies, and others.


This program forms part of the aims and aspirations of the Doha Institute for the exchange of academic and scientific expertise as well as for cooperation between distinguished academic institutions around the world to foster participation in the development of academic educations and research in Qatar and the Arab region.