Central European University, School of Public Policy

Introduction

Central European University is a graduate-level “crossroads” university where faculty and students from more than 100 countries come to engage in interdisciplinary education, pursue advanced scholarship, and address some of society’s most vexing problems.

It is accredited in both the United States and Hungary, and offers English-language Master's and doctoral programs in the social sciences, the humanities, law, management and public policy. Located in the heart of Central Europe -- Budapest, Hungary -- CEU has developed a distinct academic and intellectual focus, combining the comparative study of the region's historical, cultural, and social diversity with a global perspective on good governance, sustainable development and social transformation.

Founded in 1991 at a time when revolutionary changes were throwing off the rigid orthodoxies imposed on Central and Eastern Europe, CEU is based on the premise that human fallibility can be counterbalanced by the critical discussion of ideas and that this critical spirit can be sustained best in societies where citizens have the freedom to scrutinize competing theories and openly evaluate and change government policies.

With approximately 1,400 students and 370 faculty members from more than 130 countries, CEU is one of the most densely international universities in the world. Its rare mix of nationalities, ethnicities, and cultures creates an ideal environment for examining such “open society” subjects as emerging democracies, transitional economies, media freedom, nationalism, human rights, and the rule of law. It also brings multifaceted perspective to all aspects of community life.

CEU is known for excellence in teaching and research—with purpose. At the core of its mission lies a set of principles: the pursuit of truth wherever it leads, respect for the diversity of cultures and peoples, and commitment to resolve differences through debate not denial.

The School of Public Policy at Central European University is, in the words of its founder, George Soros, a “new kind of global institution dealing with global problems” through multi-disciplinary study of public policy, innovative teaching and research, as well as meaningful engagement with policy practice. We are a global institution committed to creating a community of purpose beyond power.

Public policy today is in a global, multi-level crisis. Tipping the scales towards a more secure peace, social justice, and environmental sustainability – to name but a few – requires innovative and entrepreneurial engagement for the common good.

Building a multi-disciplinary and global institution committed to the values of open society and creating strong and flexible links between research and practice is one way of responding to what is, overall, a failure of policy elites to tackle the most urgent problems of our time.

Successful engagement for the public good in today’s world also requires a better and fairer representation of diverging perspectives. To that end, SPP is vigorously inclusive, attracting both students and faculty from diverse backgrounds and tapping into a wide variety of knowledge sources. SPP’s students are the future social and political entrepreneurs, equipped to make innovative contributions towards resolving the paramount public policy challenges of the 21st century.

SPP offers three master's degrees in public policy, and the public policy track of the Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science program. The programs are tailored for students from around the world seeking careers in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors at the local, national, and international levels. The School boasts a team of outstanding resident faculty, world-class visiting faculty made up of top researchers, and practitioners in the public policy field who bring a wide array of academic and practical subjects to SPP's diverse classroom.

The School has launched global initiatives and hosted numerous public events that have focused on developing an innovative research agenda while deepening cooperation with the Open Society Foundations and its networks. SPP has also built strategic partnerships with policy actors across the globe and is home to two policy centers: the Center for Media, Data and Society and the Shattuck Center on Conflict, Negotiation and Recovery.

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MA in Public Policy

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Hungary Budapest

The School of Public Policy (SPP) at Central European University (CEU) offers a one-year Master of Arts in Public Policy (one-year MAPP) degree program that seeks to provide students a solid foundation in theories, which contribute to our understanding of the design, development, and reform of public policies in different institutional contexts, and at various levels of governance. [+]

The School of Public Policy (SPP) at Central European University (CEU) offers a one-year Master of Arts in Public Policy (one-year MAPP) degree program that seeks to provide students a solid foundation in theories, which contribute to our understanding of the design, development, and reform of public policies in different institutional contexts, and at various levels of governance. The one-year MAPP program provides students with a solid grounding in key themes of public policy and policy analysis as well as practical and issue-oriented knowledge that will prepare students for their future roles as policy-makers, advisors, and analysts in governmental and non-governmental organizations. Through the courses included in the mandatory core curriculum, students will gain a detailed and systematic understanding of how policy-making processes are shaped and influenced by both actors and political institutions, and how public policies operate and interact from the global political economy through to national and local levels. The principal learning goals of the one-year MAPP program are for students to achieve and demonstrate an advanced ability to: critically analyze policy issues and develop holistic perspectives on domestic and global governance issues; evaluate public policies and policy instruments using adequate qualitative and quantitative methods; design and participate in the delivery of public policies in various sectors and institutional settings; and undertake further studies in a self-directed and autonomous manner using reliable sources of information. The program consists of a number of mandatory core courses in public policy analysis, economics, ethics, and methods. In addition to the mandatory... [-]

Master of Public Administration

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Hungary Budapest

The School of Public Policy (SPP) at Central European University (CEU) offers a two-year Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program that develops graduates with the knowledge base and applied skills to critically engage with policy processes and debates, the methods and training to promote and advocate for evidenced-based policy, and a practitioner's perspective that enables them to move from "contemplation to application." [+]

The School of Public Policy (SPP) at Central European University (CEU) offers a two-year Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program that develops graduates with the knowledge base and applied skills to critically engage with policy processes and debates, the methods and training to promote and advocate for evidenced-based policy, and a practitioner's perspective that enables them to move from "contemplation to application." This integrated and experiential approach to teaching and learning positions SPP MPA graduates to make a difference in the world of public policy in a period of rapid change, increased complexity, and heightened contestation. The principal learning goals of the MPA program are for students to achieve and demonstrate an advanced ability to: understand how issues become "problematized" and politicized in divergent local, national,and global settings; critically understand the policy process from design and implementation to monitoring and evaluation, and the ability to identify options and entry points for engagement and advocacy; gather and analyze data and other information sources necessary for evidence-based public policies; and understand mainstream gender and conflict sensitivity, rights-based approaches, and "do no harm" principles that are fundamental to the building of just, fair, and open societies. The MPA program integrates three components: Knowledge, Skills, and Practice. Knowledge Students are required to take mandatory core courses in public policy analysis, the rule of law, economics, and research methods. Students have the opportunity to develop and apply thematic expertise through specializations within the program. The specializations are Security Development Governance Media and Communication Higher... [-]

Mundus Masters Program in Public Policy

Campus Full time September 2017 Hungary Budapest

The Mundus Masters Program in Public Policy (Mundus MAPP) provides a detailed and systematic understanding of how political institutions, processes, and public policies operate and interact from the global political economy to national and local levels with a direct focus on European engagements at these levels of governance. [+]

The Mundus Masters Program in Public Policy (Mundus MAPP) provides a detailed and systematic understanding of how political institutions, processes, and public policies operate and interact from the global political economy to national and local levels with a direct focus on European engagements at these levels of governance. The program is delivered by four top-ranked European universities: Central European University (CEU), Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI - Spain), the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam in The Hague (ISS - the Netherlands), and the University of York (UK). Until the graduation of the 2016-18 student cohort, the program runs under the European Union's prestigious Erasmus+ Erasmus Mundus Programme. Mobility tracks involving CEU in the first year of Mundus MAPP offer two different specializations: Applicants who wish to pursue a career in international civil service, voluntary organization, or global industries may be attracted to the CEU-IBEI track specializing in Global Public Policy. In this track there is an emphasis on policy making and problem solving in a range of international contexts (from the strongly institutionalized European policy regimes to the broader and less institutionalized global regimes). The central focus is on the policy process at the international and global level, including the design and operation of international organizations and global policy regimes. The track is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of public policy in anarchic, semi-anarchic, and institutionalized international contexts. This includes analysis of policy networks, international organizations, and global policy regimes. Students will gain... [-]

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