Welcome from the Head of the School of Public Policy

At the School of Public Policy we embody the quintessence of CEU’s mission, with a commitment to advanced research and teaching, a socially and morally responsible intellectual inquiry, and an emphasis on the promotion of real-world applications of established and new interdisciplinary knowledge.

Our priority is to further expand and enrich students’ experiences in our three Master’s programs as well as the Public Policy track of CEU’s Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations through continued innovation in teaching and engagement with concrete policy challenges.

We combine conceptual and practical courses and applied policy projects to provide our students with a unique experience, enabling them to acquire core competences as well as skills for impact. Integrating practical policy experience with firm theoretical and conceptual foundations in our programs is a way to inspire and empower students to master and create authoritative knowledge and foster evidence- and rights-based policy making to address the challenges societies around the globe face. Bringing narratives and perceptions back in touch with evidence is a particular challenge we focus on.  

The School draws on the profound expertise of its diverse and internationally renowned faculty of outstanding teachers and researchers with a track record of impactful academic and policy achievements. We are proud that according to Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) subject ranking CEU ranks among the top 100 in the world in several subjects; and in Politics and International Studies, to which the School of Public Policy contributes, CEU ranks 42nd in the world.

We are proud of our amazing, diverse body of students, who unwaveringly contribute to learning at the School by exchanging experiences and ideas, and investing endless energy, before they go on to change the world as our alumni.

We value plurality and diversity, and we are committed to further strengthening an inclusive community for students, faculty, and staff.

We embrace the values of open society and self-reflective critical thinking. We never stop asking questions. We stand firm defending academic freedom and integrity.

This all is not self-serving. This is purpose beyond power.

This is CEU’s School of Public Policy.

Martin Kahanec
Head of the School of Public Policy