The School of Public Policy at CEU

The School of Public Policy at Central European University (CEU) 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 public policy school committed to creating a global 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.

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

Policy-making requires awareness of political and socio-economic dynamics specific to different governance contexts, as well as a fairer and better 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.

The School offers three master's degrees in public policy, and the public policy track of the Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science program. The degree programs are tailored for students from around the world seeking careers in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors at the local, national, European Union 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.

SPP was founded in 2012 as an assertion of CEU’s ambition to become a hub for public policy education in Europe and the world. It expands on a long-standing commitment to public policy education and research. The School draws on the heritage of the former Department of Public Policy, which was established in 2006, and the CEU’s Center for Policy Studies (CPS), the policy research unit, which led the efforts to launch the university’s first public policy MA degree program in 2004.

The School has engaged with global initiatives and hosted numerous public events that have focused on developing an innovative research agenda. SPP is home to two policy centers - the Center for Media, Data and Society and the Shattuck Center on Conflict, Negotiation and Recovery - and an executive education hub, the Global Policy Academy. SPP faculty participates in CEU-wide initiatives and research projects and engages with other CEU’s research centers such as the Centre for Policy Studies and Center for European Union Research. The School has built strategic partnerships with policy actors across the globe while deepening cooperation with the Open Society Foundations and its networks.