Welcome from the Acting Dean

Julia Buxton

The School of Public Policy (SPP) was founded in 2012 with the mission of integrating practical experience of policy formulation, policy implementation, and the policy world with theoretical knowledge and conceptual learning.

Our starting point is a commitment to the values of open society and democracy, and profound concern that there is a severe crisis in public policy today. Local, national, and international institutions and governance appear incapable of addressing compelling issues related to under-development, insecurity, and inequality and are increasingly vulnerable to unrepresentative, exclusionary, and authoritarian responses.

The role of the School is to train a new generation of policy actors, advocates, and activists who can meaningfully engage with the public policy world, bring a critical edge to the policy process, and who understand that even the most benign of policy interventions can do more harm than good. We promote gender, context, and conflict sensitivity and the importance of evidence- and rights-based approaches in policy design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and analysis.

Traditional (North to South) policy formulations and learning is increasingly defunct in today's inter-dependent and complex world. SPP prepares students for the future by providing a truly global learning environment. Students enrolled in our three master's programs come from six continents and more than 60 countries. They bring diverse and invaluable perspectives and experience to the classroom, while enabling our School community to build transnational networks. The strength of our diversity is in enabling emotional intelligence and the understanding that policy makers cannot deliver pre-imposed top down solutions but must instead engage a broad array of stakeholders.

SPP is an especially dynamic place. We are constantly innovating in our programs and expanding our curriculum to include more courses related to media and journalism, security, human rights, and development, and with a greater focus on South America, the Middle East, India, and China. 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 expertise. Our location in Budapest places us geographically and politically at the frontier of pressing debates relating to the role of government, the media, and regional and international influences, while simultaneously sitting at a bridging point between East and West and North and South.

All three of our master's programs are firmly grounded in the policy world. They 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. SPP also offers the public policy track of the Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science program.

Julia Buxton
Acting Dean