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Press release

Berlin, March 23, 2018

ESMT Berlin and the Doha Institute launch dual degree program in Qatar

The Doha Institute, through their School of Public Administration and Development Economics, and ESMT Berlin are offering a dual Executive Master of Business Administration/Master of Public Administration (Executive MBA/MPA) degree from autumn 2018. The new Executive MBA/MPA is a two-year program and will be taught jointly by the two universities at the Doha Institute’s campus in Qatar.

The program, held in English, provides experienced leaders from private, public, and non-profit sectors the opportunity to develop their management skills across all of these areas. While leading universities in the U.S. have been increasingly forging such alliances, this is the first time such a program has come to the Middle East.

The program builds on the Qatar National Vision 2030, which seeks to diversify the economy by enhancing the private sector, thus encouraging and maintaining its competitiveness. This results in greater interaction between the public and private sectors and the need for professionals with the skills, knowledge, and flexibility to work and lead in either sector. Graduates from the program will be equipped with sound theoretical knowledge and expertise as well as advanced analytical and management skills. They are expected to hold leadership positions at the interface of business and governance.

“In an increasingly interdependent world, we need responsible managers who can lead effectively at the interface between politics, business, and society. We are delighted to be the first to bring this exceptional dual degree to the Middle East. It combines the profound expertise and knowledge of our two highly recognized universities,” said ESMT President Jörg Rocholl.

The Executive MBA/MPA combines two internationally renowned, successful programs: the EMBA from ESMT and the EMPA from the Doha Institute. The two-year program is modular and can be completed while continuing to work. Modules will take place once per month over three or four days. Most of the courses will be held in Doha, with one core module in Berlin, as well as the opportunity for participants to study at partner institutions in ESMT’s network. Application requirements include a university degree, professional experience of at least five years, as well as very good English skills. The program will start in September 2018. Applications are currently being accepted by the Doha Institute.

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About ESMT Berlin

ESMT Berlin was founded by 25 leading global companies and institutions. The international business school offers a full-time MBA, an executive MBA, a master’s in management, as well as open enrollment and customized executive education programs. ESMT focuses on three main topics: leadership and social responsibility, European competitiveness, and the management of technology. ESMT faculty publishes in top academic journals. Additionally, the business school provides an interdisciplinary platform for discourse between politics, business, and academia. The business school is based in Berlin, Germany, with Schloss Gracht as an additional location near Cologne. ESMT is a private business school with the right to grant PhDs and is accredited by the German state, AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS, and FIBAA.