IASIA Middle East Regional Conference

Dec 11 - Dec 12, 2019

8 AM - 6 PM

Qatar, Doha

HR Capacity Development for Achieving National Development Agendas

IASIA Middle East Regional Conference


The Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI), the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS) and the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) will organize a regional seminar on “HR Capacity Development for Achieving National Development Agendas” on May 1-2, 2019.

In July 2008, the State of Qatar adopted the Qatar National Vision 2030 aiming at achieving a sustainable economic, social, human and environmental development while modernizing and preserving its values and traditions (General Secretariat for Development Planning, 200). The implementation of national strategies is challenging in both developing and developed countries and as such requires highly skilled human resources and competent leadership. In the case of Qatar, one of the main pillars of the abovementioned vision is Human Capacity Development which aims at preparing current and future generations to take on coming challenges such as the organization of FIFA World Cup to take place in Qatar in 2022, as well as to prepare Qatari nationals to increase their contribution in the country and assume a leading role in tomorrow’s world. Achieving the objectives set in national development strategies such as Qatar National Vision 2030 requires conducting top-quality research and delivering the same quality education and training. In this regard, national public and private education and training institutions are encouraged to develop cooperation with international leading universities and research centers as well as international organizations in order to fulfil their mission: develop human capacity and produce top-quality knowledge that could be used by both the private and public sectors.



The International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS) is an international non-profit organization headquartered in Brussels (Belgium). Established in 1930, its mission is to:

  • Organize high impact events for academe and the public service,
  • Produce and disseminate relevant knowledge on public governance,
  • Enable strategic projects with its members and partners, and Accredit training programs.


Every year in late June, the IIAS organizes its flagship Congress in a different region of the world. It gathers more than 300 scholars, students and civil servants. The IIAS is also a Group of several public governance societies contributing to its mission through own events, publications, projects and accreditation services:

  • The International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA)
  • The European Group of Public Administration (EGPA)
  • The Asian Group of Public Administration (AGPA)
  • The Latin American Group of Public Administration (LAGPA)


The International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) is the specialized entity of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS) established in 1961 and is located in Brussels. IASIA is an international/global association, whose mission is to strengthen administrative capacity building around the world, to advance excellence in public administration education and training, and to conduct, discuss, and disseminate cutting-edge scholarly research and "smart practices" on governance and administration. IASIA provides organizations and individual members from various part of the world, having the same concerns, with the opportunity to consider and advance their interests from a global perspective while taking into account local, regional and national specificities. As a platform for the exchange of knowledge, IASIA makes at once mutual support and assistance more possible and helps serve the needs arising from the increasingly complex environment in which governments and their public services are called on to operate.

​​​The Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI) is an independent institute for learning and research in the fields of Social Sciences, Humanities, Public Administration and Development Economics in Doha. The DI is premised on four interrelated values in accordance with its mission:​ Arab Contribution to Knowledge Production  Integrating cross-disciplinary learning and research  Commitment to Academic Standards Informed by the latest developments in social sciences, humanities, public administration and development economics  Intellectual Responsibility and Critical Awareness  A new generation of intellectuals committed to Arab societies  Space for Intellectual Independence  Knowledge and scientific methodology as the basis for freedom of thought Programs of study are offered at the master’s degree level in two schools: the School of​ Social Sciences and Humanities and School of Public Administration and Development Economics​ In addition, the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies​ at the DI, offers a master's in Conflict Management and Humanitarian Action.  The DI welcomed its first cohort of students in the academic year 2015-2016. It is planned that student enrolment will eventually reach between 350 and 400, with study at the doctoral level gradually opening at the start of the 2017-2018 academic year. Designated as a not-for-profit, private institution, the DI is operated exclusively for educational, research and public service purposes. It was founded in 2014, as an autonomous legal entity, by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies. The DI is licensed as a national institution of higher education by the Supreme Education Council of Qatar.