School of Public and International Affairs

School of Public and International Affairs

The school was founded in 2009. With its rigorous curricula, diverse student body and well-rounded study programs, SPIA offers an exciting academic environment for students to develop themselves into high-impact graduates who deeply understand the importance of close collaboration and effective communication in a complex landscape of increasingly intersecting national, regional and global affairs. 

The school strives to produce highly intellectual solution providers with a global perspective who will excel in various levels of governance. They will apply their acqui­red knowledge and skills to reach clever solutions in pursuit of public interest in an ethical and socially responsible manner. 

SPIA is an affiliated member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs since 2013. APSIA brings together leading graduate schools from around the world, all which specialize in international affairs. APSIA includes member and affiliate schools in North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. It continues to help members transform professional education in international affairs and advance, thereby, international understanding, prosperity, peace, and security.

SPIA together with Center of Excellence in EU Studies at ADA University has been continuously involved in promoting EU related education and academic research. Since September 2020 Dr. Anar Valiyev, Dean and Associate Professor of ADA University School of Public and International Affairs has been appointed Jean Monnet Chair in EU Studies by European Union Jean Monnet Action. As part of the Jean Monnet program, a Jean Monnet Chair is a teaching post granted to university lecturers who specialize in European Union studies and research. Dr. Anar Valiyev will help cultivate researchers and strengthen EU studies during his 3-year tenure. Several trainings and seminars are also planned for SPIA students within this period. 








We prepare professionals of Public and International Affairs at the most diverse school of ADA University right in the heart of exciting and multicultural environment of Baku, the meeting point of East and West. In a globalized world, where borders keep wading away in all senses, we guide our students to develop deep understanding of multifaceted nature of local and global affairs. We inspire our graduates to appreciate, respect and thrive in diversity with emotional intelligence. We encourage them to collaborate to share – both governance and responsibility.

Dean Anar Valiyev


At SPIA, a distinguished core faculty of scholars and practitioners join with colleagues from throughout ADA University, including the School of Business and School of IT and Engineering. Their combined expertise allows SPIA to offer programs unsurpassed in flexibility and depth in order to prepare the highly intellectual solution providers of tomorrow.

Anar Valiyev

Dean, Associate Professor

Public Affairs

Kavus Abushov

Associate Professor

Political Science

Farid Ahmadov

Associate Professor

Legal Professions & Studies

Damjan Krnjević Mišković

Professor of Practice; Director for Policy Research, Analysis and Publications (IDD)

Azer Babayev

Assistant Professor, Director of BAIS and MADIA Programs

Political Science

Ali Saqer

Assistant Professor

International Relations

Ferit Murat Ozkaleli

Assistant Professor

International Affairs

Javid Gadirov

Assistant Professor

Legal Professions and Studies

Lala Jumayeva

Assistant Professor, Director of MPA and BAPA Programs

International Affairs

Orkhan Nadirov

Assistant Professor

Public Administration

Rashad Ibadov

Assistant Professor, Founding Director of Law Program

Legal Professions and Studies

Sarvar Gurbanov

Assistant Professor


Umut Ozkaleli

Associate Professor


Vener Garayev

Assistant Professor

Public Administration

Shafag Mehraliyeva

Program Director for BACDM studies

Communication and Media Studies

Vusal Mammadrzayev


Decision Sciences

Azad Talibov

Adjunct Associate Professor

Legal Professions & Studies

Altay Mustafayev

Adjunct Instructor

Legal Professions & Studies

Yuliya Aliyeva (Gureyeva)


Social Sciences

Rustam Hajiyev


Communication & Digital Media

Tural Huseynli


Political Science

Jeyhun Mammadbayli


Public Administration

Staff members

Chinara Alasgarova

Executive Assistant to the Dean

Gulnar Hajibalayeva

Academic Advisor for BAIS

Samad Samadli

Academic Advisor for BAPA

Sabina Taghiyeva

Academic Advisor for Graduate programs

Jala Babazada

Academic Advisor (Law Program)