Alumni Reunion 2018

We are excited to invite Hertie School Alumni to the 2018 Reunion from 4-6 May.

The full programme can be found below. Please register for each event you would like to participate in. Spots are limited and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.


Friday, 4 May 2018

10:00 am | Registration

11:00 am Parallel masterclasses with faculty

Wolfang Ischinger and Tobias Bunde

European defence in the age of Trump and Brexit

The election of US President Donald Trump who has repeatedly questioned the US commitment to Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty and the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union have served as a catalyst for a renewed and ever more urgent debate about the future of European defence. This masterclass will take stock of recent European efforts to jointly strengthen the defence of Europe and discuss potential ways to turn the European Union into a truly strategic actor.

Lukas Graf

Governing education: The dis-/advantages of state-dominated, market-dominated, and corporatist education systems

This masterclass critically reflects on how educational systems are governed and linked to related spheres such as labour markets or innovation systems. Participants will learn to identify different types of national skill formation systems and their institutional foundations. The focus will be on systems of vocational training and higher education.

Andrea Römmele

The dawn of digital democracy?

Parties in established democracies are losing ground: membership numbers are falling, societal support is shrinking, so is voter turnout in elections. At the same time, we are witnessing a new phenomenon: Since the general elections in September 2017, a populist right-wing party sits in the German Bundestag. All these are symptoms of a much deeper crisis. Arguably, its root causes lead back to the speed, complexity, uncertainty and decentralized character of the globalized world. Globalization not only changes production and consumption patterns, it also has an impact on political representation, participation, affiliation, political processes and institutions. These mega trends and their long term consequences are tested in a strategic foresight exercise and we want to answer nothing less than: What will our political order and world look like in 2030?

Başak Çalı

Backlash against human rights : Diagnosis and prognosis

This masterclass will ask where and why there is a backlash against human rights and what consequences such backlash have for the future of human rights looking beyond the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 2018. 

2:00 pm | Official Welcome

2:30 pm | Alumni Panel – Do-morrow: Visionaries hacking the system and shaping tomorrow (Public event)

4:30 pm Reception

20:00 pm Alumni Dinner

The Hertie School covers all expenses for food. A cash bar will be available.

Venue: Das Rosmarin, Oranienburger Str. 66, 10117 Berlin

Saturday, 5 May 2018

10:00 am Parallel events

Executive MPA Alumni Meeting

Networking, update on the Executive MPA programme, tour de table, presentation on digitalisation and trends in public management etc.

City tour: Refugee voices tour

Meeting point at the Hertie School | Duration: Approximately 2 hrs

Experience Berlin from a new perspective: This tour, led by a Syrian refugee, gives you the chance to understand, first-hand, the situation in Syria and why it became too dangerous for many people to stay. By using places of historical significance in Berlin, the walking tour seeks to draw parallels between what has happened in the history of Berlin and what is currently happening in Syria.

City tour: Understanding gentrification

Meeting point at the Hertie School | Duration: Approximately 3 hrs 

Can Berlin retain its status as a ‘poor but sexy’ city? This walking tour takes you through Kreuzberg into Friedrichshain to learn about the impact of gentrification on the once cheap and gritty neighbourhoods that fell either side of the Berlin Wall. The tour explains how local people are being affected by the ever-changing city and how social and political organisations are trying to slow down the gentrification process.

10-year anniversary breakfast

Please join if you graduated in 2007 or 2008!

Chapter lead exchange

Exchange between existing and interested chapter leads.

1:00 pm Lunch

2:00 pm Alumni Career Fair

7:00 pm | Pub quiz and snacks

9:00 pm | Alumni Reunion Party

Venue: Die Turnhalle, Holteistraße 6-9, 10245 Berlin

Sunday, 6 May 2018

12:00 pm Brunch

Discussion with Axel Baisch, Managing Director, Hertie School of Governance