Executive Education

European and Transnational Governance Network

ETGN is an executive certificate programme, jointly offered by eight partner universities across Europe. Participants earn the certificate by combining 3 three executive trainings and 100 hours of course work from three different partner institutions within two years. 

Who we are

The ETGN is a training and development partnership among eight prestigious European academic and research institutions, offering transnational perspectives on governance issues of the 21st century:

ETGN executive education trainings transfer knowledge and competence from the classroom to the workplace and address both current and future transnational policy challenges. ETGN's joint executive education equips participants with the relevant skills and networking experience that will positively impact their long-term career performance while also providing benefits to society at large.

Executive training courses

One of the following Hertie School executive training courses can be taken as part of the ETGN certificate programme. Most courses will be offered in a hybrid format with onsite and online participation possible.

When applying for these courses through ETGN, please mention "ETGN certificate" in the comment section of your application and to view the courses offered by other ETGN partner universities please visit their corresponding ETGN pages. 

The ETGN Certificate and Scholarship Scheme

The ETGN releases the Joint Certificate on European and Transnational Governance to all participants who have completed executive education training courses at three (3) partner institutions, for a minimum of one hundred (100) hours, within a maximum period of two (2) years. 

A scholarship scheme is made available by the network partners to support the participation of individuals interested in receiving the Joint Certificate. Scholarships are competitive awards based on academic excellence, personal suitability and motivation. For those interested in applying for the scholarship team, please contact our Executive Education team at executive@hertie-school.org. Scholarship decisions are made on a rolling basis and applicants will be asked to submit a short motivation letter (max 0.5 pages) in addition to their application for the course.


Our mission

The mission of the ETGN is to provide mid-career and senior professionals with a unique opportunity to deepen and extend their knowledge and competences in the area of public policy innovation in relation to European and Transnational Governance. Therefore, the ETGN develops innovative, interactive and impactful executive education training initiatives, leveraging the comparative advantages of the academic curricula of the participating institutions. The trainings have a strong orientation towards civic service to include civil society and private sector organisations across the world.


What You Will get

  • A multidisciplinary approach that combines sector competences with leadership and management skills in a multicultural training environment 
  • Evidence-based knowledge and competences grounded in leading innovative research
  • Access to a network of internationally-renowned teachers and trainers from academia, public institutions and private practice
  • The co-creation of knowledge through individual, professional experience exchange among peers in a safe training space

Our Guiding Principles

  • The recognition and understanding that 21st century policymaking crosses national boundaries, involving domestic and public institutions in an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world where public actors must successfully interact with civil society organisations and private sector entities;
  • Commitment to a consistent proven track record of excellence in European and transnational governance research, education and policy dialogue;
  • A foundation and rigour in both social and human sciences, which provides the broader analytical skills to understand world interdependencies in order to successfully address social challenges, via well-designed and broadly evaluated policy interventions;
  • A transnational knowledge emphasis that enables an understanding of the linkage between evidence-based policymaking, which continuously drives professional learning and skills development.