Executive Education

European and Transnational Governance Network

The ETGN executive education trainings transfer knowledge and competence from the classroom to the workplace and address both current and future transnational policy challenges.

The 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.

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:

Founded in 2018, the ETGN consortium partners share knowledge and competences and deliver collaborative executive education, providing participants with the opportunity to receive the ETGN certificate.

Executive training courses

The following Hertie School executive training courses can be taken as part of the ETGN certificate programme. Courses in the ongoing semester will take place as scheduled. The Hertie School has moved all teaching activities to highly interactive and participative online formats.

Please mention "ETGN certificate" in the comment section of your application.

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

The ETGN Certificate

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 to support the mobility of participants interested in receiving the Joint Certificate is made available by the network partners.

Scholarships are competitive awards based on academic excellence, personal suitability and motivation. A Selection Committee made up of ETGN Partners will evaluate scholarship applications according to the following criteria: (i) Academic background, achievements (awards, publications) and relevance of the applicant’s academic profile (40%); (ii) personal suitability (work experience, international experience and other personal achievements), as well as the added value of the selected executive training courses for the academic/professional project of the applicant (40%), (iii) motivation and understanding of the ETGN joint certificate system (20%). Applicants interested in receiving a scholarship should submit a CV (max. 2 pages) and a short motivation letter (max. 0,5 pages). Decisions are made on a rolling basis.


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.