Press release

Hertie School pays tribute to 220 graduates

Former WTO Secretary General Pascal Lamy delivers keynote speech.

Berlin, 7 June 2019 – The Hertie School today pays tribute to 210 master's degree graduates and 10 doctoral students at its annual graduation ceremony at the Konzerthaus Berlin, with around 1000 guests in attendance. Pascal Lamy, President of the Paris Peace Forum and former WTO Secretary General, will hold the commencement speech, and Hertie School President Henrik Enderlein will present the graduates with their diplomas.

As experts in public problem-solving, Hertie School graduates pursue careers in government, administration and international organisations, as well as in companies, foundations and non-governmental organisations. In the course of their studies, they deal, among other things, with governance and political decision-making in globally interconnected, multi-level systems. In a playful scientific analogy, Pascal Lamy offers his personal take on governance to the Class of 2019: “Governance is like matter, it has four states: national, which is solid; European, which is liquid; global, which is gaseous; and Trump, which is plasma (meaning nobody understands).”

The Class of 2019 is comprised of 132 Master of Public Policy (MPP) graduates and 78 Master of International Affairs (MIA) graduates. Around a third spent part of their two-year studies at one of the Hertie School’s 30 partner universities, while 32 completed dual degrees, for example at Columbia University in New York, the London School of Economics, or Sciences Po in Paris. The graduates come from 38 countries around the globe.  

Find the profiles of current Hertie School graduates here.

Find the livestream of the graduation ceremony on 7 June at 15.30 here

The Hertie School in Berlin prepares exceptional students for leadership positions in government, business, and civil society. The school offers master’s, doctoral and executive education programmes, distinguished by interdisciplinary and practice-oriented teaching, as well as outstanding research. Its extensive international network positions it as an ambassador of good governance, characterised by public debate and engagement. The school was founded in 2003 by the Hertie Foundation, which remains its major funder. The Hertie School is accredited by the state and the German Science Council. 

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  • <link en research faculty-and-researchers profile person kreitz>Regine Kreitz, Director Communications