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Hertie School joins Open Society University Network (OSUN)

Global network OSUN envisions a new model of higher education together with partner universities and research institutions.

Berlin, 1 April 2021. The Hertie School has joined the Open Society University Network (OSUN).

Members of the OSUN network seek to bridge geographic and demographic boundaries, promote civic engagement on behalf of open societies, and expand access to higher education for underserved communities. 

“We are delighted to be part of OSUN,” says Mark Hallerberg, Acting President of the Hertie School. “We welcome this opportunity to expand our global network and are looking forward to engaging in projects, conferences and workshops alongside fellow partners.”

In line with the Hertie School’s own mission to address pivotal public policy challenges in the coming decades, OSUN members work to address both local and global issues in a fast-paced and challenging world. The network focuses on the following main themes: democratic practice, sustainability and climate, inequalities, human rights, global justice, arts and society, as well as global public health.

OSUN, whose major funder is the Open Society Foundations, envisions a new model of global higher education, characterised by an extensive network with partnerships among diverse institutions that are committed to addressing global challenges collaboratively. Member institutions work together on programming and research with an aim of incorporating civic engagement into higher education.

By joining OSUN, the Hertie School further expands its network and collaboration alongside fellow leading public policy intuitions in Europe and globally. These include the European Consortium for Political Science Research (ECPR), the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), and the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN). The Hertie School is a founding member, alongside Sciences Po and the Central European University, of CIVICA, the European University of Social Sciences. Both are likewise members of OSUN.

The Hertie School in Berlin prepares exceptional students for leadership positions in government, business, and civil society. The school offers master’s programmes, executive education and doctoral 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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