Press release

The Hertie School opens its 2018/2019 Academic Year with students from 50 countries

Professors Thurid Hustedt, Christine Reh and Mareike Kleine join the faculty. Former President Helmut Anheier will remain a Professor at the Hertie School.

Berlin, 6 September 2018 – The new President of the Hertie School Henrik Enderlein will open the Academic Year 2018/19 today (6 September) and will welcome 270 new students from 50 countries to the university. More than 100 students will complete their Master of Public Policy (MPP) over the next two years, and 75 will pursue their Master of International Affairs (MIA). In addition, over 50 exchange and dual degree candidates from the Hertie School’s international partner universities and nine new doctoral candidates will join the university.

A new cohort of 22 participants will take part in the Executive Master of Public Administration (Executive MPA) programme. The same number of successful candidates, who have just completed the mid-career master’s programme, will receive their degrees on 7 September. In total, more than 600 students are currently enrolled at the university.

The Hertie School also welcomes new professors. As Professor of Public Administration and Management, Thurid Hustedt’s research focuses on public sector change dynamics, political-administrative relations and comparative public administration. Hustedt is the Managing Editor of the peer-reviewed journal dms – der moderne Staat (with Sylvia Veit). Previously, she was a visiting professor at the Freie Universität Berlin and a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Potsdam, where she also studied and received her doctorate. She was a visiting researcher at the University of Bergen and the University of Toronto. The new position is made possible through funding by PD – Berater der öffentlichen Hand GmbH (Partnerschaft Deutschland).

Christine Reh will join the Hertie School as Professor of European Politics, from University College London. She is also Dean of Graduate Programmes. Her work focuses on the institutions, politics and legitimacy of the EU, with a particular interest in decision-making processes, informal governance and politicisation. Her current research explores the impact of national (electoral) politics on supranational actors and law-making. She is also an editorial board member of the Journal of European Public Policy. Reh received her PhD from the European University Institute in Florence in 2007 and has also worked at the College of Europe in Bruges, among others.  

Mareike Kleine will also join the Hertie School for one year as Professor of Global and European Governance. She will assume the teaching responsibilities of Markus Jachtenfuchs, who is on a research sabbatical for one year. The renowned EU expert is also Associate Professor of EU and International Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

The previous President of the Hertie School Helmut Anheier will today (6 Sept.) hand over the helm of the school to his successor Henrik Enderlein. After a nine-year tenure as President, Anheier will now concentrate on research and teaching as Professor of Sociology at the Hertie School. He will also continue to be the Co-Director of the Dahrendorf Forum and Professor at the Max-Weber-Institute of Sociology in Heidelberg.


Among the speakers at the occasion will be the Chairman of the Hertie School Board of Trustees Frank Mattern, Board of Trustees member Lisa Anderson and Berlin Senator for Finance Matthias Kollatz. The event is open to the press. Please register via pressoffice[at]hertie-school[dot]org

Further information, including CVs and press photos for downloading can be found here.

The Hertie School is a private university based in Berlin, Germany, accredited by the state and the German Science Council. It prepares exceptional students for leadership positions in government, business, and civil society. Interdisciplinary and practice-oriented teaching, first-class research and an extensive international network set the Hertie School apart and position it as an ambassador of good governance, characterised by public debate and engagement. The school was founded at the end of 2003 as a project of the Hertie Foundation, which remains its major partner.