Press release

Berlin’s Hertie School strengthens presence in Latin America

Alumni Chapter Latin America opening; financial aid agreement with Colfuturo finalised.

Berlin, 7 November 2017 – Management, staff and alumni of the Hertie School in Berlin will meet 16-19 November in Bogota, Colombia for a number of official activities, representing a strengthening of the school’s presence in the region. These activities include an international alumni workshop, culminating in the opening of the Hertie School Alumni Chapter Latin America, and informational events for prospective students, in partnership with Colfuturo offering financial options for Colombian students.

“As the Hertie School’s Alumni network of over 140 graduates from Latin America grows, these events represent an important institutional response for greater engagement in the region for prospective students and alumni,” says Axel Baisch, Managing Director of the Hertie School, who will be leading the delegation to Bogota.

The Hertie School is pleased to partner with Colfuturo, a Colombian scholarship loan programme, which will annually award funding to Colombian applicants: the Hertie School offers a 25% tuition waiver and remaining costs are awarded in the form of a loan from Colfuturo. More details can be found here:

On 17 November, the Hertie School will sponsor a recruitment event at the Colfuturo offices in Bogota to meet prospective applicants. Registration information:

Eight international alumni will join alumni from the region for a workshop “Implementing the Colombian peace process – Perspectives from the local, national and international level” at Universidad de los Andes 16-18 November, supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). More about the workshop:

Managing Director Axel Baisch welcomes alumni to the international workshop.
The first day of the workshop included a visit from the High Commissioner of Peace Rodrigo Rivera.
Several alumni include Camilo Sánchez Meertens presented their work on the workshop topic.

The international alumni workshop culminates in the opening the Hertie School Alumni Chapter Latin America, joining chapters in Washington, DC and Berlin. The chapter will be led by José Julian Prieto, 2014 Master of Public Policy alumnus. The event will include a presentation of the results of the workshop on the Colombian peace process and a dinner. More about the opening event:

The Hertie School will also participate in the Expo Posgrados en Europa recruitment fair 18-19 November at the Centro de Convenciones Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada in Bogota. More information:

For more information or press requests, please contact Regine Kreitz, Director of Communications.

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.

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  • Regine Kreitz, Director of Communications