Official launch of the Sustainable Development Goals Professional Certificate

Meet the Hertie School SDG Certificate programme participants

The Hertie School is proud to be a part of the inaugural Sustainable Development Goals Professional Certificate programme, founded by the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN) to train young leaders to obtain the knowledge, skills and experience to advance the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Five students from the Hertie School will take part in the programme, along with students from Columbia SIPA*, LKY School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore and Sciences Po School of Public Affairs. Hertie School students Yilmaz Akkoyun, Felix Amelung, Angela Galeano-Colonia, Gaurav Ganti and Shraddha Iyer will be advised by Christian Flachsland, Assistant Professor of Climate and Energy Governance.

The programme -- which includes SDG courses, international seminars, immersion work with a partner institution, and a final project -- kicks off on 11 December at Sciences Po in Paris. The launch event is part of a larger event, “One Planet Summit,” which includes Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, and António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and other high-level speakers.  President Helmut K. Anheier will represent the Hertie School in a featured round table discussion with the Deans and Presidents of the participating GPPN partner schools.

*Columbia SIPA participates as the GPPN SDG Fellows programme

Watch the video of the kick-off event, which took place 11 December in Paris.

What is the SDG Professional Certificate?

The Global Public Policy Network (GPPN) is proud to announce the new SDG Professional Certificate, a one-year programme providing innovative training and international collaboration on how to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. For the launch of this new programme, four GPPN member schools (Columbia SIPA*, Sciences Po School of Public Affairs, Hertie School and LKY School of Public Policy National University of Singapore) will be sending a select group of students to participate in the first cohort.

As part of the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda, having specialised knowledge and hands-on experience on how to meet the SDGs is in high demand from government agencies, international organisations and private companies. The UN 2030 Agenda and SDG partnerships truly represent a global effort from the public and private sectors, at the international and local level, to respond to the most challenging questions of our time.

The SDG Professional Certificate will allow you to develop entrepreneurial skills, work with public policy students from our GPPN partner universities, and showcase your projects to an international audience of academics, practitioners and policymakers.

*Columbia SIPA participates as the GPPN SDG Fellows programme


What does participation in the SDG Professional Certificate programme include?

As a global joint programme, the first SDG Certificate includes (i) SDG-focused courses at home institutions, (ii) an opening seminar hosted by the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs in Paris, (iii) the SDG Bootcamp organized by Columbia SIPA in New York, (iv) and attendance at the annual GPPN Conference at one of the seven member schools.

  • October/ November 2017: Application period and announcement of selected students
  • 11 December 2017: Official launch of the programme at Sciences Po, Paris (participants invited but not required to attend)
  • February/March 2018 - Paris: SDG Leadership Seminar
  • January - June 2018: SDG Course at home university
  • May 2018 - New York: SDG Bootcamp at Columbia University
  • August - December 2018: SDG Course at home or at exchange university
  • February 2019: Annual GPPN Conference (at one of the seven GPPN member schools) and certificate graduation

You will be given the opportunity of presenting your certificate project during our GPPN Annual Conference. As a recipient of the SDG Professional Certificate you will also receive recognition as a GPPN Fellow: representing one of the top students selected from GPPN member schools to represent your university and participate in the professional certificate programme.

*Activities and dates may be modified over the course of the programme


What is the GPPN?

More information about the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN) can be found here.