Press release

Hertie School hosts Global Public Policy Network Conference 2014

The theme: "Managing the New World Disorder: 25 Years After the End of History".

Berlin, 5 December 2014 – The Hertie School is hosting this year’s edition of the annual Global Public Policy Network (GPPN) Conference, taking place 5 - 7 December 2014 in Berlin. The theme: „Managing the New World Disorder: 25 Years After the End of History”. Directors, faculty members, and students from seven leading international public policy schools will meet on the Hertie School campus on Friedrichstraße this weekend. The conference aims at identifying and discussing the most pressing current global public policy challenges and drawing conclusions for teaching and research.

After the official opening by the School’s President Helmut K. Anheier this Friday (5 December), Claus Offe, Professor of Political Sociology at the Hertie School, will give a keynote speech titled “Europe and the new Geopolitics – 25 years after the fall of the wall – what does the future hold for Europe in the world?” Other guests include (among others) Patrick Dunleavy, Public Policy Chair, London School of Economics and Political Science, Merit Janow, Dean, SIPA – Columbia University, Kishore Mahbubani, Dean, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy – National University of Singapore, Jean-Pierre Landau, Director, School of Public Affairs – Sciences Po, Regina Pacheco, Dean, School of Business Administration of São Paulo – Fundação Getulio Vargas, and Hideaki Shiroyama, Dean, Graduate School of Public Policy – University of Tokyo. At the same time, about 70 public policy students from 27 nations will meet for the GPPN Student Conference.  

The GPPN, which the Hertie School joined in 2012, is a partnership of seven leading public policy schools worldwide. The network’s mission is to address the most pressing public policy challenges of the 21st century in order to have an impact and be influential in public policy education and training, as well as derive innovations for teaching and research. The network’s key activities include the joint development of their study programmes, student exchanges, joint research projects and publications as well as the annual GPPN Conference. Hertie School students have the opportunity to spend a semester at one of the partner universities and receive a dual degree.

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