Who we are

President’s welcome

Read the Inaugural address by Henrik Enderlein | Governance in a changing world

The Hertie School’s mission is to prepare students for leadership positions in government, business and civil society institutions, to produce knowledge for good governance and policymaking via top-notch research, to encourage responsible stewardship of the common good and to make substantial contributions to debates on major governance challenges of our time.

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Since its establishment, the school has benefitted from the support of its founder and major partner, the Hertie Foundation, as well as the ongoing input of its board members, who are all leaders in their own fields. We are delighted that the Hertie Foundation recently decided to considerably increase their generous support. This will enable us to embark on a new path of growth, which will strengthen and build the school’s expertise related to critical governance challenges of the future. Our strategic plan envisages five Centres of Competence and a Data Lab. The centres will focus on five key areas: International Security, Europe, Fundamental Rights, Sustainability, and Digital Governance. They will build on the school’s established strong core focus on governance and complement its many other integral research projects and initiatives.

An interdisciplinary focus and policy orientation characterise the school’s research agenda. Internationally recognised scholars make up the faculty. Together with adjuncts, guest lecturers and researchers from academia and practice, they explore a broad spectrum of issues and share their findings with colleagues across the globe through the school’s network of academic partnerships. The Hertie School belongs to the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN), a group of the world’s leading public policy schools.

In addition to the Master of Public Policy (MPP) and Master of International Affairs (MIA), the Hertie School offers an Executive Master of Public Administration (Executive MPA), with around 600 students currently enrolled. More than 60 PhD students are enrolled in its Doctoral Programme in Governance. The Hertie School’s Executive Education programme has welcomed well over 1,700 participants since it began in 2004.

Since the Hertie School’s founding in 2003, around 1,500 graduates now pursue careers in policymaking, corporate strategy, public and regulatory affairs, development and academia, to name a few. Global issues such as climate change, energy, urbanisation and security increasingly require professionals who can tackle problems involving multiple layers of governance. Graduates are equipped with the tools to do this, and are supported by a diverse, international and professional network.

Through its many events, and backed by the international, cultural and political resources of Berlin, the Hertie School is a vital platform for public debate in a European capital that continues to grow in importance. The school regularly convenes experts, public leaders, faculty and students to discuss current governance challenges.

I warmly invite you to read more about the Hertie School. We hope to welcome you on our campus in the near future.

Prof. Dr. Henrik Enderlein