Who we are


About our students

Master of Public Policy (MPP) students come from over 50 nations and many academic disciplines and professional backgrounds.[more]

In 2015 we launched the Master of International Affairs. It prepares young leaders to tackle today’s governance challenges in a global multilevel system. [more]

Executive MPA participants come from over 35 countries and have gained professional experience in more than 40 countries. The average Executive MPA participant is 36 years old and has 10 years’ professional experience. Most study part-time while continuing to work, thanks to the programme’s flexible structure. [more]

In our executive training, professionals from every sector and over 60 countries have enhanced their skills and expanded their network by taking part in flexible, short-term programmes at the Hertie School including certificates and intensive programmesexecutive seminars and skills training, as well as workshops in Brussels and London. [more]

Since the launch of the Doctoral Programme in Governance in 2012 we have welcomed over 50 doctoral students from many countries, who have explored themes ranging from climate change to sovereign debt crises. [more]


Student representation

The student association HSR (on Instagram) represents and protects the interests of Hertie School students and carries out a number of specific tasks like club funding. In addition, each of the degree programmes has elected student representatives who serve as academic representatives and advocate on behalf of students in the Academic Senate and other school governance bodies. 

From our students: Red sofa on tour

The Master of Public Policy Class of 2016 created a video about their years studying at the Hertie School which was shown at their graduation:
This is about our last two years. This is about us.

Student and alumni activities

Hertie School students regularly contribute to public discussions with heads of state, ministers, leading academics, CEOs, and representatives of international organisations. Check out the events section to learn more or listen to the debates on our podcast.

By means of The Governance Post, an online student magazine on modern governance, as well as through informal discussions with ambassadors, student and alumni lectures and international conferences such as the European Public Policy Conference and the GPPN Student Conference, a culture of exchange on public policy and governance is fostered.

Students have also initiated many clubs catering to cultural, political and social interests. Whether it’s playing football on the field or on the kicker table, discussing social innovation, sustainability and international political economy, or learning a new language, they are constantly taking the initiative to make the most of their time at the school.

And this doesn’t end when they graduate: The alumni network is an integral part of life at the Hertie School, benefitting students and graduates in their personal and professional lives.

Students with president Henrik Enderlein at the 2019 GPPN conference in Singapore.
Students take a break during bi-annual De-Stress Fest.
MPP and MIA students win the German Jessup National Champion - off to DC for world finals.
Country presentations throughout the semester: Giving it up for Canada!
Saying goodbye to our exchange students with a boat trip down the Spree.
Student-led European Public Policy Conference in Madrid spotlights tech and society.
The Hertie School's runner club practise for the half marathon.
Students visit a town hall event with former US president Barack Obama.
Welcome Week - where everyone gets to know each other!