Participants are experienced professionals from all sectors: They work in national ministries, regional or local administrations, European institutions or international organisations, in consultancies or NGOs. Lawyers, economists, and social and natural scientists gain insight into other disciplines. The intersectoral, international and interdisciplinary composition makes the courses a unique forum for professional exchange and networking.
“The public sector has huge implications for private companies in certain sectors, just think of wind, nuclear, or solar investments. It is crucial for senior executives in the private sector to understand how national and EU budgeting rules set the scene for their business to prosper or not, as this impacts how they act and make decisions. It was very valuable for me to see how public servants proceed in their sector and talk to real people about concrete challenges in their field that affect my work.”
"For me, the special appeal was the composition of the seminar group, with professionals from different sectors and countries who all contributed their particular work experience and perspective."
"I liked the combination of lecturing and discussions and the different kinds of group work. Together, we worked out how to apply new methods and tools to our own fields of work. The Hertie School of Governance is a really nice place with a good atmosphere. I especially enjoyed the session with a former CEO from a large public organisation with whom we elaborated on leadership and continued the discussion with a glass of wine."
"What I liked about the seminars was the good mix of participants from the public and private sectors and on macro-, meso-, and micro-levels, which greatly inspired the discussions. Since there were only 20 participants, it was very personal and interactive. I liked the innovative teaching concepts, and the courses really broadened my horizon. Thanks to the seminars, I now have a network of excellent sparring partners, which will surely be beneficial to me in the future."
"The seminars I attended presented governance as a fascinating intellectual subject. They provided me with the unique opportunity to learn about public governance from the German, European, and international perspective. Based in Berlin, the Hertie School is ideally situated to connect West and East, the Atlantic region and Eurasia."
"The Hertie School of Governance creates a unique opportunity for professionals from Bund and Länder administrations to discuss various challenges of public sector modernization on a highly competent level. The certificate is a tight and profound training opportunity, encompassing a package of selected courses which met my interests and field of work. The small groups and the motivated participants and lecturers create a particularly intensive working atmosphere."
"I chose the Hertie School of Governance for its reputation, which it has managed to gain over the past years. Furthermore, the courses on offer are very relevant and timely in today’s rapidly-changing public sector. I have now attended two seminars and found them of immediate benefit to my daily work, as the School made sure there was a good balance between academic and operational exposure."