December 2003: The Hertie Foundation announces the establishment of a private university in Berlin. Founding Dean is Michael Zürn.
2004: The School hosts its first Executive Seminars for managers. An international symposium “The Role of the State in the 21. Century” marks the beginning of the school’s activities in April.
2005: The first Master of Public Policy (MPP) class starts with 30 students.
2006: Exchange and Dual Degree agreements are signed with the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, Sciences Po in Paris, and Columbia University in New York. The option to do a Dual Degree with excellent academic partners worldwide becomes an important part of the Programme. Today, there are five Dual Degree partnerships (Bocconi University and the University of Tokyo were added to the network) as well as 25 partner universities where Hertie School students can spend a semester abroad and vice versa.
2008: Start of the Study Programme “Executive Master of Public Management”. The Hertie School moves from Schlossplatz to Friedrichstraße.
2009: Prof. Dr. Helmut K. Anheier becomes Dean of the Hertie School.
2010: Frank-J. Weise becomes Chairman of the Supervisory Board. The research infrastructure is reorganised, new research clusters are added.
2011: The German Science Council recommends the Hertie School for the right to award doctorates. The Hertie School is the second private university in Germany to successfully complete the accreditation process.
2012: Start of the “Doctoral Programme in Governance” with nine doctoral students.
2013/14: The Hertie School celebrates its ten-year anniversary.
April 2014: Frank.-J. Weise, Head of the Federal Employment Agency, becomes new Chairman of the Hertie School Supervisory Board. McKinsey’s Frank Mattern becomes Chairman of the Board of Trustees.