Willy Brandt School of Public Policy

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Willy Brandt School of Public Policy
Logo of the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy.png
Established 2002
Type Public (University of Erfurt)
Dean Florian Hoffmann (Director), Dietmar Herz (Chairman of the Advisory Council), Silke Adamitza (Managing Director)
Students 116[1]
Location Flag of Germany.svg Erfurt, Germany
Campus Nordhäuser Straße
Colours white, orange, grey
Website www.brandtschool.de
Willy Brandt School, Erfurt

The Willy Brandt School of Public Policy is a public institute for research and education in the field of public policy at the University of Erfurt. It was established in 2002, offering the first German study program leading to a Master of Public Policy degree.[2] The program has been accredited and reaccredited by ACQUIN.[3] The working language is English. Until November 2009, the school was named Erfurt School of Public Policy (ESPP).


The Brandt School was designed according to the Anglo-American model, where education, teaching and research are organised jointly. In the area of public policy, the school offers advanced training at the Master's level, by combining knowledge and methods from different branches of the social sciences (economics, political science, management science and sociology). With the help of references to professional praxis and relevant social problems, the Brandt School wants to help soften the borders of the individual sciences. As a result, students should be enabled to use interdisciplinary theory and methods in order to develop and work on problems from different angles and to develop individual skills relevant to their future careers.


Brandt with Willi Stoph on March 19th 1970 in Erfurt

Willy Brandt was chosen as name giver for various reasons that connect to the city of Erfurt, his style of making politics and the focus of his politics.[4] In 1970 Brandt visited Erfurt and was enthusiastically cheered on by the local crowd.[5] His contributions to the East-West and North-South dialogues have helped improve mutual understanding, and his modern, reform-oriented style serves as role model for the students.

Academic programme[edit]

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) is an interdisciplinary, practice-orientated, two year full-time programme, conducted entirely in English.[6] The programme is intended for students, from Germany and abroad, pursuing a future career dealing professionally with problems of modern governance in an executive, leading position. Possible work areas are in the public sector, international organisations, NGOs, politics and commercial enterprises.

Drawn from political science, economics, sociology, public administration and law, the MPP curriculum aims to equip students with tools and methods of policy analysis, development and implementation. Internships, practical training courses and case studies add practical aspects to the program.[7] Furthermore students can choose to specialize in two of the following areas:[8]

  • European Public Policy
  • International Affairs
  • Public and Nonprofit Management
  • International Political Economy
  • Conflict Studies and Management


In addition to the study programme the school is also engaged in research on public policy and governance. There are four research clusters available:[9]

  • Methods of Public Policy
  • Entrepreneurship and Public Policy
  • International Conflict Management
  • Varieties of Governance

The International Conflict Management cluster is supported by a PhD and a fellowship programme funded by the German Foreign Office and carried out in cooperation with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).[10][11] As of April 2012 there are six doctoral students[12] as well as one fellow.[13]


Two main partnerships exist: with the Franz Haniel Foundation and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The Haniel Foundation sponsors the Franz Haniel Chair of Public Policy, currently held by Florian Hoffmann,[14] supports annual student exchange programs with the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, and financially sponsors Brandt School students with various scholarships.[15]

The German Academic Exchange Service supports and sponsors different scholarships and programmes. Since 2009, 60 students have participated in the Public Policy and Good Governancy programme.[16] This scholarship is designed to train future leaders who already have an academic degree, in the field of politics, law, economics and administration according to the principles of Good Governance.[17] Between 2009 and 2011 the Brandt School was the exclusive host for the Good Governance in Afghanistan programme, which was especially designed for young Afghan people and aimed at equipping them for the challenges they face in rebuilding the Afghan political systems. Of the 37 participants, 15 graduated in 2011 and the remaining 22 are expected to leave the school in 2012 and 2013.[18]

Other collaborations include the Transatlantic Policy Consortium,[19] the Federal Ministry of Education and Research,[20] and the Max Planck Institute of Economics in Jena.[21]


  1. ^ "Our Students" (in German). Willy Brandt School. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Einmalig in Deutschland: Studiengang Master of Public Policy" (in German). University of Erfurt. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Master of Public Policy, Erfurt University" (in German). University of Erfurt. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Wenzlaff, Karsten (29 July 2009). "Neuer Name: Willy-Brandt-School of Public Policy". vorwärts (Berlin). Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Overview 1970". Chronik der Mauer. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "University Ranking: Public Policy (M.A.)" (in German). ZEIT Online Rankings. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "A Guide to the MPP Curriculum" (in German). Brandt School. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Specialization Modules" (in German). Brandt School. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Research Program" (in German). Brandt School. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "Conflict Studies and Management Programme at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy in Erfurt". German Embassy Dhaka. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "Conflict Studies and Management Programme (CSMP) at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy in Erfurt - Research Fellowships - Current offer for 2012". German Academic Exchange Service. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  12. ^ "Research Students". Brandt School. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  13. ^ "Full-Time Academic Staff". Brandt School. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  14. ^ "Prof. Dr. Florian Hoffmann". Brandt School. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  15. ^ "Collaborations: Willy Brandt School of Public Policy". Haniel Foundation. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  16. ^ "Public Policy and Good Governance". Brandt School. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  17. ^ "Scholarships for Master Programmes in Public Policy and Good Governance at Universities in Germany". German Academic Exchange Service. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  18. ^ "Public Policy and Good Governance". Brandt School. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  19. ^ "TPC: Institutions". Transatlantic Policy Consortium. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  20. ^ "Public Policy Verwaltungswissenschaften" (in German). gesis. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  21. ^ "Staff of the Max Planck Institute". Max Planck Institute of Economics. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 

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