Hertie School of Governance

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The Hertie School of Governance, South West Wing
Established 2003
Type Private university
Dean Helmut K. Anheier
Students 179 full-time
Location Flag of Germany.svg Berlin, Germany
Campus Friedrichstraße
Colours red, grey, and white
Website www.hertie-school.org
Hertie School of Governance
View over Downtown Berlin with Hertie on the left. Unter den Linden and skyscrapers of Potsdamer Platz on the right.

The Hertie School of Governance is a German private university in Berlin's area of Quartier 110 of Friedrichstraße. Half of the students in the Hertie School come from abroad, and the working language is English. In recent years, the Hertie School has established itself as one of Europe's elite graduate institutions.

Predominantly, Hertie's students have backgrounds in law, economics, political science and international relations. The school offers to its students the opportunity to complete a "professional year" at a multinational corporation, government ministry or an international organization. In addition to this possibility, research collaboration with faculty is encouraged.

Hertie students who are also admitted at a partner university, such as the London School of Economics, Columbia University, Institut d’études politiques de Paris, University of Tokyo and Bocconi University can spend their second year in these institutions and earn an additional masters degree in International Relations or Public Policy.


The Hertie School of Governance was founded by the Hertie Foundation, located in Frankfurt. With assets over $1 billion the Hertie Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in Europe. The school was established in 2003 as one of the first European professional schools for public policy.

In February 2005, the Hertie School was awarded state recognition as an institution of higher learning by the Berlin Ministry of Science, Research, and Culture (Senatsverwaltung für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur). The work of the Hertie School is based on four pillars: Research, Degree Programmes (Master of Public Policy, Executive Master of Public Management, and the Berlin School for Transnational Studies), Executive Education, and Knowledge Transfer.


The Hertie School of Governance has a fiercely competitive selection process. The MPP class of 2012 consisted of only 96 students. Up to 20 of the new students may join a dual degree program, after being accepted by a partner university.

Academic programmes[edit]

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) programme offers teaching on corporate relations & government affairs in the public, civil society and private sectors. The programme is intended for students pursuing a future career dealing professionally with problems of modern governance, international relations, advanced economics and politics. Upon completion of the two-year programme, students receive the Master of Public Policy (MPP). Prospective students have typically studied economics, law or political science, but candidates from every field of study apply for admission.

The Executive Master of Public Management (EMPM) programme is aimed at experienced professionals for whom cooperation between government, business and civil society is an important part of their work. Participants in the EMPM programme choose an individual area of concentration and can either study full-time over a period of one year or complete the programme over a period of two years if they wish to study part-time while working. Prospective students must have at least two years' professional work experience, as well as an educational background in economics, law or social sciences.

The Hertie School of Governance also offers a PhD study programme as part of the Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies (BTS), a joint endeavour of the Freie Universität Berlin (FUB), the Hertie School of Governance (HSoG) and the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB).

In autumn 2012, the Hertie School welcomed its first PhD cohort. PhD candidates take core curriculum courses in their first year while beginning their dissertation research and are expected to complete their PhDs within three years.


The Hertie School of Governance has established dual degree programs: with the MPA Programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the MPA Programme at SciencesPo in Paris, and the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University in New York City, the CLAPI Programme at Bocconi University in Milan and MPP Program at the University of Tokyo.

Apart from the dual degree programmes, students also have the option to spend an exchange semester at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute (GPPI) at Georgetown University, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University, the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, the School of Public Policy & Management at Tsinghua University, the Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at The George Washington University, American University School of Public Affairs at American University and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.

The Hertie School of Governance also has partnerships in the Berlin education landscape: with the Berlin Social Science Research Center (WZB), the Freie Universität Berlin (FU), the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU), the ESMT European School of Management and Technology, and the University of Potsdam.

Furthermore, the Hertie School is a member of key political science and policy analysis associations. These include the European Consortium on Political Science Research (ECPR), the American Political Science Association (APSA), and the Association of Professional School of International Affairs (APSIA), PolicyNet, and the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN).


The school's core faculty currently consists of Dean Helmut K. Anheier, Henrik Enderlein, Jobst Fiedler, Alexander Graser, Mark Hallerberg, Gerhard Hammerschmid, Anke Hassel, Klaus Hurrelmann, Markus Jachtenfuchs, Mark Andreas Kayser, Claudia Kemfert, Nico Krisch, Stein Kuhnle, Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, Claus Offe, Ulrich K. Preuß, Andrea Römmele, and Kai Wegrich.

Hertie School adjuncts and senior fellows include Wilfried Bolewski, Fraser Cameron, Jürgen Chrobog, Hans Peter Grüner, Inge Kaul, Stormy-Annika Mildner, Kenneth Newton, Gunnar Folke Schuppert, Wolfgang Seibel, and Sonja Wälti.

Current guest lecturers are, among others, Benjamin R. Barber, Christoph Bertram, Xinyuan Dai, Michael Goodhart, Daniel Hamilton, Klaus-Dirk Henke, Ilona Kickbusch, Wolfgang Merkel, Sascha Müller-Kraenner, Michaele Schreyer, and Georg Sørensen.

Board of Trustees and Supervisory Board[edit]

The Hertie School of Governance is a non-profit, limited-liability company and is supported by a Board of Trustees and a Supervisory Board. The Board of Trustees plays an active role in the institution’s overall development, while the Supervisory Board supports and monitors the School’s finances.

Board of Trustees members:

  • Prof. Dr. Kurt Biedenkopf (Honorary Chairman), former Minister President of Saxony
  • Dr. h.c. Frank-J. Weise (Chairman), Chairman, German Federal Employment Agency
  • Frank Mattern, (Vice Chairman), Managing Partner, Germany, McKinsey & Company, Inc.
  • Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Clement, former Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Labour; former Minister President of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Prof. Dr. Bernhard Eitel, Rector, Ruprecht Karls University Heidelberg
  • Dr. Michael Endres, Chairman of the Hertie Foundation; former Member of the Board of Managing Directors of Deutsche Bank AG
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Udo di Fabio, Member, Federal Constitutional Court of Germany (Second Senate)
  • Prof. Mary Kaldor, PhD, Professor of Global Governance and Co-Director, Centre for the Study of Global Governance, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Prof. Dr. Dieter Lenzen, President, University of Hamburg
  • Dr. Klaus Mangold, Chairman of the Eastern Committee of German Business
  • Thomas Oppermann, MdB, Head of the SPD Parliamentary Group in the Bundestag; former Minister for Science and Culture, Lower Saxony
  • Dr. Manfred Overhaus, former State Secretary, German Federal Ministry of Finance
  • Dr. Norbert Röttgen, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
  • Dr. Marcus Schenck, Chief Financial Officer, E.ON AG
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Schön, Managing Director, Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law; Honorary Professor at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich
  • Prof. Dr. Gunnar Folke Schuppert, Research Professor for New Forms of Governance, Social Science Research Center Berlin
  • Dr. Ursula Weidenfeld, freelance journalist and author
  • Dr. Bernhard Wunderlin, Vice CEO of the Hertie Foundation; former CEO Harald Quandt Holding GmbH, Bad Homburg

Supervisory Board members:

  • Dr. Michael Endres (Chairman), Chairman of the Hertie Foundation; former Member of the Board of Managing Directors of Deutsche Bank AG
  • Dr. Dr. Peter Bettermann, General Partner, Freudenberg & Co., Weinheim
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Madeja, Managing Director of the Hertie Foundation
  • Dr. Bernhard Wunderlin, Vice CEO of the Hertie Foundation; former CEO Harald Quandt Holding GmbH, Bad Homburg

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