Hertie School

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Hertie School
motto Understand today. Shape tomorrow.
founding 2003
Sponsorship Private
place Berlin
state BerlinBerlin Berlin
country GermanyGermany Germany
management Henrik Enderlein ,
Axel Baisch
Students 605 (WS 2018)
Professors 34
Website www.hertie-school.org
former logo
The Hertie School in Berlin's Friedrichstrasse
Reading room with a library behind

The Hertie School (until August 2019 Hertie School of Governance ) is a state-recognized, private university with the right to award doctorates in Berlin . It was founded in December 2003 by the non-profit Hertie Foundation as a non-profit GmbH and has been located in the Quartier 110 building in Berlin's Friedrichstrasse since September 4, 2008 . Leading English-speaking professional schools, especially the Harvard Kennedy School and the London School of Economics, served as role models .

Two master’s courses are offered: the Master of Public Policy (MPP) and a Master of International Affairs (MIA). Experienced professionals are also offered an Executive Master of Public Administration (Executive MPA) degree as well as individual advanced training seminars and workshops. The language of instruction is English.

Course offer

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree can be obtained after completing a two-year Master’s course. This can be completed consecutively after completing a bachelor's degree as well as postgraduate. “Good governance in the 21st century” is the main focus, but it is not limited to the classic government offices. Microeconomics, macroeconomics and negotiation are just as much a part of the curriculum as political management and the development of modern forms of governance. Practical knowledge should be acquired in case studies, in an eight-week internship and in the thesis in the second year of study.

The two-year Master of International Affairs (MIA) course has been offered since September 2015. It imparts specialist knowledge in the field of international relations and prepares you for the special challenges of modern governance in a globally networked world.

The Executive Master of Public Administration program is aimed at experienced professionals for whom cooperation between the state, business and civil society is part of their work. Every student in the EMPA program chooses one of three individual focus areas. These are Management and Leadership, Economics, Finances and Methods or Intersectoral Management. The master’s degree can either be completed full-time over a year or part-time over two years.

Since September 2008 the Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies (BTS) has been running a doctoral program , a joint project of the Hertie School with the Free University of Berlin and the Berlin Science Center for Social Research .

From September 2012, the Hertie School will offer its own, three-year, structured doctoral program in Public Policy, which can be awarded either as a PhD in Governance or Dr. rer. pole. leads.


The permanent faculty includes President Henrik Enderlein , Dean Andrea Römmele , Dean Mark Hallerberg, Dean Christine Reh, Helmut K. Anheier , Arjun Appadurai , Kerstin Bernoth, Joanna Bryson, Başak Çalı, Luciana Cingolani, Mark Dawson, Christian Flachsland, Lukas Graf, Gerhard Hammerschmid, Anita Gohdes, Anke Hassel, Lion Hirth,  Klaus Hurrelmann , Thurid Hustedt , Leonardo Iacovone, Wolfgang Ischinger , Markus Jachtenfuchs , Slava Jankin Mikhaylov, Christian Joerges, Mark Kayser, Claudia Kemfert , Mareike Kleine, Genia Kostka, Michaela Kreyenfeld, Johanna Mair , Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, Jean Pisani-Ferry , Hanna Schwander, Daniela Stockmann, Christian Traxler, Kai Wegrich and Julian Wucherpfennig.

Board of Trustees and Supervisory Board

The institution is supported by a board of trustees and a supervisory board. The members of the board of trustees shape the overall development of the university. The Supervisory Board supports and monitors the Hertie School's economic processes.


The educational institution has institutional partnerships and a. with Sciences Po in Paris, the London School of Economics and Political Science , Columbia University in New York and the Luigi Bocconi University of Economics in Milan, which enable stays abroad of one or two semesters in the second year of the MPP. In addition, some students have the opportunity to obtain a dual degree at one of the partner institutions. Since 2011 there has been a cooperation with the ESCP Europe Business School Berlin. The cooperation includes an exchange program for part-time management courses for managers from both universities. Since the beginning of 2011, participants in the “European Executive MBA Program” of ESCP Europe and the “Executive Master of Public Administration” of the Hertie School have been able to take part in individual elective courses at the other partner university. The achievements and credits acquired are mutually recognized. A similar exchange program exists with the Copenhagen Business School and the University of Bern .

Development project

After completion of the renovation of the Robert Koch Forum , which began in 2019 , the university is to move to the listed building in summer 2022.


  • Hans Weiler : The invention of a private university for public action. Inventing a Private School of Public Policy. Berlin 2014.

Web links

Commons : Hertie School  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Newspaper articles

  • Der Tagesspiegel, June 6, 2014: From the center of Berlin into the world
  • Süddeutsche Zeitung, September 19, 2005: Studying for good governance
  • Die Welt, October 8, 2005: Learning to govern
  • Der Tagesspiegel, January 24, 2010: The school of lost morals

Individual evidence

  1. https://www.hertie-school.org/en/who-we-are/facts/ (accessed on January 23, 2019)
  2. https://www.hertie-school.org/de/magazin/detail/content/hertie-school-hires-new-professors-to-expand-focus-on-digitalisation-and-globalisation/ (accessed on 6. February 2019)
  3. http://www.wissenschaftsrat.de/download/archiv/1637-11.pdf
  4. http://www.presseportal.de/pm/59352/1259027/hertie-school-of-governance-eroeffnet-ihre-neuen-raeume-im-quartier-110
  5. ^ Inventing a Private School of Public Policy. Tradition and Innovation in German Higher Education ( Memento from October 30, 2016 in the Internet Archive ), (English)
  6. Electives - Areas of Concentration | Hertie School. In: www.hertie-school.org. Archived from the original on October 30, 2016 ; accessed on October 30, 2016 .
  7. Hertie School starts in autumn the doctoral program “PhD in Governance” ( Memento from December 6, 2012 in the Internet Archive ), from March 6, 2012 on www.hertie-school.org
  8. Hertie School website: Core Faculty , accessed on April 9, 2014
  9. Partners & Exchanges | Hertie School. In: www.hertie-school.org. Retrieved October 17, 2016 .
  10. ^ Armory Burchard: New seat for the Berlin Hertie School. Government college at a historic site. In: Der Tagesspiegel / Tagesspiegel Online. Verlag Der Tagesspiegel GmbH, December 17, 2018, accessed on December 18, 2018 .
  11. http://www.tagesspiegel.de/wissen/10-jahre-hertie-school-of-governance-aus-berlins-mitte-in-die-welt/9998220.html
  12. ^ Studying for good governance ( memento from April 11, 2010 in the Internet Archive ), from September 19, 2015 on www.sueddeutsche.de
  13. Marie-Thérèse Nercessian: learning governance. In: welt.de . October 7, 2005, accessed October 7, 2018 .
  14. http://www.tagesspiegel.de/wirtschaft/die-schule-der-verloren-moral/1669822.html

Coordinates: 52 ° 30 ′ 46.2 "  N , 13 ° 23 ′ 21.4"  E