The Hertie School is a private university based in Berlin, Germany, accredited by the state and the German Science Council. It prepares exceptional students for leadership positions in government, business and civil society. Interdisciplinary and practice-oriented teaching, first-class research and an extensive international network set the Hertie School apart and position it as an ambassador of good governance, characterised by public debate and engagement. Our motto is "Understand today. Shape tomorrow".
The Hertie School was formally founded as a private, non-profit institution in December 2003 by the Hertie Foundation, thereby becoming the first professional school for public policy in Germany.
Offering programmes that emphasised academic excellence and practical orientation in the reunified capital of Berlin, the Hertie School was, from its start, a unique educational institution in Germany.
The school began by organising panels, symposia and discussions as well as providing a platform for policymakers, professionals and practitioners from the media, NGOs and business to engage with academia.
In February 2005, the Hertie School was granted official state recognition and given the authority by the Berlin Senate to award the academic title Master of Public Policy as an institution of higher learning.
The first cohort of students in the two-year Master of Public Policy programme began their studies in September 2005, and the programme has grown considerably each year.
In September 2008, the school launched its second master's programme: the Executive Master of Public Administration. Together with the Freie Universität Berlin and the Social Science Centre Berlin (WZB), the Hertie School established the Berlin School of Transnational Studies in 2008.
In 2011, the Hertie School was one of the few private universities in Germany to receive the right to award doctorates. The Doctoral Programme in Governance started in 2012.
The first cohort of the Master of International Affairs began their studies in 2015, the first cohort of the Master of Data Science for Public Policy will begin their studies in 2021.
Our School bears a household name in Germany, which belonged to a successful chain of department stores – Hertie.
The stores were founded by a German Jewish family, led by Oskar Tietz, with the support of his uncle, Hermann Tietz (the name “Hertie” is derived from his name). In the early 1930s, the department stores were ‘aryanised’ and a consortium of banks effectively dispossessed the Tietz family, who immigrated to the US in 1934. After the war, a financial settlement was reached with the Tietz family and Georg Karg, the subsequent owner of the Hertie stores.
From the 1960s Hertie became one of the most successful department store chains in the Federal Republic of Germany during the ‘economic miracle years’. In 1974, the Gemeinnützige Hertie-Stiftung (Hertie Foundation) was founded by Georg Karg’s son, Hans-Georg Karg and his sister Brigitte Gräfin von Normann. The Foundation focuses its work on two themes: researching the brain and strengthening democracy.
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The Hertie School is a private university based in Berlin, accredited by the state and the German Science Council. It prepares exceptional students for leadership positions in government, business and civil society. Interdisciplinary and practice-oriented teaching, first-class research and an extensive international network set the Hertie School apart and position it as an ambassador of good governance, characterised by public debate and engagement.
Diversity and inclusion
The Hertie School is a community committed to shared values of equality, diversity and inclusion in order to achieve and sustain excellence. Diversity and Inclusion are core values of the school as well as a key element of the school’s strategic plan and organisational development.
We can attain the best results in research and teaching in a community that promotes different perspectives, new ideas, and celebrates the full spectrum of human diversity across all dimensions including gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, age, race, national origin, sexual orientation, disability and religion or belief/world view. Diversity is a source of enrichment, innovation and creativity for the school. It is a critical factor for achieving and sustaining excellence and for educating our students on how to understand today and shape tomorrow.
The Hertie School is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse group of outstanding students, faculty and staff and by creating an inclusive learning and working environment marked by mutual support and respect. The responsibility for excellence, diversity and inclusion lies with all of us at the school: Leadership, faculty, staff, students and alumni. It is incumbent upon each member of the Hertie School community to create and maintain an environment of mutual support, respect, understanding, fairness, and equal treatment.
In 2018, the Hertie School signed the Diversity Charter (Charta der Vielfalt e. V.), an initiative which aims to promote the recognition, appreciation and integration of diversity into Germany’s business culture.
Our leadership team is committed to bringing together our community to find ways to work together on mainstreaming equality, diversity and inclusion through collaboration and continued discussion.
2018-2020 Diversity and inclusion strategy process
A strategy process was launched in the fall of 2018 at the onset of Henrik Enderlein’s presidency to review the state of Diversity and Inclusion at the Hertie School and to develop a systematic concept and comprehensive approach.
This process was structured in two phases. In phase one, a Task Force, comprised of members of our leadership team, our administration, our faculty, academic staff, and student representatives was launched under the Chairmanship of Başak Çalı, our Ombudsperson for Diversity and Professor of International Law. Its mandate was to identify key challenges and recommend concrete measures and goals for action across all areas of our institution.
The Task Force consulted widely across our community, including an opportunity to share perspectives, ideas and suggestions via a digital pin board. Additionally, a comprehensive climate survey was conducted among students, staff and faculty in the spring of 2019.
The Task Force provided recommendations for changes and action across all areas of our institution. 82 recommendations were adopted in the summer of 2019, and we are implementing those recommendations. The Diversity and Inclusion Strategy has laid the groundwork for further work and discussion.
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Future of Europe Scholarship - Hertie School Germany 2021-22 is open for International Students . The scholarship allows Masters MPP or MIA programme level programm(s) in the field of Public Policy, International Affairs taught at Hertie School Germany . The deadline of the scholarship is 1st February.
The Future of Europe Scholarship is aimed at future policymakers and leaders who are passionate about European cooperation, who wish to analyse and respond to existing and upcoming new complexities on the continent and who would like to pursue careers in European affairs.
the candidate shall be able to secure admission in MPP or MIA program.
The additional essay should be sent to grad-admissions[at]hertie-school[dot]org after a standard application has been submitted. The essay should be approximately two pages in length.
Interested applicants should submit their applications and motivation statements before 1 February. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.
One full scholarship worth 34,500 euros
Public Policy, International Affairs
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