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We are celebrating
20 years of the Hertie School

Friends and fellows of the Hertie School sent us their best wishes, memories and hopes for the years ahead.

Anniversary Events

Research, events, and student activities: find out what's ahead and join the festivities throughout the year!







Public event

Anniversary Forum

Europe at a crossroads:
Looking back to move forward

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Back to the future: Hertie School celebrates 20th anniversary

In its anniversary programme, the university is hosting public panel discussions where politicians and academics will discuss current and future societal challenges.

"20 years of academic research and teaching on modern governance at the interface of politics, business and civil society – that is what the Hertie School stands for like no other university in Germany," says President Cornelia Woll.


6 March 2024

Hertie Futures Forum
Digital Governance

In the fifth event of our Hertie Futures Forum series celebrating our 20th anniversary, “Too smart to regulate? How AI challenges good governance”, we delved into the topic of AI regulation and the new EU Act.


The discussion was hosted by the Hertie School along with its Centre for Digital Governance and Data Science Lab.

20 Years, 20 Women

“20 Years, 20 Women: Celebrating Hertie Women Shaping Tomorrow” pays homage to women of the past 20 years, while setting the stage for a future in which women continue to thrive and lead. The call will spotlight remarkable and accomplished women within and beyond our university community who have demonstrated excellence in their respective fields, showcasing the diverse talents and achievements of women to inspire present and future generations.

Women have the opportunity to nominate themselves or be nominated by others for the “20 Years, 20 Women” list by any other members of the Hertie School community. The list of the 20 women will be published on the Hertie School website in late spring 2024.

Submit your nomination to celebrate women across the Hertie community!

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8 March - 8 April, 2024

Student essay competition

"Okay, Boomer – what will the next generation of policymakers do differently?"


The Hertie School and its student magazine The Governance Post invited students to submit essays looking at the future of public policy. As the Hertie School students of today will be the policymakers of tomorrow, how do they envision the world of public policy in 20 years? Students selected one specific policy or governance challenge and reflected on both past developments and visions for the future. 


Anniversary Forum

Europe at A CrossRoads: Looking Back To Move Forward


The Anniversary Forum is the culmination of the 20 Years Anniversary of the Hertie School. It concludes the Hertie School Futures Forum series, which has assembled scholars and policy leaders throughout the academic year to discuss sustainability, democracy, fundamental rights, digital governance, and European integration. Panelists include: 

  • Francis Fukuyama (Professor at Stanford University 

  • Jens Spahn (Member of the German Parliament) 

  • Boris Pistorius (German Minister of Defense) 

  • And more! 

To register for the event please follow the link below. 

10-11 June 2024

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20 years and counting

Explore our timeline showing our most significant milestones over the past 20 years, and what’s to come in the future.

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