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Understand today.
Shape tomorrow.

The Hertie School is Germany’s leading public policy school and a hub for public debates and engagement with over 800 students from more than 80 countries.

We offer master’s programmes, executive education and doctoral programmes, distinguished by interdisciplinary and practice-oriented teaching, as well as outstanding research.


Our extensive international network positions us as an ambassador of good governance, characterised by public debate and engagement.

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Mission statement

The Hertie School strives for excellence in research, teaching and out-reach, promoting active engagement for the common good and educating the next generation of leaders in government, business and civil society.

Our mission is to educate students who come with state-of-the-art knowledge and the analytic and the practical skills of policy studies; who are capable of applying their expertise to the complex problems of today’s world at local, national and international levels; who are interdisciplinary in approach, intersectoral in outlook and international in orientation; and who are intellectually open and have a deep sense of ethical responsibility toward the common good.



Key objectives play a pivotal role in advancing the Hertie School's vision and significantly add value to its overarching mission, bolstering its impact on students, researchers and the broader community.

The Hertie School aims to be a leading institution of higher learning and a centre of excellence for the international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral study of governance and policy. The Hertie School strives to be recognised as a platform for vibrant public debate and intellectual discourse, and a highly valued resource of top-quality expertise on government business and civil society.



Five principles guide the Hertie School's mission in promoting active engagement for the common good, shaping its direction and purpose.

The Hertie School’s approach to research and study is interdisciplinary, intersectoral, international, practice-oriented, and is guided by ethics and leadership responsibility. Together, these principles not only form the bedrock of the school’s self-understanding and determination, but they also allow the school to bring in real-world perspectives on governance and policy-making and emphasise the importance of the ethical and moral implications of leadership and policy-making in modern societies.

20 years at a glance

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