The Hertie School of Governance is a private university based in Berlin, Germany, accredited by the state and the German Science Council. The school was founded at the end of 2003 as a project of the Hertie Foundation, which remains its major partner. 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 of Governance was formally founded as a private, non-profit institution in December 2003 by the Hertie Foundation, 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 Master of Public Policy (MPP) programmes, The Master of International Affairs (MIA) programme, The Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) programme are important courses offered by the university. 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 WZB Berlin Social Science Center. 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 MPP Programme at the School of Public Affairs at Sciences Po in Paris, and the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University in New York City, the Programme in Government and International Organizations at Bocconi University in Milan and MPP Program at the University of Tokyo. In autumn 2012, the Hertie School welcomed its first PhD cohort. 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). Hertie School students’ rich and diverse backgrounds find expression in a host of initiatives, making campus life much more than just a classroom experience. The Hertie School’s alumni network, with over 1000 professionals from more than 50 countries, is a vital part of school community.