10 Public Policy Postcards
Around the World in 13 Conferences...And Counting!
The Global Public Policy Network (GPPN) and European Public Policy Conference (EPPC) have taken Hertie School and other international students around the world from Athens to Singapore. Some might ask whether this makes Hertie School students professional globe trotters or policymakers – we say, why not both?
In 2012, the Hertie School joined the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN), a partnership with Columbia University, the FGV-EAESP, the University of Tokyo, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, the Institute of Public Affairs at LSE, and Sciences Po, Paris. Likewise, Hertie School students have been active participants in the European Public Policy Conference (EPPC), a student-run, public policy conference that provides an interactive platform for debates and networking.
"Berlin! Berlin! We're Going to Berlin!"1 / 10
Karl Scheffler famously said that Berlin is a city that is always becoming, never being – making it the perfect setting for debates on the future of public policy. In 2007 Hertie School students took the initiative to organise the first Berlin-based GPPN event at the Hertie School on Development within Governance in the 21st Century, where students were able to strengthen ties with delegates from partner universities, participate in panel discussions, and experience one of Europe’s cultural hubs.
The GPPN will return to Berlin in December 2014 for more lively debate on current global challenges. The Hertie School looks forward to welcoming delegates from across the globe.
When in Rome, Shape the Future!2 / 10
Ladies and gentlemen, our tour through the last ten years of global networking ends in Rome at Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali “Guido Carli” with the 2014 EPPC. Having former Prime Minister of Greece George Papandreou as the keynote speaker was a real highlight for students and leaders alike.
With successful conferences like these as a backdrop, we look forward to the next ten years as Hertie School students shape tomorrow in more cities around the world!
GraSPPing New Solutions3 / 10
2013 was another big year for Hertie School students, who had their pick of the GPPN conference in Tokyo or the EPPC in Paris. The GPPN was hosted by the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) at the University of Tokyo, where 155 participants from member institutions tackled questions of post-disaster management in Fukushima, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and international security.
Public Policy à la Parisienne4 / 10
From the TV tower in Berlin to the Eiffel Tower in Paris – students and policymakers from around the globe met in the city of love to discuss Governance in a Globalizing World at Sciences Po in 2008 for the GPPN Conference. Speakers tackled the topics of economic growth, poverty reduction, the financial crisis, sustainable development, and the role of the private sector in governance. Somehow, debating becomes even more palatable when mixed with Parisian espressos and baguettes…
Hola EPPC Amigos!5 / 10
Hertie School students had another opportunity to strengthen their professional networks at the 2012 EPPC hosted by the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals in beautiful Barcelona. Not only was the city itself a big highlight, but also the fact that every high-profile speaker who was invited ended up arriving – showing that the EPPC is gaining in stature as an international public policy event.
In the same year, the GPPN was hosted in Singapore, where 69 students from 27 different countries met to discuss Policies for a Changing World.
Crisis or Opportunity?6 / 10
What are the root causes of today’s challenges? What policies are needed for short-term recovery and long-term sustainability? And what role do the various stakeholders play in this process? These and other questions were debated at the 2009 GPPN conference at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, which was attended by over 100 international students including Hertie School delegates, showing that this city has more to boast than its eponymous cocktail.
A City for Dreaming7 / 10
Students from Berlin, Singapore and New York, as well as a number of high-profile international speakers, were among the jet setters who met at the Central European University in Budapest, a city which writer M. John Harrison calls “a prime site for dreams”. The Hertie School took a leading role in the organisation of the event, which included topics like cross-border mobility, human trafficking, identity, integration and diversity.
Hot Topics for High Tea8 / 10
What do scones, umbrellas and politics have in common? Well, the 2011 London GPPN event, of course! Hertie School students joined the bevy of academics, policymakers and governance students who gathered at the London School of Economics to discuss the topic: What is the state of our times? The changing shape of the nation-state in the 21st Century. Nothing like a spot of tea and politics, not so?
Hello Istanbul!9 / 10
From Singapore Slings to Turkish delights: our next stop is in Istanbul. Even the cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland which brought air travel to a near standstill in April 2010 couldn’t stop delegates from the Hertie School and other public policy institutions from arriving at Koç University for EPPC 2010 to discuss the relationship between Turkey and the EU in the areas of trade, security, law and politics.
By Zeus – We’re in Athens!10 / 10
2009 saw the launch of the first ever EPPC conference in Athens, the same city where Socrates engaged students in philosophical conversation and which is arguably the birthplace of public debate. Little did the organisers know that their idea would take root and grow into an established annual academic event, attracting international students and public figures. Perhaps Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom, knew a thing or two when she chose Athens as her patron city.