Brandt School Universität Erfurt

Welcome from the Director

Prof. Dr. Heike Grimm

Aletta Haniel Professor for Public Policy and Entrepreneurship

Word of Welcome

Let me take this opportunity to welcome you to the website of the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, your first and best source of information about our Master of Public Policy program at the University of Erfurt. Before you start exploring on your own, I would like to share some insights about the School with you.

What attracts students to Brandt School? First of all, you will find accessible and committed staff members and professors. We offer a very good student-faculty ratio, which ensures that your instructors are approachable and can assist you with things such as developing your academic programme, selecting your fields of specialization and designing a career pattern which is tailored to your visions and passions. Our degree is analytically oriented and interdisciplinary. We develop skills for innovative problem-solving in a complex policy world with many local-global interconnections.

 At the Brandt School you will meet a very international student community with a strong commitment to the field. Our students have an entrepreneurial mindset and seek innovative ideas to solve complex policy issues; they are strategic thinkers, go-getters and drivers of innovative change. We are proud of having attracted students from all over the world who graduate from our School to work as outstanding professionals in the public, non-profit but also private sector in prominent and attractive positions while developing and implementing new and innovative solutions to the world´s most pressing problems.

Our School emphasizes professional analysis not only of the economic and political but also of the ethical, cultural and philosophical dimensions of policy. We do not believe that there is a one-size-fits-all strategy, which policymakers may apply universally. Our faculty helps you consider not just how things have been and how they are, but how they ought to be. In our School you can experience policy development in projects, courses and internships. You will find opportunities for international down to grass-roots involvement in research conducted jointly with partners from the region and from all around the world. We also bring distinguished external speakers such as policymakers, researchers and campaigners right to campus.

The Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, founded at the University of Erfurt in 2002, was Germany´s first graduate programs of its kind. Founded in 1392, closed in the 19th century, and reopened with an ambitious reform program in 1994 following German reunification, the University of Erfurt is both the youngest and one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Germany. The university is particularly well-known for its faculties of social sciences and humanities. The state-of-the-art library, innumerable student clubs and societies, and the close relationship between professors and students make the University of Erfurt a truly hospitable environment for learning and development.

You are very welcome to join the Brandt School and join an international, creative and committed community. We look forward to meet you and to work with you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions as you explore the Brandt School website.

Best regards,

Heike Grimm