Governance activities

Bucerius Summer School on Global Governance

The first Bucerius Summer School on Global Governance was launched in 2001 by Dr. Theo Sommer, Editor-at-large of Germany’s leading quality weekly paper, DIE ZEIT, and until today dean and moderator of the program.

The Bucerius Summer School is an annual intensive two-week summer seminar and today one of the most longstanding and successful programs of the ZEIT-Stiftung. The aim of the Bucerius Summer School is to foster leadership qualities among young professionals by opening a cross-border dialogue on current questions of global relevance. Participants will be inspired by – and learn from – high profile speakers who are eminent public figures in politics, business, academia and the NGO sphere. Among the speakers in recent years have been Rahul Gandhi (Secretary General of the National Congress Party in India), Tamar Jacoby (CEO, Immigration Works), the former German Federal President Horst Köhler, Lotte Leicht (EU European Director, Human Rights Watch), Kishore Mahbubani (National University of Singapore), Volker Perthes (Director, German Institute for International and Security Affairs), Wolfgang Schäuble (German Federal Minister of Finance), John Ruggie (UN Special Representative for Business and Human Rights), Shashi Tharoor (Member of Parliament, former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, India) and Vaira Vīke-Freiberga (former President of the Republic of Latvia).

Over the past years, the thematic focus of the Summer School has shifted as have the issues that occupied the decision makers: The fall of the Iron Curtain, 9/11, the economic and political rise of Asia, the recurrence of conflicts in the Middle East, the global financial crisis and economic downturn, and finally over arching questions of good governance, sustainable and equitable development. These topics demand for responsible political and economical action in a globalized world. The Bucerius Summer School is a platform, where leaders of tomorrow discuss and further develop their ideas in a highly inspired atmosphere.