SHAPING FUTURE LEADERS

The Czech-German Young Professionals Program (CGYPP) is an international network for young experts, multipliers, movers and shakers from Germany and the Czech Republic. The program interlinks the fields of academia, business, media, politics, public administration and NGO.

Each year since 2008, 12-14 young professionals from Germany and the Czech Republic are invited to participate in a series of workshops, and to collaborate on relevant economic, political and social issues. CGYPP connects people with different professional backgrounds.

By exchanging and sharing experiences and perspectives, the participants not only broaden their horizons, improve communication and intercultural skills but also increase their social capital.

CGYPP 2020 Topic

Sustainable Business & Lifestyle – Czech and German Answers

Europe will be the world’s first climate neutral continent – at least according to the newly elected president of the EU commission, Ursula von der Leyen. To what extent this ambitious goal can be met, remains to be seen. But these climate-friendly announcements cannot conceal the deeply rooted discrepancy in member states´ environmental policies. In most cases, conflicts do not so much concern the overall perception of a problem or the goals to be achieved. The basic question dividing the EU rather is, whether it is necessary to regulate a given problem by new legislation (top-down) – or whether it is sufficient to rely on mechanisms of self-commitment and “the market” (bottom-up).

  • How Czechs and Germans perceive the environmental problems we are facing today.
  • Who, do they think, is “in charge” of solving these problems?
  • What political and economic incentives do start-ups and companies need to contribute to a more sustainable form of modern life?
  • And to what extent are people willing to change their behaviour in a way as not to reduce their own “ecological footprint”?
  • Should we try to bring about societal change – and if so: how?

These and other topical questions are addressed during the 11th year of the Czech-German Young Professionals Program (CGYPP).

THE OUTCOME OF THE PROGRAM

The outcome of the Czech-German Young Professionals Program (CGYPP) is a growing international network of committed and talented people. It offers the chance to make valuable contacts with both participants and visiting experts from Germany and the Czech Republic.

Group interaction between current and past participants,
a lively atmosphere and the high level of commitment all promote the enduring exchange of ideas and experiences.
The network is kept alive by annual meetings, other Alumni events as well as via social media.

SEE OUR ALUMNIS

A really nice mixture of receiving and giving. During the three seminars, I gained confidence in the topic and it motivated me to dig deeper myself. Thank you very much for this privilege to get to know so many inspiring people.

Klára Bulantová,
Heinrich Böll Foundation Prague

CGYPP gave me inspiration, a great network and empowered me for my future career path.

Franziska Stölzel,
Škoda Auto

The program takes you into a very different environment, where you meet people that you would never have met elsewhere, and think about things that you would otherwise never have encountered.

Christof Strejcek,
business analyst

This programme means for me a highlight this year in terms if personal development. I got a deep insight into the theme of digitalization, met great people bringing different perspectives and got a lot of inspiration for my personal and professional life.

Jana Lachmann,
German Embassy Prague

This programme means for me a highlight this year in terms if personal development. I got a deep insight into the theme of digitalization, met great people bringing different perspectives and got a lot of inspiration for my personal and professional life.

Jana Lachmann,
German Embassy Prague

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