Established in 2008, a growing international network of committed and talented people from the Czech Republic and Germany (more than 120 in 2019).
- Three intense and high-quality units consisting of seminars, on-site visits, peer-learning and team-building activities (4 days each, in Berlin, Prague and other cities) + Alumni Meeting (2 days)
- Interaction of participants with a broad range of German and Czech distinguished experts
- Opportunity to develop one’s own project ideas
- Improvement of intercultural, leadership, presentation and media skills
- Stimulus for future professional career
- Membership in a prestigious Alumni network
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). Against this background, the 11th edition of the Czech-German Young Professionals Program (CGYPP) aims at exploring the reasons behind the fundamental differences dividing EU member states in their environmental policies. Comparing Germany and the Czech Republic we will ask 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? We want to discuss these questions creatively, interactively and polemically with a wide range of political and economic leaders, with leading journalists and experts – and we want to share our insights with the general public.
These and other topical questions will be addressed at the 11th year of the CGYPP. We want to engage in a creative, interactive and polemical discussion with a wide spectrum of political and economic leaders, prominent journalists and distinguished experts. We want to dig deeper into challenges and chances of today’s world and share our knowledge with the general public.
- Cover letter in English (2 pages max.)
- CV in English (in tabular form)
- For Czech candidates: Michael Murad, email@example.com, Tel.: + 420 721 823 366
- For German candidates: Marie Kersten, firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel.: +49 30 89 59 51 40
In case of your acceptance, we charge a one time participation fee of 200 EUR. We cover your program arrangement, travel expenses, accommodation, and board. You are expected to attend all program component units in full.
Young professionals with at least 3 years’ work experience from the Czech Republic and Germany with strong interest in cross-sector and cross-border cooperation, who speak fluent English.
- Czechs and Germans with open mindset in the age of 25-40 with varying professional backgrounds (from the fields of academia, business, media, politics, public administration and NGOs)
- Selected 12-14 young professionals for one programme year become Alumni after full attendance of the three program units
- Berlin, March 12-15, 2020 (Thursday afternoon – Sunday noon)
- Prague, June 18-21, 2020 (Thursday afternoon – Sunday noon)
- Cross-border study trip, September 24-27, 2020 (Thursday afternoon – Sunday noon)