Since 2007 we have been conducting a series of training courses on Good Governance, Public Sector Modernization and Leadership for young government officials from Thailand. Every year, we welcome around 15 participants from the Thai government’s “High Performance and Potential System” (HiPPS), the “New Wave Leadership Development Program” (NWLDP) and the “Middle Level Manager Program” in Potsdam. Comprising lectures, discussions, study or counterpart visits, as well as group work and workshops, the program promotes the professional competence of participants enhancing their knowledge, skills and mindset.
Since 2009 we have been the EFB’s academic partner for the three-month “Fellowship Program for Young Government Officials from the Western Balkans”. During the program’s introductory seminar 20 high-potential civil servants from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia meet in Potsdam for lectures and training sessions on Public Administration, Policy Making, Public Sector Modernization and Leadership Skills.
For several years, we have been cooperating with GIZ for executive seminars on various topics (e.g. "REDD+ Governance" in 2012). A valued tradition is the yearly Summer School on Decentralization and Local Governance under the auspices of Professor Harald Fuhr, University of Potsdam: During the one-week course in the GIZ office in Berlin the participants meet experts from academia, politics and administration to discuss different dimensions of decentralization, its role in development cooperation, and the management of reform processes (which is also the subject of the study visit to a local municipality).