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CGYPP – Czech-German Young Professionals Program

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.

In an ever-evolving global landscape, Czechia and Germany find themselves standing at a juncture where cooperation and strategic alignment are imperative to confront the multifaceted challenges that lie ahead. Both countries boast robust economies with a significant reliance on the automotive industry, making them deeply interdependent in the face of economic disruptions and shifts in market demand. As stalwart democracies, they share common values and commitments to the principles of freedom and the rule of law, but also face internal and external pressures that test the strength of their democratic institutions. Embedded in the European context and geopolitical upheavals, the framework for action and cooperation demands a flexible approach. Additionally, the rapid pace of digitalization poses a formidable challenge, requiring both countries to adapt to technological advancements while ensuring cybersecurity and data protection. Moreover, the urgent need to combat climate change places a shared responsibility on both countries, as they strive to transition towards more sustainable and environmentally conscious industrial practices.

How can both countries balance their economic interests with their commitment to sustainability? Will both countries be able to cope with the risks stemming from dependence on third countries in supply chains? How can Czechia and Germany collaborate to enhance education and skills development in their countries to meet the demands of the 21st-century workforce and address the challenges posed by rapid technological advancements and digitalization? How can both countries contribute and benefit to and from the European community, as well concerning the European elections 2024? How will both countries deal with the geopolitical challenges arising from the aggressive policies of Russia and China?

Learn more about CGYPP here.

  1. Workshop in Berlin, April 11 – 14, 2024
  2. Workshop in Prague, June 13 – June 16, 2024
  3. Workshop in Brno, October 3 – October 6, 2024

To apply go to https://www.cgypp.eu/join-us/and fill in the application form by February 18, 2024.

The Czech-German Young Professionals Program (CGYPP), established in 2008, 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.

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 was founded by the Association for International Affairs (AMO) and the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) and supported by the Czech-German Future Fund , Robert Bosch Stiftung and Federal Foreign Office.

Since 2014, CGYPP has been jointly organized by AMO and the European Academy Berlin (EAB).

It is financed by the Czech-German Future Fund and part of the EU-Program CERV.

Podcasts: Czech-German Perspectives

 Interview with Vladimír Handl (IIR) on the state of Czech-German Relations

CGYPP participant Andreas Graf interviews Vladimír Handl, Research Fellow at the Institute of International Relations in Prague.
Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 1

 What would YOU do (differently) if you received an unconditional basic income?

In this episode, Sarah Polewsky, a CGYPP participant, talks about the unconditional basic income.
Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 2

 Refugees in Bavaria: experiences and challenges. A family story

In this episode, Petra Kouřimská talks about experience of one family living and taking care of refugees in Bavaria.
Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 3

 The hidden secrets of Smetana’s Vltava

Simon Backovsky explores Europe’s cultural heritage and German-Czech connection in classical music.
Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 4

 Service for all

In this episode, Jürgen Gradl argues that an obligatory social service would strengthen solidarity in Europe. 
Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 5

 Digitalization and Work Life Balance

Franziska Stölzel’s podcast is about the impact of digitalization on our work/life balance. 
Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 6

 Digitalization of Education

Kateřina Šustrová explores the challenges of the digitalization of education. 
Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 7

 Historical Burdens and Potential Digital Solution

In this episode, Vladimír Hurych explores historical burdens and how their digital solution could look like. 
Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 8

 Food Industry Digitalization

In this episode, Mark Friedrich talks about how digitalization is used in the food industry.
Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 9

 Digitalization and smart cities

An expert on smart cities is being interviewed in this episode. 
Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 10

 Digitalization of work

This episode’s topic: digitalization of work and how it affects us. 
Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 11

 Foreigners in the Czech Republic

Tereza Blahoutová asks herself the questions: Are foreigners welcome in the Czech Republic? How do they change the country ? How does the country change them? 
Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 12

I​​​nnovation Barriers in Central and Eastern Europe

What are the reasons for the endurance of barriers for innovations in Central and Eastern Europe? Jana Lachmann gives answers. 
Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 13