Foundation stone for the new training centre in Bonn is laid.

19.05.2016 – GIZ’s Academy for International Cooperation will be working out of Bonn-Röttgen as of late 2017.

On 17 May 2016 GIZ laid the foundation stone for the new home of its training arm, the Academy for International Cooperation, in Bonn’s Röttgen district. The Academy offers a range of intensive courses to prepare GIZ’s experts and managers for foreign assignments, with language courses, intercultural training and managerial courses. One unique aspect of the Academy is that the experts can prepare for their overseas posting with their entire family.

In 2013, GIZ acquired what used to be the Andreas Hermes Academy close to the Kotten Forest. All existing buildings are to be renovated and a new building added. ‘Intercultural, technical and social skills are the foundations on which we can work effectively and sustainably,’ said Tanja Gönner, Chair of GIZ’s Management Board. ‘The training that will be conducted in Röttgen in future is to communicate precisely these.’ Bonn’s Lord Mayor, Ashok Sridharan, said that Bonn has become a global centre of sustainability, in part thanks to GIZ.

All building work will comply with the latest ecological criteria and the Gold Standard of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB), announced GIZ Managing Director Hans-Joachim Preuß. The new two-storey timber and glass building has been designed by architects Waechter + Waechter. It will house multi-use training rooms and the Academy’s award-winning learning landscape, an active learning circuit that raises awareness of aspects of intercultural cooperation. The existing buildings, which are expected to be fully renovated by late 2016, will provide accommodation and office space. Family accommodation is planned, along with childcare facilities for participants’ children. GIZ is investing a total of 28 million euros in Röttgen.