The German-Ukrainian Manager Training Programme prepares executives from the Ukraine for business relations and economic cooperations with German companies – with success on both sides. Every year, around 100 Ukrainian executives participate in the practice-oriented training. They come from companies with foreign trade potential wishing to establish contact with Germany. The focus is on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The programme is aimed at executives from the middle and upper management levels of Ukrainian companies and is in principle open to all branches. Training consists of a group programme in which 20 executives from the Ukraine participate. During their one-month stay in Germany, they acquire international management expertise, gain an insight into German business practices, and establish contacts with German companies.

Decisive to the programme’s success is the right mix of imparting knowledge and business practice.

  • According to the motto of “Fit for Partnership with Germany”, the participants develop their management skills in interactive and practice-oriented training sessions. They learn the specifics of the German business culture, and improve their business demeanour and negotiating techniques.
  • Visits to companies from a range of industries provide working examples from German business. The participants gain practical knowledge of German companies first hand, and familiarise themselves with the modern technology and equipment there. The programme participants come into direct contact with potential business partners.

Outcomes and perspectives to date

Until now around 1423 executives from various business sectors had completed the advanced training programme by the end of 2018. The results are extremely promising so far: countless company contacts culminated in concrete cooperation projects after the end of the programme. In follow-up seminars, the Alumni discuss the success of these cooperations and develop prospects for future projects.During the annual steering committee meetings, participating clients and partners are involved in the evaluation of the results to date and in actively helping to shape further planning of the programme.

Bilateral agreements between Germany and the Ukraine

In May, 2016, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the governments of both countries on 6 December, 2001 was extended by the partners for a further three years. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH was appointed General Manager for coordination from the German side.