Carl Friedrich Goerdeler-Kolleg
Societies in Transformation

Carl Friedrich Goerdeler Kolleg for Good Governance

for young executives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine
Carl Friedrich Goerdeler-Kolleg for Good Governance

The Kolleg provides professional training in the field of good governance to a new generation of executives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine. In doing so, it aims to foster responsible action in the public sector (public administration and non-profit organizations) as well as in business.

The Kolleg offers future policymakers the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of political interrelationships and international cooperation. They will meet with experts from civil society, politics, and administration in Germany and the EU, and receive advanced training in a variety of seminars. These encounters allow all the participants to discuss and share their ideas and experiences in a unified Europe.

They will be supported in this process by the director of the Kolleg, Prof. Günter Verheugen, former vice president of the European Commission, who will guide the participants through the program.

The Kolleg provides the participants with the opportunity to develop and implement their own project in the area of good governance which relates to their work and is of use for their home institution. The project outline is already included in the application. During the Kolleg, the participants advance and improve their projects and are accompanied by an experienced project coach.

Participants are given the opportunity to spend certain days observing institutions in Berlin and the surrounding areas that are related to their field of work. Following the Kolleg, the participants are expected to independently implement their project in their home country. At the beginning of the next Kolleg, the participants will come back to Berlin to present the results of their projects.

The Goerdeler-Kolleg is conducted as a joint project with the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP).

The working language is German.
Carl Friedrich Goerdeler

The administrative lawyer Carl Friedrich Goerdeler was lord mayor of Leipzig from 1930 to1936, making him one of only a handful of municipal leaders who were not members of the Nazi Party.

After his resignation, he worked for Bosch as a liaison to the city government in Berlin. It was this position that permitted him to play an active role in the resistance against the Nazi regime.

As the cofounder of the civilian underground opposition against the Nazi regime, Goerdeler formulated new constitutional plans and blueprints for a European Union.

After the failed assassination attempt of July 20, 1944, Goerdeler, who was designated to become the new Chancellor, was executed as a "traitor" and "war spy" in Berlin on February 2, 1945.


Anna Quirin
German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)
Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia
Rauchstraße 17/18
10787 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-47

Contact at the Foundation

Yvonne Jung
Phone: +49 (0)711 46084-141