GIZ OPENS CAMPUS KOTTENFORST: BONN-RÖTTGEN NOW HOME TO GIZ TRAINING FOR EXPERTS IN GLOBAL SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
By Dirk Bange, GIZ
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has opened its new training centre in Bonn-Röttgen. At the Campus Kottenforst’ GIZ’s Academy for International Cooperation (AIZ) offers demand-oriented training for the company’s own employees and for the staff of a wide range of international cooperation organisations.
On 5th March the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has officially opened its new training centre in Bonn-Röttgen. At the ‘Campus Kottenforst’, the GIZ’s Academy for International Cooperation (AIZ) offers demand-oriented initial and continuing training for the company’s own employees and for the staff of a wide range of international cooperation organisations. One of its core services is preparing experts and advisors from GIZ and about 30 sending organisations for assignments in emerging economies and developing countries.
Addressing around 100 guests at the inauguration, Chair of the GIZ Management Board Tanja Gönner said, ‘The architectural design of the Campus Kottenforst building and its purpose both signal openness and exchange. Individuals from different organisations and countries will be coming together here and benefiting from excellent preparation for their role working for change around the world.’
Impressed by the new Academy building, Bonn’s Mayor Ashok Sridharan said, ‘GIZ’s Campus Kottenforst is a real asset for Röttgen and for Bonn in its role as Germany’s international cooperation hub. And with the new campus, GIZ is also underscoring its growing presence in Bonn.’
GIZ acquired the property in 2013 and since then, the existing buildings have been refurbished and a new building has been added. The new building was constructed in line with the latest environmental standards and the gold certificate awarded by the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB e.V). The new two-storey building made from wood and glass houses multi-purpose training rooms, the award-winning learning stations and an interactive area that raises awareness of topics relating to intercultural cooperation. The existing buildings are used as accommodation and offices. Family apartments and on-site childcare for participants’ children round off the facilities on campus.
Situated near Kottenforst forest on the outskirts of Bonn, the new campus formerly housed the Andreas-Hermes-Akademie. GIZ has invested a total of EUR 32.3 million in Röttgen. In the next few months, the company will be hosting an open day for local residents at Campus Kottenforst. At its other facilities, GIZ is housing about 1.200 staff members in Bonn.
The company’s second registered office is located at Eschborn near Frankfurt. GIZ’s 19,500 employees work in some 120 countries, almost 70 per cent are national personnel working in the field.
First insights of the new building can be gained through a 360-degree-view at: https://www.giz.de/en/mediacenter/63491.html
More information on GIZ: www.giz.de