Giesecke & Devrient Stiftung

International Development Programme for Young People

Educating young people is an investment in the future – the future of every individual and of society.

Giesecke+Devrient regards education as extending beyond school education or academic studies. With the world becoming ever more interconnected, intercultural skills and an awareness of other cultures are essential. With its planned international sponsorship and exchange programs, which are open to all young people, the Giesecke+Devrient Foundation aims to contribute to peaceful coexistence and successful collaboration in a globalised world.

Conceived for young people both within and outside Germany, the International Development Programme for Young People lies at the heart of the Giesecke+Devrient Foundation, which actively designs projects for the programme.

In cooperation with the Goethe-Institute Munich the G+D Foundation has been running a development programme for young people from different regions of the world since 2011. The youths, 16 to 18 years old and originally from India, Brazil, Mexico, Canada and some African countries complete a language course in Munich; they get to know Germany and its culture during their three-week long stay. This project significantly strengthens the young people’s intercultural skills.

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In 2016 the program to support young talent was extended to include an alumni program. The first participants were young people from India who had taken part in earlier programs, and who had started a university course since then, or already gained their bachelor’s degree. The objective is for participants to further expand their linguistic skills with German lessons at the Goethe Institute, whilst also gaining an impression of commercial life by undertaking an internship at G+D.