Manager training programme in Germany


Manager Training Programme of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) of Germany with Belarus

The Manager Training Programme of the BMWi with Belarus is in place since 2006. The programme aims at establishing business relations and economic cooperation between German and Belarusian companies. According to the motto “Fit for Partnership with Germany”, the participants take part in practice-oriented trainings in order to gain knowledge on management and business practice and to come in direct contact with German companies. Participation of Belarusian managers in this programme raises competitiveness and market direction of Belarusian enterprises and thereby favours more intensive cooperation between Belarusian and German enterprises.

This programme is based on the first signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Belarus and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology of Germany in Minsk on May 15, 2007. The General Manager of the programme from the German side is Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), while the School of Business of Belarusian State University coordinates the programme from the Belarusian side.

From 2006 to 2016, more than 400 managers from different Belarusian enterprises participated in the Manager Training Programme. “The programme proved to be diverse and rich in content, based on an efficient combination of theoretical input, practical trainings and study of best business practice” says Oleg Astapovich of KERAMIN JSC, Belarus. Or, as a former participant of 2016 sums it up: The Manager Training Programme is “a sea of emotions, mountains full of knowledge, and an ocean of opportunities”.

Target group of the programme – application requirements

  • Programme graduates (MBA) or graduates of other economically oriented higher education programmes that perform managerial work in Belarusian enterprises
  • Or directors and young managers of Belarusian enterprises who have higher education 
  • Interest to establish business cooperation with German partners 
  • The authority to negotiate with German enterprises
  • Knowledge of spoken and written English or Russian depending on the group profile
  • Under the age of 45 years

The programme is realised in four phases:

Preparation – introductory courses at the School of Business of Belarusian State University (5-day seminar). The courses provide participants with an insight into Germany as business location and gives first advice on how to become “Fit for partnership with Germany”. Furthermore, participants can define which German companies to contact within the scope of their independent research.

Training in Germany – a one-month practice-oriented training course in a German training centre. The participants take part in trainings related to topics such as cross-cultural management, negotiation technique, how to do business with Germany or international project management during interactive training sessions. The training is complemented by company visits in the group providing participants with input on topics such as contract management or human resource management and insight into German business. Further, there is the opportunity of attending individual business meetings with relevant German companies in order to build up business contacts.

Follow-up seminar – six to twelve months after returning to Belarus, there is a follow-up seminar for all participants in order to exchange experiences with other alumni and to report on the outcomes of the programme.

Network – all participants are part of an ever growing alumni network (e.g. the Belarusian alumni association ABCooperation) which can be used to participate in conferences and seminars and to exchange knowledge and ideas.

Benefit for Belarusian participants and companies:

  • Become a specialist in terms of doing business with German companies
  • Practical experience on how to negotiate and cooperate with German business partners
  • International management expertise and intercultural know-how
  • Direct contact with German business partners
  • Establish a network with successful executives from Belarus and 17 other countries in Asia, Eastern Europe, North Africa and Latin America

As former participant Katsiaryna Yurchyk of ADM pro concludes: “The programme exceeded all my expectations! I recommend it to all my colleagues! Many thanks for the organization of everything! Knock on the door and it shall be opened!”


The programme is financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Belarusian participants only pay for the introductory course at the School of Business of Belarusian State University in Belarus and for their journey to Germany and back to Belarus. Fees for the introductory course are paid after the interview as soon as a participant is selected for the programme. Residence, meals, education, visits of exhibitions, and transport in Germany are financed by the German side.

Groups in 2017

Format Language Target group Programme Dates (dates are subject to change)
Economic Cooperation (without focus on a specific sector) English Managers of Belarusian enterprises who are interested in building business relations with German companies. 2017
Economic Cooperation with focus on the agricultural sector and food processing Russian Managers of Belarusian enterprises representing the agricultural sector (poultry, crops, meat etc.) and processing companies or suppliers of equipment to agricultural enterprises. 2017
Economic Cooperation with focus on energy efficiency (industry and buildings) Russian / English Managers of Belarusian enterprises active in the area of energy efficiency in industry or construction and housing. 2017

Admission to the programme:

Deadline for applications for participation in the Manager Training Programme 2017: 25th of October 2016

Everyone who wishes to participate in the programme needs to:

  • Fill in the pdf form and send it electronically to the School of Business of Belarusian State University by e-mail: for Radzivon Marozau.
  • The selection interview with the commission from Germany for the 2017 groups will take place from the 22nd until the 24th of November, 2016.

The introductory course for English-speaking groups in 2017 will be in January-February 2017.

Application Form:

For any additional information please contact Maxim Kuznetsov:

Tel. + 375 (17) 306 00 29
Mobile: +375 (29) 188 38 00