Friedrichshafen. The ambassador of Colombia in Germany, His Excellency Hans-Peter Knudsen Quevedo, has made a fact-finding visit to Zeppelin University (ZU). He was received by Professor Dr. Josef Wieland, Director of the Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin (LEIZ) and Vice President Research, as well as the Commissioner for International Cooperation at ZU.
The two-hour meeting at the ZU's ZF Campus focused in particular on the work of LEIZ which, since 2013, has addressed interdisciplinary, intercultural and intersectoral research and teaching on leadership challenges. Knudsen Quevedo, who served as the Rector of the Universidad de Ibague and the President of the Colombian University Association prior to his appointment as Ambassador to Berlin in December last year, was also interested in projects and initiatives related to issues of corporate and leadership ethics. During the visit discussions were also held on opportunities for joint leadership programs with Colombian universities. It was agreed to continue and intensify the talks. Other topics of discussion included the work of the Open Government Institute at ZU on open government and government action, novel approaches to public sector transparency and citizen participation, as well as ZU activities related to innovation and entrepreneurship.
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Open Government entails a broad scope of concept. Often it is accociated with ideas of government transparency and accountability. One definition, published by The Quality of Government Institute at the University of Gothenburg, limits government openness to information released by the government, or the extent to which citizens can request and receive information that is not already published
The OECD categorises government as follows: whole of government coordination, civic engagement and access to information, budget transparency, integrity and the fight against corruption, use of technology, and local development
Historically, the term has its roots in the United States after World War II. Wallace Parks, who served on a subcommittee on Government Information created by the U.S. Congress, introduced the term in his 1957 article “The Open Government Principle".