2022 Annual Report: facts and figures

In the 2022 annual report we present our focus themes and results, as well as a concise overview of figures relating to our curriculum. The figures for 2022 are presented and briefly explained below. More comprehensive information is also available.


We are proud to have registered 10,530 participants in our learning activities and lectures in 2022. This is a 15% increase compared with 2021 (9,121 participants). Most participants were from BZ: 6,238 participants from The Hague and 4,049 from the missions. There were also 243 participants from other parts of central government.

Where do our participants come from?

Where do our participants come from?
BZ (The Hague)6238
BZ (missions)4049
other ministries243
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Learning activities

In 2022 BZ staff could choose from 47 learning activities within the international and diplomatic curriculum. Most of these were also open to other civil servants with an international role. These learning activities drew a total of 967 participants: 832 from BZ and 135 from other ministries.

The learning activities open to staff from other ministries include the international policy officer training programme (IBBZ), the course for civil servants working in international policy (OAIB) and Strategic Foresight.

In 2022 we switched to a different provider of online courses on generic topics (such as Excel, giving and receiving feedback, and personal vitality), so we are unable to provide any figures for these courses.

Participants per curriculum category

Participants per curriculum category
International and diplomatic967
BZ specific6756
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BZ learning activities

In 2022 we offered 100 learning activities in the categories BZ-specific and personal development. These included activities on themes such as D&I and intercultural skills and language courses, and were attended by 6,756 participants.


We have been busy again with organising lectures, both on location and online. In 2022 we organised 27 lectures (compared with 13 in 2021), attended by a total of 2,807 people: 1,786 (64%) staff members from BZ in The Hague, 913 (32%) from the missions and 108 (4%) from other ministries.

Contract award procedures

In 2022 we conducted 10 contract award procedures, which made it an extremely busy year. These were done in partnership with various parties. On average, three Academy staff members were closely involved in each contract award procedure.

The following contract award procedures were conducted by BZ:

  • Learning Management System (LMS)
  • Written language courses
  • Trade and Investment Promotion (TIP)
  • Course for civil servants working in international policy (OAIB)

The following contract award procedures were conducted with the Haagse Inkoop Samenwerking (Hague Procurement Partnership), which is part of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations:

  • International policy officer training programme (IBBZ)
  • Policymaking and Implementation (B&U)

The Academy also played an active role in the following contract award procedures:

  • Generic online training courses
  • Personalised language courses (one-on-one courses)
  • Whole-class language courses
  • Job-related language courses

Operational management in brief

  • Staff establishment
    At the end of 2022 our team consisted of 22 people (16 women and 6 men).
  • Finances
    The Academy’s budget for 2022 was €3,300,000. Our income from course fees from participants outside BZ totalled €263,291.80. Total expenditure in 2022 was €3,268,717.49, so we underspent by €31,282.51 (less than 1% of the total).

Social media and website

When you give something your attention, it grows. LinkedIn is increasingly a platform where users seek knowledge and inspiration about their field. In 2021 we began increasing our activities on LinkedIn and continued with this in 2022. We posted 62 updates, in which we experimented with different types of content. At the end of 2022 our LinkedIn page had over 3,300 followers and almost 124,000 views – increases of 35% and 42% respectively, compared with 2021.

When you pay extra attention to something, you also take a critical look at your other activities. In 2022 we stopped using Twitter because it is a less effective way to reach our target group.

We no longer have accurate data about our website (views, visitors) because the measurements are based on IP addresses. Only a small number of IP-addresses are used per ministry, which makes it difficult to measure visitor numbers.

Growth in LinkedIn followers from 2020 to end of 2022

Growth in LinkedIn followers from 2020 to end of 2022
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If you have any questions about our annual report or would like additional information, please contact us. We will be happy to provide additional information or figures where possible.