15.02.2024 – 16.02.2024

2 days



Certificate of Participation



Dr. Sigrun Abels, Dr. Stephanie Christmann-Budian, Dr. jur. Wolfgang Röhr, Dr. Almuth Wietholtz-Eisert

1400 €

Recognized as Bildungszeit

15.02.2024 – 16.02.2024

Enhance your China competency for establishing collaborations with China and positioning yourself better on a global level.

China offers significant financial investments in education, research, technology, and innovation. The country has not only caught up with the Western world but has also achieved a leading position in biomedicine, digitization, and artificial intelligence. Many Chinese universities have risen significantly in international rankings. However, the aspiration for collaboration has significantly decreased on both sides: political and economic decoupling poses further questions for research policy. In the future, China will rely less on international partnerships, while Western universities see risks and opportunities in cooperation with China. How should institutions and universities in Germany respond to the rising China? The aim of this course is for participants to formulate their own guidelines based on contextual knowledge.

This course is offered in cooperation with the China Center of the TU Berlin.

Learning goals

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will have developed a comprehensive understanding of the dynamic situation in the field of education, research, and innovation in China. They will be capable of making informed decisions and responding appropriately to changes and developments in the relationship between Germany and China. Participants will have developed a comprehensive understanding of China's significant financial investments in education, research, technology, and innovation. They will also understand the importance of international partnerships and collaboration in the fields of research and education between China and the West. Participants will be able to analyze the impact of political and economic decoupling on research policy and recognize the associated opportunities and risks of cooperation with China for institutions and universities in Germany.


  • Role of Education in China
  • University System and Higher Education Policy
  • EU-China Relations
  • Research Funding in China
  • German Guidelines for China Cooperation
  • Foreigners in China: Between Decoupling and Collaboration

This course is a module of the Certifcate Course China Competency, which provides an intensive insight into Chinese culture, politics, society, as well as science and technology. The certificate program comprises four courses and a concluding workshop:

  • Urbanization, Ecology, Climate in China
  • Research and Higher Education Policy, Foreign Affairs, Culture and Education Policy in China 15.02.2024 – 16.02.2024
  • Philosophical Traditions, History, Society and Economy of China
  • Technology, Digitalization, Innovation in China
  • Workshop Intercultural Communication and Subsequent Certificate Presentation

All courses can be taken individually and independently, each concluding with a certificate of participation. Upon completing all courses in the certificate program participants will receive the TU Berlin Certificate of Professional Education.

Target group

The course is designed for researchers and entrepreneurs as preparation for successful interaction with Chinese partners.

This course is recognized as Bildungszeit according to paragraph § 10 (5) of the Berliner Bildungszeitgesetz (BiZeitG).


  • Participants should be familiar with the basics of international cooperation in research and education. They should have a strong interest in the political and economic relationships between China and the West and an openness to intercultural collaboration and exchange
  • Laptop/PC + headset with microphone


February 02 – 16, 2024 from 09:00 - 15:00 (CET) virtual classroom sessions.

This course is also expected to be offered again in the spring of 2025.


This course takes place in cooperation with the Center for Cultural Studies on Science and Technology in China at the TU Berlin. Through the CCST, the TU Berlin offers interdisciplinary China-specific teaching and research and is also a Continuing Education Center for China Competence. The course listed here is a sub-course of the China Competence Certificate.

Detailed information about the CCST can be found here.


Dr. Sigrun Abels, Dr. Stephanie Christmann-Budian, Dr. jur. Wolfgang Röhr, Dr. Almuth Wietholtz-Eisert

DR. SIGRUN ABELS is the Director of the Center for Cultural Studies on Science and Technology in China at the Technical University of Berlin. Additionally, she serves as the Managing Director of the CDHK Office Berlin (Sino-German College of Tongji University, Shanghai) at the Faculty of Economics & Management of the Technical University of Berlin. She conducted research on China's media during the Chinese transformation process at Ruhr-University Bochum and Nanjing University (China) and worked as a radio journalist and lecturer at Deutsche Welle both domestically and internationally. She has taught courses at Ruhr-University Bochum and the Technical University of Berlin and presents international conference contributions on media development in China.

DR. STEPHANIE CHRISTMANN-BUDIAN studied sinology and cultural studies in Berlin, Paris, and Beijing. She obtained her Ph.D. in 2012 from the Free University of Berlin, and her research focuses on the dimensions of modern and contemporary Chinese science, technology, and innovation policy in international comparison. Her research is based on her in-depth knowledge of the Chinese science and innovation system, which she has gained from over 12 years of practical professional experience. She worked as a scientist and policy analyst before joining the Technical University of Berlin. She has published various works in the fields of science and Chinese studies, analyzing the overall Chinese science system, as well as various Chinese strategies for the development of specific scientific or technological areas, such as artificial intelligence, green technologies, or cashless payment. Her current research focuses on recent reforms in the Chinese science system in relation to its previous development, the general political situation, and the global position of the People's Republic of China.

DR. JUR. WOLFGANG RÖHR became an Advisory Professor at Tongji University (China) in 2007 and has been a Senior Research Fellow at the Germany Research Center of Tongji University since 2014. After studying law and completing his legal clerkship in Hamburg, Tübingen, Geneva, and Rio de Janeiro, and working as an assistant at the Seminar for Insurance Sciences at the University of Hamburg, he earned his doctorate at the University of Hamburg. From 1978 to 2014, he worked in the German Foreign Service, including six years in the political department of the Beijing Embassy, eight years as Consul General in Shanghai, and six years in Berlin as Head of the East Asia Division and Ambassador and Head of the Germany-China Task Force. He also held positions in Geneva, New York, Tel Aviv, Hong Kong, and Lisbon. He was a member of the German delegations to the United Nations, the Disarmament Committee, NATO, the European Union, and the Western European Union.

DR. ALMUTH WIETHOLTZ-EISERT has been with the Office of the President of the Leibniz Association for International Scientific Relations, responsible for the regions of Asia, Australia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Canada, and the United Kingdom, since 2012. The political scientist studied in Tübingen, Bonn, and the USA, and obtained her doctorate in Oxford. She has extensive experience in science management. Since 2018, she has organized and moderated the annual China Days of the Leibniz Association, which have received significant attention within the German research community. She has been advising members of universities and research institutes on the implementation of measures related to research security.

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