09.11.2023 - 10.11.2023

2 days



Certificate of Participation



Dr. Tania Becker, Dr. Ágota Révész, Max Zenglein

1400 €

Recognized as Bildungszeit

09.11.2023 – 10.11.2023

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

In this course, you will gain knowledge of China’s history in order to better assess its present and future. It will cover both ancient and modern Chinese history and philosophy. Together, you will analyze how history is reflected in current societal and economic realities. Additionally, you will receive an overview of current societal and economic processes, focusing on their respective dynamics and challenges. The aim of this course is to provide participants with informed assessments of China’s societal and economic development, while not disregarding the conflicts and contradictions of this multifaceted country.

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

Learning goals

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will gain a deeper insight into the historical development and cultural roots of China, as well as the influences of the three traditions (Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism) on Chinese society and culture up to the present day. Furthermore, they will acquire solid knowledge of societal changes since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, along with an understanding of current societal challenges in China. Participants will become familiar with the structure of the Chinese economy and its associated opportunities and challenges, gaining insights into current priorities and development plans in China's economy.


  • Emergence of Chinese Culture and Writing / Influence of the three traditions (Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism) to the present day
  • Societal changes since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949
  • Structure of the Chinese economy and its peculiarities
  • Influences of the three traditions and dynastic periods on contemporary China
  • Current societal challenges in China
  • Latest plans and priorities of the Chinese economy

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:

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 have a strong interest in China and its historical, cultural, political, and economic developments
  • Laptop/PC + headset with microphone


November 09 – 10, 2023 from 09:00 - 15:00 (CET) virtual classroom sessions.

This course is also expected to be offered at the end of the year 2024.


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. Tania Becker, Dr. Ágota Révész, Max Zenglein

DR. TANIA BECKER completed her studies in art history and comparative literature at the University of Zagreb in Croatia, as well as sinology at the Ruhr-University Bochum. Since 2011, she has been affiliated with the China Center at the Technical University of Berlin, where she engages in teaching activities and is involved in various projects. Her research interests include classical Chinese philosophy with a focus on Daoism, hospice care and thanatosociology in contemporary China, Chinese contemporary art, as well as the development of robotics and artificial intelligence.

DR. ÁGOTA RÉVÉSZ holds degrees (MA) in English, Sinology, and Comparative Literature from Eotvos Lorand University of Budapest. In addition, she obtained a separate degree in Theatre Directing from the Academy of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest. Her doctorate focused on a comparative analysis of the actor's preparation process in European and traditional Chinese theatre, which she pursued at the Academy of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest. Throughout her career, Dr. Révész has worked as a freelance stage director, translator, and project manager, with a particular emphasis on Hungary-China or EU-China projects. She has also taught China-related or theatre-related courses at various universities. Between 2010 and 2015, Dr. Révész served as a diplomat for Hungary in China. During this period, she held the position of cultural attaché in Shanghai for over four years, followed by one year as attaché for tourism in Beijing.

MAX ZENGLEIN`S research focuses on China's macroeconomic economic development, trade relations, and industrial policy. He also studies the Chinese economic system and the economic situation in Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan. He has over ten years of experience in the field of China-related economic issues. Before joining MERICS, he worked as an Economic Analyst in Shenzhen and later in Beijing at the German Chamber of Commerce (AHK) Greater China. He received his university education at the University of New York at Buffalo, the Berlin School of Economics and Law, the University of Hong Kong, and the University of Kassel. In 2015, he completed his Ph.D. in political economy with a focus on China.

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