25.01.2024 - 26.01.2024

2 days



Certificate of Participation



Dr. Cheng Chen, Prof. Emeritus Johannes Küchler, Dr. Susanne Stein, Dr. Eva Sternfeld

1400 €

Recognized as Bildungszeit

25.01.2024 – 26.01.2024

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

Over the past four decades, China has experienced rapid urbanization unlike any other country in the world. This poses immense challenges not only for the infrastructure development of urban areas but also for agriculture, the environment, and the climate. In a time when questions of ecology and climate are vital for humanity, close cooperation with China is essential. This course focuses on both the ecological peculiarities of China and the related societal and economic issues, as well as the strategies for solutions and areas where international cooperation is indispensable. Additionally, this course will initiate or support further research or exchange projects in the fields of environment and climate.

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 importance of international collaboration and cooperation in the field of ecology, environment, and climate development. They will be capable of comprehending, analyzing, and assessing solution strategies and approaches for addressing ecological and climate challenges in China. Furthermore, participants will have advanced their intercultural competencies and strengthened their awareness of the complex interconnections between urbanization, environment, climate, and international cooperation within and with China. They will be able to evaluate solution strategies and cultivate an awareness of the significance of international cooperation in addressing ecological and climate challenges.


  • Urbanization and Societal Mobility in China since the Establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949
  • Soil and Water in China
  • Urbanization and Climate Issues in Present-Day China
  • Ecological Problems of Chinese Urbanization
  • Major Challenges Facing Chinese Agriculture Today
  • Ecosystem and Governance in China

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).


  • A prior knowledge of China's urbanization and environmental development is recommended to better understand and analyze the content. Participants should have a strong interest in international cooperation and collaboration, especially in the area of global environmental issues
  • Laptop/PC + headset with microphone


January 25 – 26, 2024 from 09:00 - 15:00 (CET) virtual classroom sessions.

This course is also expected to be offered 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. Cheng Chen, Prof. Emeritus Johannes Küchler, Dr. Susanne Stein, Dr. Eva Sternfeld

DR. CHENG CHEN holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the Humboldt University of Berlin. He is a Postdoc in the working group on ‘Governance of Ecosystem Services’ at the Leibniz Center for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF). His research focus on payments for eco-system services and digitalization supporting such valorization. He has participated a number of EU Horizon and large scale German national research projects. Currently, he co-leads the Sino-German project (SinoPES) of the Sino-German Center for Science Research funded by DFG and NSFC. He also co-coordinates the DAKIS project, which uses progressive digitization and new technologies to integrate ecosystem services and biodiversity into modern agricultural production and marketing.

PROF. EMERITUS JOHANNES KÜCHLER has been affiliated with the China Center of the Technical University of Berlin since 2005. He studied geology and geography in Frankfurt, Innsbruck, Hamburg, and Gießen. In 1967, he earned his doctorate and subsequently worked for the VW Foundation in Hong Kong and Singapore. Since 1970, he taught at the Free University of Berlin, as well as at the universities in Osnabrück and Zurich, and the former Gesamthochschule Kassel. In 1979, he was appointed to the Technical University of Berlin, where he took on the field of "Theory and History of Landscape Development," as well as China-related projects in garden art and urban history, land use planning, and water and soil conservation. Starting from 1989, he conducted further education projects for young professionals in environmental administrations in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and held guest professorships in Beijing, Urumqi, Kaohsiung, and Nantong.

DR. SUSANNE STEIN studied Sinology and Eastern European History in Tübingen and has been an adjunct lecturer at the China Center of the Technical University of Berlin since 2010. Her research focuses include China's environmental history, perception and management of natural hazards in the People's Republic of China, as well as the global transfer of urban and social planning knowledge during the 20th century. She was a research fellow (Postdoc) in the BMBF project "Sustainable Management of River Oases along the Tarim River/China (SuMa-RiO)," in the Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 923 "Threatened Orders," and a fellow of the Gerda Henkel Foundation. Since 2015, she has been a Scholar at the Asian Studies Center of the University of Pittsburgh, working on her habilitation project on the topic of "China Tames Her Deserts: Development and Transformation of Inner Asian Arid Areas in the People's Republic of China, 1950–2010."

DR. EVA STERNFELD is a China scholar specialized in environmental issues. Since April 2018, she has been working as the Head of Scientific Dialogue at the Sino-German Agricultural Center in Beijing on behalf of IAK Agrarconsulting. From 2014 to 2017, she was a guest professor at the Institute of Chinese Studies at the Free University of Berlin, and from 2008 to 2014, she served as the Director of the Center for Cultural Studies on Science and Technology in China at the Technical University of Berlin. From 2000 to 2008, she worked on an environmental education project for the current Ministry of Environmental Protection and Ecology in Beijing, China, on behalf of CIM/GIZ.

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