Already in 1981, Freie Universität Berlin and Peking University signed their first partnership contract. This contract was the first German-Chinese university accord ever and, since then, has led to numerous joint projects in research and teaching. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the partnership, the contract was renewed in 2011 and upgraded to a Strategic Partnership. In the following year, an addendum augmented the number of exchange students to 10 per year.
A cornerstone of the partnership is the German Studies Center in Beijing, which was founded in 2005 and is administered jointly with Humboldt-Universität and co-funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). In cooperation with the two Berlin universities, this interdisciplinary center offers, among other things, a cooperative master’s education in Social Sciences and the Humanities for Chinese students.
The Confucius Institute of Freie Universität, founded in 2006, forms a second cornerstone of the partnership and is the first of its kind in Germany. Next to an extensive culture and language program, the institute’s work also focuses on the continuing education of teachers of Chinese as well as the development of class materials. On the Chinese side, the institute is affiliated with Peking University.
Since the beginning of the partnership in 1981, a co-financed partnership between both of the universities’ German philology institutes has existed. Through this partnership, every year, Freie Universität sends academics for several-months-long teaching stays to Beijing, while receiving Peking University academics for research stays.
In the 2012 excellence initiative, the Graduate School of East Asian Studies was successful and is currently being built up. Its focus lies in the doctoral education in the social and historic sciences. This graduate school will also be cooperating with the respective departments of Beijing University.
Since Oktober 2014 the BMBF funds the Chinese-German Research Forum for the Humanities, Social Sciences and Law. The forum addresses experienced scientists who wish to do research work on individual projects in collaboration with chinese Partners.
Within the context of the strategic partnership Peking University offers two full scholarships for a one-year Master's program at Yenching Academy.
Next to these institutional links of the two universities, a great number of cooperative projects at departmental level and between individual researchers exists. Apart from the very close cooperation in Sinology and German philology, these are especially situated in the areas of international politics, law, mathematics, and art history. One of the central partners in Asia for the newly established (2013) China-Europe Executive Master in Business Marketing at Freie Universität is Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management.
In order to accelerate the development of cooperation between both universities, joint projects have been funded since 2012. These funds are available within the Strategic Partnership framework and are made available through annual competitive calls.
So far the following projects have been funded:
|Economics||Prof. Kleinaltenkamp||Development of the Excecutive MBM|
|Art History||Prof. Lee-Kalisch||Workshop „Exchange in the Arts of China and Europe“|
|Political Science||Dr. Stumbaum||Workshop „Asian Views of the European Union“|
|Sinology||Prof. Mühlhahn||Bilateral PhD workshop „The Formation of Modern Knowledge Systems in 20th Century China“|
|Law||Prof. Säcker/Prof. Schubert||Series of workshops on law-comparing topics|
|German philology/Sinology||Prof. Kolesch/Prof. Leutner||Series of workshops on Gender Studies|
|Religious Studies||Prof. Renger||Workshop „The Reception of Antiquity (Studies) in East Asia“|
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