The Confucius Institute at Freie Universität Berlin (KIFUB) was founded in 2006 in cooperation between Freie Universität Berlin and Peking University. It was the first institute of its kind in Germany. Yu-Dembski has been the managing director of KIFUB since it was founded.
Dagmar Yu-Dembski was born in 1943. Her father was Chinese and her mother a native of Berlin. Yu-Dembski studied journalism, art history, and sinology at Freie Universität Berlin. She is the long-standing chairperson of the Society for German-Chinese Friendship, Berlin, and a contributing author and editor of the journal Das neue China. Her exhibition on “Chinese People in Berlin” was on display in the Berlin Central and Regional Library until October, 2009.