Freie Universität has recently extended its cooperation with the largest Chinese funding organization for students, the China Scholarship Council (CSC), for another three years. In Beijing both sides signed an agreement extending their cooperation through 2014. Beginning next year, in addition to scholarships for doctoral students, there will also be fellowships available for postdoctoral researchers as well as other researchers from China to spend a period of time doing research at Freie Universität. Each year the CSC programs enable thousands of young Chinese researchers to earn their doctorates at universities outside China. Since 2008 more than110 Chinese graduate students have selected Freie Universität as a destination for their doctoral training, making Freie Universität the most important German university as well as one of the ten most popular in the world for Chinese students being supported by CSC programs.
Prof. Dr. Brigitta Schütt, a vice president of Freie Universität Berlin, thanked the representatives of CSC for their confidence in the quality of doctoral education in Dahlem. The General Secretary of CSC, Dr. Liu Jinghui, praised the quality of the cooperation thus far. She particularly emphasized the important role played by the Beijing Liaison Office of Freie Universität in implementing the joint program.
The professors from Freie Universität who participate in the program as well as the scholarship holders receive support from the Beijing Liaison Office and Freie Universität’s Center for International Cooperation throughout the application and selection process and while the students are organizing their stay in Germany. Upon arrival, there is an orientation period with introductory courses and language classes offered by the International Students Office of Freie Universität.