Despite the unlucky date, 90 students left the safety of their homes on Friday the 13th of September to attend DAAD’s “open house” in the Sino-German Center for Research Promotion. The Sino-German Center (CDZ) is a joint facility of the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the National Natural Science Foundation (NSFC). Only recently, it became home of the “open house” event series, which is conducted by university offices of German universities, who want to give Chinese students an overview of the cooperation offers at German universities and to give an impression of life in the respective cities.
The potential prospective Berliners were listening attentively during a presentation on the German capital which was held by a Berlin student and Beijing intern – namely myself. Afterwards, my collegue Chu Ye took over the part of presenting Freie Universität, which is popular with exchange students from all over the world, as it is among the eleven Universities of Excellence in Germany and belongs to the four best universities in the country according to the QS-ranking. Thus, the audience turned out to be very interstered in Freie Universität Berlin when it came to the questions-and-answers-round, especially in terms of the FU Berlin – CSC Joint PhD Program.
DAAD’s „open houses“ open their doors five to six times a year to grant interested students a peek into Germany’s university landscape and to give them the chance to ask questions. On the webpage of the DAAD and their Weibo-site (Chinese Twitter) you can register for upcoming events.